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Teresa James
Music: Blues
Born in Houston, Texas, Teresa has spent the past few years living in Los Angeles, working with her band, The Rhythm Tramps. She has performed live with such legendary artists as Levon Helm, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Raitt, Lee Roy Parnell, Delbert McClinton, Kirk Whalum, Paul DeLay, Jeffrey Osborne, Asleep At The Wheel among others. Her voice is featured on albums by Kirk Whalum, Stephen Bruton, Glen Clark, Randy Newman and blues artists Corey Stevens and Walter Trout. She even did a duet with Mickey Mouse on the Disney album, "Mickey's Comedy for Kids". Andie McDowell hired Teresa to coach her for her singing debut in the movie, "Michael", singing the song that she and her husband, Terry Wilson, wrote.
Teresa James - The Bottom Line
Teresa's Web Site
Next Big Thang  

email: teresa@teresajames.com

Maryann Price
Music: Jazz, Swing
At long last the voice behind Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks, The Kinks and Asleep At The Wheel is taking center stage. Jazz vocalist Maryann Price leads her own jazz trio and is one half of the eclectic duo Ethyl’n Methyl, along with Asleep At The Wheel alumnus Chris O'Connell. After singing commercial jingles in her native Baltimore and jazz in Las Vegas showrooms Price moved to San Francisco in 1969. She was immediately hired by the most original band in town, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, becoming one of the most popular groups on the west coast. Upon hearing of the Hot Lick's breakup in 1973, the Kinks' Ray Davies asked Maryann to move to England and join the legendary British rockers. Davies penned several songs for Maryann and she stayed with the Kinks for a year, touring extensively and recording "Preservation Act 2". Returning to America, Maryann formed The Girtones with former Hot Licks guitarist John Girton and in 1980 Price was contacted by longtime fan Ray Benson, leader of the legendary band "Asleep At The Wheel" and soon she was logging countless road miles. She stayed with the "Wheel" for two years and recorded "Framed" with them before embarking on her solo career. In 1991 Maryann organized the first reunion in 17 years of the original Hot Licks. The show packed Austin's Paramount Theater and culminated in an appearance on "Austin City Limits" which generated unprecedented viewer response. Maryann’s voice can be heard on numerous commercial jingles and along with Chris O'Connell she appeared on the Southwest Airlines television commercials. Maryann now resides in Austin, Texas where she performs regularly and her recordings are much sought after. Price's long awaited first solo album entitled "Etched In Swing" received critical acclaim as did her live, autographed CD "Hot 'n' Cole". “The Round-up Sampler” has Just been released but whether its boogie, ballad, or Jazz, the unifying element is the one-of-a-kind voice of Maryann Price.
Maryann Price - Jazzland
Maryann's Web Site
Sweet Kentucky Ham  

email: reddrum@realtime.net

Karen Angela Moore
Music: Jazz, Blues, Rythm and Blues, Swing
Broadway, Big Band, Western Swing
A thirteen year veteran of the Nashville music scene, Karen has appeared on The Ralph Emery Show, The Crook and Chase Show, 10 Seconds Game Show, as well as hosting and producing a Nashville Music Industry television show for two years. Her work with major label acts includes: Tom T. Hall, The Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Lynn Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, Marty Stuart, Royal Wade Kimes, Freddy Fender, Janie Fricke, Koko Taylor, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, The John Pizzarelli Trio, Maryann Price, and many others. Karen has done jingles, voice-overs, and has appeared in numerous music videos. Karen’s record label Wonderment Records has its first release with “Hangin' Around the Moon” by Royal Wade Kimes. The 1999 release, produced by Karen, features Wade's western cowboy outlaw songs. Not since Marty Robbins' El Paso has the old west seemed so alive! Kimes has had his songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Diamond Rio, Gene Watson, and others, but this album is cowboy all the way. Karen is also directing Kimes 1999 stage shows. Although Karen works in the country music genre - her personal performance is in jazz. Karen's album “All the Wrong Things To Do!” was recorded with the John Pizzarelli Trio (RCA Records/Chesky Records). The album features Karen’s swinging jazz vocals on originals, standards and some obscure gems.The project is swing, big band, jazz and blues, originals as well as standards, It has garnered great reviews by the jazz press. The album is available on the internet at AMAZON.COM. As a Mentor member of “Just Plain Folks” Karen is actively involved with the groups over 4,000 singer/songwriter members. Karen’s involvement only starts with Song critiques, web site chat sessions, and monthly question and answer sessions. She screens dozens of members packages every month. In 1997 Karen produced “The Packer Maniacs!” a Green Bay Packer Party Album - featuring Aaron Taylor (#73), Packers Super Bowl Champ, on vocals. Karen’s creative marketing took the album to sales of over 30,000 units in one season. “Packer Maniacs!” appeared in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, on ESPN Sports, The Fabulous Sports Babe show (NYC), and traveled to JAPAN for the Americas Bowl. It received three Mayoral proclamations! Karen splits her time between Nashville and New York City - where she works with The Luedtke Agency in film, TV, and commercials; as well as with writers and composers.
“The difference between wanting and having - is DOING!” K.A. Moore
Karen Angela Moore - All The Wrong Things To Do
Karen's Web Site
What A Little Moonlight Can Do  

email: mooretunes@aol.com

Candye Kane
Music: Ballsy Blues, Jazz, Swing
She's been called the "Annie Sprinkle of the Blues" and "Bette Midler meets Big Mama Thornton" but fans of Candye know she's a true original. Young and old, Gay and straight. Swing fans, rockabilly and blues folks are all drawn to Candye's love message. Since 1994, Candye Kane has made three critically acclaimed CDs for Austin Texas based Antone's/Discovery Records. Home Cookin' produced by The Paladins, and Knock Out, produced by Grammy winner Val Garay. helped carve Candye a place in the roots music history books. Diva La Grande, her third CD, produced by Dave Alvin, landed her on the pages of People Magazine and on CNN . Candye has come a long way from her X-Rated, Welfare Mom, East L.A. past. Candye's fourth CD "Swango" was released on September 22,1998, on the Sire records label. She was signed by Seymour Stein personally, after he came to a live performance in Brussels, Belgium. Produced by Mike Vernon and Andy Paley, (Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac), this CD won Candye live television appearances on Roseanne (complete with interview !) and Penn & Tellers Sin City Spectacular. Candye won over legions of new swing dance fans with Swango and her live horn section .She truly lives up to the "Queen of Swing" moniker. Candye continues to enjoy success in Europe, and this past year, on the homefront, was honored to be included on The House Of Blues Label release "30 Essential Women Of The Blues", alongside such luminaries as Bessie Smith and Etta James. She was also mentioned at length, in the new Rolling Stone Magazine's Guide to Jazz & The Blues. 1998 has been a banner year for Candye and the band in the awards department. She unseated Jewel for the "Artist Of The Year" award at her hometown San Diego Music Awards, and also took home numerous awards and nominations including "Best Blues Band "/San Diego Music Awards, "Outstanding Lounge Swing Cabaret Artist"/California Music Awards, "Best OUT Recording" and "Best Jazz Recording"/Gay And Lesbian American Music Awards, "Outstanding Entertainer" 1999 Nicky Awards, and The 1999 Jim Croce Music Award. Her live show is a theatrical, campy, high energy extravaganza, featuring "The Swingin' Armadillos" with a horn section, and Sue "Beehive" Palmer on the keyboard and accordion. Candye constantly dazzles her audiences with her incredible vocals, swing bop and R&B melodies, uninhibited humor and thought provoking lyrics. Candye is a maverick. Her show has been described as "a Revival meeting in the parking lot of an X-rated bookstore". Never preachy, she gently encourages her audiences to shatter stereotypes, celebrate their sexuality and live their dreams.
Candye Kane - Swango Candye's Web Site
200 LBS Of Fun  

email:candyekane@hotmail.com

Lauren Wood
Music: Pop
Okay, first off, when you drive up to Lauren's house in the Hollywood Hills, your feet will be greeted with hot pink rocks and your eyes will be met with a turquoise and pink paint job that looks like "Walt Disney threw up on it", to quote Lauren herself. And the adventure continues as you walk through the door. Mannequins fake zebra skin carpet, a 50's couch with two eyeballs and pictures of her cats dressed up like Rabbis or Madonna. You see, Lauren is one of those quirky folks who might be found fumbling through coat pockets in thrift stores searching for 50‘s trinkets that would sit nicely on top of her refrigerator. I don't mean that she's a bag lady, fumbling through garbage, quite the contrary, she is a calculated, “post - it note" kind of woman. She acts upon her gut feelings, no matter how odd they are. Basically, she’s a nut, but don't tell her I told you that! I just know that the psychology department at UCLA would love to get their hands on Lauren. She is Big time thesis material. Just check this out... one time I sat on Lauren‘s couch an entire afternoon while she was chasing a spider around on her kitchen floor, determined to capture it in her "earth friendly" paper cup in order to set it free, rather than smack- it dead like any other normal human. And it‘s this funky behavior that weaves its way into her lyrics as she lays her haunting, low husky voice into a bed of music that leads the listener into her own psychedelic wonderland. She's done a lot of cool stuff in the past, sold tons of albums was on the "Pretty Woman" Soundtrack and has a lot of double, triple and quadruple platinum things hanging on her walls. She also has this sort of cult following for this "Ed Wood"-ish, feature length movie called “They Must Be Told" that she put together with some of her friends, like Linda Rondstat, Teri Garr, Buck Henry, Lesley Ann Warren, Bud Cort, Elvira and Pee Wee Herman. I guess it‘s her eccentricity that has given her a world-wide, international appeal, with fans all over the continents waiting with baited breath for her new project to birth. And she just slapped that baby on the back, after some hibernation with her co-writers Ron Cohen and Craig Jones and engineer Michael Verdick (the only ones crazy enough to work with her... just kidding) and the result is stunning. I know her die hard fans will be more than satisfied and fresh ears will embrace it. -- Sydney Forest
Lauren Wood Lauren's Web Site
Fallen  

email:bighairdo@laurenwood.com

Karen Tyler
Music: Blues
"Karen Tyler succeeds where 99% of "sassy blues mamas" fail and it's thanks to her exceptional songwriting skills and a voice that can deliver the full spectrum of blues from slow, smoky and sultry to raise-the-roof rockinitis. 5 bottles for a star on the rise". REAL BLUES MAGAZINE "I want to go on record as saying ... Karen Tyler in my opinion is the best female vocalist that I have ever heard in my entire 46 years of living!" BIG DADDY BLUZHARP (on-line magazine) 1998 Delta Snake Blues News - Reader's Poll - Karen Tyler was voted 4th Best Acoustic Blues Female Artist, 5th Best Acoustic Blues Guitar Player & 6th Best Acoustic Blues Recording IN THE NATION!!! The first thing you'll notice is the voice. It's a rich supple voice that bends, wails and caresses a song like nobody's business. The second thing is the rhythm, as rhythm is King with Tyler. Her acoustic arch top guitar leads off with a tough, percussive sound and digs into a variety of rhythms from strutting blues and snappy swing tunes to luscious ballads, sexy second line and some kick-ass country blues. Karen Tyler is an award winning songwriter who balances her considerable talent atop a base of strong, fluid melodies and engaging lyrics. Karen has recently relocated to California from Austin, Texas where her "Lovin' The Blues Too Long" CD has been the #1 selling CD of all time for the past year and a half at Local Flavor, Austin's leading "Texas Only" music store. She is currently recording a new solo CD and will be appearing at several national blues and folk festivals as well as opening shows for John Mayall, Derek Trucks and a host of other top blues bands.
Karen Tyler - Alone And Blue Karen's Web Site
Big Bright Life  

email:katyler@aol.com

Barbara Harris
Music: Jazz, Blues, Rythm and Blues, Pop, Gospel, Dance
In September of 1965 a record was released that was to become an international, all-time classic. "A LOVERS CONCERTO" by "THE TOYS" entered the charts and in just ten short weeks surpassed luminaries the likes of "THE BEATLES, THE SUPREMES, ELVIS PRESLEY, THE ROLLING STONES, THE FOUR TOPS, STEVIE WONDER" etc.. The song reached NUMBER ONE and stayed there for six weeks, becoming a million seller. The voice singing lead, was that of Ms. Barbara Harris. The success of "THE TOYS" carried Barbara to countries all over the world. England, Holland, Germany, Japan, Australia just to name a few. "THE TOYS" have also made many TV appearances. "SHINDIG", "HULLABULLOO", "AMERICAN BANDSTAND", "MERV GRIFFIN", "JOEY BISHOP", "UPBATE", "CLAY COLE SHOW" etc. After recording several other singles and an album (which has just been re-released on CD, on the Sundazed label), Barbara left the group, had a family and raised a total of seven children. While raising her family she never stopped singing. Married to a musician, Ken Wiltshire, they continually played in small local groups whose styles ranged from Jazz, to Blues and R&B. In 1988 the original "TOYS" reformed and for two years did Concerts, Nightclubs, and Oldie shows. Afterwards Barbara continued to sing with her local band, "Rhythm and Babs". THAT WAS BARBARA THEN. THIS IS "BARBARA NOW". Barbara has just completed, what she considers to be the pinnacle of her musical life's journey thus far. She has just released Her first Solo CD entitled BARBARA NOW. She has also been working with a young musician in France Philippe Arcostanza via the Internet. She has completed a number of songs and hopes to release them very soon.
Barbara Harris - Barbara Now Barbara's Web Site
I'm Going Home  

email:barbarastoys@mindspring.com

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