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Nina Storey
Music - Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock
She has the soul of a blues singer, the heart of a folkie, the spirit of a gospel devotee, the attitude of a rock 'n' roller and the pipes of a soul queen. Blended together, they comprise the music of Boulder, Colorado based singer Nina Storey, a sound that's at once familiar but also refreshingly original, a musical attack that yields her powerful voice. 'Shades', released on February 15, 2000, contains a rare kind of depth, passion and breadth and offers an amalgam of styles from the muscular funk grooves of "Let Us Walk,''  "False Ideas'' and "Disease of Suggestion'' to the bouncy, Stevie Wonder-styled bop of "Coffee and Margaritas'', the reggae stride of "If I Were An Angel,'' and  the gritty a cappella blues of "No Man''. Meanwhile, "Crown'' and the swelling, anthemic title track, "Shades",  which closes the album, reveal a gentler, textured melodicism that still conveys aching passion and thoughtful reflection. "Different songs represent different things in terms of me as a vocalist and me as a writer and a musician,'' explains 26 year old Storey, who co-produced 'Shades' with her mother, Jan Storey, and her longtime guitarist, former Miles Davis sideman Randy Hall. "I consider myself a blues singer, but there are so many other sounds I have that really come together on 'Shades'. People, all people, have more than one layer to their character; for me, my music has to reflect that, too''. "Music", Storey says, "is something I pretty much always wanted to do. Even when I was four, I was singing all the time.'' Her upbringing certainly encouraged that; the Denver-born Storey hails from what she calls an "artsy, left of center family'' filled with musicians, writers, actors and performers -- including her grandmother who played saxophone in a big band. When Storey was in elementary school, she and her family moved to California where her mother Jan worked as a writer and producer, and her father worked as a sound engineer for artists such as Barry Manilow and Frank Sinatra, among others. This made music even more a part of the family mix. Growing up, Storey was raised on a diet of every musical food group, and she ticks off an inspiring group of influences. "I grew up on a breakfast of the Beatles, Billy Joel,  and Aretha Franklin,'' she remembers. Add others such as Etta James, Billie Holliday, Annie Lennox and virtually any other rock, blues, soul and jazz legend you can name. "In every respect of my life, not just musical influences, my parents encouraged me to try to have a broad appreciation for things that exist out there,'' Storey says.The release of ‘Shades’ comes from Red Lady Records and Monster Productions.  Red Lady and Monster venture jointly under the name of Red Lady Monster Entertainment.  Distribution is being handled by Navarre Distribution.  With ‘Shades,’ which was recorded with a small audience in the studio, Storey captures the dynamics of her live performances and combines them with the crafted nuances that the studio allows. From quiet reflection to soaring spirituality, its 12 songs celebrate the joy, pain and triumphs of the human spirit. Nina and her band plan to tour extensively throughout 2000.
Nina Storey - Shades Nina's web site
Coffee & Margaritas 

Claudia Russell
Music - Folk, Country
Claudia Russell is a musicians' musician. Having performed as a backup singer on recordings by some of the best songwriters on the LA independent music scene. Last year she took center stage, with a Memorial Day performance at the Kerrville Folk Festival near Austin Texas. There she sang two original songs chosen as finalists in the festival's prestigious New Folk competition. (Past finalists include Cheryl Wheeler. Shawn Colvin and Lyle Lovett.) Y2K has begun on an up note: Blue Flame Cafe, a song from her new CD, has been included in Trixie, a Sony Pictures film by director Alan Rudolph starring Nick Nolte and Emily Watson. Produced by Mark Governor. Russell's debut CD, Song Food was recorded in Los Angeles and Memphis. Claudia was excited to work with many of her favorite musicians: keyboardists Carl Byron and Rob Strickland, percussionist Debra Dobkin (Bonnie Raitt, Jewel). slide guitar moister Ted Waterhouse, mandolin and electric guitar player Bruce Kaplan, LA session ace Ed Tree, Skip Edwards (keyboards for Dwight Yoakum), bassist Diane Lindsay and multi instrumentalist Eric Lewis. Lewis was named String Player of the year by the Memphis branch of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Before embarking on her solo career, Russell played a key role in several bands. As vocalist and guitar player in Maggie's Farm, she recorded with BMG records and appeared around the country, including a show at Farm Aid where she shared the stage with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristoffersen. She was also one third of the Life ls Grand Band, an award-winning vocal trio that featured original material, satirical rewrites of classic songs and stunning a cappella vocals. As Fast Folk recording artists. the LiGB became part of the Smithsonian/Folkways collection, making them a national treasure of sorts. The Tequila Mockingbirds, her first professional band, toured the Northwest and Canada doing week- long gigs at biker bars and taverns, playing everything from Hank Williams to the Pretenders. Russell has co-starred twice in OId Friends, a musical revue featuring the songs of Paul Simon staged most recently for a four-week run at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. As a solo artist, Russell plays a style all her own: eclectic folk music woven from her diverse musical influences: blues. western swing, rock and county. Drawing from original compositions, obscure gems, folk and pop classics as well as contributions from her many talented songwriter friends. Her performances are truly heartfelt and memorable. Though she was born and raised in Los Angeles, Claudia has an authentic American voice that sounds as if she was raised closer to Elvis and the Everlys than the smooth sounds of LA pop. A third generation singer. her father Gilbert Russell had a million selling record with the Teddy Bear's Picnic as lead vocalist for the BBC Dance Orchestra. Listen to Song Food and feast on some fine folk music!
Claudia Russell - Song Food Claudia's web site
Dance (All She Wanted To Do) 

email: rustyswing@aol.com

Amy Carr
Music - Pop, Rock, Alternative
Based in Philadelphia, Amy Carr has successfully spread her music to the world via radio, internet and television. Her music is often compared to Sheryl Crow and Ani Difranco, combining Acoustic guitar, driving rhythm and a soulful voice. "A wild, untamable, passionate voice full of life" - United Nations Magazine
"Amy's voice is both powerful & seductive..." -Internet Music Review "...Smooth and Rockin' "  -The Wire, Harrisburg, Pa. She and her identical twin sister have written and produced two CDs. Since being released, every song on "Blink" and 'I Divide" have been played on-air. Amy and Lisa are a writing team and have been published in an anthology of women artists and writers entitled “Expanding circles: Women, Art & Community” (Midmarch Press). They have also written a novel together and recently appeared in, and are writing the score for, an independent film called “In His Wake”. "On the horizon of up & coming artists, Amy Carr's "Blink" is a must hear!" – Nat’l. Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences "Amy Carr is an artist on the verge of making it big" -Harmony Ridge Music “It 's bands like Amy Carr that help give Triumph a good reputation.”  - Triumph Brewing Company, Princeton, NJ. Amy has enjoyed National and International Radio Airplay (commercial and college stations) for both  of her albums. She became one of WXPN's Five most requested artists and is receiving regular specialty spins on commercial radio station Y-100. Amy’s album "I Divide" has been added to the British Archive of Music in England. Amy has played everything from Atlantic City Beach Fest at Trump Plaza to The Annual Harley Davidson Bike Night!
Amy Carr - Blink Amy's web site
The Third Line 

email: music@cedar-relic.com

Pope Jane
Music - Pop, Rock
Pope Jane is an all female pop/rock three piece based in the Big Sky Country of Montana, touring all over the place. Pope Jane is being lauded by industry ears everywhere as the heart of the sound to come. Pope Jane has been the featured requested opener for the likes of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart,  Indigenous, and array of others. They've been part of a compilation CD with their children's song "Everybody Cries Sometimes", to benefit the children's organization called The Lost and Foundation. All proceeds from the CD sales go toward bettering the situations for unfortunate children throughout Montana. Pope Jane has made several live TV appearances over the years and done quite a few live radio interviews.Their single, "Rain", has been aired on regional commercial FM stations, and won the "hire it or Fire it" live-listener-call-in-competition on the 100,000 watt FM station Y93. Their album "Relief" is even occupying time on Scotland's BBC Radio! Pope Jane was the featured regional headling act two years running at the 10,000+ person event, ZooGrass.  They were also called in at the last minute to be the regional headliner on the mainstage at the 8,000+ person event, Rockin' The Rockies, in Lewistown, Montana and their outreach doesn't stop there. Pope Jane is very web friendly, with their URL address listed with many major search engines. The band is featured, mentioned, or linked on over 50 indie music websites, and Pope Jane has songs scheduled for play on 5 different internet radio broadcasters across the country. Their second album, Relief, is for sale online at CDbaby.com, Earbuzz.com, and Amazon.com.  And they just keep getting better and better but we'll stop with the achievement dropping there. Pope Jane is famous for playing four plus hours of all original music, and is even more famous for the dynamics and fullness created by only three pieces. Pope Jane is what happens when you get three eccentric women together to just do their thing -- groove and try not to look too geeky. 
Pope Jane - Hide Me From The Moon Pope Jane's web site
Faith 

email: mailbox@popejanemusic.com

Heather Richards
Music - Country, Country Rock
Singer-songwriter Heather Richards is a musical creator for a recipe of broken hearts and real life experiences. The upstate NY artist has sailed her share of life's delights and pains-mostly lessons of the heart and soul and contrary to her lessons, she's grasped even the most bittersweet of remembrances and brought them to life through her songs. Richard's infectious style successfully intertwines traditional, contemporary, and modern country respectively and brings forth to its audience a simplistic connection. Heather's songs are a joy for their clarity and understanding and so swiftly flows from the song to the listener. In fact, all of Heather's music comes from her own struggles, heart and pen, making her an Artists Artist in the truest sense of the definition. Growing up in an environment of music her entire life certainly has played a role in helping this gifted artist to develop her craft of singing and songwriting. Playing bluegrass festivals at an early age, performing in her parent's band, forming into her own band, living in Nashville TN. For three years and later having two of her songs hit the hot 150 indie and major label charts together at number 23, Richards has had some musical adventures to tell in a tale or two. Heather's motto is "It doesn't matter if you make it to the top on your travels for if you are a true artist, you are already there".
Haether Richards - Take A Chance On Me Heather's web site
Give Me A Break 

email: heather@heatherrichards.com

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