Music: Acoustic-based "urban folk"
|DeeAnn has been involved in the New York City Women's music scene for several years. She first appeared as a songwriter and more recently as a singer/songwriter whose instruments include keyboard and guitar. Her music is described as acoustic -based "urban folk" with special attention to lyrics and mood. Her work has been featured in alternative formats with radio airplay from areas as diverse as upstate New York and North Carolina. Several of her original songs have been heard on daytime TV and have been featured in several New York City off-Broadway plays including "Desperate Territory" and "Gone Astray" by award winning playwright J.S Staniloff. She is currently collaborating on a musical with J.S. Staniloff called "The Harvest". DeeAnn has an emotional foundation to her songs and her melodies grow out of a pure, emotional place. According to Staniloff, "it is that connection that makes her work theatre-friendly." DeeAnn is also a winner of the National Academy of Popular Music prestigious Abe Olman Award for excellence in songwriting. Her work as a songwriter has most recently shown up on Jeff Krassner's album, "Strong for You" on Identity Records. She plays New York City clubs frequently and has been featured in various "Best of" showcases and Songwriters Circles in Nashville as well as New York City. New York City venues have included The Bitter End; CBGB's Gallery; Dixon Place; Dark Star Lounge; The "C" Note; Dina Fanelli's "Best of" Song Circle; Women In Music Acoustic Showcase; etc. Her band includes some of New York's finest musicians: Marc Shulman (Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin), Everett Bradley (Stomp, Bon Jovi), Vicki Genfan (Dee Carstensen's Band), Tom Seguso (No Happy Faces and Slick Pelt), David Hershey-Webb (Blue Heart recording artist).|
|Mary Lou Newmark is an electric violinist, composer, and poet living in Los Angeles, California. Mary Lou has a traditional classical background with undergraduate and graduate degrees in violin performance from Southern Methodist University and the University of Southern California, and a masters degree in composition from the University of California, Los Angeles. However, her compositions are often far from traditional, as she bridges the gap between current electronic trends and the virtuosic violin techniques of the past. Her works encompass a wide range of styles and techniques, incorporating live performance, original poetry and electronically generated sounds into unique pieces that inhabit their own sound worlds. Ms. Newmark has given lecture/demonstrations of her music throughout the western United States including Los Angeles, Dallas, Portland, San Diego, and Northern California. Additionally, her works have been performed at international festivals in Corfu, Greece and Montreal, Canada. Her music has been featured on radio stations throughout the United States and Canada, as well as Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Zagreb, Croatia. Ms. Newmark has received numerous awards for her talent as a performer and composer, including 1999 and 2000 ASCAP Awards, a Mu Phi Epsilon Grant, and recognition in the Luigi Russolo Competition for electronic music. She plays a 5-string green acrylic electric violin, EV Luma, made by Tucker Barrett in Vermont, and utilizes several effects processors and Pro Tools software.|
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|She has been described in the Washington Post as having flair for delivering songs that smoothly blend country, swing and blues traditions. With over eighteen years of performing in the VA/DC/MD area, Colleen Shanley, has come to an accomplished point in her career where she truly shines. She has honed her skills over time by exploring the various genres of music from her early years of folk, bluegrass and country to later moving into a wider range that now includes blues, swing, rock and even a little bit of jazz fused into the mix. She's incorporated what she's learned into her own expressive songwriting and her innovative ability to approach familiar songs with a fresh and distinctive appeal. Colleen's 1998 debut album, Let's Go For That Ride, clearly demonstrates this. It also gained her some well-deserved recognition with songwriting honorary mentions, placements on several CD compilations and websites, and airplay here in the USA and overseas. With her most recent album, This Time, both Colleen and her partner in life and music, Casey O'Neal, changed gears. For this project, they worked with Jim Robeson at Bias Recording, and incorporated other writers' songs along with her own. They've put together an exciting arrangement of blues, swing, country rock and jazz. They've also included a little of the infulences from their earlier bluegrass days. Colleen's been nominated over the past several years for numerous Washington Area Music Association awards in the roots/rock category. She's had the honor of performing with former Capital/Nashville artist Cleve Francis and sharing the stage with other notorieties such as the Sun Rhythm Section and Wayne Toups. She's also been a featured artist at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. You can currently find her belting out the blues while rocking the house with her five piece band at one of the many festivals, special events and clubs in the VA/DC/MD area.|
She's Late Again
|"I never really wanted
to be a vocalist, I just wanted to be able to perform my songs without
The artist who's turning the Internet on its ear has delivered a debut album that embodies the very essence of its title. Deep Down is a moving and candid collection that gives voice to the thoughts and feelings we all experience but usually only share with close friends. Deeply honest, frank and thoughtful lyrics are accompanied by a passionate and compelling vocal that ranges from a sultry Toni Braxton style intimacy on the introspective Blending of Extremes, to a fiery and soulful Tina Turner style energy on the satirical Bare Necessities. Dominique's instantly recognizable vocal pours out with a warm texture that draws you in and will make you want to stay. Her wide vocal range and uncommon lyrical phrasing has been likened to Annie Lennox and her songwriting equated with the prolific Paul Simon. Vibrant melodies, pop song structures and potent hooks are served over organic and percussive instrumentation that is both familiar and complex. Dominique's signature twelve string guitar rhythms provide continuity throughout the collection and form the foundation for each song. Adding to this original mix is her use of unconventional chord voicings - an adaptation that allows her to compensate for severed tendons in her left hand. Inspired by a clear and indelible vision, Dominique delivers a self produced album that holds nothing back. This album features the electric guitar, bass and vocal work of guest artist Paul Biondi of the band Hurricane Jar.
Heart On The Run
|Whether performing solo or with her band, Sheryl Skye is NOT your same-old-same-old singer/songwriter. Her passion will pull you in and her music will challenge your ear. Her songwriting is personal and yet it speaks to the masses as she writes with the understanding that the power of art hides within the details. Often it is her choice of one word or the combination of two that will carry the emotional weight of a song or lead the listener to the deeper layers of meaning. Skye's musical education began when she studied classical guitar for several years as a child. Upon losing the desire to "master" the instrument, she began to write, play and sing for her own comfort. At the urging of family and friends, she did begin to perform publically, however Sheryl never seriously considered music as a possible career until her late twenties. At that time she began performing regularly and learning her songwriting craft. She soon jumped on the independent bandwagon and started her own record label and released her first CD in 1994 ("Wading the Waters"). After forming a band, she released her second CD in 1996 ("The Sheryl Skye Band") and is currently promoting her third, 1999 release, "Ripple."|
Love Me Or Leave Me