Music: Jazz, Blues, Alternative, Progressive Acoustic
|Magic Records artist Jill Freeman is currently enjoying her first hit as a songwriter with her song "Kisses Good," prominently featured in the Ellen DeGeneres film "Mr. Wrong." “Kisses Good," off the Hollywood Records original soundtrack, is performed by EMI recording act "Once Blue" in the comedy and is rapidly gaining significant airplay at radio stations across the country. The Los Angeles native recently released her debut album, Songs About Sex And Depression featuring her own version of “Kisses Good." An intimate and introspective collection of tunes ranging from acoustic bohemian musings, to pop frolics, to lighthearted blues, the album is a showcase of Jill's talents as both an endearing performer and a sensitive writer. Velvety, dark melodies blend with her tender voice and words to portray an honest, intimate, vulnerabiLity. Freeman's writing is both dark and friendly. Her lyrics point deep to the soul, speaking unabashedly, yet never losing a warmth that seems native to her spirit. Born of a music teacher mom and a dad who hitchhiked to California in the thirties to become a movie star, Jill entered the songwriting world in her early twenties, met two girls who astounded her with their talent, and formed a vocal trio with them. The three went on to become The Life is Grand Band, one of L.A.’s most popular and original vocal bands. Capturing the ears of folk near and far, from L.A., to up and down the coast, to as far east as Boston and Greenwich Village, the trio stayed together for five and a half years. Within these “vibrant vocals from three hot locals” as one journalist put it, Jill developed her ear and honed her vocal and performing skills. With the unfortunate dissolution of the band in 1989, Jill faced the prospect of going it solo. “I was so depressed after the band broke up,” she says. “I kind of lost it. But,” she adds, “I wrote a lot of songs.” It was writing about climbing out of these blues that led Jill to joke one night at a club during one of her solo performances, "I don’t write about love, I write songs about sex and depression!” The bulk of the songs written during this time became the body of work for her debut album, just released by Magic Records.|
|Austin has so much music
that no matter how hard you try, it's hard to get through all the layers.
Recently, I was in the mood for a real feel-good evening of music, so on
good referral I went to see Austin's Shelley King and her band. This woman
Was a truly inspirational voice, combining gospel, blues and Texas roots
music better than anyone I've had the pleasure of hearing in quite a while.
King's got the kind of energy that inspires any audience and leaves them
thirsting for more.
A Shelley King show is a sure cure for all that ails ya! Shelley King & her music showcase the soulfulness of a gospel singer overtaken by the hire of the blues within the sensibilities of roots music. A lifetime of performing in everything from gospel choirs and musical theatre to leading various bands through venues across the southwest has brought Shelley King to the forefront of Texas music. Shelley's songs have been featured on KGSR radio Austin, Central Texas KFAN, and the Austin Music Network among others. An emotionally charged entertainer with a dynamic stage presence, Shelley delivers her own down home pickin' &: grinnin' style combining the best of Texas blues, rock, folk and country. Shelley has an unmistakable voice, strong, clear, passionate. You can't fight the feel good melodies and you can't control your tapping toes. Like- it or not – you're going to have fun!
Drivin' By Myself
|Recently back from their tour of Nashville, Austin, Dallas, Little Rock and a few other southwest cities, Kelly's Lot is already planning their next venture out. But Los Angeles and the surrounding areas is where Kelly and her Lot have been making their mark. From Borders Books and Music to the Troubadour to Hallenbecks this band rocks their audiences with their original music, great energy and unforgettable emotions. Kelly's lyrics are soul searching while her melodies weave a bluesy/folk influence with a rock foundation. Pop, Latin and other rhythms are also part of their sound. And the Ballads! "TEST DRIVE," the first release from Kelly's Lot, is like nothing out there. This CD is fresh and alive and will cross over to all age groups. It is an Enhanced CD with a music video on it. All reviews received so far have been glowing. Kelly recorded her first demo CD, "Kelly's Lot," with J. Peter Robinson, former keyboard player for Phil Collins and The J. Geils Band. Now a composer, Robinson placed a song, Broken Man, in the NBC movie "Buried Secrets." Their next demo was recorded LIVE at The Troubadour and was played on many college radio stations across the USA. Kelly was one of 20 finalists out of thousands to compete for a spot on the Lilith Tour. With vocals and guitar, Kelly leads "the Lot" which consists of Thomas Richter on lead guitar, Sebastian Sheehan on drums and percussion, Chris Robertson on bass, Bill Johnston on Sax and Perry Robertson playing rhythm guitar. Kelly takes her audience inside their heart and soul by delving deep inside her own every time she sings.Music and emotion become one when Kelly's Lot takes the stage. Kelly's Lot is endorsed by Sennheiser.|
Joan Of Arc
|Harriet Schock is a songwriter (Grammy-nominated “Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady”), recording artist with six solo albums, performer, songwriting consultant, teacher and lecturer as well as author. In the seventies, she recorded her first three albums for Twentieth Century Records when Russ Regan was president of the label. They were “Hollywood Town,” “She’s Low Clouds” and “You Don’t Know What You’re In For.” She met Nik Venet in 1991 and began recording again. In 1999, she completed an eleven-city tour with her newly released CD, “Rosebud” signed to Evening Star Music Group, distributed by City Hall Records and her new book, "Becoming Remarkable", published by Blue Dolphin Publishing. In 2000, her “American Romance” CD was released. In the January, 2001 issue of Discoveries Magazine, Joseph Tortelli wrote, “More than echoing the singer-songwriter tradition, ‘American Romance’ renews popular music for the 21st century.” December 4th, 2001, her first ever live album, “Harriet Schock, Live, From Fairfax to Pasadena” was released on Thunderdigital Records and produced by Phil Appelbaum. Schock’s songs have been recorded by such diverse artists as Smokey Robinson, Roberta Flack, Helen Reddy, Lee Greenwood, Johnny Mathis, Nancy Wilson, Manfred Mann, Carl Anderson, Jannel Rap, Rebecca Parris, The Supremes, Vesica Pisces, E.L.K. and the Little Mermaid. Her feature film and TV song credits include “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking,” “Delta Force II,” ABC’s “The Secret Garden,” Motown’s “The Last Dragon” and “The Real Life Adventures of Santa Claus,” released Christmas, 2000. She is proud to be included in the Hal Shaper Collection of Great Songwriters of the 20th Century. As a songwriting consultant and author, Harriet teaches and consults with professional and pre-professional songwriters in person, privately and for the Songwriters Guild Foundation in Los Angeles, in seminars and over the internet, worldwide.|
|The Duffy Bishop Band is without a doubt one of Portland’s greatest treasures. With scores of awards and four of the finest CDs ever to come out of the Rose City, Duffy Bishop and her guitarist/ songwriter husband, Chris Carlson, have become one of the most popular Northwest acts at festivals and nightclubs around the nation. There are countless reasons for their success, but The Oregonian’s John Foyston summed it up nicely, “Some blueswomen never get past big, bold and brassy, but Bishop knows well the uses of subtlety in songs. [Her] sly knowing humor is one of Bishop’s many charms.” More than just a blues vocalist, Duffy Bishop is an artist and an actor. Fly The Rocket, her latest Burnside Records release finds Bishop and Carlson building on their previous success. From the Vargas-like cover (designed by Bishop) to the unprecedented music contained within, this is a wonderful continuation of Bishop’s independent musical stylings. Fly The Rocket is undoubtedly a blues release, but it transcends genre boundaries – the “Blues Police” may be troubled, but the originality of this offering is welcome. Starting off with the teasing Change Your Address and ending with the jazz ballad Blue Lullaby, the interplay of genre and style, vocal and instrument, image and idolatry lead you to expect the unexpected. This is no formula project, but neither is it a “artsy” CD that will gather dust on the shelf. All of the material is accessible and will appeal to a broad audience. For example, Rockandaheartbreak has a driving rock beat while retaining a big band feel, while 3X’s (“Three Times”) pairs Carlson’s guitar to an inspired horn section in a surprising colloquy. But no matter how great the music is, and it is great, it’s Duffy’s vocals and whimsical personality that make this a unique offering. [Duffy’s] loud, brutally honest and she's a ball of fire - Everett Herald|
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