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Marilyn Harris
Music - Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Swing, Pop, New Age, Classical, Country
Twenty years ago Marilyn Harris first set foot in a recording studio and thought "I don't ever want to leave! ...Why can't I live here? ... This feels like home!“ Her attraction to the piano at age five was a similar case of-love-at-first-sight, and she started composing when she finally bought her own piano five years later. ”I wrote music because as a kid I was too impatient to learn most songs from sheet music - I'd pick them out by ear, but then feel embarrassed if someone heard me play a wrong note - so I made up new tunes so no one would know when I made a mistake!" Marilyn Harris has been a professional musician since earning her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Connecticut. Settling in New York City, Marilyn began working for E.B. Marks as a music proofreader in 1972, and then went on to become a music editor at Belwin-Mills. In the mid-70's she made her living primarily from music transcription and copying, supplemented by live performances in lounge groups, piano bars, and on cruise ships. Marilyn worked extensively during this period with jazz arranger Gil Evans and his band, which included David Sanborn, Lew Solgff, Howard Johnson, Jon Faddis and Tom Malone, among other notable jazz artists. From 1975 on, her freelance songwriting and arranging included work for Children's Television Workshop/Sesame Street, Bette Midler. Lola Falana, Donna McKechnie and hit songwriter Allee Willis. After studying film scoring with Ray Wright and Manny Albam at Eastman School of Music in 1978, Marilyn produced music for commercials in Chicago (Amoco, McDonald's, Kraft, Kellogg's, United Airlines, etc.). Back in New York several of her songs were being recorded by jazz vocalists Anne Marie Moss and Jackie Paris, and "Free Flight", a jazzy rondo for flute and piano was being published by Kendor. Together with her husband, Mark Wolfram, she composed, performed and produced over 200 music cues for ABC-TV's General Hospital, scored episodes of the animated Flintstone Kids, and provided an electronic music score for the theatrical play Sea Marks. Their themes and scoring were recently featured in Great Britain on BBC-5's hit radio drama "Milford-Haven, U.S.A." - which also showcases some of Marilyn's songs. BETWEEN THE LINES, Marilyn's new release on Wrightwood Records, highlights her experiences as singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. Gene Seymour, arts columnist for New York Newsday noted “the near-perfect symmetry of warmth and intelligence informing each of these tunes ... the impeccably-grooved swing of "Extra Baggage" and "When I See Your Face"...the bittersweet incisiveness of "Coney Island" ... We finally have the album I always knew Marilyn Harris had to make because she was too gifted not to."
Marilyn Harris - Between The Lines Marilyn's web site
Extra Baggage 

email: marilyn@marilynharris.com

Melissa Ferrick
Music - Rock, Pop
Melissa Ferrick’s most recent release, Everything I Need, exemplifies a passionate and talented artist coming into her own. Melissa blends honest and insightful lyrics with skilled guitar and seamless songwriting into what critics are calling her best album yet. But no one is surprised, during her ten year career Melissa has garnered the reputation as always evolving... Everything I Need, confronts issues that have challenged both Melissa’s career and personal life. “I realized that I’m supposed to have fun with the talent I was given. I wasn’t supposed to suffer for my art.” Everything I Need is, indeed, a declaration of freedom. From the freewheelin’ “It’s Alright”, to the predatorial rhythm of “Don’t Say Good-bye”, Melissa demonstrates her fantastic versatility. The lyrics of songs like “Particular Place To Be” declare her new self-assurance, while “I Will Arrive” states that arriving on your own terms is more important than simply arriving. Response to Everything I Need has been overwhelming. The album launch found Melissa back at Great Woods in Boston, this time as a special performer on the Lilith Tour 1998. Her performance drew rave reviews, and fans swamped the venue’s record store when they learned that Everything I Need was available for purchase at the show (“She outsold every other artist on the bill” – Joe Sequino, Tower Records.) Everything I Need was nominated as Album of the Year by the Gay and Lesbian American Music Association (GLAMA) and Melissa was awarded Best Folk Rock Band by the prestigious Boston Music Awards. Fans and new listeners have enjoyed packed-house performances across the country, including sold out Paradise shows (Boston), The Newport Folk Festival, WBOS Earthday, and WXRV’s Riverfest. Recently Melissa participated in an exclusive Tower Records Liquid Audio performance at the 1999 NARM convention in Las Vegas. Now Melissa’s performance is available for purchase via the internet using state-of-the-art Liquid Audio technology. Melissa, with such artists as Patty Larkin and Julianna Hatfield, is currently involved in promotional activities supporting her involvement in the critically acclaimed Respond Project, a compilation cd featuring Boston female artists and benefiting women and children victimized by domestic violence. “I look at this as a second chance,” Melissa says of Everything I Need. “I’ve realized all the stuff you’re supposed to be grateful for.” With Everything I Need, Melissa steps out of her own shadow and is taking on the future with a newfound sense of comfort and contentment. With the burden of her own expectations gone, Melissa Ferrick has released herself alongside her new album.
Melissa Ferrick - Everything I Need Melissa's web site
Particular Place To Be 

email: ferrick@war.com

Mandy Leigh - Swing Sister
Music: Rock, Funk, Pop, Blues
Swing Sister’s creative talents and energy draw audiences to the music of diverse influences. Imagine Pat Benatar meets Fleetwood Mac, Pearl Jam meets Journey, Carly Simon meets Tori Amos and Janis Joplin meets Natalie Merchant... if you can’t quite put your finger on Swing Sister’s style, that’s because Swing Sister is like all of these and yet none, with a sound of their own. Swing Sister consists of singer/songwriter Mandy Leigh, guitarist Mario Amanguel, bassist Joe Martinez, and drummer Herbie Nevot. Mandy’s soulful lyrics combined with her sweeping vocals provide a solid core around which the rest of Swing Sister can shine. Mandy was “raised on the Beatles,” as her Brit father will announce proudly along with mentioning how she first learned to play guitar on a twelve string at the age of five. Along with her Beatlemania are influences of a different beat, that of her Brazilian ancestry, which provides another eclectic facet to Mandy’s songwriting. Her music draws from a range of genres including the blues, funk, pop and straight-ahead rock and roll. Mandy has been performing in South Florida as both a solo artist, songwriter, studio singer and now her style combines perfectly with the members of Swing Sister. Where Mandy’s vocals leave off, Mario’s lead guitar fills the space with the presence of an accomplished guitarist. Mario’s style is all his own, creating intense leads and alternative riffs. His influences start with Neil Schon and Santana and end with his own creative solos. Maria honed his skills in bands such as “Sister Glory” and “Trace Element.” Clearly, he is a guitar-players’ guitar payer and his dedication to his music is apparent in his performance Providing a solid, funky back beat to Swing Sister, bassman Joey engages the audience with low-end rhythms. Although Joey claims that “all good slings begin with the bass,” he hasn’t actually provided any evidence for that gross generalization. Joey developed his style (and attitude) in such bands as “Max Demian” and “Crystal Ball.” Drummer Herbie keeps the band on a steady rhythmic course. Herbie’s interest in eastern philosophy provides a defined, yet undefinable, mystical quality to the bend. He developed ibis enlightened style as a member of “Diamond Reign” and “Ransak.” Together, the members of Swing Sister provide the audience with an original, creative and vital performance that stands out in the South Florida scene. Their music appeals to a widely diverse audience and leaves a lasting impression on those hearing it for the first time. Swing Sister will be playing many SoFla venues in support of their recent self-entitled CD release. 
Swing Sister Mandy's web site
Sad Sorry Ass 

email: mandy@floridabands.com

Lynette Schultz
Music - Folk-Pop/Alternative, Jazz, Rock, Blues
Lynette has a versatile background in music with performances including live television and various appearances across the northwest. ‘With a lifelong passion for music, Lynette plays a variety of instruments including guitar, keyboards, bass, mandolin and percussion. Her style covers a broad range from Folk-Pop/Alternative to Jazz, Rock, Blues and more. Lynette recently finished her debut CD and performs with groups and solo at various venues in the greater Seattle Puget Sound area. Lynette was also a finalist in the 1998 Sierra Songwriters Competition, received a Certificate of Achievement in 1998 Unisong International Song Contest and was a semi-finalist in the 1999 Mid Atlantic Song Contest. Lynette is a northwest native living on Whidbey Island, Washington. She feels the beautiful northwest is a great place for artistic inspiration. Born in 1964, Lynette now enjoys a rich schedule of performing, writing, and recording music and looks forward to the many avenues of the music business yet to be reached.
Lynette Schultz - It's Only Natural Lynette's web site
I'll Be Back Tomorrow 

email: lynetteschultz@earthlink.net
 

Josie Kreuzer
Music - Sizzling Rockabilly Honky Tonk with a Switchblade Beat
Music has always been in Josie Kreuzer 's blood. From her earliest years in the crib she remembers listening to Billie Holiday and Muddy Waters, The Andrews Sisters and Bessie Smith. "My mother had a record collection to die for", she says with a mischievous gleam in her eyes, "and the great thing about it was that she wasn't crazily overprotective about it. Some of my earliest memories are of being host DJ at my mom's parties--before I could even read, picking out album's based on the cover artwork alone." Josie was born in Buffalo, NY., and at the age of 11, she started hearing melodies in her head. She says "I didn't know where they were coming from, a phrase would just pop into my head right along with the melody. It felt like I was a medium or something--I never tried to write, I just did it, almost as a natural progression in my life. I actually feel that way now too. If a song doesn't come naturally I can never force it--otherwise I just end up hating the song and never using it. I have suitcases and file cabinets full of finished and unfinished songs that I've never even used". Josie's debut CD "Hot Rod Girl" on SheDevil Records has received critical acclaim and continues to shake up the airwaves across the U.S. and the world. "Hot Rod Girl" is full of ardent candor, with a driving switchblade beat. If you were to take a pint of the Blasters, a shot of Hank Williams and Gene Vincent, a dash of Dwight Yoakam, mix them with a twist of Patsy Cline and top it off with Wanda Jackson, Josie Kreuzer would be the result. Her sultry, growling vocals and "good ol' girl" style of songwriting lasso's your heart and soul, pumping you up like a double espresso, pulling you into her rockabilly world like a magnet to a Frigidaire (or more appropriately, a red hot stove). There hasn't been a female artist in a very long time that can write or sing a song with the raw power that was so prevalent with that of the honky tonk/rockabilly artists of the 1950's and 60's, and Josie Kreuzer does just that --but with her own twist. Josie Kreuzer has played the Hemsby Festival in England as well as the Rockabilly Rebel Weekend in Indianapolis and continues to tour across the United States. Look for her in a city near you! 
Josie Kreuzer - As Is Josie's web site
Ain't Got A Clue

email: bopgirl@aol.com

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