DAVID POMERANZ

* Your musical inspirations?

RICHARD RODGERS
JOHN SEBASTIAN
ALAN JAY LERNER
PAUL MCCARTNEY
LEONARD BERNSTEIN

* Your thoughts on the connection between music and healing--

A DIRECT LINK. SINCE WE ARE ALL, ESSENTIALLY, SPIRITS, AND AESTHETICS IS THE MOST DRECT LINE TO A SPIRIT, MUSIC CAN OPEN UP A PERSON TO ALL SORTS OF FEELINGS, AWARENESSES AND POSSIBILITIES. IT HEALS AND INSPIRES LIKE NOTHING ELSE.

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David Pomeranz BIO

In an exciting and varied career spanning a wide range of musical media, David Pomeranz's multi-platinum selling songs, recordings and concert performances have delighted and inspired millions all over the world.

From his classics, "BORN FOR YOU", "IT'S IN EVERY ONE OF US", "TRYIN' TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN", and "THE OLD SONGS" (the latter two both number one hits for Barry Manilow) to his recent chart success with Missy Elliott, David's music goes straight to the heart.

Beginnings

Born in New York City and raised on Long Island, David showed signs of "things to come" by conducting his parent's classical records and mimicking Frank Sinatra on the playroom table. An avid fan of both Broadway and Rock 'n' Roll, David could often be found entertaining his neighbors by putting on shows for them in the backyard. His first public performances before large audiences were singing duets with his father in the Synagogue choir and before long, he learned to play the piano and taught himself to play guitar and drums. By age 14, David began writing and recording his first songs.

Recording and Performing

As a teen, he was the lead singer with the Cincinnati group, "East Orange Express", whose members went on to become the band, "Pure Prairie League". At age 19, MCA /Decca records signed David to a multi-album contract during which time he recorded two highly acclaimed albums, "New Blues", and "Time To Fly" (the latter, featuring jazz greats Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer, Eddie Gomez and Airto). During that period he set out on tour throughout America as opening act for the likes of Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, Badfinger, Three Dog Night and The Doors (post-Jim Morrison), and gained a devoted following. In the late 70's and early '80s, David released two more albums, "It's In Every One Of Us" (Arista) and "The Truth Of Us" (Pacific/ WEA) - which David co-produced with legendary Paul Simon producer, Roy Halee - and shared the stage with Steely Dan, George Benson, Kenny Loggins, Phoebe Snow, Steve Martin, Laura Nyro, Melissa Manchester, Randy Newman, The Carpenters and Air Supply.

In the late 1980s, David developed a close friendship with Russian rock star, Alexander Malinin, and out of this the two artists collaborated on a powerful "pre-glasnost" duet recording entitled "Faraway Lands" (Cypress/A&M), one of the first such collaborations in history. Recorded in both Moscow and L.A., David and Alexander premiered the song live from Moscow's Gorky Park on an episode of the hit series, "Head Of The Class". The show was broadcast to 40 million viewers on U.S. television and was the first American production to be shot in the "new Russia." The song was also included in the star-studded Cypress/A&M album compilation, "Critic's Choice".

Through the 1990's, aside from composing songs for Film, Television and Musical Theater (see upcoming sections), David toured extensively throughout the world in such distinguished concert venues as: The Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, London's Hippodrome, Buddakan Hall in Tokyo, Olympic Stadium in Munich, Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines, The Universal Amphitheater, and The Kremlin. During this period, David and Oscar winner, David Shire, co-wrote the theme song for the
United Nations World Summit For Children entitled, "In Our Hands"; which the two performed both at The U.N. and at the Closing ceremonies for Ted Turner's Goodwill Games in Seattle.

In 1999, David was approached by MCA Universal Records, Asia who signed him to record a new solo CD, "Born For You - His Best And More" - a collection of his love songs, past and present.

At this writing, "Born For You" has sold over 500,000 units in the Philippines alone where it has become the best selling album of all time in that country. In 2000, he released a Christmas album, "The Eyes Of Christmas" (containing Pomeranz originals along with re-workings of traditional songs) and his latest Universal release, "On This Day", is already approaching Platinum status.

Pop Songwriting

Known for penning the Number One hits "Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again" and "The Old Songs" (both recorded by Barry Manilow),

David's songs have been recorded and/or well performed by scores of artists including Bette Midler, Kenny Rogers, Phoebe Snow, Freddie Mercury, The Muppets, Kenny Loggins, Richie Sambora (of Bon Jovi), Dennis DeYoung (of Styx), Missy Elliott, The Carpenters, The Hollies, Harry Belafonte, Hubert Laws, Lou Rawls, Andrea Marcovicci, John Denver, Mary Travers, Leo Sayer, Eddie Kendricks (of the Temptations), Donna Summer, Glen Campbell Lillias White, Kathie Lee Gifford and Cliff Richard (who has recorded three Pomeranz' songs including the Top Ten U.K. hit, David’s and Dean Pitchford’s stunning, "I Still Believe in You").

One of David's most beloved songs, "It's In Every One Of Us", has been translated into numerous languages, recorded time and again and sung all over the world in churches, corporate seminars, schools, synagogues, political rallies, weddings, fundraisers and anywhere people gather for an uplifting purpose. "It's In Every One Of Us" was a major sponsor theme song to the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

David's songwriting projects have earned him 18 platinum and eleven gold albums. His Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award -Winning collaborators include: Alan and Marilyn Berman, Richard Marx, David Zippel, John Barry, David Shire, Al Kasha, George Delarue, and Fred Karlin.

Feature Film and Television

"It's In Every One Of Us" was featured in one of the pivotal scenes of the Twentieth-Century Fox motion picture, "Big", starring Tom Hanks. David co-wrote and produced, (with Oscar-winning composer, John Barry) the theme song to Paramount's feature film re-make of "King Kong" starring Jeff Bridges (and recorded by Andy Williams) and contributed songs to Paramount's "Man, Woman and Child", starring Martin Sheen, Lorimar's "Americathon" (in which David made a guest appearance) and Paul Schrader's "Patty Hearst" with Natasha Richardson.

In 1997, David and film star, Steven Seagal co-wrote the song, "Long Way Around" which was featured in Seagal's Warner Bros. motion picture, "Fire Down Below" (performed by Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora).

In the field of Feature Animation, David has written song scores for two upcoming projects: "The Frog Prince" (for which he wrote music and lyrics) produced by Will Vinton in "Claymation" and "Princess And The Pea" (for which he wrote lyrics for seven brand new songs with composer, Alan Willams), scheduled for release in theaters, Christmas of 2005.

On Television, from 1986-1992, David was the voice heard each week singing the theme to the hit ABC series, "Perfect Strangers". He was performer of the title song for the CBS TV movie, "Two Of A Kind" starring George Burns and was nominated for a "Best Song" Emmy Award in 1980 for penning lyrics to the CBS TV movie, "Homeward Bound". Other notable accomplishments include writing the score for the Showtime special, "Elvis Presley's Graceland" and composing songs for the award-winning PBS children's series, "Zoobilee Zoo" starring Ben Vereen.

David's songs and performances have been featured in countless series and specials including " "American Idol" (Fox)", WILL AND GRACE (NBC), Dark Angel" (Fox) "Midnight Caller" (ABC); "WKRP in Cincinatti" (ABC); "Fame" (NBC), "Head Of The Class" (ABC); "Disney's Darkwing Duck" (ABC), "The 1990 Goodwill Games (Closing Ceremonies)" (TBS), "Spies" (starring George Hamilton - CBS); "The 1991 Miss America Pageant" (CBS), Kellogg's 1997 animated special, "A Toucan Can" (songs co-written by David and Oscar-winner, Al Kasha and starring Jason Alexander and Donna Summer), the daytime drama, "One Life To Live" (ABC) and in 1995, David was a featured soloist in the award-winning CBS holiday special, "Disney's Greatest Hits On Ice", directed by Steve Binder. David's lyrics were recently heard (with music by composer, Alan Williams), as the main title song to the CBS TV movie, "Silk Hope" starring Farrah Fawcett.

Musical Theater

In the mid-80s, David was asked to contribute several of his songs to be featured in a new London musical produced by Dave Clark (yes, of The Dave Clark Five). The show became the West End musical hit, "TIME", which ran at the Dominion Theatre from 1986 to 1988 and starred Cliff Richard and Sir Laurence Olivier. Lord Olivier recited the lyrics to David's "It's In Every One Of Us" in what was to be his farewell stage appearance.

A celebrity "concept" recording of "Time" featuring, among others, Stevie Wonder, Julian Lennon, Dionne Warwick and Freddie Mercury, was released on EMI Records.

One of David's artistic heroes, Charlie Chaplin, was the inspiration for his creating "Little Tramp", an ambitious stage musical of Chaplin's life story - for which David wrote both music and lyrics (and co-book with Steven David Horwich.) The response of critics and audiences to the World-Premiere British production of "Little Tramp" was so strong, that Warner Bros. Records produced an "all-star" cast album of the featured songs. Released in 1993, the album stars Richard Harris, Mel Brooks, Petula Clark, Tim Curry, Treat Willams, Peter Duncan, Lea Salonga and David, himself. "Little Tramp" was the selected production for the 1995 summer season at the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Theater Festival in Waterford, Connecticut and in 1996 a concert version of the show was presented in St. Petersburg, Russia, to inaugurate the world's first East/West Musical Theater Conference.

David's next stage musical project, was an adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel, "A Tale Of Two Cities". "Two Cities" had its World Premiere in England in 1998 at the Theatre Royale in Windsor and in 1999 at the Alexandria Theatre in Birmingham (both productions produced by Tony-Award winning producer, Bill Kenwright). With music composed by David, lyrics by Steven David Horwich and book by Horwich and "Time" book writer David Soames, "A Tale Of Two Cities" is being readied for a ground breaking new production in 2005.

Most recently, David is the composer of two exciting new musicals written with Lyricist/Bookwriter Kathie Lee Gifford. The first, “UNDER THE BRIDGE,” (based on the Newbury Award-winning book “The Family Under The Bridge”), had its New York premiere Off-Broadway at the Zipper Theatre in January 2005. The second, “HURRICANE AIMEE” (based on the life of Evangelist, Aimee Semple Macpherson) will have its world premiere at the White Plains Performing Arts Center in October 2005.

Presently, David is composing the score in collaboration with book writers Joseph Stein (“Fiddler On The Roof”) and Jenny Lynn Bader and lyricist Susan Birkenhead for a new musical comedy.

Benefit Performances

David's performances have helped raise funds for:

Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation
Philippine National  Red Cross;
The March Of Dimes;
Easter Seals;
The NAACP (Human Rights Award Tribute To Frank Sinatra);
The Presidential End Hunger Awards at The Kennedy Center;
The United Nations World Summit For Children (for which David performed his anthem, "In Our Hands", co-written with Oscar-winner, David Shire).;
Citizen's Commission On Human Rights;
The Mary Fisher Family AIDS Foundation;
Drums Across America (concert for Native American Rights);
The Police Athletic League (for which David has performed annually in the "Christmas Stories" benefit concerts at Celebrity Centre International with such artists as John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Charles Durning, Edgar Winter, Anne Archer, Jermaine Jackson, Jonathan Winters and Jenna Elfman.

...a long way from the playroom table!
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AARON TIPPIN

*Musical inspirations-

Hank Sr. & Jimmy Rodgers

*Favorite songs-

 “Just The Way You Look Tonight” & “Carroll County Accident”

* Has music helped you thru difficult time in your life?

Music has helped me tremendously express emotions through difficult times in my life.

– Aaron Tippin

Aaron Tippin BIO

After six Top 10 singles, one Top 5 single, one #2 single, three #1 singles and sales of 5 million albums over the life of his career, Aaron Tippin still sings what he knows about most-strong family ties and hard work.

Aaron's career was launched when his debut single, "You've Got to Stand for Something," reached the Top Ten in 1991 and became an anthem for a nation embroiled in the conflict of Desert Storm. Aaron quickly became a voice of patriotism, a badge he wears proudly and has carried with him throughout his career. Ten years later, he cut the track, "Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly," immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and donated proceeds from the commercial single, which zoomed to No. 2 on the Billboard chart, to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. "Country fans went out and bought the record to help other Americans who needed help at the time," Aaron says. "That's common of what real country fans are like."

Aaron's wife Thea, daughter Charla, and sons Teddy and Thomas are the focus of his life. "It's important to me to concentrate on my family," Aaron says. "When I'm at home, I'm going to be with my wife and kids. It's precious and important and life is too fragile to live any other way."

Family has always been important to Aaron, who cites his late father as his biggest hero. Aaron was raised on a farm in South Carolina; his chief influences included Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Thompson and Lefty Frizzell. He began playing guitar and performing when he was ten. By the time Aaron was 20, he was working as a commercial pilot. In 1986, he moved to Nashville, where he eventually became a staff writer at Acuff-Rose. He signed his first recording contract with RCA in 1990.

Aaron's hard-edged twang is one of the more distinctive sounds in today's country music. Hits like "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With The Radio," "Working Man's Ph.D.," "Kiss This," "Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly" and now, "Come Friday" have earned him a solid following and have established Aaron's identity in an ever-changing country scene.

"I don't try to write a book when I'm cutting records," Aaron says. "I just try to find a lot of great songs and cut them. Each album creates itself. There are a lot of great writers that I like to keep up with, but I'm always looking for that next guy in town that ain't had a hit yet. I never turn my nose up at anything. It doesn't matter to me who wrote it if it's a great song."

While writing, recording and touring keep Aaron busy, he manages to find time to share a quiet life with his family in their hometown of Smithville, Tennessee. Aaron still pilots his own small airplane and loves taking young sons Teddy and Thomas flying. Charla is married and living in South Carolina. "We're closer now than we've ever been," Aaron says.

One of Aaron's favorite hobbies is making wine. "Wine is a different drink," Aaron says. "Every single glass, even out of the same bottle, is different depending on the oxidation. The more oxidized it becomes the more the flavor comes out to a certain time--then it starts to deteriorate. You can have a sip from the top of a bottle, a sip in the middle and a sip off the bottom of the bottle and they will all three be different."

And like a good wine, Aaron Tippin has mellowed with age.

"I've changed since the beginning of my career," Aaron says. "I've learned to relax and quit thinking that everything's gotta happen right now. I was probably sometimes a little overbearing to people. I was from a world of aviation where pilots bark orders across the cockpit at each other and there's nothing wrong with that, it's how it goes. You don't have time to say please much -- when you tell somebody to put the landing gear down, you mean right now. It's a different world. Now I try to relax about things that are out of my control. I appreciate what has happened and appreciate the things that are the most important to me in life."

One thing that hasn't changed in Aaron's life is the consistent support of his fans.

"The fans are my mainstay," Aaron says. "If I have hits, don't have hits, or ain't had a record in three years, they appreciate me anyhow. When I'm in town and they come out to see my play, I know that's why I do it…for those folks…who have remained with me through all of it.
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RY CUMING

Musical inspirations?

My musical inspirations range far and wide but to name
a few I would say, anyone from the motown era, Marvin
Gaye, Bill withers etc, the singer/songwriters in the
60s and 70s for breaking the mould and telling their
story, and more recently music including Jeff Buckley,
Ben Harper, M5, Jack Johnson and many more have
definately inspired me musically.

Fav Cds, songs and musicians...

A few favourite cds are 'Damien Rice ()', 'Bill
withers best of' for the incredible songs and voice,
and anything with soul and passion, stones, beatles,
hendix and so the list goes on. A few favourite songs
are Finley Quays 'Even after all', Jeff Buckleys
'Lover should have come over', marvin gayes all time
classic 'Sexual healing', Air with 'la femm de argent'
and so many more...

Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

Music has definitely helped me through hard times in
my life. Its a release of emotion and a way to portray
the feelings that can be so hard to explain. A way to
share your heart, even if in pain sometimes. My songs
and guitar will always be there for me as will another
of my loves, the ocean and its waves... May these
beautiful gifts always bring me the truth of my soul
and a warmth to my heart.

Born in a small coastal town in Australia, Ry grew up with a surfboard under one arm and his father's record collection under the other. He developed a love for a number of different styles of music varying from Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder to contemporary acts like Ben Harper and Jack Johnson. Ry's proffesional career began to take shape as an 18 year-old traveler in Costa Rica. One fateful while playing in the hallway of a hotel, Ry ran into a young film producer who would later become his manager. Now after months of sleeping on an inflatable mattress, countless LA bus rides, and a steady diet of $1.00 microwave dinners, Ry is recording his debut album with producer Jude Cole at Kiefer Sutherland's Ironworks studio.
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JANIE FRICKE

* Your musical inspirations?

Joni Mitchell, The Motown sounds of WLS Chicago, The McGuire Sisters.

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

My favorite song is Desperado by the Eagles, My favorite musician is Steve Kropper.

* Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

Music has carried me all through life , the good and the not so good.

Janie Fricke BIO

Janie Fricke has gone from Indiana farm girl to internationally acclaimed recording artist throughout her career. She was born in South Whitley, Indiana, and raised on a 400-acre farm where her father taught her how to play guitar. From county fairs to corporate trade shows, live concerts, in recording studios, or before millions on television, Fricke's individual sound and performance personality has captivated audiences around the world.

Fricke began her career singing in a "little church up the road" where her mother played piano. She sang at local coffeehouses, high school events, as well as her way through college where she obtained her degree in elementary education. Fricke then chose a two-time musical career, working in Memphis, Dallas and Los Angeles. There, as one of the marketing industry's most successful jingle singers, her voice became known to millions as the voice for such advertising giants as United Airlines, Coca-Cola, 7-Up, and Red Lobster.

Fricke’s voice has led her to singing sessions for Country artists such as Loretta Lynn, Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, Mel Tillis, Johnny Duncan and others. She has also been given the privilege to sing on albums for Charlie Rich and Elvis Presley, after their deaths. It was a line in Johnny Duncan's single Stranger that ultimately gained the most attention for Fricke. When it hit the top of the charts in 1977, fans wanted to know who sang the line, "Shut out the light and lead me..." The music industry took notice as her voice was heard on duets with Merle Haggard, Moe Bandy and others, leading her to her first major recording contract. Fricke soon began to dominate the country charts with smash hits such as Don't Worry ' Bout Me Baby He's a Heartache and You're Heart's Not In It. It was only a matter of time before she started winning awards. Included among them are: Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year, Music City News Female Vocalist of the Year, "Billboard" Top Country Female Vocalist, "Cash Bed' Top Country Female Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year, British-based Country Music Round Up Most Popular International Female Solo Act, and she was chosen to the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars. Twice she has been nominated for the coveted Grammy Award, once for her “It ain't Easy Being Easy.”

In her recording career, Janie has released 23 albums and 36 hit singles. When she relaxes she spends time with her family and her horses on a ranch in Texas. She attends church near her home--remembering from childhood the importance of her confirmation. Thankful for her blessings, Janie feels these values have helped her become the woman she is today.
From an Indiana farm girl to an internationally acclaimed recording artist, she has never lost the pure heart and love of music that launched her career. And today, Janie Fricke sings on. Her last album, Tributes To My Heroes, is currently in record stores across the nation, and it features “Ring of Fire,” “Midnight Rider,” and “At This Moment”. Tributes To My Heroes exemplifies Fricke’s love for the music that has helped shape her career.

Janie’s newest project comes in the form of a bluegrass album. She delivers ten of her hits, plus two standards and one new song she wrote entitled “Goodbye Broken Heart,” all with a bluegrass flavor. The album not only contains bluegrass versions of such hits as “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy,” “You Don’t Know Love,” and “She’s Single Again,” but also it includes a bonus DVD with the “You Don’t Know Love” music video and footage of an interview with Janie. “The Bluegrass Sessions” is available in stores nationwide.
 
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JOYCE COOLING

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

These are not in any particular order. I love them all:

Hermeto Pascoal; Elis Regina - the "Essa Mulher" CD is my favorite; Parween Sultana; Ravel; Beethoven; Stravinsky; James Brown; Wes Montgomery - the "Small Group Recordings" in particular; Miles Davis; Joe Henderson; Norman Della Joio - "Meditations On Ecclesiastics" in particular; Tom Jobim; Ivan Lins; Joao Bosco and hundreds of others

* Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

Yes. Music is with me through all aspects of life - ups and downs - good, bad and indifferent. It's always there.

Joyce Cooling BIO

A few short years ago, guitarist and songwriter Joyce Cooling took a good, hard look at her life. Glued to the TV like the rest of us, Cooling remembers the days after 9/11 and found her perspective on life jolted. "I asked myself," she recalls, "Is what Iím doing as a musician meaningful?" After lengthy, ardent talks with her long-time collaborator and partner Jay Wagner about a potential life without a career in music, Cooling proclaimed, "I don't know about you, but this girl's got to play."

Cooling has always wanted to make music.

Growing up in New Jersey and New York, she absorbed a wide variety of music and amassed a huge record collection. "My collection contains Ornette Coleman, João Bosco, and Bill Evans, but it also includes James Brown, Maurice Ravel, Jimi Hendrix, Abbey Lincoln and Aerosmith as well music from all over the world," she notes. "I like R&B. I like folk. I like heavy metal and headbanger stuff. I like punk. I like rap. I just like good music. There are no boundaries with me."

Cooling’s penchant for the eclectic continued when she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1980s and began dabbling in keyboards and percussion. Music had long been the most passionate part of her life, but an actual career as a musician started taking shape only after she began hanging around an African drumming class taught by C.K. Ladzekpo, a renowned Ghanaian percussionist. Integrating the polyrhythmic sophistication of West African music with her passion for melody and harmony, Cooling focused her attention on playing, singing, and songwriting. "Everything crystallized when I heard Wes Montgomery's solo on If You Could See Me Now. From then on, it was as if guitar had chosen me."

Teaching herself to play guitar by ear, she developed a personal style of finger picking that has given her playing its unique sound and feel.

Her introduction to producer Jay Wagner, a keyboardist on San Francisco's Brazilian circuit, gave her the energy that her self-taught chops needed. Before long, she was playing that same circuit and working with Jay on a full-time basis. Becoming a top attraction, Cooling appeared at many of the major West Coast jazz festivals and expanded her reach by playing in the Philippines, Mexico, and Colombia, performing with such jazz giants as Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, and Charlie Byrd.

Bay Area and festival jazz fans knew and loved Joyce Cooling as one of the region's most dynamic and popular contemporary jazz guitarists when, in 1997, her San Francisco-inspired chart-topping single, South of Market, took the jazz world by storm. Since then, Cooling has thrilled audiences around the world with her fluid, swinging style, garnering critical praise and a bevy of industry awards along the way. The single and her Heads Up debut album, PLAYING IT COOL soared to #1 on the Gavin Report and R&R's NAC/smooth jazz charts where it remained there for five consecutive weeks. Cooling was a nominee for Gavin's Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year, named Best New Talent in the Jazziz Reader's Poll, and was an easy choice for Artist of the Year by the nationally-syndicated radio program, Jazz Trax. Her 1999 follow-up, KEEPING COOL, likewise dominated the charts and boasted a #1 hit, Callie, and earned Joyce the Gibson Guitar Award as Best Jazz Guitarist Of the Year.

The accolades continued streaming in with Cooling’s 2001 release on GRP, THIRD WISH, which features a stellar performance by Al Jarreau and produced two more top ten radio hits. She then went on to record a track for a holiday release with the legendary guitarist, Lee Ritenour. When Cooling and Wagner entered the studio to record the CD Cooling knew exactly what they were going for. She wanted to provide contemporary-jazz that was accessible and groove-oriented but chock full of substance and creativity - a characteristic that has become a trademark for Cooling’s and Wagner’s imaginative compositions.

"Writing has always been an integral part of who I am as a musician. Both Jay and I absolutely love composing and it is impossible to imagine our lives without it. When we start putting songs together, it is very much a collaborative process - a back and forth ping pong game." This held true as Cooling and Wagner began preparing all the original tunes for her Narada Jazz debut, THIS GIRL'S GOT TO PLAY "The time leading up to the album was, musically speaking, a very restless one for me. I was anxious to experiment with new ideas." Shirking complacency, Cooling enjoys testing her comfort level. "For me, it's a good thing to be on the edge. It keeps me focused and looking forward to the next project." With straight-ahead roots and a Brazilian jazz background, she boldly branches out on THIS GIRL'S GOT TO PLAY with harmonies, sophisticated melodies, and - for the first time ñ a stronger emphasis on vocals. "I love to sing and lyrics can sometimes reach people in completely different ways than an instrumental melody can."

Coolingís tendency to drift outside the mainstream is reflected in the album's title track - a virtual narrative of her zest to be on the edge. "This song is loosely autobiographical," she confides. "As a kid, I just had to play music. All I wanted was to be in a band." She adds, with a slight grin, "No, I wasnít a cheerleader in high school." A microcosm of Cooling's creativity is the song, Camelback. "Jay and I were experimenting with sounds and this quirky little groove inspired the whole track. The loping feel conjured up what it might be like to ride a camel." The Wizard draws upon Cooling's passion for Brazilian music." We love Hermeto Pascoal and, just as we started to write this tune, we had gone to one of his shows and done a workshop with him. He looks like a wizard with long white hair and musically....well, it just goes without saying that he is one. The song seemed a natural fit with his spirit."

THIS GIRL'S GOT TO PLAY is a powerful statement by an artist at the top of her game. "This is a cross-roads album and I really wanted to go for it without any regrets." Giving it an edge that's strong, sexy, and savvy, Cooling boldly declares who she is and what she can do...and man, oh man, can she play.
 
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