My musical inspirations.

I was born to parents who were classical singers and composers so that's probably all I knew existed for the first 6 years of my life. I would sit under the piano while my mother did her scales (not to mention the 9 months of hearing her practice while I was in her womb where you get true reverberation!) and sit in the lap of my father while he wrote. When I hear Rachmaninov or Mozart I always am completely lifted and taken away by the power of an orchestra or the smallest, sweetest violin solo. As a kid, we would sit around and listen to Vladimir Horowitz playing Chopin piano sonatas. 
I remember with each piece, you'd go on a musical journey hearing major to minor melodies playing with the strength of an army. My first fan letter I had ever written was to Vladimir Horowitz. I went through each piece on that record and told him how they made me feel. He wrote back. I was the happiest 7 year old alive.

I am all about melody and it's gotta be because of those influences. When I got into Zeppelin, I felt that again, different but with same integrity. With The Beatles I feel that, Jeff Buckley, Bjork. If a piece of music has taken me on some little carpet ride then that piece of music has done it's job.

I was born in London  into an extremely musical family.  My dad, who is English, was a composer and conductor.  My mom, who is new york city-ian, was an opera singer and musicologist. We moved to Amsterdam shortly after my brother was born and my mother somehow made some cool neighborhood women friends who were bellydancers. So in typical woodward fashion, she said, ‘I wanna do that!’ and joined right in. I have unbelievably vivid memories of going to some of my mom’s gigs  and watching her ‘become’ this character…The make up, the hair, the presence she owned. Somewhere in between the resonating voice of mozart’s ‘queen of the night’ and the percussive groove of middle eastern music, I waited impatiently to come out of her womb to want to try it all myself. Not being  much of a bellydancer (though I have cravings to salsa on a regular basis), I plunged right into music. We moved to new york when I was 5. for years I took the obligatory piano lesson, but took up an obsession with flute, writing stories and dancing. I wanted to be a classical flutist but after hearing Michael Jackson’s ‘thriller’, my orchestral desires vanished.

I went to a public high school in the Bronx. the heartbeat of the Bronx breathed new life into me at age 14. My first studio experiences  were in my friends’ parents’ basements singing house music, which I love. House music was a powerful thing. Wailing vocals and freedom. Deee-lite  just hit big and it was a whole new world for me… Soul music, edge, words. I got my first hundred bucks at age17 to sing in a rock opera playing a rebellious teenager. so very me. I sang  whenever I could, background vocals, cover bands, coffee shop gigs, jams on bleecker street. This is what I not only wanted, but needed to do. I was turned onto etta james, stevie wonder and the beatles which blew my mind. I began writing feverishly. Singing  your own words and melodies was a very different vibe than singing other people’s. I started my own band and played all over nyc. I don’t know how good I was but it felt right to just get out there and sing.  The legendary Jimmy bralower, who was doing a&r at atlantic records, saw me sing at mercury lounge and got me a record deal. I wanted john shanks to produce my record. He is a bad bad ass man. We recorded at jim Henson recording studios, Los angeles, where john and some of the most insanely talented musicians  I have ever met created a musical haven for me. it felt like a party the entire time. john would sometimes  say, “lucy, it’s time to go home now. Get some some sleep. G-O Home.” I would say “do I have to?” Another extraordinary talent Kevin kadish, produced 2 tracks on my record  one of them being my first single ‘dumb girls’ which we wrote together with vini poncia  (who wrote some serious hits like ‘you make me feel like dancing’ and ‘I was made for loving you baby’). I put out ‘while you can’ in spring, 2003. ‘dumb girls’ went top 40 and i started traveling everywhere with my guitar idols, thad and todd. We went to japan, new Zealand and all over the states. We did jay leno. The man has the bluest eyes I have ever seen. While  making my record, Kevin, one of my closest friends  sabelle breer and I wrote ‘there’s gotta be more to life’ which Stacie orrico heard and loved. After deciding not to put it on my U.s. record (my version is on my Japanese release) she cut it and made it a worldwide hit. It was my first taste of hearing someone else sing my style, melodies….it was stepping outside of myself but truly hearing myself at the same time, if that makes any sense at all.

I am now working on a new record. I want to connect  to people with music. But I also wanna have a bloody good time doing it… is real. It’s unexplainable how or why. Let’s keep it real (insert violins here). Everyone has a little light inside of them it just has to be turned on. . .so turn it on…feed your soul…thank you for reading me …. Rock on, lucy…ox


My musical inspirations...

Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Beverly Kenney,
Aretha Franklin

Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

Any CD by James Taylor, Luther Vandross,
Ray Charles: Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong; Eric Clapton,

Songs have inspired me, helped me express sadness, helped me claim a new
level of freedom

I know that all of life is made up of vibrations. Since music is attuned to
certain frequencies, I have no doubt that music can affect states of being
whether physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

"Gloria Loring is one of the most pure musical talents in mainstream pop today."
- Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
Gloria Loring is one of the most versatile singers of her generation. She's been described as having "one of the best vocal instruments in pop music since the salad days of Barbra Streisand." Her career has spanned three decades of recordings, concert tours, and appearances on stage, television, and radio. She is also well known for her role as Celebrity Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

She began singing professionally at fourteen with a folk group, "Those Four." Her first big break, on "The Merv Griffin Show," led to hundreds of appearances on variety and talk shows such as "The Tonight Show," "The Ed Sullivan Show," and "The Carol Burnett Show," as well as the Emmy Awards and the Academy Awards.

Gloria is also a songwriter. She co-wrote the theme songs for the hit series, "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Facts of Life."

In 1980, Gloria won the role of "Liz Chandler" on NBC's "Days of Our Lives." It was her first acting job and lasted 6 1/2 years. During that time, she secured a place in the hearts of the daytime audience. Her weekly singing on "Days" generated a non-stop flow of fan mail and her acting talent enabled her to become one of the most popular actresses in daytime. In 1986,"Days" fans assisted in giving Gloria a #1 record, "Friends and Lovers," a duet with Carl Anderson.

Gloria's latest CD, her fourth in five years, is "You Make It Christmas," a rich, melodic tribute to the holiday season. It features favorites such as "White Christmas," "Little Drummer Boy," "Let It Snow," and The Christmas Song." The Little Emo String Quartet and top jazz musicians Stan Martin, Gary Herbig and Gary Tole add their talents as well as Bill Champlin, lead singer for the legendary group Chicago. Tradition is well represented with Catalonian carol "Fum, Fum, Fum" sung with her sister Peggy and a tender version of "Silent Night." Gloria's personal favorite is "The Prayer," a duet with her son Robin, known now to the record buying public as Thicke.

Over the years, Gloria has shared the stage with top performers including Bill Cosby, Frank Sinatra, Al Jarreau, the Pointer Sisters, and Mel Torme. She has performed all over North America, in Europe, and enjoyed four sold-out concert tours of Australia.

She is an author and publisher. After her son , Brennan, was diagnosed with diabetes, she created and published The Days of our Lives Celebrity Cookbook, Vol. I and Vol.II to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. Those books, plus her album, "A Shot in the Dark," raised over $1 million for diabetes research.

Her book, Kids, Food, and Diabetes, published in 1986, contained recipes, menus, and practical advice for parents of diabetic children. In 1991, Lowell House published Gloria's second book, Parenting a Diabetic Child. The new edition, Parenting a Child with Diabetes, has just been released.

Gloria created The Kids, Food and Diabetes Family Cookbook to raise money for diabetes research. Just recently, a CD ROM version called "Cook'N for Diabetics" was made available, underwritten by a grant from KitchenAid.

In recent years, Gloria has moved into the theater. She's starred in "Blame it on the Movies," winning rave reviews; the comedy, "Queen of the Soaps," which won a DramaLogue Award in Los Angeles; and the San Francisco production of "Star Dust," directed by Tony Award winner Henry LeTang. She starred in Tony Award winner George Furth's "Music Minus One." She hosted the television series, "From the Heart," and has been a guest star on prime time series and movies of the week. In 1999 and 2000, she will be touring the U.S. and Canada as "Reno Sweeney" in Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes."

Gloria's twenty years as a spokesperson for diabetes research have resulted in her writing a monthly column for the "Diabetes Wellness Letter." On the lecture circuit, she is known for her inspiring talks, punctuated with music. Her charitable efforts, particularly on behalf of diabetes research, have been recognized with numerous humanitarian awards. In 1999, JDFI recognized her with their "Lifetime Commitment Award" and she was awarded the 1999 "Woman of Achievement Award" by the Miss America Organization. She is listed in Who's Who in America and The World Who's Who of Women. Gloria is also a certified yoga teacher.

Gloria lives in Lake Arrowhead, California with her husband, television production designer, René Lagler.

"Gloria Loring" MGM Records, 1968
"And Now We Come to Distances," Evolution Records 1970
"Sing a Song for the Mountain," Evolution Records 1972
"A Shot in the Dark," Only Silk Records, 1983
"Gloria Loring," Atlantic Records 1986
"Full Moon/No Hesitation," Atlantic Records 1988
"Is There Anybody Out There?" Silk Purse 1991
"Turn the Page" Silk Purse Productions 1999
"By Request" Silk Purse Productions 2000
"Friends and Lovers" Silk Purse Productions 2002
"You Make It Christmas," Silk Purse Productions 2003

Visit Gloria’s website at:
Order info
Diabetes information


Photo by Dan Busta

* Your musical inspirations?

I am lucky to have a family full of artists- musicians, actors, dancers- my parents, brother, aunts and uncles, and even my grandparents. They are real life examples of people doing what they love to do all with different outcomes. In my house, we harmonize to the clock chime- my brother and mom have played a couple of mini tours with me. Growing up, my dad would drive my brother and I around in the car and play classical music and make us guess from which period it was- baroque, romantic, classical, etc. My family are real-life, close-up musical inspiration to me.

Kat has just completed a brand new album, "No Will Power" released March 29, 2005. Check out her "Music" page for more info about the making of this album (financed by hundreds of Kat's fans) and its stories.

The one-woman indie musical dynamo known as Kat Parsons has been in non-stop motion, her blossoming career in full-scale overdrive, since releasing her sophomore recording No Will Power, on March 29. The CD is distributed nationally by Cleopatra/Navarre. The incredible developments of the past few months have been a fascinating payback of sorts for Parsons' growing legion of fans, who, through an arrangement on the artist's part, fully funded the critically acclaimed album.

In March and April, the charismatic, multi-award winning singer/songwriter held four major record release parties in the cities where her fan base-her email list alone totals over 5,000--is most rabid: Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. The demand was so great that she wrote a slight apology on her website, whose "News" section is growing by the day: "Sorry for those who couldn't get in, but that's pretty cool."

In April, she appeared on the cover of the well-known industry bible, Music Connection Magazine, joining the likes of Shania Twain, Gretchen Wilson, Joss Stone, Phil Ramone and Moby, who have also been the subject of cover stories this year. She was chosen to represent MC's special coverage of DIY Success Stories: Going It Alone & Thriving, which also included a feature on Living Legends. Other recent print media coverage includes articles in Campus Circle, Billboard and The Boston Globe.

Parsons has also been making the rounds of numerous TV stations around the country, including performances on superstation WGN Morning News in Chicago, the San Diego Morning News on KUSI, and Good Morning Arizona. Radio-wise, she was also featured on "Local Licks," on legendary rock station 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles.

No Will Power was chosen by the hugely popular independent music website CD Baby as the "Front Page Editor's Pick," with the comment: "We're REALLY picky about what goes on the front page. We get about 75 albums a day coming in here now (about 30,000 total) and No Will Power is one of the best I've ever heard!" Stated CD Baby president Derek Sivers.

The story behind the recording of No Will Power is as fascinating as the talented and charismatic artist herself. When devoted fans from her 5,000-plus email list dogged her for an album to fill the void between her high-voltage performances, Kat asked them to put their money where their mouths were. The deal was sweet - and here's the smart and clever part: for various levels of financial commitment, her dedicated "business partners" would receive a sound return on their investment.

She set up a pre-ordering system of "creative and hard goods," as she explains it, whereby a $500 contribution, for example, includes four tickets to a No Will Power record release party, four signed concert posters plus a song dedication of their choice during the release party performance and an invitation to sing back up on a song. For $20, an investor receives a personalized, signed copy of the album, and $55 buys three. One thousand dollars immortalizes a supporter in the album credits, and affords them lunch with Parsons.

Fans stepped up and stacked the chips to the tune of more than $18,000 before Parsons ever recorded a note; a gratifying outcome, especially in light of the break-up which fueled this record.

"I got incredible response from my fans," says the L.A.-based performer who's made a significant impact on the independent music scene since the release of Framing Caroline, on Chicago's Waterdog Music. "No Will Power chronicles the unraveling of a romantic relationship at its every stage. It's not necessarily in chronological order. I didn't write it with the idea that it was going to be a record. I wrote it and realized that I needed to do a record," she laughs. "I have a new understanding of love now."

Her fans aren't the only ones who know a great thing when they hear it. Calling to mind a modern day Carole King, her many awards of performance and songwriting recognition include the recent victory as top winner in Acoustic Live, from a field of over 600 of the most talented performers in Southern California and runner-up for "Album of the Year" at the 2005 DIY Music Festival.

She's been featured on XM satellite radio, and on its recent "Radar Report," where her songs dominated the top three most-played slots. Endorsed by Yamaha (who named her an "Influential Emerging Artist") and Audix Microphones, Kat also has appeared in commercials for Baldwin Pianos and Gibson Musical Instruments.

A performer first and foremost, she's not waiting for No Will Power to exert some sonic influence, opting instead to set the stage with a live performance tour that the media describes as "[A] performance that revealed a passion and intimate detail well-suited to a small stage, with a sound big enough to fill an arena."

Parsons' process of emotional recovery has given No Will Power spectacular strength of artistic conviction and popular appeal, making it easy to succumb to the title track (a possible first single), the honesty of "We Deserve More," the brilliant rendering of the standard, "Someone to Watch Over Me," while "To Return to You" is reminiscent of U2 in its epic quality.

Producer Paul Maylone (Junkie XL, Daeva) captured every vocal inflection and each piano and guitar nuance that Parsons relinquishes, while Geza X (Meredith Brooks, Dead Kennedy's) offered his expertise to the tracks. Session performances from her well-credentialed live band include actor Dermot Mulroney playing cello, Matt Taylor (Libbie Schrader, Action Cats), Joe Hauler, Jon Parsons (Kat's brother), guitarist Michael Chaves (John Mayer, Sarah McLachlan, Rufus Wainwright), upright bassist Joe Ayoub (Liz Phair), trumpeter Chris Opperman (Steve Vai, Oppymusic), Robin Goodchild (Sterling), Maurizio Paura, Tim Kelly, and Johnse Holt enhance the acoustic, pop and classical elements that Parsons summons from her lineage and creative experience.

Born in Vienna, Austria to esteemed opera singer Darrell and popular recording artist Julie, (with whom she co-wrote "I Know It's Time"), Parsons has studied piano, majored in theatre at Northwestern University, and has opened for Jim White, The Fixx, Dave Mason, Maria Muldaur, Spin Doctors, The Knack, Jonatha Brooke, Shannon McNally, Lori McKenna and Charlotte Martin in her professional career. Raised in Maryland, Kat

"I hope that people will be able to find themselves or a piece of a relationship they've been in, and be able to recognize themselves in the songs," Parsons says of the personal experience of No Will Power. "Being able to recognize yourself in the world is a huge thing, and makes you feel not so alone."

Kat's bio in her own words:
"I started pretty early as both a performer and an entrepeneur...used to tap dance in front of our window at night so I could check myself out....went around singing "The Love Boat" at the top of my lungs.......dressed up in all of my mom's rock clothes - fishnets, zebra patterns, huge earrings and made up dances (to her songs) with my friends that we charged neighbors to come see....the shows would be five minutes, the curtain call ten..."


photo by Michele Laurita

* Your musical inspirations? 

Classical music, especially piano, traditional (melancholy) Welsh music, jazz, R&B, Opera, George & Ira Gershwin & Cole Porter.
* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

Stevie Wonder-"Innervisions"/"Songs in The Key of Life",-(truly my idol!)
Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos
Ella Fitzgerald (anything)
Elton John-"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
Aretha Franklin-“Respect”
Frank Sinatra-(anything)
Steely Dan
Joni Mitchell

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

I'd say music is entirely responsible for me being here today.  It got me through the death of my mother and the ensuing depression that followed. I've come to realize that music has been a form of self-medication for me. It could have been drink or drugs, but luckily it was all about drowning in the cathartic release of musical self-expression. It got me to that calm, still place that nothing else could.

Without any doubt, I'd say music and my beloved piano, have always been my best friends and have always released me of pain, the way that nothing else could. I wrote in the liner notes: “I am a person who knows great sadness, but sees beauty in all the damage.”

I thank my music, for getting me to the other side.

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

I recently spoke to someone about this very subject, which I'm obsessed by! In my particular experience, I think singing was the only real way that I could (as someone struggling with Clinical depression and therefore an inability to produce serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical) stimulate a sense of well-being and therefore the chemical itself.. I've often wondered about this in terms of the many musicians throughout history, who were known to have struggled with mental illness. I do believe that music soothes the aching heart and in so many cases, the mind and that goes for the listener as much as the composer, or performer.

I always feel amazed and privileged when I perform live, open up my heart and feel it right back from the audience - that's healing right there for all of us. There's nothing worse than feeling like you're suffering alone..we all do it. When someone says to me after a show..'I thought you were singing about me", I know why I do what I do...It just doesn't get more healing than that!

Judith Owen is an exclamation point.  Gifted, witty and Welsh, her artistry is fueled by a fiercely independent character that is balanced by an effervescent personality.   The NY Press advises, “Think of Owen as a brutally sardonic, keenly observational, jazzier, chanteused-out version of Tori Amos without the suicidal tendencies.”

Owen’s live performances brim with elements of humor and theatre, distinguishing her from other female singer/songwriters.  She regales audiences with stories of growing up Welsh (“We’re a melancholy people, happily depressed most of the time”) and being the daughter of an acclaimed British opera singer (“I literally spent my childhood waiting in the wings.”)  It was through her parents that Judith discovered her own passion for music.   Upon the untimely death of her mother, a teenaged Judith began writing songs as a way to assuage her grief.  Audiences were moved by her deeply personal work, and she quickly developed a loyal following, ultimately leading to a chance encounter with the yin to her yang and a lifelong match for her sharp sense of humor and remarkable talent, in actor/satirist Harry Shearer. 
Once firmly ensconced in Southern California, Owen started recording and touring in earnest. Her first North American release, Emotions On A Postcard (1999) spawned the track “Hand On My Heart”, which was featured in the Jack Nicholson/Helen Hunt film “As Good As It Gets”. 

In 2002, Limited Edition - originally recorded for Glen Ballard’s Java Records - came out on Judith’s own label, Century of Progress Productions.  Television shows on the WB, CBS, NBC and HBO utilized several tracks from Limited Edition with the definitive compliment of Owen being asked to appear in animated form on “The Simpsons” and thus introducing the jazzy Celt to a fresh new audience.  Her next project, 12 Arrows (2003) was a personally revelatory recording: a dozen songs bursting with passion and her wry, introspective sensibility.  It was also a critical success, garnering media raves, landing Owen an opening slot on tour with kd lang and an integrated role in Richard Thompson's “1000 Years of Popular Music” tour and CD where Owen appears as a featured performer taking listeners on a journey from the 13th century to medieval Italian ballads to Gilbert & Sullivan, Julie London, the Beatles and Britney Spears!

In the fall of 2004, Judith released Christmas In July, a celebration of “the most exquisite and  stressful of holidays.”  Radio stations across the country decked their airwaves with her daring interpretation of Spinal Tap’s “Christmas With The Devil”.  Owen and Shearer criss-crossed the country touring in support of the EP playing their heavy metal ode on television morning shows, on live radio at rock, triple A and NPR stations as well as on CNBC's nationally syndicated "McEnroe" show.

With such sultry, yet natural jazz inflections in her vocal styling, the time came for Owen to create the record she’s been dreaming of and it will be released on her own label, Courgette Records, via ADA/Warner Music Group on September 13, 2005.  Lost And Found features award-winning artists Cassandra Wilson, Keb Mo, Tom Scott and Richard Thompson.  The 12-song collection (plus bonus track) smolders with poignant originals alongside Owen's unique interpretations of Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water”, and the classic “These Things (Remind Me Of You)”. 

The new year begins with filming a DVD of Thompson's highly successful 2004 tour of  "1000 Years Of Popular Music" followed by Owen hitting the road in support of Lost And Found including a performance on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.   With each new project, Owen reaffirms her position as a nationally distributed, top-selling independent artist (on CD Baby and while winning new audiences worldwide. With Lost And Found, Owen once again delivers her musical magic by shifting between heartbreak and soaring hopefulness. Her songwriting is notable for the eloquence of her personal yet universally resonant lyrics.  However, as Variety magazine emphasizes, “It’s the voice that really woos the listener, she's a charmer and a seducer, a rocker and, a jazz chanteuse.”


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Alice Stuart’s musical influences were the original blues men she heard on records.  She started as a folk singer in the 60’s working at the Palmir House in Seattle.  While too poor to have her own record collection, she hear original folk/blues records and fell in love with that earthy sound.

 It was Bob Dylan who became her musical north star.  Even after joining Frank Zappa’s band, Alice wanted to go electric like Dylan did. 

Today, Alice’s favorite CD would still have to be Golden Heart by Mark Knopfler. 

While recording her first album for Fantasy Records, she wrote Freedom’s the Sound, which is based on the experiences of a single mom and a record producer asking her to deliver a performance greater than she then was prepared for. 

Alice all too well knows the healing power of music for she has gotten many fan letters over the years which say how much her songs have meant.  In fact, she wrote herself back into the music business with a song called, “I’ve Got Something For You”, which she now performs live and which is scheduled for her next album.

Alice Stuart is the answer to several trivia questions: 
Who is the voice of Fritz the Cat on the soundtrack album?
Who was fired by Frank Zappa for not knowing “Louie Louie”? , and
Who wrote “Fulltime Woman”?    

Special Thanks to James for the above info from Alice~


Way ahead of her time, Alice Stuart has blazed the trail for
women in rock and roll as one of the only females in the country
to write her own music, front a male band, and play lead
guitar on national and international circuits during the 1970s.
Blues Hall of Fame inductee Dick Waterman once remarked,
"There would be no Bonnie Raitt without Alice Stuart."
According to Taj Mahal, "Alice cut the road that Bonnie traveled."
Alice spent the mid-70s, one of the most creative musical periods
of the century, making music with some of the greatest artists of that time. She toured the US and Europe with Van Morrison, Commander Cody,Michael Bloomfield and John Prine. She appeared and recorded with such artists as Jerry Garcia, Albert King, Asleep at the Wheel, John Hammond, Richard Greene, Elvin Bishop, Dave Mason, Sonny Terry, Tower of Power, Bread, and Mark
Naftalin. During this period, Alice also appeared on The Dick Cavett Show, with
George Carlin as guest host, and won rave reviews from Billboard, Guitar Player, and Rolling Stone magazines.

Alice's LPs on Arhoolie (1964) and Fantasy Records (1970 and 1972) are landmark recordings. Her original songs from this period have been recorded by Jackie DeShannon, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Rabbit, and the late Kate Wolf.

Alice began performing professionally in Seattle during the early 60's. After hearing early blues recordings, Alice knew she had to immerse herself in the world of blues music. " I learned a couple of Furry Lewis tunes, and when I heard Blind Willie McTell, I just felt like I was home."

In 1964, Alice was introduced to California audiences at the Berkeley Folk Festival, then the biggest festival on the West Coast. From there, she toured and performed with Joan Baez, Doc Watson, Jack Elliott, Phil Ochs, Rosalie Sorrells, Jerry Ricks and more. During this period she met and played with blues greats Lightnin' Hopkins, Jesse Fuller and Mississippi John Hurt, as well as The Chambers Brothers.

In 1966, Alice joined forces with Frank Zappa during the formation of the Mothers of Invention. In 1970 Alice formed her own band, Snake, which included Bob Jones and Karl Sevareid (currently with Robert Cray) after their band, Southern Comfort, disbanded.

When listening to Alice Stuart today, her broad range of experience both vocally and instrumentally is obvious. After an extended hiatus in the 1980s to raise her family, she returned to recording and performing in 1996. Her first release after returning to music, was "Really Good", with bass player, singer and songwriter, Prune Rooney. 1999's "Crazy With the Blues," followed and won rave reviews. Her newest CD, "Can't Find No Heaven," was released in 2002 and was nominated for both a Grammy and a Handy Award. The Washington Blues Society gave her an award for Best NW CD in 2003. In 2004 they awarded her Best Songwriter and she was inducted into the Hall of Fame. She and her band were awarded Best Seattle Blues Band 2004 by the Seattle Weekly. The Man’s So Good, from "Can't Find No Heaven" was included on the NARM/Blues Music Association Sampler, “Get the Blues 2,” released in 2003. Another song from this CD, I Ruined Your Life, was placed in the movie, “The Station Agent,” released by Miramax in October, 2003.  2004 started with a 6 week tour to Australia and the rest of 2005 will be spent mostly on the road and working on a new CD.

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