RACHAEL YAMAGATA

*Your musical inspirations?

 linda ronstandt, ricki lee jones, joni mitchell, simon and garfunkel, elton john, stevie nicks, carole king, stevie wonder....

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

 jeff buckley 'grace', roberta flack ' first take', ryan adams, tom waits, a girl called eddy, bjork, nina simone, the beatles, rufus wainwright etc. etc.

* How has music inspired you?

music is my tonic to this life.  it's the best language i've found to serve every mood in some way that registers on so many levels. the same way smell can bring you back to a moment and flood you with emotions that you've almost thought you've forgotten... so can a song.

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

music definitely helps me through difficult times.  sometimes there is no one who understands, but someone once wrote a song that says it perfectly and there is nothing like that.
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Happenstance…the never can be…
 
Main Entry: hap·pen·stance; Etymology: happen + circumstance: A circumstance especially that is due to chance. -  Merriam Webster Dictionary
 
I apologize for insisting on writing my own bio, but I just can not be satisfied with another’s account of my psyche when even I don’t understand it myself. Welcome to the world of this indecisive control freak hopeless romantic…
 
Happenstance, produced by John Alagia (John Mayer, Dave Matthews etc.), is a collection of songs inspired by my obsessions, often love related, but not always. It’s about the battle between chance circumstances and the belief that everything happens for a reason. The title and the back cover addition of ‘the never can be’ suggest that I’m not really endorsing chance, but, in fact insisting that there must be a reason for repeated broken hearts - perhaps a promise of a better situation, learning experience, the greater love etc.  It’s a circular argument… and it’s merely a matter of ‘happenstance’ that the title is what it is anyway. Without the hopefulness of reason, how could anyone weather the highs and lows of relationships and this delightful junk called love.
 
Look to the second album for a more cynical approach in which it all goes to hell and nothing makes sense and chance is winning…
 
Basic facts of my path thus far began with being born to Barbara and Ben (who share the same birthday, are the same age and had twins--Benjamin and Rachael) in Arlington, Va.  From there, the natural practice of divorce ensued and I acquired two step parents, a half brother and an early life of travel, which of course gives me a restless complex and an inability to stay in one place for long. This applies to my relationships as well and the endless search for the perfect connection.
 
I bounced between Maryland, D.C. and upstate New York growing up and carried this pattern of transit into my years of college at Northwestern, Vassar, and than back to Northwestern to pursue theatre.  In hindsight, I realize I should have traveled in place of college. When that didn’t work I found myself in an acting class for opera students.  Huh?
 
I discovered the husky, growl in my voice after joining the Chicago band Bumpus - a highly energetic funk/soul/hip hop band influenced by Sly Stone, Prince, Mos Def, George Clinton, and others.  Self taught as a pianist, I had never thought to be in a band, but when I saw them I had the irrepressible urge to be on stage with them - tambourine was my first role. I’d bring them coffee and donuts at 2am during practice and sit on the roof of their rehearsal space singing along.  One day they needed a third harmony and I was there. They changed everything for me - introduced me to the fantastic interplay between bass and drums, electric live performances, horn sections, and band dysfunction which of course is a rich songwriting foundation. I had to find that Joplinesque power somewhere or face a public crash and burn competing with huge bass amps, guitar rigs and so on… Therefore, in true go-out-and-do-it Cher-like fashion, I did. With four writers and three front people, I also learned the art of crafting set lists and live shows and working an audience.
 
Alas, I kept falling in and out of love and needed some creative outlet for those emotions. Surrounded by guys who weren’t really coming from Carole King, Roberta Flack, James Taylor, Ricki Lee Jones, Simon and Garfunkel etc…the trail I began with them started to diverge. My writing didn’t fit, so in a cathartic breakdown six years later I decided to try an open mic with these other songs and see what happened. The next day I ran into an artist that handed me the business card of the scout that led to my first showcase at the Viper Room in 2001.
 
Every part of my musical experience has worked somewhat backwards, so I expect the insanity.  My first solo show in NYC was at the Living Room on an out of tune piano.  My second was a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden opening for David Gray.  So yes, it’s crazy and no I don’t like to think about it too much or it does freak me out.
 
At this time I met my first manager who ran the CD duplication house that made copies of my five-song demo.  Several more rounds of showcasing for major labels followed until I finally settled in at RCA Victor Group.
 
So began the whirlwind of co-writes, producer searches, booking agents, publicists and so forth. In the winter of 2003 I began work on an EP with producer Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan) in Kingston, NY.  This happened to be 20 minutes from my parent’s house in Woodstock.
 
My initiation into solo recording was similar to my initiation to solo performance: fast and intense.  Malcolm is a wonderful genius that pulls it out of you no matter what.  He’s earthy, raw, organic, and truthful and a handful for a new artist that hadn’t had time to figure it all out on her own.  Our work connected enough to garner some great reviews in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer etc. and earned me a place on MTV’s ‘You Hear It First,’ and CNN’s ‘The Music Room.’  From there the EP has since conquered The Gap, a Northwest airlines flight to France, a golf course in Virginia, and a fruit stand in Woodstock - so my friends and family tell me.  I have just found out about a Starbuck’s sampler and I’m hoping that guarantees me some free coffee.
 
I’m grateful for all of it, but I have to remember calm, calm, calm, don’t dwell, don’t dwell, don’t dwell…
 
After touring to promote the EP with Liz Phair, Gomez, Sondre Lerche, and Damien Rice, the focus became the full length.  John Alagia fortunately came into my life at the very last moment to choose a producer.  Something about our chemistry and common favorites like Rufus Wainwright’s ‘Poses’, Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’, Joni Mitchell, Elton John etc. as well as our love of travel and the ocean led us to begin work in August of 2003 at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas.  We followed our noses to musicians in New York and L.A. and imported some from Chicago, and London as well.  Refreshing demos was our biggest challenge and several versions of a few songs was a result.  We treated each song as its own entity and used the players best fitting the song - we had a plethora of amazing musicians including Kevin Salem (who also produced ‘Paper Doll’), Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors), John Conte (Alana Davis, Peter Wolf), Matt Walker (Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage), Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright), Stuart Myers and Brian Jones (Agents of Good Roots), Oliver Kraus (cellist - Beth Orton, Ed Harcourt, Tom Mcrae), James Johnston (Bumpus), Robert Carlilse (tenured French horn with the NYC ballet and my uncle), and even the Klezmatics.
 
We recorded all over the place, taking a somewhat atypical approach to record making.  We started in Compass Point and found ourselves in NY, NJ, LA, and finally back to Easton, MD to John’s studio.
 
John and I were literally and figuratively explorers through this record.  We weathered different seasons and a few near death experiences (we tried to broil a pizza at 4am and then forgot about it) etc.  He gave me the freedom to experiment with arrangements in my head while stepping in to guide me when my tangents became too far reaching.  Together we made a record that forged new territories for both of us.  It is eclectic, lush, bare, honest and full….
 
I try my best to write of love and pain and explore how we humans treat each other, and what our souls are trying to get out at the same time.  Performing is my meditation; writing my traveling companion. These songs are as truthful and in the moment as I could be at this point in my life.  They are observational, touching, but with a sense of hopefulness that every piece, and each bit of pain had a reason.  So that nothing is wasted.  The never can be happenstance.
 www.rachaelyamagata.com

JEFF RUSSO

* Your musical inspirations?  

There are so many things that have inspired me musically, it's hard to
list them..  Pretty much anything that moves me on an emotional level
is inspiring..  Pink Floyd's song "Mother" inspired me to play
guitar....

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

Coldplay's "The Scientist" is an amazing song!
CSNY's "So Far" is one of my favorite records right now
David Gilmore from Pink Floyd is my favorite guitarist!

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

Music is the one thing that I can always turn to in a difficult time. 
It is always giving..    Gotten me through many a breakup!

"...Music is the thing that keeps me grounded and sane..."

Jeff Russo has parlayed his passion for music into an immensely successful and exuberantly diverse career.  Always living his dream, from lead guitarist and co-songwriter in the internationally renowned rock band, Tonic, to songwriter for up and coming artists, producer for several new bands, scoring for movies and T.V., to classical composer, including writing a ballet, Russo's unique range of experience has established him in the music industry as a unique, versatile, and accomplished artist.
 
Observing him, you can see that music has always been a driving force in his life.  It's born, not made.  It's inherent, intrinsic, idiosyncratic, and natural.  It's intensity, momentum, observation, reaction, traveling; always traveling.  It's not just simply genetic makeup, the passion marches a beat step in every aspect of his life.  An accomplished pianist, violinist, and percussionist from childhood, he switched from drums to guitar after a powerful personal moment, "I've never had any formal guitar training.  I learned by ear, listening to just a ton of records when I was 19 and 20.  I did have an enlightening experience though.  When I was 17, I was listening to The Wall for the first time.  When the guitar solo in the song 'Mother' came on, I was floored.  At that moment, I knew that's what I wanted to do.  So I switched from drums to guitar."  In pursuit of a dream, he moved to Los Angeles in 1990.  Despite never having taken formal lessons, learning his craft by ear, and fine-tuning it into a style all his own, his dedication, determination and more aptly, natural talent, have long since turned his dream into a reality.

 
  A truly gifted musician, Russo is a founding member of the two time Grammy® nominated rock band Tonic.  In 1996, Tonic blazed onto the music scene with their debut, platinum-selling album, Lemon Parade.  The band's sophomore album, Sugar, exploded onto the charts with the top 5 hit single "You Wanted More."  In 2003, Tonic's third album, Head on Straight, garnered the band two Grammy® nominations, one for Best Rock Album and the second for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.  Russo was an integral member of this team with his already impressive songwriting and vocals, topping his contribution off by wrapping his trademark harmonic guitar layers around Tonics' already complex, and "smarter than your average hit" lyrics and melodies.
 
 
  Throughout the years, Russo's creativity and commitment to the art of music have always taken him to new levels.  Never complacent, he has extended his efforts far beyond performing and songwriting into composing and producing, as well as acting.  Some of his notable movie scores include the "making of" documentary for Mark Osborne's Academy Award® nominated short film "More," and scoring the film "Vesting" (vestingthemovie.com), as well as various commercials.  Russo also keeps a hand in by producing bands, most recently the band Lo Ball, signed to Interscope Records, and is currently producing the band "South" for the movie "Vinyl", production scheduled to start in September '04.  In the past, he co-produced Tonic's second record "Sugar" with his bandmates as well.  Russo's latest venture is a project for the Cedar Lake Ensemble.  This will be Russo's first foray into writing and arranging classical music for a ballet.
 
While Russo has contributed in myriad ways to the musical community, cementing his name with every step, he is now embarking on new journey, a solo album, a cathartic move into unknown, yet oddly intimate territory.  In the studio for 6 months, writing alone, playing all parts, all the instruments, Russo says, "It's been a struggle at times.  Being in the studio alone is not easy.  Especially since I've been used to working with a band for so long... But it's been cathartic too.  Really getting to do just what I see and hear.  Writing the lyrics has been a big thing for me too... I keep referring back to a quote of Carl Sandberg's.  "There is the biggest difference in the world between having something to say and having to say something!" You never want to force the words out... When you do, you can just tell..."  With its overriding themes of love, relationships, fear, and all of the other emotions and feelings mutely running through any given life, he is giving voice to his own experiences, as well as ours.  Lush, melodic, and soul crushingly gorgeous, the album will be a force to reckon with.  While thus far the album is a sole work, he does plan to have some guest artists appear on the CD including, Chris Seefried (Joe 90, and God's Child), Dave Gibbs (Gigalo Aunts), and Tracy Bonham.  The CD has an estimated release date of early 2005.
 
Born and raised in New York City, Jeff Russo presently resides in Los Angeles, CA and is currently finishing the final touches on his first solo album and producing the band "South" for the feature film Vinyl, by writer/director Richard Zelniker.

"...Music makes me feel alive..."
www.jeffrusso.com

ALEX WOODARD

* Your musical inspirations?

i am inspired by everyday life moments... the way someone holds their
head, the way a cup sits on a table... there are stories behind all of
them.

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

i have alot of respect for springsteen, dylan, petty, seger... the
singer songwriters who have written songs that have stood up to time
and trends. my top three cds are probably nebraska from springsteen,
joshua tree from u2, and blood on the tracks from dylan.

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

it helps me everyday.

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

i think music is an integral part of the healing process, be it
emotionally, physically, or spiritually. music can heal in little
ways... the song that lifts you up as you're driving after a bad day,
and in big ways... the song that brings a patient out of a coma... see
the email below from a fan as an example.
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Dear Mr. Woodard,

I will attempt to keep this letter short in part because I understand that you are a very busy gentleman. It has taken me quite a while to email you
this letter, and now I don't know quite what to say.

I just wanted to tell you that I appreciate the hard work that you do. Your style of performing is inspiring to me. Your music lifts me up when my day is not going so well. To prove this point, I am in my 30's and a very short time ago, I had a heart attack. The way that my parents tell the story is that as I was in the hospital's ICU ward, unconscious, my parents began to play your CD "Saturn Returns" and within an hour or so I came through my ordeal. I am happy to say that with God's help, I am in the midst of a full recovery. And although I thank God for this, my parents and I know that deep down, you, Mr. Woodard, had a lot to do with me making it as well. Thank you, sir, for everything. The best gift that my cousin ever presented me with was your CD.And as soon as my medical bills are paid down somewhat, (my insurance didn'tcover a lot of the doctors and hospital bills), I am going to support any and all charitable organizations that you are a part of. This is my little way of giving back to you for giving my life back to me. I guess what I am trying to say is that you have that something that I admire, that "IT". I don't know how to explain it but believe me when I say that I do admire you and your work. I enjoy listening to your CD and I hope to purchase"Mile High" in the very near future. I know that you receive quite a lot of fan mail, and do not have time to read all of them. However, if it is possible, may I ask for your autograph?  It would mean a lot to me. But, if this is not possible, I will understand completely, sir.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, and may God continue
to bless you and yours, Mr. Woodard.

Sincerely,

Brian K. Collins
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THE STORY

Here's all you really need to know:

Alex lives in a little beach town north of San Diego, in a little beach house, with a big black dog.

Here are the details:

San Diego surfer Alex Woodard had already scored several gigs on television, guest starring on shows like the Love Boat, when he started teaching himself how to play the piano and guitar.  The first few chords led to the first few songs, which started to develop their own identity in the shadows of heroes like Springsteen, Mellencamp, and Seger.  Their story songs of hope and dust and redemption were Alex's first musical memories, floating from the 8-track in his dad's car, and the meeting of rock with roots and country music would prove to be indelible as Alex's influences.  After graduating from UCLA with a degree in business economics, Alex moved across country and worked in Boston's financial district, but music soon called louder than numbers.  The following spring he quit his job, packed up his truck, picked up a dog somewhere in Utah, and landed in the vibrant Seattle music landscape where he started playing shows and writing for his first record. He began releasing EPs in the late 90's, and by then local press had begun to take notice, citing his voice and style as "an infectious cross between Springsteen and Vedder" (the Rocket) and "the new breed of Seattle band" (KMTT 103.7FM). He made a few friends in the scene, including Fountains of Wayne (and former Posies) drummer Brian Young and ex-Posies/Sunny Day Real Estate bassist Joe Bass. The three hooked up with guitarists Abel Ames and Phil Hurley (Gigolo Aunts) and recorded Woodard's first full-length album, Nowhere Near Here, with Martin Feveyear producing (Screaming Trees, Presidents of the USA). The album was released on Alex’s own label in 2000 to enthusiastic reviews and gained airplay on over 60 stations nationally. He hit #2 on the New Music chart at San Diego's infamous 91x and #78 on the commercial AAA charts, the only independent artist to do so. The record showed up in indie films, Abercrombie and Fitch soundtracks, and many restaurant and retail establishments, from Vegas casinos to Home Depot. He signed deals with AEI and MTV, performed at SXSW 2001 as a result of strong sales in Austin, TX, and toured most of the year. Alex appeared at SXSW again in 2002, and then returned to Seattle to record the second full-length release with his band. Saturn Returns was released in September 2002, debuted as the #18 most added CD in the nation to college radio, and has since garnered airplay on more than 90 stations nationwide. Alex spent much of 2003 and 2004 on the road, hitting SXSW again in 2004, and logging studio hours with acclaimed songwriter Pete Droge (now of the Thorns, with Matthew Sweet and Shaun Mullins), who produced Alex's new full-length record, Mile High.  Mile High will be released nationwide in early 2005.
www.alexwoodard.com
Check out Alex at CDBABY

MAXI PRIEST

*Your musical inspirations?

Maxi said
, “There is a large variety of people who have inspired me in so many different ways. To name but a few:   Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, and the Studio 1 Coxon Label out of Jamaica. Also Marvin Gaye,  Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and the Motown Label from the USA.   Also people like Phil Collins, Sting, Shada. I could go on forever because so many people have inspired me in so many different ways -- whether it be their songs, their performance or their vocals.” 

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

 Maxi said,
“YES, music has helped me throughout my life - especially when I lost my parents.  It has helped me through all my highs and lows.”
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Music insiders would have you believe that there are a variety of musical genres and categories, and that common ground is few and far between. However, the bottom line is that people embrace music and rhythms that mean something to them, no matter what their background. As Maxi Priest knows, music is universal. Over the course of 10 albums and countless live performances all over the globe, Maxi has unleashed a one-world music that heals, rejuvenates and uplifts.

The second youngest of nine children, Maxi’s parents had moved to London, England from Jamaica. His father was a steelworker in a factory, while his mother devoted her life to Christianity; she was a missionary at a Pentecostal Church and lead singer for the church choir, and as a youngster Maxi grew up listening to gospel, reggae, R&B, as well as pop music.

While working as a carpenter building speaker boxes for a local reggae sound-system, Maxi Priest began singing over the mic at live dancehall sessions with artists such as Smiley Culture. In 1984 Maxi made a bit of history after he and Paul "Barry Boom" Robinson produced Philip Levi's "Mi God Mi King, “ the first UK reggae tune to reach Number One in Jamaica.

His 1988 album Maxi, was recorded in Jamaica with legendary musicians Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, and Willie Londo, and was released in America by Virgin Records. With "Some Guys Have All the Luck", a cover of Cat Steven's classic "Wild World" that gave Maxi his first U.S. smash hit, and roots tracks like his duet with Beres Hammond, “How Can We Ease The Pain”, Maxi’s music was taken to an entirely new level, gaining him worldwide recognition.

Two years later, Maxi released Bonafide, which achieved gold status, and the single “Close To You” hit Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart and Number Two on the Hot R&B Singles chart.

In 1991, Maxi’s collaborations with Roberta Flack, “Set The Night To Music”, and with Shabba Ranks, “Housecall,” again took Maxi to the highest chart echelons, and he capped off the year by releasing Best Of Me, a powerful compilation of hits from his four previous albums.

By the early to mid 90’s, Maxi was critically acclaimed for his skills in balancing hard-core reggae vibes with more mainstream pop sensibilities and that approach added to his growing popularity as both a recording and touring artist.

In 1996, Maxi released the hit CD Man With The Fun, which contained the crossover single “That Girl,” a duet with Shaggy. “That Girl” became a Grammy-Nominated track and the accompanying Hype Williams-directed video became and MTV staple.

CombiNation, released in 1999, is a sexy and soulful album embracing reggae, hip-hop, R&B, rock, jazz, pop and rhythms, containing production and songwriting work by Sly & Robbie, Robert Livingston, Simon Law, and Joe. The album contains “Mary’s Got A Baby,” featuring a sizzling rap from Beenie Man; pumped up electro-dancehall beats on the fierce and furious “She Wants To Dance” featuring toasters Degree and Red Rat; an uplifting track “We Tomorrow’s People” a collaboration with the acclaimed acid jazz band Icognito; the smoothed out old-school R&B Donny Hathaway/Roberta Flack cover of “Back Together Again” featuring Elisha La’Verne; and the righteous reggafied take on Stevie Wonder’s classic Golden Lady.”

Presently in the studio working on his latest project, Maxi Priest’s music continues to grow. Since his 1988 debut, Maxi has enjoyed tremendous success as a singer with popularity and recognition around the world. In fact, he is the most successful reggae solo artist in the world, second only to legend Bob Marley. He has enjoyed numerous worldwide hits as well as a Number one pop chart smash and is widely credited with helping spread the gospel of reggae and Caribbean music.
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NEW ALBUM “2 THE MAX”
RELEASE DATE: 16TH MAY 2005

 Maxi Priest the UK’s biggest Reggae star and international export, christened The King of Lovers Rock by his fans, releases his 11th studio album entitled “2 The Max”, on 16th May on Relentless Records. Maxi has scored 14 top 40 hits in the UK alone.

Maxi’s career spans two decades and kicked of in 1985 with his debut album “You’re Safe”. He had his first UK chart hit in 1986 with “Strollin’ On”, followed by “Some Guys Have All The Luck” in 1987. In 1998 Maxi had his first hit in the USA with “How Can We Ease The Pain” and his first UK top 5 with the single “Wild World”. In 1990 he scored his first US #1 with “Close to You” which was responsible for making Maxi a global superstar. In 1991 he teamed up with Shabba Ranks on “Housecall” which was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic and in 1996 his duet with Shaggy on “That Girl” was another global smash.

Over the years Maxi has teamed up with a diverse range of other artist, including Soul II Soul (Peace throughout The world in 1990), Beres Hammond (How Can We Ease The Pain in 1998), Roberta Flack (Set The Night To Music in 1991) and jazz star Lee Ritenour (Wait In Vain in 1993).

When he retuned to the studio in May last year, he was ready to work and the results proved revelatory. On songs like “Hero To Zero” and “Like I Do” there’s a new maturity and depth. His heartfelt reading of Sting’s “Fields Of Gold” peels emotional layers from the lyrics, resonating back generations to when his fore parents were slaves working on the land in the Caribbean.

The debut single from the album “Believe In Love” is due for release in July. Featuring this year’s hottest rhythm, the Drop Leaf Rhythm, “Believe In Love” is currently the biggest record in Jamaica and Barbados and Maxi has just performed in front of 15,000 people in Barbados. A new mix of the track featuring Spragga Benz will hit the streets shortly.

His first album in nearly 6 years, Maxi is back doing what he does best, making smooth reggae classics that leave an indelible ‘Maxi’ mark on all those who hear his timeless, unequivocal voice.
www.maxipriest.com/

DAWN KENNY

My musical inspirations are:

Joni Mitchell

Carole King

Kate Bush

Suzanne Vega

Laura Nyro

Tom Waits

Randy Newmann

Simon and Garfunkel

Bob Dylan

and many many more of these amazing songwriters

The list could go on and on

Tori Amos

Maria McKee

Beth Nielson Chapman

I basically am very selective about what I listen to because I only want to be influenced by the best

Favourite cds are:

Blue-Joni Mitchell

Tapestry-Carole King

Closing Time-Tom Waits

Maria McKee-Maria McKee

Boys For Pele-Tori Amos

Lonely at the Top-Randy Newmann

to name a few

In a way, music has helped me through difficult times. Although, I have to say that being a songwriter causes many difficult times also. Maybe it helps to express and evoke emotions that would normally be buried somewhere in the back of my mind.

In general, music has healing properties as it stimulates the senses.
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Clare singer/songwriter Dawn Kenny released Sound, on October 1st with exclusive distribution by Sony Music Ireland. Following rave reviews in the Irish media, she has secured a lucrative distribution deal for the UK with Proper Music UK and the cd will be released early in the new year.

Classically trained, Dawn has performed live in the U.S., the U.K. and Ireland with a variety of different acts. She first made her name as a session musician with Cathal Coughlan and left-of-centre outfit The Nine Wassies from Bainne before establishing herself as one of Ireland’s brightest young solo singer-songwriters. Dawn has attracted much attention within the music business due to the quality of her songs and her distinctive voice. Her debut album Through The Loop was released to immense critical acclaim and saw her feature in the Top Ten Hot Press Readers Poll in the Female Vocalist and Best Newcomer categories, within only two months of its release.

 Sharing the stage with the likes of Bob Geldof, Ron Sexsmith, Glenn Tilbrook, Joan Armatrading, Al Stewart and many others has enhanced Dawn’s growing reputation. She has also played many successful headline gigs throughout the country and performed at major festivals in Galway, Cork and Belfast.

Dawn’s commanding live performances have also led to numerous television appearances and radio interviews.  Her new album, Sound comprises 11 original tracks plus a hauntingly sparse rendition of the Rolling Stones’ classic Ruby Tuesday. It is receiving extensive National radio (RTE) play including BBC Northern Ireland. Sound was recorded at Pulse Recording Studios. Produced by Gerry Culloty and engineered by Tony Perrey, musicians featured on the album include, Justin Carroll, Paul Moore and Clive Barnes. As well as recording her new solo cd, Dawn has recently written and recorded the title-track of a French film called “Sur la Piste des Aigles”, which was released in Europe earlier this year.

“In addition to all the intellectual and emotional qualities Dawn brings to her music, she has that other, moderately useful advantage – she has a quite wonderful voice, which is both versatile and strong”- Kevin Myers, The Irish Times.

 “Well crafted songs, they also underline Kenny's penchant for unexpected melodic twists and turns…This is a fine debut, which should make waves for a promising new talent.”- Colm O’Hare, Hotpress

  “Dawn really does deserve to step into the limelight on her own and this album should really get her great attention”- Irish Music Press
www.dawnkenny.com
Dawn Kenny/CDBABY

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