Artist Interviews Index Page

 

Lili Haydn

Lililand:
Anil Prasad Talks with....Lili Haydn

Haydn began playing the violin at the age of eight. She played her first professional gig in 1990. In 1992, Haydn graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in political science and began to pursue a career in music. Her debut album, Lili, was released in the fall of 1997 and was followed by Light Blue Sun in 2003 and Place Between Places in 2008, which she promoted with television and radio appearances such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and NPR. NPR described "Place Between Places" as "A mix of neo-psychedelic flower child and rock star virtuoso...Heifetz meet Hendrix." She contributed to the score of the Edward Burns/Jennifer Aniston film She's the One (1996), as well as several films with Hans Zimmer, including Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. 

Haydn won a fellowship to the Sundance Film Institute composing in 2009, and has composed the film scores for three films, Jacklight, The Horse Boy (premiered at Sundance Film Festival and released in 2009 by Zeitgeist Films), and "The Lightmaker". 

In 2008, Haydn accompanied Roger Waters at the Coachella music festival when they played "The Dark Side of the Moon". Haydn also performed on Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Tour 2008. That same year she appeared on the cable TV series, Californication. In 2009, Haydn sustained neurological damage after being exposed to the pesticide Chlordane. While she was unable to write lyrics, she was still able to compose music. For the five years, she continued working on film scores and composed music for her fourth album, Lililand, released in September 2014.

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Tori Amos

Inclusive Variations:
Anil Prasad Talks with....Tori Amos
©2009 Anil Prasad

Across her 21-year career, Tori Amos has always sought to take listeners out of their comfort zone. Her most riveting songs have explored topics including female empowerment, redefining religion and spirituality for the modern world, and the demystification of sexuality. Sometimes subtle, sometimes confrontational in her approach, Amos has never been afraid of telling the world exactly what she thinks about sensitive issues. 

Growing up as a Methodist minister’s daughter in Baltimore, Maryland during the early-to-mid '60s played a paramount role in shaping her songwriting proclivities. Much of her output has served as a reaction to, or been informed by, her formative experiences trying to meet her father’s expectations. Her two albums in 2009 particularly highlighted how her childhood continues to influence her muse. 

Amos stretched her musical muscles on Midwinter Graces too. In addition to using her core band, consisting of drummer Matt Chamberlain, bassist Jon Evans, and guitarist Mac Aladdin, she chose to work with a big band, an orchestra, and arranger John Philip Shenale. The result is an epic, finely-honed album that Amos considers a career highlight. She went deep into the considerations and motivations behind the album during this intriguing discussion.  

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Sam Phillips


Push Any Button:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Sam Phillips
©2013CuttingEdgeVoices

Phillips began her musical career as a vocalist in the early 1980s, singing background parts for Christian artists such as Mark Heard, Randy Stonehill, and others. After a short time, Phillips was signed to a solo contract with Myrrh Records (under her given name) where she went on to record four Christian pop albums: Beyond Saturday Night, Dancing With Danger, Black & White In A Grey World, and, The Turning, which teamed her with producer and future husband T-Bone Burnett. Throughout the Myrrh period, Phillips wrote more and more of her own songs and several were Top 10 singles on Christian radio. 

Since Cyndi Lauper was popular at the time and also had an high-pitched, idiosyncratic vocal style, Myrrh insisted on promoting her as “the Christian Cyndi Lauper.” Phillips was never comfortable with this image, and it was a bone of contention between her and the label. She began using the name “Sam” professionally in 1988 when she left Myrrh Records and signed with Virgin Records, partially in order to distance herself from her somewhat embarrassing Myrrh-imposed persona. 

In 2001, Phillips signed with Nonesuch Records and released a stripped-down acoustic album called Fan Dance, which featured some of the most critically acclaimed songwriting of Phillips’ career. Van Dyke Parks contributed string arrangements for a track or two. Phillips also began writing music for and scoring the television series Gilmore Girls, and even appeared on-screen during the final episode of season six, performing Taking Pictures. In 2004 she released A Boot and a Shoe, another collection of acoustic cabaret songs in the same vein as her previous album. 

Sam returned with a new album Don’t Do Anything in 2008. In October 2009 Sam launched Long Play, an exclusively web-based membership site which promised subscribers 5 digital EPs and 1 full-length digital album over the course of about one year. A physical “best of” compilation of Long Play songs, titled Solid State, was released in June 2011.

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Tina Malia


The Lost Frontier:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Tina Malia
©2013CuttingEdgeVoices

Tina Malia’s prodigious talent spans many musical genres and disciplines. As a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer she has distinguished herself in styles ranging from pop to world devotional to electronic. Her own diverse and growing catalog of albums is complemented by studio and live work with iconic artists such as Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Jai Uttal, Kenny Loggins, India.Arie, Idan Raichel and Bassnectar. 

Ms. Malia not only writes and sings her own material, she also engineers and produces her albums, playing many of the instruments included on them. For The Lost Frontier project, Malia also collaborated with contributing producers Kevin Killen, Jamie Catto, Jared May, Lynx, Alex Foster, Random Rab, Evan Bluetech and David Jenkins. The multi-Grammy winning Kevin Killen was also the project’s mixing engineer. Henry Sarmiento – whose work can be heard on the music of Lady Gaga, 50 Cent and Swedish House Mafia – was The Lost Frontier’s mastering engineer.  

Malia delivers a rawness and authenticity through her extraordinary voice and musical compositions as well as in her lyrics and prose. Each song is so powerful on its own, that collectively as an album, The Lost Frontier makes an indelible mark every time one hears it. Upon each listening something new is learned, as the songs inspire instead of instigate, observe rather than point, wonder rather than blame. Each composition is part of the greater whole, which at the end of the day is an affirmation of love, of hope, of responsibility for ourselves and each other. They are, in short, the perfect way for Tina Malia's vision to be shared.

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Nikki Layne

Escape Stage:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Nikki Layne of Lucid Fly
©2013CuttingEdgeVoices

Lucid Fly founders Nikki Layne and Doug Mecca joined forces in Florida in 2001. On the hunt for the perfect name, they stumbled over an old newspaper featuring an article on American astronaut Shannon Lucid, who had set a new world record for a woman spending 188 days in space. The headline "Lucid Flies Into The Record Book" stuck, and Lucid Fly was born. The band quickly gained a devoted following in Orlando's music scene. 2005 saw the release of their debut EP, Adapting To Gravity, and the fan community kept growing. 

After playing venues throughout the southeast, singer Nikki and guitarist Doug decided it was time to head out to California to win over the West Coast. In L.A., they teamed up with bassist Go Nakabayashi, who quit a successful, signed band in Japan to pursue his dream of making it in the US. Lucid Fly’s songwriting is more powerful than ever ... resulting in the recent release of their second EP, The Escape Stage.



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Ellie Lawson

Insights and Lost Songs:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Ellie Lawson
©2013CuttingEdgeVoices

From a bohemian upbringing in South London, to meetings with Rap Mogul Russell Simmons & chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, Ellie Lawson's unique vocal stylings & acoustic vibes are now, more than ever about to catch the ears of the world as she gets set to release a new EP recorded with Communion records co-founder Ian Grimble (Mumford and sons, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Daughter) and her debut EDM album on itunes called 'Collected' Ellie has huge versatility as an artist, able to switch between genres & sounds very seamlessly. Having toured Quiksilver & Barnes & Noble's stores as well as recently scoring 3 Beat-port top 10s with Electronic Dance collaborations, Ellie's self-motivated journey in the music industry has helped her create a wealth of material with powerful, issue-driven lyrics.

Ellie is an ambassador for the clothing brand Quiksilver Women and in 2010 toured Quiksilver & Barnes & Noble's stores in the UK and Ireland as part of her sponsorship deal. The singer who was previously signed with Atlantic records in the USA with her debut album was championed by chat show host Ellen DeGeneres where Ellen predicted live on air that Ellie would become 'the hugest, hugest star.' Ellie has tracks produced by William Orbit and DJ Lethal who signed her to his production company alongside lawyer/Publishing head/Manager David Mantel for her first album The Philosophy Tree.

The independent Singer-Songwriter has her own label called 'Create your Own reality' and previously sold 25,000 records with the USA book retailer Barnes and Noble. Lawson's performances include opening for the BBC presenter Jimmy Doherty's festival where KT Tunstall and Jose Gonzalez headlined, the Abbey Road studios as part of the Brit awards, Sundance film festival, Relentless Boardmasters festival and many others.

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Mary Fahl

From The Dark Side of the Moon:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Mary Fahl
©2012CuttingEdgeVoices

Blessed with a magnificent range, Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of  the mid-1990s cult band October Project, an East Coast folk-rock/adult alternative outfit that recorded two poetic albums for Epic: its self-titled debut album of 1993; and its 1995 encore effort, “Falling Farther In“.  In a review of October Project’s first release, Allmusic.com dubbed Fahl the “lovechild“ of Stevie Nicks and Peter Steel and “a completely unique artist, sounding like no other vocalist of her era“. 

Following her days with October Project, Fahl embarked upon a solo career with several notable collaborators, including Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”) and Academy Award nominated lyricist, Ramsey McLean (“Sleepless in Seattle”).  As a solo artist, Fahl was finally able to blossom as a songwriter – as she told Liane Hansen of NPR, cinema and film scores have had a profound influence on her music, envisioning each song she writes as a “tiny universe onto itself”.

In 2006. working with producers Mark Doyle and David Werner in Doyle’s small home studio in Syracuse, NY, Fahl began a “labor of love” – a step-by-step, song-by-song re-imagining of the musical Mt. Everest that is Pink Floyd’s classic album Dark Side of the Moon.  Fahl recounts: “We had to have a good reason to make this ours.  We weren’t interested in just trying to make good versions of great songs – there are Pink Floyd tribute bands for that – but, if we could re-invent the intention for ourselves, then we might stand a chance of being able to rediscover something that could give it a new life of its own.  We came to perceive this Dark Side of the Moonwork as a classic song-cycle …. a gnostic allegory for our times.”  Following a theatrical performance of the piece from beginning to end, Fahl was immediately signed to V2 Records, and From the Dark Side of the Moon (mixed by Bob Clearmountain) was slated for release in 2007.  Tragically, V2 closed its doors just prior to the release date, with recording rights reverting back to Fahl who plans to release the album in the Spring of 2011.

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October Project
Photo by Steven Lowy

Different Eyes:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....October Project
©2012CuttingEdgeVoices

October Project is its own Brill Building of spiritually-transformative pop. Like the famed American music landmark, the trio has its own distinct division of talents with Marina Belica’s sensually angelic vocals, Emil Adler’s imaginative and dreamy compositions, and Julie Flanders’ achingly beautiful harmonies, supportive counter-melodies, and revelatory lyrics that mesmerize as they illuminate. The three’s connection dates back to their teenage years and their richly storied history together fortifies their nearly 20 year professional career as October Project.  

October Project’s spiritual embrace of interlocking, snowflake vocal melodies, crystalline piano, and hypnotically healing lyrics holds us snuggly this spring as the transcendent trio returns with two luminous EPs—Uncovered and More Uncovered. This pair of five-song, CD-only releases presents the songs of the trio’s upcoming ten-song record in an intimate voice-and-piano experience. This collection of light-at-the-end-of-tunnel hymnals is boldly vulnerable unadorned, and October Project will follow these releases with these sumptuous rosebuds blossomed into full-band grandeur featuring the refined talents of guitarist Julian Coryell (son of jazz great Larry Coryell).  

The power of October Project’s emotional resonance lies in how lushly scenic its music is. "Always Wanted to You," from Uncovered, is rife with nature imagery that creates an openness where in a dreamy state the listener can superimpose his or her own moonlight romance. "If you go to songwriting class they tell you what makes a good song is concreteness, but when you use natural imagery, you give more room for the listener to enter the images," Emil offers. Julie adds: "This is music for you to live by, mark your transitions by; it’s a lullaby and embrace for your losses and celebrations."

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Angela Correa

 

Pleiades:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Angela Correa
©2011CuttingEdgeVoices

Originally from the small town of Yuba City in Northern California, Correatown (aka Angela Correa) has lived and traveled over much of the world. Those explorations stay close to her, one of the reasons why the music skirts genres; it is an amalgam of fuzzed out lo-fi indie rock, early American folk and the darker tones of classic rock. Influenced as much by Elisabeth Cotton and Jack Elliot as PJ Harvey and Neil Young, Correatown brings subtle stories to life with fluid melodies and distinctive arrangements. Haunting, genuine, beautiful and sparse are words often used to describe the music of Correatown.

Correatown was a name someone called her once. Imagine the lights that slowly haze by when you’re driving home late at night bleary eyed, or the night sky heavy with clouds just after a thunderstorm. It’s Angela Correa’s band daydream fully realized in a dark club filled with the reverberating layers of washy guitars, beautiful harmonies, growling fuzzed out analog synths and a melodious voice. Based in the Eastside of Los Angeles, the band is a mainstay in the tightly knit local music community.

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Natalie Walker

 

Spark:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Natalie Walker
©2011CuttingEdgeVoices

Electronic textures, intimate revelations – that’s the fundamental formula of Natalie Walker’s evocative, elemental, bluntly emotional new album, Spark (Dorado Records). Spark finds the Indiana-born, Colorado-based singer-songwriter, whose prior work has been heard on Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Bones, 90210, Smallville and Entourage, among other places, hitting a new creative plateau. With her richly expressive vocals floating in elegant, spacious instrumental settings, Walker explores powerfully personal territory on tracks like the reflective “I Found You,” the questing “Sunday Afternoon,” the gorgeous life lesson “Mars” and the delicate first single, “Uptight.” She also shows her adventurous side, feeling the rush of a humid Brooklyn night in the sensuous “Cool Kids” and diving headfirst into desire on the swooning “Against the Wall."

Spark – which also includes a ravishing cover of the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Galapogos” – occupies a sonic sweet spot between pop and electronica, but it’s more attuned to the demands of her storytelling than to any musical pigeonhole. Walker crafted half the tracks with Ted Bruner (Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Plain White T’s) and half with Dan Chen and Nate Greenberg of Stuhr (Mya, Nicole Atkins, Bebel Gilberto), the Brooklyn-based production team behind 2008’s With You and her 2006 solo debut, Urban Angel. Yet Spark is remarkably consistent; its jewel-box arrangements never crowd the song, incorporating eclectic instrumentation such as MiniMoog, vocoder, Fender Rhodes, cello and harpsichord . Creating it, however, was a bit of a journey. Walker flew to L.A., meeting with a string of writers, but didn’t click with any of them. Then she encountered Bruner. “I walk into Ted’s studio – it’s dark and he’s got a discoball going,” she remembers. “Instead of saying ‘Let’s come up with a hook,’ he wanted to know about me. He asked all kinds of questions. I got impatient, but he said, ‘I can't work with you if I don't know your story.’ Then I got it.” Bruner’s unorthodox route led to the incandescent song “I Found You.” “I revealed things about myself in that song that I’d never said publicly,” she relates. “But Ted refused to let me include a single detail that wasn’t true.” The song crystallizes Walker’s deep connection with the physical world, notably the awe-inspiring night sky of Colorado.

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Shannon Hurley

 

California:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Shannon Hurley
©2011CuttingEdgeVoices

Hand-picked as one of Rolling Stone’s top 25 best bands on MySpace, Shannon Hurley released her debut album "Ready to Wake Up" in 2007. An honest voice paired with pure and simple lyrics called to mind  a young Carole King with the pop sensibility of Aimee Mann. When Shannon put out a call for remixes, the Creative Commons community responded with over 500 versions of her songs. She drew from the best of the tracks and compiled an album called "Second Light: The Ready to Wake Up Remixes". Determined to make the most personal album yet, she is following up with "California" (which started with a single self-titled track in January 2009). "Beg Steal Borrow", which will also be on the new album, appeared on the Emmy nominated web-based series "Venice". Many fans helped fund the recording through Kickstarter and with their help, the album will have a  release in June 2011. Shannon's voice will be heard on the upcoming Armada Music/Rebrand Records release "Sun Gone Down" by Protoculture. Already featured on A State of Trance Radio as track of the week, this tune will launch on the  4th of July, 2011.      

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Sarah Fimm

Near Infinite Possibility:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Sarah Fimm
©2011CuttingEdgeVoices

Sarah Fimm, an American singer-songwriter residing in Woodstock,  is a dark, chaotic mixture of rock and pop with alternative influences. Her sound is colored with smooth, melodic rock fused with thick electronic grooves. A dark angel with a strawberry smile, Sarah is slightly outside, but still able to touch a mainstream audience. Sarah's debut album "Cocooned" has received extensive radio airplay on over 500 college stations and commercial stations. It has sold more than 5,000 copies independently. Sarah has garnered a huge internet presence with over 210,000 plays on MP3.com, and 6 #1 hits on MP3.com's alternative charts. She toured and collaborated with iconic singer Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus), and supported Delerium in 2008.

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Amy Gerhartz

Volume One EP:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Amy Gerhartz
©2011CuttingEdgeVoices

Singer/Songwriter Amy Gerhartz is a raw talent that blends Acoustic Pop, Rock, Folk and Soul. Traveling up and down the east coast, playing exclusive venues in New York City, Atlanta and Virginia, Amy is beginning to spread her music to a larger audience one show at a time. She's opened up for Jason Mraz, Zac Brown, Angie Aparo, Better Than Ezra, and Michael Tolcher, played with members of the Pat Magee Band, the Corey Smith Band and the Dave Barnes Band, and has performed on The Rock Boat and The Mayercraft Carrier, a Sister Hazel and John Mayer sponsored cruise. Amy is currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia and working on a volume series EP project, with the first estimated release date of July, 2011.

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Coby Grant

Fanfare for Love:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Coby Grant
©2011CuttingEdgeVoices

Coby Grant is from Perth, Australia and now lives in Melbourne, Australia where she has been for the past four years. Her first professionally recorded EP was released in Feb. 2009. With influences like Carole King, The Eagles, Eric Clapton and Joni Mitchell, and a sound compared to Regina Spektor, Colbie Caillat, and Ingrid Michaelson, this Australian native has something different, something extra, something special - an uncanny ability to connect with her audience through her charming and earnest lyrics about life, love and everything in between, breezy acoustic simplicity, beautiful melodies, sweet voice and infectious grin. She spent three and a half months on the road from Feb till May gigging relentlessly to promote the new EP. First was her “Full Colour” national tour. The tour was so successful with sold out shows in Melbourne and Sydney and her hometown of Perth. Coby's second offering Fanfare for Love is now available. This talented artist offers up intricate melodies with intimate lyrics that take you on a journey through her heart and your own as well. If you listen real close you can hear Coby smiling as she shares her stories with you.

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Jensen Keets

Expectations:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Jensen Keets
©2010CuttingEdgeVoices

Jensen’s debut album, “Jensen Keets” explores the complexities of being a modern day woman in the city. “Strong” is a powerful ode that starts off with a somber tone. It is about the September 11th terrorist attacks, but it’s also about the current economic crisis. She sings, “Empty pocket pain. The days of golden homes are now homeless days. But New Yorkers refuse to stunt their faith. Cause we believe in peace and love for one planet all race.” This is modern poetry set to music. “Expectations” is a song that questions this society’s constant need to “trade up” to a better house, car, and life. The video shows Jensen walking through cobble stone streets as she belts out the chorus, “Come and save me. Expectations on the rise. But they lie. So why do you set them so high.” Jensen has the unique ability to boil down complex ideas to their bare essence, and she makes it jangly and singable too. This song is reminiscent of Sheryl Crow’s “Everyday is a Winding Road” in terms of clever lyrics and “gets stuck in your head” chorus. “Cry” is probably the most personal song on the album. It is about her mother’s recent death from an inoperable brain tumor. She says, “After my mother died, I realized that life really is not forever. I needed to stop putting things on hold and start facing my fears and chasing after my musical dreams.”

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Susan Hyatt

Lovelier in Black:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Susan Hyatt
©2010CuttingEdgeVoices

Stimulator is back with a vengeance playing biting alternative rock music enhanced with heavy electronic grooves and brutally honest lyrics. Sporting fresh shiny new black locks and her naturally strong candid female presence, Singer Susan Hyatt teams up once again with original Stimulator guitarist/producer/co-songwriter and co-founding member Geoff Tyson.  The result is signature Stimulator with sweeping melodic guitar melodies and world class James Bond style production. 

The third CD, appropriately entitled "Lovelier in Black," showcases Stimulator simply doing what they do best, rocking out with no apologies. Susan plays every inch of the Gothic princess but admits to having more in common with vintage PJ Harvey than with the blockbuster epic dark popsters Evanessence. 



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Jennifer Greer

Fistful of Stars:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Jennifer Greer

©2010CuttingEdgeVoices

Jennifer’s songs run from aggressive to impressionistic. She seeks to push the boundaries of pop, by blending jazz, funk and classical. Her songs are often about outer rather than inner subjects, such as stories in the news, characters from books, as well as intimate personal experience. Getting bored with herself easily, she pushes herself and her band to be exciting and refreshing. As a performer, she exudes passion and joy that are tangible, shameless, and direct.

Jennifer just released her third and most ambitious album to date, “Fistful of Stars” in February 2010. A sweeping collection of 14 songs, the album showcases Jennifer’s writing at her highest. In these utterly unique songs, her extraordinary voice and passionate piano captivate the heart and mind. “

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Courtney Jones

Awake & Dreaming:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Courtney Jones

©2009CuttingEdgeVoices

Courtney Jones' unique sound and songwriting style has been compared to Sarah McLachlan meets KT Tunstall, with a hint of Keane thrown in just for good measure.  Peter Malick, who early on spotted, gigged with, and later produced the then unknown Norah Jones, just before her runaway success with "Come Away With Me", produced the 12 track debut album titled “Awake & Dreaming,” which is available now. Mark Needham (The Killers, Hot Fuss) mixed the tracks. 

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Lelia Broussard

Satellite:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Lelia Broussard

©2009CuttingEdgeVoices

Lelia Broussard is described as a sultry, soulful pop artist. Lelia's music is rooted in her South Louisiana heritage, but has taken influences from the Philly soul sound since she was transplanted to Philadelphia seven years ago. Lelia made her mark on the Philadelphia scene with time spent on the "open mic" circuit that led to a loyal fan base as diverse as her music Through several appearances and extensive airplay on University of Pennsylvania's 88.5 WXPN and concerts at venues such as Sellersville Theater, The Point, Tin Angel, and World Cafe' Live, Broussard further branched out to the general public with amazing results.

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Vienna Teng

Inland Territory:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Vienna Teng

©2009CuttingEdgeVoices

Not so long ago, being a singer-songwriter was merely a hobby for Vienna Teng, a Stanford computer science grad who was on the fast track to a lucrative career, working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. But she gave all that up to pursue her musical passions - a risky career move, but one which has paid off. The 27-year-old has already released two critically acclaimed independent albums: 2002's Waking Hour and 2004's Warm Strangers, which landed on three Billboard album charts and reached #2 on Amazon's best-seller list. She's appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and toured widely, opening for such artists as Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Patty Griffin, Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls.

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Allison Crowe

Little Light:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Allison Crowe
©2009CuttingEdgeVoices

"Her voice celebrates the music with a bluesy rock-gospel intensity; her controlled vibrato, silken rasp, and powerful projection rivet your attention. This is no casual background music. be prepared to be amazed," says Hamline University Professor Of Law - and CD reviewer - Carol Swanson. "Every song radiates sincerity, creative flair, and emotional intensity." 

Vocalist, pianist, guitarist, songwriter, engineer, producer and arranger, Allison Crowe now lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia and Corner Brook, Newfoundland. From these home-bases, (spanning the full 7000 km breadth of Canada), she tours steadily, earning a reputation for exciting live shows that stir together her original songs with much-loved interpretations in an organic blend of rock, jazz, folk, Broadway, gospel and soul.

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Delaney Gibson

The Worst Kind of Way:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Delaney Gibson
©2009CuttingEdgeVoices

With her sultry, classically-trained, powerhouse voice and gritty songwriting, Delaney continued to be honored with prominent awards throughout 2007 including: solo vocal finalist at The Eisteddfod Music Festival in Wales, Best of L.A. Singer / Songwriter Finalist, and she took home four MAVRIC Awards for “Best Alternative Song,” “Best R&B Song,” “Vocal Performance of the Year,” and “Best EP of the Year.” This was just the beginning for Delaney, she was also chosen to be one of a select number of performers invited to the Sedona Jam Emerging Artists Music Festival in Sedona, Arizona, and was a semi-finalist at the Winery Music Awards in Paso Robles. Delaney was given an honorable mention and received near perfect scores by The Billboard Song Contest for her songs “Turn My World Around” and “Unattached.” Her EP was also featured on the cover of the February 2007 Discmakers Catalog. The momentum did not stop there, as a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Delaney guest starred as a singer on the FOX hit series “Boston Public” and MTV’s “My Own.” 

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Wendy and Lisa

White Flags of Winter Chimneys:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Wendy and Lisa
©2009CuttingEdgeVoices

Esther has just released her second album 'Right Here' in the UK on her own record label to outstanding critical acclaim and radio support including among others an unreserved 5 stars in the Sunday Express and support on BBC Radio 2. 

Radio station's nationwide including have been captivated by Esther's tuneful haunting songs: and blown away by her stunning live radio performances. Tom Morton of Radio Scotland describing one of her tracks as "Neil Young meets Beyonce round at Joni Mitchell's house", recognizing the retro flare that runs through Esther's music and her love of a sassy pop hook. 

The Sunday Times noted approvingly that she is "David Geffen crossed with Stevie Nicks." Journalists recognize that Esther is a trailblazer, a talented musician forging the way ahead in this new musical landscape..

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Esther O'Connor

Right Here:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Esther O'Connor
©2009CuttingEdgeVoices

Esther has just released her second album 'Right Here' in the UK on her own record label to outstanding critical acclaim and radio support including among others an unreserved 5 stars in the Sunday Express and support on BBC Radio 2. 

Radio station's nationwide including have been captivated by Esther's tuneful haunting songs: and blown away by her stunning live radio performances. Tom Morton of Radio Scotland describing one of her tracks as "Neil Young meets Beyonce round at Joni Mitchell's house", recognizing the retro flare that runs through Esther's music and her love of a sassy pop hook. 

The Sunday Times noted approvingly that she is "David Geffen crossed with Stevie Nicks." Journalists recognize that Esther is a trailblazer, a talented musician forging the way ahead in this new musical landscape..

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Leddra Chapman

Secret Garden Sessions:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Leddra Chapman
©2009CuttingEdgeVoices

With soulful and honest lyrics that come straight from the heart, Leddra is truly one of the most gifted young songwriters in Britain today. She is now developing her own unique sound and working with an impressive list of producers and songwriters including Steve Robson, Peter Vetesse, Chris Braide, on yet more material. Having recently become a European Ambassador for Quicksilver, now 18, Leddra has started a new chapter in her music career, performing across Europe for most of summer 2008 and writing and producing new material. In September 2008 keen to also continue her academic study of music she has started a Music Degree at the London College of Music. Life for Leddra continues to get busier and busier and she's loving every minute of it!

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Adrienne Pierce

Faultline:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Adrienne Pierce
©2009CuttingEdgeVoices

She has toured with and opened for some amazing artists like Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Sondre Lerche, The Stereophonics, Jane Siberry, Carina Round, The Finn Brothers, Yoav and more. She even had a member of Radiohead compliment her on my performance after a show in Toronto.  Last fall she toured for three solid months promoting Faultline all over North America opening for Issa (Jane Siberry). This spring she toured the US and the UK and this summer she recorded her third full length album in Canada which she will release Spring 2009. In addition she will be releasing a series of 4 EP's (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). The EP's will come out at the beginning of each season with the first one (Winter) to be released November 18, 2008. Winter will be available on iTunes and at Borders stores.

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Martha Davis

Clean  Modern & Reasonable:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Martha Davis
©2008CuttingEdgeVoices

The Motels recorded six records for Capitol. Their self titled debut was greeted with positive critical reviews in 1979, and exploded in Australia on the strength of the #2 Pop single,  ‘Total Control’ (which was later covered by Tina Turner for the We Are The World album). In 1981 their sophomore effort, Careful, went Top 50. Then, in 1982, the Motels released All Four One…the smash single ‘Only The Lonely’ rocketed into the Top 10, immediately propelled the album to gold status and truly broke The Motels in the United States. The group dominated the music scene and was voted Best Performance for  ‘Only The Lonely’ at the 1982 American Music Awards. 

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Donice Cully

Starting Over:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Donice Cully
©2008CuttingEdgeVoices

Formed in 2007 by veterans of the Baltimore/DC Rock scene, Fall Back Plan is on its way to the top of the regional rock food chain. Fronted by Donice Cully, this powerhouse alternative rock act is gaining recognition quickly for energetic live shows, tight song-craft, killer vocals and undeniable hooks.

FBP started in July of 2007 as a writing project between Donice, Geoff Gill (Bass) and Brian Shealey (Guitar) during a lull in their respective bands' schedules at that time. Donice was fronting The Sikes, a regional mainstay rock act and Brian and Geoff were members of the band KaliCeleste. The 3 met in 2006 when their bands would play shows together throughout Baltimore/DC.

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Donna Lewis

In the Pink:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Donna Lewis
©2008CuttingEdgeVoices

It was at the end of 1993 that this material came to the attention of Atlantic Records and so impressed Chairman Doug Morris that he flew her out to New York to meet her personally - and offered her a recording deal on the spot! Her debut album - 'Now in a Minute' - was released in 1996 to universal acclaim. The first single - 'I Love You Always Forever' - became an instant global phenomenon, climbing to the top of the charts in countries around the world. In the USA, it re-wrote the record books at radio by exceeding 1 million 'spins' to claim its place in music industry history as the most-played single ever, at that time. Her follow-up album 'Blue Planet' came out in 1998 and confirmed the arrival of a genuine new talent. It featured 2 more hit singles; 'I Could Be The One,' which did well in Europe and 'Love Him,' which went to the top of the Billboard Dance Charts in America. 

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Noe Venable

The Summer Storm Journals:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Noe Venable

©2008CuttingEdgeVoices

Noe Venable is a singer-songwriter, composer, and poet. Having honed her songwriting and musicianship within the context of San Francisco’s rich experimental and jazz music scene, Venable has gone on to somewhat wider recognition through the release of five albums, as well as several national tours opening for such artists as Ani DiFranco and They Might be Giants.

Venable’s newest release, The Summer Storm Journals, has been four years in the making and may be her strongest statement to date. Written over the course of Venable’s transition from the west coast to New York City, and recorded in four different cities, this is an album about change: resisting it, fear in the face of it, surrender to it, and ultimately finding peace in the inescapable reality of uncertainty. Produced with Venable’s longtime collaborator, bassist Todd Sickafoose, the album features a stellar cast of musicians, including violinist Alan Lin, guitarist Adam Levy, (Norah Jones), and avant garde marimba virtuouso, Payton MacDonald, (Alarm Will Sound).

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Terami Hirsch

A Broke Machine:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Terami Hirsch

©2008CuttingEdgeVoices

What sets Terami's music apart from other piano-based artists, is her near disregard for the purity of the acoustic instrument. Preferring to work with keyboards and digital editing software, Terami shapes songs as if they were paper and glue, allowing imperfections to texture her otherwise meditative and cerebral music. This approach is surprising to some—as many people equate digital with polished, smooth sounds. Terami's music personifies the heart in the machine, as she pushes the creative edges of reputably heartless software. Terami explains, "In album production, it's exciting to create unexpected terrain within the landscape of a simple song. By using my computer as an instrument, the whole process becomes flexible and dynamic in ways that continue to push how I express myself on record.” 

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Ann Licater

Following the Call:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Ann Licater
©2008CuttingEdgeVoices

Ann is a life-long silver flute player who discovered the inspirational and healing music of the Native American flute at a powwow. She uses her intuition and classical training to create beautiful, original melodies and breathtaking improvisations on these sacred instruments. 

Her “Flute for the Soul” workshops teach how contemporary replicas of ancient wood and clay flutes can be used as tools for personal discovery and spiritual practice. Her workshops explore how people are drawn to certain flutes or songs depending on what they are discovering about themselves at the time. She encourages listeners of her music to take the time to journal, meditate and reflect on an issue worth exploring and see how these sound vibrations help build intuitive skills for self-discovery. 

Ann studied classical flute at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN and Native American flute with master flutist R. Carlos Nakai at the “Renaissance of the Native American Flute” in Helena, Montana. In addition to recording, performing and facilitating workshops, Ann is a public speaker on the subjects of spirituality, creative expression and personal discovery. 

She holds a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University, Boulder, CO. Ann resides in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Abra Moore

On the Way:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Abra Moore

©2007CuttingEdgeVoices

Part of Moore’s journey has been rediscovering the joy of simply singing for the love of the music. To that end, she’s been revisiting one her favorite pastimes—singing jazz standards. It’s something she did in Austin in the early 90s before she headed of toEurope. She’s been doing it again without fanfare for the past couple of years. “Singing jazz standards four hours a night, taking little baby breaks, keeps me grounded and connected,” she says. “It’s something I can always do. It’s something I’ll have when I’m an old lady. It’s great for my voice. It keeps it strong. Vocally it keeps that instrument flying.” 

Reveling in the sheer joy of making music, living in the moment and enjoying the process is an integral part ofMoore’s journey. That’s why On The Way is so aptly titled. It’s all about the journey—life unfolding in all its mystery, agony and majesty. True art holds a mirror up and reflects back the hard truths, as well as the ones that enlighten. On The Way is a masterpiece of mood and honesty from one of the preeminent artists working in popular music.

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Shikhee of Android Lust

Devour, Rise and Take Flight:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Shikhee of Android Lust
©2007CuttingEdgeVoices

Born in Bangladesh, Android Lust auteur Shikhee has been exploring the cutting edge of desire, rage, and panic in her songs since her first independent release in 1998. Borrowing elements from diverse musical styles, Android Lust presents a blend of electronic rock that is provocative, engaging, and fiercely emotional. Shikhee has been making quite the name for herself in the indie electronic music community. Her music evolves with each release, showing a greater musical range than the plethora of unoriginal and copycat bands in the scene.

Shikhee continues this trend with Devour, Rise, and Take Flight (2006 Projekt Records), her new full length release since 2003's The Dividing. Devour, Rise, and Take Flight is an unforgiving electronic rock assault carried across twelve powerful tracks. Shikhee's commanding voice takes center stage, set against her most challenging, yet accessible songwriting to date. And in true Android Lust fashion, she saves her best hooks for her most vicious sentiments, all while taking modern electronic music even further to the edge.

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Jonatha Brooke

Careful What You Wish For:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Jonatha Brooke
©2007CuttingEdgeVoices

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jonatha Brooke has been issuing albums that merge folk and pop since the early '90s; first as a member of a duo called the Story, and then later as a solo artist. Brooke formed the Story (originally called Jonatha & Jennifer for their first few years together) along with another vocalist, Jennifer Kimball, while the pair was both attending Boston's Amherst College in the early '80s. Despite playing locally on a regular basis during their college career, the duo never issued any demos or albums, and took a break for a period after graduation; during which time Brooke joined a dance troupe. But by the end of the '80s, the group had re-formed, now called the Story, and issued a demo called Over Oceans in 1989. The Story was promptly signed to the independent Green Linnet label, which issued the duo's debut full-length album, Grace in Gravity, in 1991. It wasn't long before Elektra Records expressed interest in the band, in turn reissuing their debut the same year, as well as a sophomore effort, The Angel in the House, two years later.

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Anne McCue

Koala Motel:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Anne McCue
©2007CuttingEdgeVoices

Anne's career has covered punk, Lilith Fair, Australian awards and Vietnam. She has released her fourth solo album, Koala Motel to critical acclaim and has recently co-produced two albums by other artists - Stephen Rowe and Leila Florentino. She has appeared as guest guitarist/vocalist on albums by Michelle Shocked and Gina Villalobos. Her two most recent albums, including Roll‚ (Messenger Records) was recorded at Dusty Wakeman's Mad Dog Studios in Burbank, California. McCue and Wakeman co-produced the album. Going in with the philosophy of some of Anne's favourite three piece bands she played the guitars, Dusty played bass with Dave Raven on the drums. The three jammed on the material, some of which McCue was still writing at the time.

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Rachelle van Zanten

Back to Francois:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Rachelle van Zanten
©2007CuttingEdgeVoices

Rachelle van Zanten is an up and coming Canadian icon- "as both a songwriter and a slide guitar player van Zanten is turning the heads of music industry folk the world over" (Nextfest 2005). Van Zanten's charismatic stage presence is infectious and charming, leaving her audience feeling inspired. 

Raised in the foothills of northernBritish Columbia, van Zanten grew up playing bluegrass and old time country with her family. She spent the majority of her preteens singing to Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams Sr., and Johnny Cash recordings. By age 13 she was well schooled in piano, drums and trumpet but wanting to be modish with the 90's rock movement, took up guitar. 

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Joanna

This Crazy Life:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Joanna

©2006CuttingEdgeVoices

Spend your formative years on the road with a national touring company. Dedicate your teens to preparing to take the music world by storm. Throw in the scrutiny of MTV cameras documenting your every move. If this had been your day-to-day existence, you’d probably call your debut album This Crazy Life too. And if you happened to be Geffen recording artist Joanna, you’d have the confidence and talent to come through it all with aplomb. “The title represents my journey,” Joanna explains. “I’ve struggled, been on such a high and such a low. But my purpose in life is to touch people with my music. I’ve always turned pain into
strength.”

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Happy Rhodes

Many Worlds Are Born Tonight:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Happy Rhodes

©2006CuttingEdgeVoices

Happy Rhodes  is an enigma. This is according to the Music Industry, which has never been able to pigeon-hole her into any category. Her music is otherworldly yet substantial and her 4-octave voice has a haunting familiarity to it. Most listeners find her work difficult to describe and yet she incites an almost unheard of devotion among her fans. She goes from Kate Bush highs to David Bowie lows and you find yourself being beckoned to follow her into her futuristic worlds. She is now working on her 11th full-length album and is looking forward to doing some live shows soon.

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Nicki Jaine

Nicki Jaine Live:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Nicki Jaine
©2006CuttingEdgeVoices

Nicki Jaine’s stunning stage presence and unforgettable voice make her irresistibly captivating in a Marlene Dietrich kind of way. A native of New Jersey who has made Pennsylvania her home, Nicki Jaine grew up with a love for music that has lived in her family for generations. Nicki Jaine’s Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother were both lively violinists who immigrated to the United States from Hungary, where her Great Grandfather had learned to play the violin from the gypsies. Jaine’s Grandmother, a dynamic and beautiful pianist, model and actress, was featured in some of the first television commercials filmed in New York City in the 1940s. Throughout her childhood, Nicki Jaine’s Grandmother took her to plays and museums in New York, London and Paris, instilling a deep love and appreciation for the arts in Jaine.

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Ashley Maher

Flying Over Bridges:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Ashley Maher
©2005CuttingEdgeVoices

Born to British parents in Canada, and moving to Los Angeles when she was five, Ashley's gift as a singer was recognized early on. She grew up singing jazz, classical, choral, and medieval music and even studied opera in Italy for a year, before falling irrevocably in love with African music. Stumbling upon a class by Ghanaian master drummer, C.K. Ladzekpo, at UC Berkeley, Ashley knew she had found her calling. She studied with him for two years, before graduating and moving to London in search of African musicians.

London was alive with global music. Ashley performed with her band for two years before collaborating with premier traditional dance and drumming group, Adzido, to record her first set of demos. The tape soon came to the attention of the record companies and she signed a contract with Virgin U.K. Virgin released two records for Ashley. The first, named "hi," was met with critical acclaim and hailed as a promising debut. The second, "Pomegranate," featured a superb selection of Paris-based African musicians and again was met with positive press.

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Anne Heaton

I Know This:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Anne Heaton

©2005CuttingEdgeVoices

Starting with lessons at age three, Heaton was a studied classical pianist. She listened to everything from Dexy’s Midnight Runners to Joni Mitchell to the Rolling Stones to the Fine Young Cannibals. While studying Philosophy & Theology at Notre Dame, she sang in a rock band. After graduation, she ran a music program for teenagers in Chicago’s Cabrini Green Housing Projects. A few years later Heaton moved from Chicago to New York and joined a Gospel Choir in Harlem. This was the point when Anne started writing songs. “Hearing Peter Gabriel’s ‘Us’ for the first time, made me realize how powerful it could be to relate your psychological and spiritual experiences in a way that was musically beautiful and resonant. I felt like Peter Gabriel was expressing my inner world or what I wished the world were like. I thought that if I could ever touch someone else in the way that he had reached me, I would be very happy.”

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Charlotte Martin

Veins:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Charlotte Martin

©2005CuttingEdgeVoices

Charlotte is a Singer/songwriter got her start singing opera while attending Eastern Illinois University in the late '90s. Her father was a respected professor in the music department, and naturally Martin followed his footsteps. She'd been playing piano since she was a little girl and her childhood was surrounded by music.

While attending school, Martin experienced "real life," from living with her goth roommate and dealing with typical college-like drama to the tragic suicides of two close friends. Martin turned to music for solace. She desperately wanted to make music into a career; therefore, a whirlwind move to Los Angeles seemed like the right thing to do.

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Kathy Haggerty

Once Upon a Spell:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Kathy Haggerty
©2005CuttingEdgeVoices

Kathy has been writing and composing music for as long as she can remember. At age five she began her piano studies in Seoul, Korea, and quickly learned to play Beethoven's "Fuhr Elise" and other classical standards that young piano students traditionally learn. Her constant improvising and re-interpretations of the works of classical composers did not go over well with her strict piano teachers, and by age eight, she felt so discouraged that she stopped taking lessons altogether.

Her love of music did not stop, however, and she continued to immerse herself in it; taking up the cello, singing and performing in musicals, orchestras and choirs throughout high school and college.

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Gabrielle Roth

Sweat Your Prayers:
Cutting Edge Voices Talks with....Gabrielle Roth
©2005CuttingEdgeVoices

Cutting Edge Voices is proud to present our first interview. Gabrielle Roth moves easily between the Dance that she loves so well and the music that acts as a catalyst for the Dance to take place. If you are familiar with Gabrielle's music you already know the power contained therein but for Gabrielle that is only the beginning. Join us as we talk to Gabrielle Roth about her views concerning her music, her spirituality and of course her Dance. If you are not familiar with Gabrielle's music or her books I would urge you to pick up a copy and learn even more about the passions that drive Gabrielle and how you can make them a part of your life too.

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All interviews unless otherwise stated are conducted by Michael Foster, owner/publisher/editor of CEV