Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Diane Birch Review

I love music oh so much. I even made a c.d. when I was in college with the hopes of becoming a recording artist. My life has led me in a different direction, but my love of music and young artists remains.

When offered the chance to listen to Diane Birch's new album, Bible Belt, I was a bit apprehensive. Honestly, I thought it was going to be Christian Rock -- not that there is anything wrong with that, it's just not my thing.

I hesitantly listened to Fire Escape and immediately fell in love. I immediately signed on to receive and review this cd from One2One Network.

Diane is not Christian Rock, but a fantastic mix of blues, folk, rock and her own funk.

Diane's Bio says this:

For singer-songwriter Diane Birch, music was a refuge. Although Diane was born in Michigan, her childhood was spent on the move as the daughter of a preacher, living between Zimbabwe, South Africa and Australia, before her parents finally settled in Portland, Oregon. When she was in her early teens, Diane absorbed a unique and cosmopolitan perspective on life that shines through her music and makes a simple categorization of it impossible.

The result? Diane Birch sounds like an old favorite, with all the sparkle and magic of a breakthrough talent. People says she sounds like a combination of early Carole King, Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks, with a little Joss Stone and Cat Power mixed in. Bible Belt is only her first record, but it’s one of the most accomplished albums you’ll hear all year. From the opening track “Fire Escape” to the closing “Magic View,Diane’s stunning voice is mesmerizing.

Written entirely by Diane, Bible Belt was recorded in New York City and New Orleans with an impressive team of Grammy-winning producers: S-Curve Records founder Steve Greenberg, soul legend Betty Wright and Mike Mangini, in their first project together since producing Joss Stone’s first albums.

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