I love music. Anybody who has spent any time at my house or in my car knows that I have music playing all the time. My kids (obviously) are also listening to this music. So it takes a special song to really catch their attention.
The other night, the kids were in the bath, and I stopped by #gno (my computer is right next to the bathroom door). I had heard that Diane Birch was the special guest that night. A few weeks ago, I downloaded the song Fire Escape, and so I already knew that I liked her. When I saw that she had another free download form the album, I clicked on it right away. I have a hard time passing up free music. The song, Valentino, finished downloading just as the kids were getting out of the bath and drying off. I hit play.
I wish I could have taped the following scene. The kids were so moved by Valentino that they dropped their towels and paraded through the bedrooms and upstairs hall. They smiled, they danced, and on the 3rd play, they sang along.
I was thrilled when I received the CD in the mail the next day from One2One Network. And when I learned a little about Diane, I was even more impressed with the music.
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.
You can learn more about Diane on MySpace (https://www.myspace.com/dianebirch)
You can follow her on twitter (she even responded to me–twice!) @dianebirch
And, if you buy the CD, $1 will be donated to charity automatically. I chose to donate to Susan G Comen for the Cure. How cool is that? Good music and a good cause. :) It’s called Discover and Donate. Click below:
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