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|Please Don't Lie (EP Version)||Laura Warshauer|| |
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The singer/songwriter, who plays both acoustic and electric guitar, brings a variety of influences to the table -- influences ranging from Chaka Khan and Roberta Flack to Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, Simon & Garfunkel, and James Taylor. In fact, Denhert has been quoted as saying that her earliest influence was Taylor (who married '70s soft rock/adult contemporary star Carly Simon and shouldn't be confused with the James "J.T." Taylor who became Kool & the Gang's lead singer in the late '70s). The list of artists Denhert inspires comparisons to is long and diverse. The Indigo Girls, Shawn Colvin, Tracy Chapman, and Sarah McLachlan are valid comparisons, but so are neo-soul artists such as Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Jaguar Wright. Denhert wouldn't be out of place on a Lilith Fair stage, nor she would be out of place in Vibe magazine.
While Denhert was born in New York City in the late '50s and grew up in the Bronx, her parents were immigrants who had moved to the Big Apple from the country of Grenada. By the age of ten, Denhert was studying the guitar and listening to a lot of folk-rock and singer/songwriters (especially Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, and James Taylor). After reaching adulthood, she enrolled at Cornell University but ended up dropping out during her sophomore year and joined an all-female rock band called Fire. Denhert spent a total of six years with Fire; she joined in 1980 and stayed with the band until its breakup in 1986. After that, she took a non-musical temp job with the Dannon company (as in Dannon yogurt) and eventually became a business analyst for that outfit.
But Denhert never gave up music; when she was based in Cleveland, OH, and working for Dannon during the day, Denhert played guitar in a funk band on the side. After several years in Cleveland, Denhert moved back to the Big Apple in 1995 -- and the mid- to late '90s found her performing as a solo artist on the Manhattan club scene (where she performed mostly original material but also included some covers here and there). Since the late '90s, Denhert (who was 44 in 2003 and now lives in suburban Westchester, NY) has put out several releases on her own label, Mother Cyclone Records, including the EP Looking Forward, Looking Back (her first solo effort) in 1999, Live in 2001, and Girl Like Me in early 2003.
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Kristin’s music, lyrics, and voice are distinctively refreshing in today’s Pop/Rock world increasingly dominated by “me too” music and voices leaving one to ask “who is singing the tune I just heard?” You definitely will not be wondering this listening to a Kristin Chambers’ song or attending one of her riveting live performances.
Kristin has remarkably extensive vocal and music training and a lengthy professional singing and theatrical resume for such a young woman. She has toured America singing and acting in virtually every major city in the country, including Joe’s Pub in New York City.
Accomplished in all musical genres, Kristin created her one-woman show that could readily adapt to any live venue and audience; pop, rock, jazz, R&B, musical theater, even opera. Her shows are fun, entertaining, energetic, and always appreciated by audiences, but the song selection consisted of well-known covers made famous by others; great songs, but not her music and words. Kristin had a long-standing need to write to connect with others by writing music and lyrics inspired by her unique life experiences, dreams, and most personal thoughts and emotions.
Long influenced by the lyrics of Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Phil Collins, John Mayer, and Leonard Cohen - and the music of Elton John, Billy Joel, and James Taylor – Kristin Chambers has found her own marvelous voice.
In her debut album of original songs, “Kristin Chambers”, she shares a retrospective, bitter-sweet, yet optimistic, view of her journey in New York City striving to find her musical voice, while coping in a sometimes inhospitable city. There are moments of pain and loss expressed in her songs, but more predominately there is love, determination, and optimism throughout.
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Looking for a producer to work with her as a solo singer/songwriter, she met Bill Chambers of the Dead Ringer Band (the father of Kasey Chambers), and with him made a four-song EP released in 1997. This was followed by Looking Back to See, an album of traditional country duets, released on their own label, Reckless Records, in 1998 and credited to Bill & Audrey. Next, Auld wrote and recorded a solo album, The Fallen, in 2000. When it found American distribution, she toured the U.S. in 2001. She released her second solo album, Losing Faith, in 2003. The same year, she married and relocated to America, settling in the town of Bolinas in Northern California. In 2004, she released a live album, Texas. This was the first album on which she employed her married name of Audrey Auld Mezera. In December 2005, she played a concert with guitarist Nina Gerber that was recorded for a double-CD live album, In the House, released in May 2006. Her third solo studio album, Lost Men and Angry Girls, was released in February 2007.
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In 1977, the Krayolas cut their debut single, "All I Do Is Try" b/w "Sometime" and released a second 7", "Aw Tonight" b/w "Roadrunner," later the same year; both appeared on their own label, Box Records. The Krayolas released a steady stream of singles over the next several years while playing throughout the Southwest, and Sir Douglas Quintet keyboardist Augie Meyers and local legends the West Side Horns made guest appearances on their sessions. The Krayolas released their first full-length album, Kolored Music, in 1982, with Dead End Life following in 1987. However, despite positive reviews and a loyal local following, the Krayolas were unable to expand their fan base beyond Texas and Oklahoma, and in 1988 the band split up.
In 2007, Hector Saldana assembled Best Riffs Only, a compilation of the Krayolas' out of print singles and some rare tracks; the band reunited to play some shows in support of the release (with Joe Sarli taking over on bass), and Augie Meyers approached the band with a recently rediscovered demo for a tune he'd written for the Sir Douglas Quintet in 1967. Meyers urged the Krayolas to record "Little Fox," and the band quickly cut an EP featuring the song. "Little Fox" earned enough local airplay and positive reviews that the Krayolas began work on a full-length album, La Conquistadora, which was released in 2008.
The reunited Krayolas became unexpectedly prolific, playing frequent shows and releasing another full-length album, Long Leaf Pine (No Smack Gum) in 2009. Long Leaf Pine included the song "Corrido Twelve Heads in a Bag," a powerful song about the Mexican drug wars written in the style of a traditional folk song; the tune earned the group plenty of press coverage, including a feature story on National Public Radio. Another new album from the Krayolas, Americano, arrived in 2010; the disc was the group's first bilingual release and featured guest performances by Flaco Jiménez and Augie Meyers.
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In 2002, the 16-member traditional Mexican music outfit recorded Vuelve Ya, produced by Los Mismos' Roberto Guadarrama and their first album for Univision Music Group.
Drago Bonacich, Rovi