Diane Birch

>> Friday, June 5, 2009

I was given the opportunity to review ">Diane Birch new album Bible Belt, which was released June 2.

A little about Diane :

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.

As soon as I saw the album cover art, I knew that this album was going to be something special. What's not to love when you capture catch lights in eyes like hers?

She has an amazing soulful voice that can really appeal to everyone.

My favorite song on the album so far is Valentino. It's a toe tapping song that I really needed to hear right now.

Be sure to check out the Diane Birch widget on the right. For every album purchased through that link , from now until June 23 a $1.00 will be donated to Share Our Strength- Helping to Fight Childhood Hunger. You can go here and get your widget to support many wonderful charities.

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