Bible Beltby Diane Birch
Diane Birch's much-lauded debut record hits stores across the country today. Written entirely by Diane and expertly produced by Grammy winners Steve Greenberg, soul legend Betty Wright and Michael Mangini - working together as a team for the first time since the first two critically acclaimed Joss Stone albums - 'Bible Belt' was recorded in New York and New Orleans with an impressive group of accomplished musicians, all of whom were so dazzled by Diane's songwriting that they agreed to come together as her band for the recording: Lenny Kaye (of The Patti Smith Group), Adam Blackstone from The Roots, George Porter of The Meters, acclaimed drummers Stanton Moore of Galactic and Cindy Blackman, saxophonist Lenny Pickett, and trombonist Tom 'Bones' Malone. And while Diane sings most of the album's background vocals herself, both Betty Wright and legendary Jive Five lead singer Eugene Pitt join in on occasion to lend their vocal magic.
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- S-Curve Records
Performance CreditsDiane Birch Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Bells,Hand Clapping,farfisa organ,fender rhodes,Finger Snapping,Wurlitzer
Betty Wright Vocals,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Tom "Bones" Malone Trombone,Flugelhorn
Cindy Blackman Drums
Jim Hines Trumpet
Joel Katz Vocals,Hand Clapping
Lenny Kaye Electric Guitar
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Frank London Trumpet
Lou Marini Saxophone
John McCurry Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Angelo Morris Electric Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Sandra Park Violin
Lenny Pickett Saxophone
George Porter Bass
Shannon Powell Tambourine
Erik Ralske Horn
Mary Wooten Cello
Sophie Shao Cello
Eugene Pitt Vocals,Hand Clapping
Stanton Moore Percussion,Drums
Eileen Moon Cello
Raymond Angry Hammond Organ
Fionn Ó Lochlainn Electric Guitar
Daniel Panner Viola
Phil Myers Horn
Lisa Kim Violin
Jenny Strenger Violin
Vivek Kamath Viola
Jung Sun Yoo Violin
Liza Lim Violin
Dawn Hannay Viola
Adam Blackstone Bass
Shan Jiang Violin
David Creswell Viola
Minyoung Chang Violin
Desiree Elsevier Viola
Karen Marx Violin
Michael Longoria Vocals
Bobby Jay and the Hawks Vocals,Hand Clapping
Sarah OBoyle Violin
Eugene Briskin Cello
Steve Greenberg Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Tomas K. Carney Violin
Eva Burmeister Violin
Kuan Cheng Lu Violin
Wei Hong Yu Cello
Cole Williams Vocals,Hand Clapping
Sumyia Dabney Vocals,Hand Clapping
Sumire Kudo Cello
Jose Moro Vocals,Hand Clapping
Annaliesa Place Violin
Arnaud Sussmann Violin
Michael Roth Viola
Technical CreditsBetty Wright Producer
Tom "Bones" Malone Horn Arrangements
Mike Mangini Producer
Alicia Svigals String Arrangements
David Gorman Packaging
Howie Beno Engineer
Steve Greenwell Engineer
John R. Angier Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Sheldon Steiger Engineer
Maxim Moston String Arrangements
Diane Birch Composer
Steve Greenberg Producer,Executive Producer
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I really enjoyed this CD. I found it relaxing and very soothing. I could listen to it over and over.
If you like the beautiful vocals of Norah Jones, Ella Fitgerald, and even the rock style tone of Stevie Nicks then I highly recommend Diane Birch's Bible Belt! Her music is easy to listen to and has a wonderful bluesy quality. She definitely has the voice of an angel that I could listen to over and over again. The title of her one song, "Nothing but a Miracle," sums up the whole CD, her style and vocals are a miracle worth listening to.
I enjoyed listening to her music. Diane's voice is quite bluesy with a kick of jazz. I found her music also very similar to the uplifting revival music I grew up with in church as a child. Overall I enjoyed listening to her songs which were all written by her in entirety. I completely respect and think highly of musicians that write their music! Diana kept it real by sharing songs with her listeners that we can all can relate too. There were songs of heartache, love, loss, and the perseverance to keep on going. If you are looking for a new artist with a sound of their own, do check out Diana's Birch cd Bible Belt.
The CD title doesn't describe the genre of this music. I did hear some gospel reflected in the instrumental however the lyrics are easy listening pop with a little country in some songs. Diane has a bit of a country twang but the sound is reminiscent of Carol King and the 1970s easy listening folksy sound. I found the music easy to listen to while driving and doing housework. It is a good background music for reading once you get past the first couple songs. Fire Escape the first song really caught my attention and I found myself humming it long after listening to the CD. However after the first three tunes my attention drifted. The music is pleasant enough however I wasn't enthralled after the 3rd song. All original songs I believe.
Diane sounds like a mix of Stevie Nicks and Linda Ronstadt! Her music is classic and reminds me of a simpler time. It's like I've heard her music before, so it makes me like it even more. Most songs on the album are terrific. One of the few albums where I would buy the entire thing. She will be a big hit!
It's a fun new album. Jazzy style music similar to other artists like old Steve Nicks, Norah Jones, and even Amy Winehouse. Fire Escape is a great song as well as Valentino. Heck the whole album is good. You'll want to listen to it often. Enjoy this new artist. She's fun and the music is great!
When I opened this album I was not sure what to expect. I can honestly say I am a huge fan now! I love the soulful music and her voice. All of the songs are catchy and I find myself singing them throughout the day...without the music even on! LOL It is easy listening and very peaceful music. A wonderful way to start, I hope there are many more CD's to come!
I agree Diane Birch does have a little Norah Jones in her voice and music, but it also has a little country along with some gospel. I enjoyed this CD very much although most of the songs did start to sound alike. I will listen to this Cd over and over and I can't wait to see what's next for her. She can only move forward with her voice and music abilities.
I just love this CD. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by the way the songs each have a different sound to them. Folk, blues, gospel. Diane Birch's voice is just amazing. Great CD to unwind
I love music, I love alto vocalists (cause then I can sing with them!), I love Diane Birch. Her voice is so smoky and sultry. She is original, funky and just plain amazing. She reminds me of Norah Jones, Joss Stone and Carole King with a lot of her own originality included. You will not be disappointed in this amazing album that she has written.
In all honesty, I had never heard of Diane Birch until listening to this CD. I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. As I listened to Fire Escape, the first song on the CD, I was reminded a bit of Carly Simon's No Secrets album from 1972. Ms. Birch is hard to categorize. Her music is a bit pop, blues, jazz all mixed together with a touch of country funk thrown in. Her music is obviously written from the heart, and her voice has a clear lilt that is quite enjoyable. The first time I played the CD, I was mostly interested in hearing this new artist. By the time I played it the second time, I was singing along and really enjoying the diverse mix of songs. My favorite song is Don't Wait Up. I think Diane Birch has a long future ahead of her, she is unique and very talented.
I really enjoyed the songs on Bible Belt, many of which have obvious gospel, jazz, blues, and soul influences, which is evident on such tracks as Fire Escape and Rise Up. I found myself constantly singing along to Nothing But a Miracle, grooving along to the mellow beat of Mirror Mirror, and crooning to Photograph, a bittersweet ballad. My favorite track is Valentino, a fun, upbeat, and whimsical song. Many of Birch's songs are reminiscent of tunes of the 70s, and her raspy, powerful voice is simply beautiful, reminding me of other female vocal superstars such as Joss Stone and Norah Jones. Bible Belt is a fantastic debut CD that showcases Birch's vocal and song-writing talent, featuring many songs that you'll never tire of.
Diane Birch has a voice as smooth as chocolate. No two songs on this album are alike. There is the rebellious "Don't Wait Up", the melancholy "Rewind", the introspective "Mirror, Mirror", "Valentino" will have you bouncing in your seat and my absolute favorite "Choo Choo". Diane Birch's album is something new pop, blues and gospel, sung with the evocative power of one twice her age. She is one to look out for. Thanks to O2O Network for the chance to hear this great album.
This is her first CD but you cannot tell. To me, she sounds like an old favorite! Diane wrote the music herself, and she writes like a pro. The music is very relatable and some of the songs are haunting. Her music stays with you for a long time, but in a good way! There are several ways to describe her music-smooth, soulful, easy listening, raw, stripped, earthy, simple, and unique. You can really feel her energy, and feel what she was thinking when she wrote her lyrics. Among other things, this CD would be perfect for a day at the beach with a good book. My favorite song is Ariel-it just stays with me! Her sound is similar to Carly Simon, but a modern version. I foresee a long and successful music career for Diane!
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.
Recently, I discovered Diane Birch via her new CD Bible Belt. I found her style to be a mix of Carly Simon/Carole King/Norah Jones. She has very mellow and relaxing sound. It's a great CD to pop in when you come home from work and drink a glass of wine. I'm glad it is in my collection.
I listen to a lot of music, but, it is rare for me to find someone who is truly a rare bird. Diane Birch is that fresh new voice whose debut album "Bible Belt" just came out this month. Diane is in her mid-twenties, but she truly sounds like an old soul. As I listened to her cd, so many of my favorite women singers came to mind: The Indigo Girls, The Dixie Chicks, Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone, KT Tunstall, Adele, Laura Nyro, Ricki Lee Jones, even Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday. I truly questioned how someone could remind me of all these stellar women and yet be completely her own person, yet that is the paradox and the joy of Diane Birch. Diane's music has an eclectic feel and seems to encompass all sides of her personality and musical loves. Her life has covered a lot of ground thus far as well. She was born in Michigan, but spent her childhood traveling between Zimbabwe, South Africa and Australia before her family settled in Oregon. Her father was a preacher, and, in some ways, Diane rebelled against the constraints that this placed on her. And, yet, what's fascinating is that after all that rebellion, a lot of her early influences are part of her music now as she is inspired by church hymns and sings about angels, heaven and forgiveness. Now, imagine taking blues, classic rock, du wop, and combining them with jazz and gospel and you'll have a hint of what Diane's music is about. She's also a brilliant piano player. The cd opens with one of my favorites, "Fire Escape". It's a soulful sultry song about love and loss. Diane's music is the type that slowly saunters in wearing an unlikely hat. It beckons to you, seduces you, slowly charms you and soon you find yourself dancing in a familiar dream. Her music speaks of heartbreak, of finding oneself, of life's experiences - but even through the tears, it soars. Her music does not drag, but instead finds wings, upbeat grooves to carry it. Another favorite, "Rise Up" is inspiring. I have gotten so tired of people trying to be trendy, of musical fads that come and go, of formulaic overproduced pop. And, for me, Diane Birch is the antidote. She writes all of her own songs and is a gifted musician in the true sense of the word. She is fresh and new, yet her music hearkens back to the 60's and 70's. In short, her music is timeless, which to me, is the very best thing to be. I can't really give it enough stars, but, I can say, give it a listen. I really think you'll love it. Another favorite of mine is "Rewind", about how you wish you could just go back and press start again, but, you know you can't. "Valentino" has rhythms which, for me, are reminiscent of "Iko Iko", a popular New Orleans folk tune, covered by the Dixie Cups. Honestly, there is not a song on this cd I don't like. "Bible Belt" was recorded in NYC and New Orleans with the same producers who collaborated on Joss Stone's first albums. Diane is working with the best and it shows. Diane Birch's voice is heartfelt, full of soul, and completely fearless - powerful, yet nuanced. Her music is that of a true artist who needs to create to fulfill their vision and their passion. Sometimes you have to "sing the blues" - and sometimes the blues just have to sing, dance, and soar beyond the sky. This is the magic of Diane Birch.
Great CD, she is soulful and gives off an intense blues sound. The music sounds and feels like New Orleans. My favorite cuts are Fools and Choo Choo.
I had never heard this artist before listening to this cd. I was pleasantly surprised. This album is a soulful, fresh sound great for all ages. I find it to be a mixture of Dianna Krall and Patsy Cline The lyrics are very meaningful and will touch your heart as they potently relate to true life experiences we have felt or been through at some pint in our lives.
I had this CD for a few days before I popped it into my car on a long drive, and couldn't believe I had waited so long. There's something about a singer-songwriter album that gets me every time and Diane Birch's Bible Belt is no exception. Her soulful melodies and raw but refined voice are a powerful combination. I can imagine it as the background for a mellow cocktail party where everyone would be taken with the cool sounds. I love discovering new artists when they're on the upswing, and I am confident Diane Birch has a long career ahead of her.
I usually don't branch out too much from my usual music (R&B, jazz, a little hip hop, reggae), but I took the time to listen to Bible Belt by Diane Birch and I was really impressed. She has a familiar yet new sound that's comforting, soulful and a delight to listen to.
I really enjoyed this CD. The above bio describes her sound as a mix of various artists. When I heard her, I thought Carole King and Nora Jones. She definitely has the jazzy sound of Joss Stone, as well. This is music I like. Had I not been given this CD for review, I could see myself purchasing it, for my own personal collection. There is an easiness to the music. From slow mixes to uptempo tunes, you will want sit and listen to the CD in it's entirety
This is one of the most unique CDs that I have listened to in a long time. Her voice and sound remind me so much of Carol King. I love the soulful and bluesy sound of this album.
Diane Birch has a wonderful and fresh sound. She is an absolute joy to listen to, especially if you want to relax. Her voice is so elegant. Her new CD Bible Belt really moves me and I love it during the drive home after a busy day. Pick it up if you can, you won't be disappointed. She is very talented and I think you will be pleased. "Valentino" and "Fire Escape" are my two favorite songs on this album. Five stars to this talented newcomer!
Diane Birch's, Bible Belt puts you in a bluesy mood with her soulful singing, and smoky room filled piano playing. You have to listen to "Rewind", which is a thought provoking song. It makes you wonder if the circumstances were different, would you have made the same decisions? So many people have felt this way, but she articulates it perfectly in a thought provoking manner. The rest of her cd is similar, in the fact that it makes you really think about your life and how you live it. The anthem, Little Sister should be included in every teenagers cd collection.