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Change the Ending
     

Change the Ending

by Maia Sharp
 
A supremely versatile musical force who has deftly balanced her 15-year solo career with songwriting and producing for major artists (Bonnie Raitt, Dixie Chicks, Edwin McCain, Art Garfunkel), Maia Sharp finally gets around to fully producing one of

Overview

A supremely versatile musical force who has deftly balanced her 15-year solo career with songwriting and producing for major artists (Bonnie Raitt, Dixie Chicks, Edwin McCain, Art Garfunkel), Maia Sharp finally gets around to fully producing one of her own projects -- to both heartfelt and rousing effect -- on the poignant and poetic yet frequently quirky Change the Ending. Considering that her previous collection, Echo, was helmed by famed producer Don Was, taking full charge was a risky mission, but one she delivers beautifully on with the help of top musicians Linda Taylor (a guitarist who frequently accompanies Sharp on the road), drummer Matt Chamberlain, and bassist David J. Carpenter. The set begins with the whimsical, percussive first single "Me After You" -- about the one she leaves emerging something of the victor -- before Sharp resigns herself to accepting a little less from the next guy, meeting him emotionally in "The Middle." While most of the tracks are in the classic singer/songwriter style, with varying tempos and sparse arrangements, the focus is on her incisive and witty lyrics; one stylistic exception is the horn-splashed, deliriously jazzy "I See Cecelia," which she wrote with her father, songwriter (and the album's mixer) Randy Sharp. The jazz vibe continues on an all-instrumental remix of the track "Buy My Love" featuring Sharp herself on sax and horn arrangements (the original version features her vocals). Another unique track is the inspirational "Standing Out in a Crowd," a Sharp tune originally recorded in a more lighthearted fashion by Trisha Yearwood. Sharp's darkness in the verses adds a depth that takes the song to a level Yearwood's (still good) version doesn't approach. No need to Change the Ending on this solid, diverse effort, which will make Sharp's fans hungrier for more jazzy touches in the future.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2012
Label:
Blix Street
UPC:
0739341010521
catalogNumber:
10105
Rank:
247953

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maia Sharp   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,Low Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Background Vocals
Dawn Thomas   Background Vocals
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Dave Hooper   Percussion,Drums
Linda Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ed Roth   Piano
Dillon O'Brian   Organ
Garrison Starr   Background Vocals
David J. Carpenter   Bass
Boots Ottestad   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Loops
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Cello
Martha Catlin   Trombone
Glenda Smith   Trumpet
Adrianne Gonzalez   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Matheas Lupe'   Drums

Technical Credits

David Batteau   Composer
Larry Goetz   Engineer
Maia Sharp   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Randy Sharp   Composer
Linda Taylor   Programming,Engineer
Irene Young   Graphic Design
Bill Straw   Art Direction
Carol Ehrlich   Graphic Design
Sharon Weisz   Publicity
Sarah Siskind   Composer
Boots Ottestad   Composer
Lois Gerard   Art Direction
Lindsey Ray   Composer
Pam Rose   Composer
Adrianne Gonzalez   Composer
Sarah Majors   Composer
Judi Kerr   Publicity
Jane Ehrlich   Graphic Design

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