Kiss The Sun

Kiss The Sun

by Lisa Madison
     
 
If a person had to name all of the white female singer/songwriters who have been influenced by R&B, he/she would be putting together a very long list -- one that would range from Carole King, Bonnie Raitt, and Natalie Merchant to more recent arrivals such as Amber deLaurentis, Sam Shaber,

Overview

If a person had to name all of the white female singer/songwriters who have been influenced by R&B, he/she would be putting together a very long list -- one that would range from Carole King, Bonnie Raitt, and Natalie Merchant to more recent arrivals such as Amber deLaurentis, Sam Shaber, Shana Morrison (Van Morrison's daughter), and Marly Hornik. Like those artists, Lisa Madison isn't an R&B singer per se but is definitely soul-influenced -- and that appreciation of R&B often asserts itself on Kiss the Sun. That isn't to say that Madison, who has a sweet, clear sort of voice, will win over any urban contemporary stations with this CD; an urban programmer would likely conclude (rightly so) that Madison is basically a pop-folk/adult alternative singer and not a hardcore R&B singer à la Alicia Keyes or Mary J. Blige. But like King, Raitt, and Joan Armatrading -- three of her influences -- Madison obviously realizes that pop singing can still be soulful. And those R&B overtones serve her fairly well on "Take a Chance," "I'm Comin'," and other selections. Not all of Madison's pop and pop-folk offerings are R&B-influenced, but many of them are. Madison isn't the sort of singer/songwriter who insists on doing all of the writing herself; though she co-wrote several of the songs, she had a lot of help from other songwriters, who include Jerry Stucker (the CD's producer) and Ron Romero (who is listed as executive producer and helps Stucker with the arrangements). And she isn't one to exclude covers; one of the best things on the album is a remake of John Lennon's "Imagine." Kiss the Sun falls short of exceptional, but it's a decent, sincere outing and indicates that Madison is well worth keeping an eye on.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
Label:
Rhombus Records
UPC:
0768707801220
catalogNumber:
8012

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lisa Madison   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kenneth Nash   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Par Carrington   Background Vocals
Mic Gillette   Trombone,Trumpet
Sandy Griffith   Background Vocals
Billy Friday Johnson   Drums
Tony Kaye   Mandolin
Melecio Magdaluyo   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Claytoven Richardson   Background Vocals
Bob Ross   Piano (Grand)
Jerry Stucker   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Synthesizer Bass,Soloist
Steve Hazlewood   Bass
Shota Osabe   Organ,Pedal Steel Guitar,Piano (Grand)
Gary Brown   Bass
Mark Kaye   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Ron Romero   Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar,Classical Guitar

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Don Preston   Composer
Richard Ashcroft   Composer
Frank Zappa   Composer
Howard Kaylan   Composer
Jim Pons   Composer
Jerry Stucker   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Mark Volman   Composer
Mark Leialoha   Cover Design
Lisa Madison   Composer
Ron Romero   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements

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