Friday, September 13, 2013

CD Review: Debut Albums From Rising Singer/Songwriters Give Hope

New York singer/songwriter Kira Velella recently released her debut album entitled "Daughter." The six-song EP showcases Kira's fun, playful lyrics and her sweet, Jewel-like vocals in the opening song "Lover, Move." The soothing, gentle folk-storytelling of "Act Your Age" and the darker tone of "Come Down" shows the diversity in Kira's songwriting. The album closes with the thump/clap beat of "Found Her, Found Her" and the moody guitar backdrop shows us an artist feeling her way through her emense talents.
Kira Velella has a handful shows lined up in New York. For more information, please visit Kira's website a
From Chicago comes fellow singer/songwriter Sarah Marie Young with her first full-length release, "Too Many Februaries." The album is so soaked in jazz/R&B/soul that you can't help but feel good listening to this album, beginning with the acapella opener "Too Late To Say Goodbye." Her voice is so attractive and sultry that her lyrics just dance around in your head with "Good Morning To You" and Too Many Februaries." You feel like you went back in time to the jazz clubs of the 1920s and 30s with "Dream" and "Pretty Baby," while "Good Morning To Me" is a fun piece of music that breaks up the album's jazz-filled sound.
Sarah Marie Young has a bunch of shows in Chicago over the course of the next couple months. For more information on live dates and her new album, please visit

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