With several successful albums, numerous prestigious awards and a string of successful international appearances, Halie Loren’s star is rising. The first thing you notice is her voice: gorgeous, graceful, and somehow earthy and ethereal at once. It is an instrument perfectly matched to the songwriting talents of the artist who channels it. A multi-talented singer, Loren interprets a wide range of musical genres, including jazz, soul, folk, pop, and blues. Loren will perform at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center along with acclaimed jazz pianist Ariel Pocock, Brandon Robertson on the upright bass, and Rick Costa on the drums. The show takes place on Sunday, January 7 at 7pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at www.wslr.org or by calling 941-894-6469.
Loren’s debut release of eleven original songs, Full Circle (2006), was hailed for exhibiting “a power and grace that are nearly unheard of in popular music.” Her sophomore album, They Oughta Write a Song (2008), brought to light her life-long love of jazz standards, and subsequently won a national independent music award for best vocal jazz album, and soon after received distribution in Asia by JVC/Victor Entertainment and in North America by Justin Time Records. Her holiday album with pianist Matt Treder, Many Times, Many Ways: a Holiday Collection, also recorded in 2008, was first released in limited edition, then followed with worldwide distribution in 2011. Her fourth CD, the live album Stages (2010), was met with critical praise, including being named as an Editor’s Pick at CD Baby and “best live album of the year” at Wildy’s World. After Dark followed in 2010, with the Loren original Thirsty winning the Independent Music Awards’ Vox Pop poll for best jazz song of the year.
Loren’s music has proven irresistible to concert halls, whose numbers now include performances with the Jazz Orchestra of Sicily, the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra in Oregon, and the Monroe Symphony in Louisiana. For the past three years she has traveled the world with the members of her original band, including Canada, Japan, Italy, China, Hong Kong, and South Korea.
Her newest release, Butterfly Blue, was released in Japan on January 21, 2015, and globally on June 9th. It debuted at #1 on Japan’s Billboard Jazz chart and placed in chart’s top 10 list for 8 weeks. The album ventures into some new recording territory for Loren, exploring her musical roots in not only jazz, but also in soul, blues, folk, and pop. This collection shows a deeper, more nuanced side of Halie Loren’s maturing artistry, featuring strength and vulnerability in equal measures.
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