Music is one of my must haves, along with air and water and food. I’m not convinced I could live without it. So finding a new artist to love is pure gold for me — like adding a new member to my very exclusive family.
Her voice reminds me of growing up with Carol King, one of my mom’s favorite artists. The way Diane’s sound takes you back in time, yet reminds you how current she truly is, is completely remarkable. If you’ve seen any of the media buzz on her, she’s not just impressing me — check it out:
“Amy Winehouse-style retro pop, minus dysfunction… Her welterweight voice is strong and fetching… “Fools” conjures Carole King, “Nothing But A Miracle” echoes Aretha…the melodies stick, and girl’s got taste.” – Rolling Stone
“I’ve just heard the future of singer-songwriters and her name is Diane Birch…Birch has delivered an album with strong echoes of Laura Nyro and Carole King but with songs that… retain that thrilling shock of the new…Bible Belt is more than welcoming — it’s downright thrilling” – The Huffington Post
“…she pays tribute to the classics too—Motown, Delta Blues, old-fashioned pop—without sounding musty, combining the emotional sensibility of Diana Krall with the soulful backbone of Lucinda Williams.” – Vanity Fair
Her album just came out on Tuesday, and has been rockin it on all charts on iTunes, the pop chart – rock chart and even cracked the top 10 on the day of her debut. Seriously, everyone is loving this album!
That’s not all — right now until June 23rd, if you click on any of the “Discover & Donate” widgets you see all over the web, and buy Diane’s album, $1 of each sale will go to charity. The charity I picked is Keep A Child Alive (helping children in Africa fight AIDS), so if you’d like to get your hands on Bible Belt (duh, of course you do!) and do a good deed at the same time, check out the widget below.
**If you’re a blogger and want to post about this campaign (or even just post the widget anywhere and everywhere), you could be eligible to win an iPhone (contest ends Sunday) or a private friends and family performance from Diane for raising the most money (see here for details).
Don’t miss the Twitter party tonight for Diane Birch! Just follow the hashtag #music4good — come join us!