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Halie Loren

The first thing you notice is that voice: deep and rich and warm, gorgeous, graceful, and somehow earthy and ethereal at once. It is an instrument perfectly pitched and primed to each line, with each audible breath. Just as warm and familiar and frankly right as the needle hitting the groove on vinyl.

And so it goes. In describing the vocal talents of Eugene-based singer/songwriter Halie Loren, the adjectives just start piling up. Heartfelt is one. Confident yet vulnerable, strong but inviting. Authentic is another adjective that rushes to mind--emotionally authentic, which, really, is the key to great jazz and great art in general. Not the play-it-safe jazz of Kenny G or the narcoleptic whispers of mall-bound Musak, but the real deal. Think Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday and Joni Mitchell, or, more recently, Diana Krall, Norah Jones. But such comparisons are only historic reference points, a means of entry. What’s important to understand is that when Halie Loren sings, you not only hear the music. You feel it. She’s right there, in the room with you, filling the space with intimate stories of love and heartbreak, memory and hope, experience and passion--in a word, life....
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Awards

Just Plain Folks Music Awards 2009 - Best Vocal Jazz Album, "They Oughta Write a Song" album Billboard World Song Contest 2004 - 2nd Place, Jazz Song category, "They Oughta Write a Song" (written by Halie Loren and Larry Wayne Clark) Pacific Songwriting Competition 2005 - 1st Place, Country category, "What We're Fighting For" (written by Halie Loren and Larry Wayne Clark) Pacific Songwriting Competition -
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    Simply Love

    Justin Time Records
    2013
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    Heart First

    Justin Time Records
    2012
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    Stages

    Justin Time Records
    2012
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    They Oughta Write a Song

    White Moon Productions
    2009

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Simply Love

Justin Time Records (2013)

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“Halie Loren has displayed the rare ability of being able to make the most familiar song sound fresh and relevant, and a talent at transforming unlikely material into jazz.” (Scott Yanow, Jazz Reviewer, LA Jazz Scene Monthly)

“Knowing that Halie Loren is a young artist, already a masterful vocalist, interpreter and song-writer, you can't help but grin anticipating what sublime music she'll record next. If I'd gotten this CD sooner, I would have put it as one of my top ten for ‘08.” (David Gizara, Host of Thursday Night Jazz, KLCC Public Radio --Eugene, OR)

“This album hits all the right notes from start to finish as Halie Loren sounds as if she were born to sing jazz...

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