Primary Instrument: Vocalist
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....
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 -
“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. They Oughta Write A Song deserves to take a place among the great vocal jazz albums... Loren's silky alto slides through the songs here like a hot knife through butter…smooth and full of a sensual grace that recalls Eartha Kitt at the top of her game. . I keep wanting to point out particular songs as highlights, but the difficulty is that everything here is just so good that the word highlight becomes meaningless. That being said, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps is amazing. There is a mischievous quality to this performance that allows Loren to reach even higher and touch perfection for two minutes and twenty-one seconds.” (Wildy Haskell --Read the rest of the CD review at wildysworld.blogspot.com)
“I feel the same sort of wonder I felt when I first heard Eva Cassidy. I am stunned that Halie is only in her early 20s. This is an artist I want to keep track of because once the world hears her, I think she has the talent and ability to be a major performer. I highly recommend this CD.” (Jim Kloss, Whole Wheat Radio - wholewheatradio.net)
“Halie Loren has such talent and a passion for what she does with her music. Halie should be not only nation wide, but world wide with her music.” (DJ KRVM Radio 91.9 FM, Eugene, Oregon)
“This (They Oughta Write a Song) is one of the most exciting new songs I have heard. It has a classic standard sound, yet it is fresh, contemporary. And Halie Loren's singing is just perfect for it. I can't get it out of my mind. It's a winner, as is the entire recording.” (Fred Crafts, Former Fine Arts Editor for LA Times and Entertainment Correspondent for KWVA Channel 13 & The Register-Guard, Eugene, OR.)
They Oughta Write a Song; A Whiter Shade of Pale; Blue Skies; Autumn Leaves; Fever; God Bless the Child; My Rainbow Race; Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps; How Should I Know; Summertime; I Don't Miss It That Much; Dock of the Bay; As Time Goes By Halie Loren: Vocals, Matt Treder: Piano, Mark Schneider: Bass, Brian West: Drums, Tim McLaughlin: Trumpet.
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