“It’s a Man’s World” crooned James Brown back in 1966 and it may have rang true for a then male dominated music world. Today Helen Reddy’s 1972 anthem, “I am Woman” has manifested into the true guts of song today. The modern day female singer/songwriter has grit, soul and in my opinion dominates the music industry today. Each season of expression seems to bloom many petals of greatness the voices of strong, budding “gentlewomen”.
A new generation is being cultivated and you would be wise to sniff the bouquet of these two “iron roses.”
Not to be mistaken with the bubbly pop princess Katy Perry, Christina Perri is pure paroxysm. Ms. Perri is a mere 25 years old physically, spiritually she is 125. The singer/songwriter from Philadelphia taught herself to play guitar at age 16 and has been playing piano since the early age of 8. She had one of her songs featured “Jar of Hearts” on So you Think You can Dance and as Ms. Perry said in an interview for Atlantic Records, ” Her life exploded on June 30th 2010 after the song debuted on the popular dance show. Jar of hearts is a vexing love fairy tale. When your ears soak in the words, ” You’re gonna catch a cold from the ice inside your soul” your brain delights in the poetry. The video for Jar of Hearts is addictive in the sense that it forces you to click replay.
Ms. Perri is a modern day Leather Tuscadaro meets Ani Defranco bellowing to the song’s antagonist. Her raspy vocals and ornamental delivery are perfectly complimented by the bare piano and simple strings. Her presence on Youtube is rapidly growing. Check out one of her many charming acoustic covers .
Ms. Esperanza Spalding so eloquently took the stage at the 2011 Grammy Awards as Best New Artist. The mystery was, many of us had no idea who this radiant saint was. On commercial break I put Esperanza Spalding in a Youtube search and was quickly sucked in by her honey wine voice and hot jazz melodies after viewing the video. She feels like the first warm day of spring when you want to go to the park, roller blade and soak in the smell of sunshine. Yes Esperanza Spalding bakes your soul like pure like sunshine. She first learned of her musical destiny after watching an episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Ms. Spalding saw Yo Yo Ma perform for Mr. Roger’s and she knew that she wanted to pursue a life dedicated to music. Less than one year later Ms. Esperanza fulfilled her calling as a prodigy and taught herself to play the the violin. She obtained a spot in The Chamber Music Society of Oregon and 10 years later was a concertmaster player. Esperanza was so extraordinary that she found herself studying at Berklee School of Music by age 16. At the ripe old age of 20 she signed on as an instructor at Berklee, making her the youngest ever faculty member. Her debut album, “Esperanza” dropped in May 2008, it remained on the Contemporary Jazz charts for over 70 weeks. August 2010 marked her 2nd release, Chamber Music Society She was motivated by her early classical training , yet managed to cook up a modern day pot of gravy with this one. Keep your eyes to the sky, Esperanza Spalding will be taking us through the galaxy on a salacious magic carpet ride.