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Ink 19 music magazine review

Brenda David Better Part of Me Cadillac Records Brenda David approaches music with the seasoned skills of a longtime vet. Her voice exudes self-confidence and charm and not false sentimentality or forced angst. And although she branches out into different styles on this CD, her singing follows a straightforward path of jazz-styled chill-out calmness. She never gets overly emotional even on a topic as sad and shocking as The Muslim women who are forced to live their lives with their faces covered and their rights severed ("Behind the Veil"). Co-produced by David herself, this is a polished, classy affair aching for major-label status. With the rise of online marketing, we are seeing more unsigned solo acts renting quality studio time and surrounding themselves with top-notch talent. David is easily among the best of the current crop. On "Call Your Name," David presents herself as a country girl with a spiritual heart and a poet's eye for imagery: "It rolls in like thunder/Settles in like rain/A mist against the window/Thoughts gathered on the pane/Against the darkness of the night." Yes, the lady can write as well as she can sing. There's a bit of roots rock in David, and of all the chameleon shape shifting she does I find myself enjoying that part of her the best, which takes hold on "When I'm Gone" and "Come In From the Rain." I have a soft spot for jangling guitars, and it's refreshing to hear a shot of Americana sung by a woman. On the title cut, David slips into a jazz mood, and while her laidback vocals seem best suited for that, she has no problems at all adjusting to the mood swings of her muse. Ink 19 music magazine Kyrby Raine

Press Release

Local Musician Brenda David Releases Sophomore Album “Better Part of Me” CD Release Party – July 16 in Atlantic Beach (Jacksonville, FL 6/27/06) Singer, songwriter, guitarist – Brenda David can do it all. After an eight-year hiatus from recording, the Northeast Florida native is back on the music scene with a much anticipated sophomore album entitled “Better Part of Me” on Cadillac Records. Following the success of her debut album “Scratch”, this is just the eclectic mix of pop, rock, blues and urban country her fans have been waiting for. A CD release party and live performance for the public will be held Sunday, July 16 at Atlantic Theatres, 751 Atlantic Boulevard in Atlantic Beach. The event will feature an art show and reception beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by a live musical performance by David and a 10-piece band at 8:00 p.m. Cost is $15 per person and includes a complimentary CD. Guests will enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Additional CDs and Brenda David merchandise will be available for purchase. Seating is limited. For advance ticket sales, contact Atlantic Theatres at 904-249-7529 or visit “Better Part of Me” includes nine original songs, each with a slightly different flavor, but all with David’s unique musical stamp. The emotional, heartfelt lyrics take each listener on a personal journey through a variety of themes dear to David’s life. “My original music is so meaningful to me because most of it evolves from personal experiences,” said David. “Letters to Rebecca” was inspired by a poem written by her cousin, Lisa to her adopted daughter, Rebecca. “Come in from the Rain” is about being your own worst enemy, while “I’ll be the One” is about finding your soul mate. The song “Second Chance” is about not taking life for granted. “Last summer I was having such terrible back and neck problems that I had to give up performing for a while. It was during that time that I was approached by Cadillac Records with the chance to produce this CD. It was an amazing opportunity and allowed me to continue working creatively in the music industry while I was unable to perform live.” David wrote the lyrics and music for most of the original songs on her album, collaborating on a few with co-producer and husband, Richard Smith. Smith wrote the song “Restless Hearts,” and helped develop various musical arrangements. “I definitely grew as a musician on this project,” said David, adding “Richard and I worked hard on this CD for the past year and we’re very proud of what we created together. It was a labor of love.” Other principle collaborators were engineer and musician Mark Dennison and Kevin Banks who played sitar, guitar and mandolin on the CD. David has performed her music around the world since 1989 with various bands and as a solo artist. She began playing guitar in 1996 and immediately began writing her own brand of original music. David’s 1998 debut album “Scratch” was met with rave reviews, winning songwriting honors for “Games” and making it to #14 on the billboard list of Top 100 European artists for radio play. She was signed for promotion in Europe, Japan and Australia by Western Heart Promotions out of Phoenix, Arizona and received radio play around the world. She was also selected to perform as a guest musician at the Anta Majigeen N'Jaay festival in Senegal, Africa in March of 2000. Her songs “Soul to Soul” and “Take Me to Yesterday” were both featured on the soundtrack of the Canadian film “First Time Caller.”

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