Don't look now, but music is changing. And I'm not talking about downloading or file-sharing, or emcees endorsing cowboy boots, or any of the usual "music is changing" line that writers get paid to pull out of their ass. The people who make our music are changing. How, you ask? Simple. They're becoming us. Or, we're becoming them. Whichever you prefer. You no longer have to be some kind of conflicted basket case, needled-up attention whore or adolescent horror story in order to succeed as a musician. All you have to do is make good music ‹ and you're free to be yourself. And Los Angeles-bred, New Orleans-residing, two-children-one-husband-having workinglovingstrugglingcomplainingcooingcajolingrapping Renaissance woman Voice is nothing if not herself. And she most definitely has the good music part down too.
Voice was first introduced to the world (read: Japan) on 2002's the Christie And Dupont EP, an import-only release on Canadian label Public Transit Recordings produced by label honcho Moonstarr. Next up was her follow-up outing "BB Girl" appearing on the Scattered Snares: Across The Track compilation released in 2002 on Twisted Funk Records (UK). Ears got pricked up all over the damn place. Legendary producer Marc Mac got in touch to enlist Voice for his Visoneers Dirty Old Hip Hop album (released in Summer 2006 on BBE). Zero dB needed some sharp lyrical insight and invited her to drop thoughts on their Bongos Bleeps and Basslines album (released on Ninja Tune in Fall 2006). Celebrated French hip hop producer Wax Tailor, considered the French DJ Shadow, connected up to get some Voice on his upcoming album (due in 2007).
In the meantime, working hard and steady on her personal opus, Voice dropped her highly-anticipated debut solo album Gumbo in a joint release between PTR and her own label Featherperm in Fall 2006. Gumbo is an intoxicating stew of the cities and experiences that birthed it: Los Angeles, Toronto, New Orleans, New York, hip-hop, jazz, house, soul, being broke, being frustrated, finding love, creating love, putting it all together and moving forward. You know, everyday life shit. Just way more interesting.
All this brings out the Voice paradox in a nutshell: 50% jazz, 50% foot in yo ass. Her tone is smooth, warm, sultry, steady; but it's the faintest tilt that she gives the most random words and syllables that reminds you (if you are actually listening) that she ain't here for baby-talk and holding hands, unless you're her baby or her man.
Its only the beginning, and Voice is ready to make you rethink this game something serious
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