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MP3 Stevi Marie - I Thought I Told You

With edgy yet earnest vocals, great trumpet chops and guitar licks, Stevi Marie has fused the best of 70''s and 80''s pop, rock, and country music creating a cross-generational sound resonating with listeners of all ages.

12 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Americana, POP: 70''s Pop

Stevi Marie is a gifted young songwriter living in Portland, OR whose Americana rock music and exciting live performances are lifting her up as one of the area''s most popular up and coming artists. With vocals reminiscent of Carol King, great trumpet chops, and tasty guitar licks, she has fused the best of 70''s and 80''s pop and rock music with a modern songwriting sensibility to create a cross-generational sound that is resonating with listeners of all ages.

With an eye for classic guitars, a quick wit, and a passion for making music, Stevi Marie breaks the mold of today''s typical young artist. Drawing from greats like Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young & Bruce Springsteen, her songs speak out on many different levels- sometimes politically, sometimes as an advocate for women, but always as a conscious woman coming of age in today''s world. As versatile a musician as she is a songwriter, Stevi not only sings, plays trumpet and guitar, but can also play the bass, piano, and drums proficiently. At her full band performances, it is not uncommon for her to make rounds to each of them on stage. All this combined with a confident, vibrant presence and Stevi Marie will draw even the most shy listener into the fray.

Stevi Marie Spaulding grew up in the rural Oregon town of Scappoose and always had an affinity for music. When she was young she would use her time between chores and chopping wood to practice trumpet and write songs. In high school she was selected as one of ten trumpet players in the state to travel Europe in an elite chamber orchestra. At 17 Stevi was performing her own material in local cafes & coffee shops. She also sang and played in jazz, symphonic, and orchestral groups throughout her college years at Southern Oregon University and Willamette University.

In October 2002 at the ripe age of 23, Stevi went to Nashville to follow her lifelong dream of being a songwriter. After little over a month she ran out of money, and was forced to come home. Before boarding a plane, she pitched a few songs to the head publisher at Curb Records, played the world famous Bluebird Cafe, and got a brief taste for the career she always dreamed of. So when she came back to Oregon, she recruited some of the finest musicians in Portland, formed Stevi Marie and Jackson Rd., and began shedding her material. As fate would have it, she ran into the owner of Kinnaman Road Records, who offered to fund an album of all original material. After a year playing the clubs and 12 months in the studio, Stevi is now set to release her debut album and move that much closer to her dream of becoming a full-time writer and performer.

The Record
I Thought I Told You beams with personality, capturing the unique retro rock sound of Portland songstress Stevi Marie. A project that took over a year to complete, the album is packed with salient melodies, strong songwriting, and interesting instrumental arrangements.

The albums 12 tunes were recorded under the guidance of producer Gary Ogan at Crossroads Studio in Vancouver, WA and mastered at world renown Marcussen Mastering (Counting Crows, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, The Rolling Stones) in Los Angeles. "We recorded most of the tracks live with a five piece band and no click track and they really came alive," comments Ogan, whose work on the 1977 Leon & Mary Russell album, Make Love to the Music earned him national recognition as a writer and producer. "I think the whole record stands up song by song." Varied in style and feel, it fluidly moves through up tempo rockers, country two steps, vaulting ballads, and bluesy shuffles all tied together by a string that is carefully hidden in Ogan''s production.

I Thought I Told You is packed with a car load of great Portland musicians both young and old. Anthony Jones (drums), Jeff Leonard (bass), Fred Stickley (Hammond B-3, piano), Roby Edwards (alto sax), Tracy Klas (vocals), and Greg Jackson (guitar, vocals) to name a few. Ogan contributed several tracks on drums and vocals while Stevi Marie plays electric guitar on most of the albums tracks and trumpet on four of them. Her edgy yet earnest vocals drive each song home and lend authenticity to the lyrics, always coming across as familiar, comfortable, and real. On the tune "Growing Up," she demonstrates the full range of her musicality, playing all the instruments including drums, Wurlitzer organ, slide guitar, and bass guitar.

With I Thought I Told You due for release September 14th, Stevi Marie is planning on touring heavily. She will hit the road solo, as a duo, and with her band, Jackson Road in an effort to soak up even more support throughout the Northwest. At a mere 25 Stevi Marie is a young songwriter and performer with a great first effort and a bright future ahead of her.

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