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MP3 Darci Monet - Fusion

It''s a Kelly Clarkson, Eva Cassidy and Ann Wilson sandwich with a side of Aretha. And Train. And Billy Joel. And Amy Grant. And anyone else who writes and sings songs in a gimmick-free fashion.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (45:40) !
Related styles: POP: Pop/Rock, EASY LISTENING: Ballads

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Like a Kelly Clarkson, Eva Cassidy and Ann Wilson sandwich with a side of Aretha...

Talent is back.

What the %^&*$#@! does THAT mean, you ask?

Well...you might hate this if your favorite artists are Britney Spears, The Jonas Brothers, any given rapper on any given day, Marilyn Manson, Lady GaGa or The Sex Pistols. No disrespect to anyone listed. Well, okay...no disrespect to the Sex Pistols.

"Fusion" is a CD for people who yearn for elements of musicianship in their pop songs. There''s actual singing going on here. There are chord progressions driving things along as opposed to just repetitive beats. There are catchy and haunting melodies. There is honesty and raw emotion in darn near all the lyrics (well..."artistic license" is employed on occasion). There''s a touch of sass and virtually no gimmick. In fact, the gimmick IS the talent.

Half the new CD by Darci Monet represents "rock-chick Darci" and the other half, "coffeehouse Darci." "Side A" is full production, full band, gut-busting pop/rock/blues a la Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Train, Heart, even a hint of Evanescence. "Side B" features heartfelt, stripped down acoustic balladry sure to please fans of Eva Cassidy, Sarah McLachlan, Billy Joel and Amy Grant. And as always, Darci sprinkles a healthy dose of soul over everything.


The "fancy" bio:

Darci Monet is a classically and commercially trained professional vocalist, vocal coach, independent recording artist and award-winning songwriter. She gave her first professional performance at age eleven in Upstate New York in a local production of "Annie", began her professional career during college at Belmont University in Nashville as a studio singer, songwriter and recording artist and continues now in Los Angeles.

Darci''s vocal credits include principal performances in film and television ("Napoleon Dynamite", "How I Met Your Mother"), live performances and master recording sessions with major label artists (Dolly Parton, Steve Winwood, Amy Grant, The Judds, etc.), songwriter demos (ABC sitcom "Hope and Faith") and national ads (Subway Corporation). Live, Darci currently performs backup for top ten Billboard-charting dance diva/rocker Debby Holiday.

Songs she has written have been featured in indie movies and major network television shows ("Kiss The Bride" starring Tori Spelling, "The Apprentice", "The Young & The Restless", "Days of Our Lives"), won awards and honorable mentions in prestigious songwriting competitions (Unisong Songwriting Contest, Great American Song Contest, Billboard Songwriting Contest), and have been cut on major label albums (Music With A Twist, distributed by Columbia).

Stepping out from behind the scenes, Darci has just finished her new CD, which will be released on May 12, 2009. "Fusion" seamlessly brings together "Rock Chick-Darci" and "Coffeehouse-Darci," like a Kelly Clarkson, Eva Cassidy and Ann Wilson sandwich with a side of Aretha. She explains, “This project represents what I feel are the two strongest sides of me as a musician and writer. I decided that if I was going to take on the monumental task of recording an album again, I’d want both sides represented. So, ‘side A’ is the full band, full production pop/rock with a splash of soul I’m already known for. ‘Side B’ represents the quiet side that before now has mostly revealed itself in collaborations I’ve done on other artists’ projects.” Tracks featured on the album were written with Levi Kreis (on whose critically acclaimed albums "One of the Ones" and "The Gospel According to Levi" she is prominently featured as a writer and vocalist), Billboard chart-topping dance diva/rock chick Debby Holiday, Jeff Fedak, Chris Mitchell and Brandon Harvey. Fusion was produced by Darci and Steve Gryphon (Avril Lavigne, Gavin DeGraw, Debby Holiday), with pre-production by Ron Jagger (Michael W. Smith, dc Talk).

As a vocal coach, Darci''s studio is exclusive and she accepts students by audition only. Darci''s clients have appeared in national commercials, on Broadway, L.A.''s best clubs and everywhere in between. She also utilizes her coaching expertise as the author of the popular web column "A Working Musician''s Review", in which she reviews contestants'' performances on shows like "American Idol." She also sits as head judge for "Fame," L.A.''s best singing competition hosted by promoter Mario Pescatore.

Darci is SAG-eligible and her publishing company, Songs From The Fortress, is registered with BMI.

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