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a sly sardonic grin

by Athena Reich

Powerful, Raw and Disturbingly Honest spoken word. A feminist and heart-felt explosion of fascinating expression and gut-wrenching intensity. Gutsy and rare.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Words and Stop, Start Again Slide
Athena Reich
0:49 $0.59
2. Away, Away
Athena Reich
0:35 $0.59
3. Merry Go Round and Up and Down
Athena Reich
1:54 $0.59
4. Invocation to Inanna
Athena Reich
3:20 $0.59
5. Blue Eyed String of Pearls
Athena Reich
3:11 $0.59
6. Pride Goddess Come Clean
Athena Reich
1:55 $0.59
7. Sunny Sunday Afternoon Lull
Athena Reich, Jeff Hanneford
4:34 $0.59
8. Selling Songs
Athena Reich
2:37 $0.59
9. D.W. Moon
Athena Reich, Ian Campbell
0:57 $0.59
10. Crickety Crack
Athena Reich, Jeff Hanneford
1:52 $0.59
11. FAT
Athena Reich
3:39 $0.59
12. Duality in G
Athena Reich, Jeff Hanneford
10:43 $0.59
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Album Notes
A Sly Sardonic Grin is Athena's first album and was released in 1998. "Sly" is a compilation of songs (guitar, voice & drums) and spoken word written between the ages of 16-20. Powerful, Raw and Disturbingly Honest.

Athena Reich is an award winning singer/songwriter, actress, TV Host/Personality, Lady Gaga Impersonator and Arts Educator. She has performed and taught in schools, performance halls, colleges, and on radio & TV across North America & Europe. Athena is originally from Toronto, but is currently based out of New York City.

Athena was chosen to appear in Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory" Google Chrome commercial which aired during the season finales of Glee, SNL, Billboard Awards and more. She has been sweeping the nation as "renowned Lady Gaga impersonator Athena Reich" (Washington Times), and now Lady Gaga herself has taken notice.

Athena’s first video, LOVE IS LOVE, charted #1 on MTV’s LOGO. Her 5TH CD, LITTLE GIRL DREAMS, received 5 Outmusic Award nominations and LOVE IS LOVE won Best Outstanding Pop Song of the Year 2009. Her newest video, THE LOGICAL SONG (cover of the the Roger Hodgson tune) premiered on Curve Magainze and was nominated for Video of the Year 2011 on MTV LOGO also charted for weeks in the top 10.

LITTLE GIRL DREAMS was produced by the Emmy/Grammy Winning Cynthia Daniels and LOVE IS LOVE was co-written with the multi-platinum songwriter Lorraine Ferro. Athena’s music is alternative pop, and can be compared to Annie Lennox, Sarah McLachlan, and Regina Spektor.

Athena has fans and friends across North America and Europe. She has performed at venues such as the Jacob Javitz Center, The Knitting Factory (NY/LA), The Railway Club (Vancouver), The Living Room (NYC), Swan Bar (Paris) & Regal Room (London). She has received countless press in newspapers, TV stations, national magazines and commercial radio such as Fox Business News, Food TV, Curve Magazine, She Magazine, Village Voice, Toronto Star, AM New York, and more. She sells 30+ CDs at her shows. She has shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Jim Carrey, Peaches, Janeanne Garafalo, Nellie McKay, Stephen Schwartz and more.

Athena wrote the theme song for two TV pilots, LIVING IN CAPTIVIY which premiered at the ITV Fest in LA and NY Television Festival, (Athena also performed at the opening Red Carpet party at ITV Fest); and 16TH & 8TH, a soap opera camera currently being shopped to networks.

As a host and arts correspondent, Athena has worked for PBS, Air America Radio, The Food Network, 103.9 FM in Toronto, and Here! TV. Her ‘How To’ videos on Songwriting and Acting on and have garnered millions of hits.

As an actress, Athena has appeared in numerous commercials, Film, TV and Off-Broadway productions including Love Sucks at the New York Musical Theater Festival (which was adored by the NY press), Fran in The Day They Shot John Lennon and principle roles on the History Channel, CNN, etc. She won Best Comedy at Canada's YTV Achievement Awards (Judge Eugene Levy). Athena was commissioned to compose music for the play Lemon Meringue, and held the role as "Gail, the therapist". Most recently, Athena appeared as Juror #4 and Mr. Les Doyle in "Where Do I Come From" at Kentucky Repertory Theater and Roy Arias in NYC. As a writer, Athena was commissioned by the Wildlife Conservation Society to write a poem for the opening of the Alien Stingers Exhibit at the NY Aquarium.

As an inspirational speaker, Athena has lectured, and facilitated workshops on LGBT rights, childhood abuse, Music Marketing, and the Secrets of the Entrepreneurial Spirit.

Athena’s sense of humor, insight, ability to connect with all ages, and overflowing talent continues to touch lives internationally.

"Underexposed Intriguing Indie Upstart Athena Reich "
Village Voice 2007

“Athena’s songs take you places only the spirit goes.
She’s wonderful. What a joy”.
Jerry Springer, Air America Radio

“If she doesn’t have you laughing hysterically at the banter, you’ll be sobbing into your sour-apple martini with her brutally honest lyrics and a voice to die for”
HX Magazine



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I can't say enough about your work, it's truly brilliant!
Brilliant! Innovator! Genius! Tour de force! Without exaggeration, I've listened to your CD a dozen times this past week and I'm wild for it!! It's breakthrough material for sure! Not since Bob Dylan have I felt the rush of creativity with which you have exploded my consciousness!! It's not often one meets a warrior. I can't say enough about your work, it's truly brilliant!

Amy Emerman

Watch out world--here comes Athena Reich!
Athena Reich is one of the liveliest performers I've seen in a long time. Watch out! She will rivet you from behind her guitar with her catchy, thought-provoking lyrics. She has a voice that is extremely versatile, and ranges from soft and beautiful to loud and awakening to rock n' roll to opera to sounds that I didn't know were possible...Athena's style on stage is dynamic and peppy. She has a serious command of her performance and it's impossible to sit in an audience and not pay attention to what Athena is doing on stage. This woman combines theatre with music in an incredibly topical way to create her own one-woman dynamo show. Watch out world--here comes Athena Reich!

Madalyn Sklar, founder of

Athena Reich is sassy, stylish and savory all rolled up into one!

Angie Foster

This will make you sing/shout along with Athena. Poignant, moving.
A mix of spoken word and song. Full of feeling. a good sense. This is not background music. It's the kind of stuff you want to sing/shout along with. Athena will move you with her powerful voice and poignant lyrics in songs like Merry Go Round And Up And Down and Selling Songs.