Rebecca L. Bolam | Prime Directive

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Prime Directive

by Rebecca L. Bolam

"If vulnerability pulls at the heartstrings, then Rebecca L. Bolam shreds the aorta into a thousand pieces." - Independent Songwriter Magazine
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Grifter
4:18 $0.99
2. Nobody Home
3:40 $0.99
3. Blue Man
3:06 $0.99
4. Tonight
5:56 $0.99
5. You Tear Me Down
4:23 $0.99
6. Recycled Plastic
3:11 $0.99
7. Taking Me Over
4:54 $0.99
8. Confidential
5:13 $0.99
9. Beyond Life
4:27 $0.99
10. For So Long
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Album Notes
Rebecca L. Bolam has been songwriting since the age of 11. When her desire for musical creativity became unavoidably apparent, her parents had her audition to study with composer/recording artist of Mannheim Steamroller fame, Jackson Berkey. She studied with Jackson and his wife, Almeda for several years. They nurtured her writing style and gave her compositional tools to keep that style evolving, as well as giving her an extensive background in classical piano and voice. She performed regularly in the Omaha area at that time, mostly with the Berkeys in their original choral cantatas as well as her own shows of original material.

Rebecca went on to receive her degree in vocal performance and composition from California Institute of the Arts, and has stayed in California since she graduated in 1996. She's been earning a living as a private music teacher as well as singing. For the past few years she's been working steadily on Prime Directive, her debut release. "As an independent artist, it's truly been a labor of love. Writing and recording was the fullfilling and relatively easy part of the process. The difficult part was saving up the money to do the work, but it certainly has been worth it. I'm really pleased with the final product."

Currently, Rebecca has been performing in the Los Angeles area with her bandmates,The ISSUES, (Travis Daily - guitar, James Bennett - bass, & Ed Via - drums) and they're working steadily on new material for the second album.
She is currently in rotation on, WKRP.FM and WRCK radio as well as stations in Belguim and Spain.

Recently "Prime Directive" was reviewed by INDEPENDENT SONGWRITER WEB MAGAZINE, and this is what they had to say:
"If vulnerability pulls at the heartstrings, then Rebecca L. Bolam shreds the aorta into a thousand pieces. "Prime Directive" draws on the intensity of emotion to capture its audience, but it shows no mercy once it has you in its clutches. Its swaying fragility is nothing more than a butterfly with fangs; coaxing us into a world all her that is so hard to leave once we've been taken hostage. "

They've also awarded Rebecca as one of their Best Independent Songwriters on the net!


Erasing Clouds Review:
by John Stacey

The female singer-songwriter genre is getting pretty crowded again. Rock, pop, angst, issue-led, roots, bluegrass, country, blues...the list is endlessly diverse and endlessly interesting. Of course, for every Caitlin Cary -- the former/existing, depending on what you've read, violinist/singer from Ryan Adams's band Whiskeytown -- whose albums are universally lauded and get to be discounted at places like Tower Records, there are dozens more who are probably better singers and more worthwhile of our hard-earned cash. Rebecca Bolam is one such. I took delivery of her album Prime Directive, which is her first independent release on the nattily-titled Supreme Overlord Music imprint, expecting to hear something bland and pretty middle-of-the-road; you know, the sort of stuff that's churned out ad nauseum and then speedily consigned to the trash bin. Boy, was I in for a shock. And the biggest shock was that Prime Directive is the sort of album Madonna would have made if she had started out as a singer and then became a dancer and not the other way round. The dancer Madonna always had a squeaky, disco duck type of voice that ultimately grated. Rebecca Bolam sounds incredibly like Madonna in that she Madonna's pitch, but lower, more mature and more memorable. The tracks "Nobody Home" and "Tonight," with their swelling piano and measured arrangements, are everything Madonna could have been had her career taken another direction. The backing, from the Grammy award-winning band Ozomatli and including drummer Andy Mendoza, is firm and supple and musical. Prime Directive demands repeated plays. You won't be disappointed. Just get your order in for the follow-up!



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matthew wood

surprisingly bold and amazingly rich voice . tracks are engineered well, really letting the rawness come through. i want more!

Tommy Raniszewski

intelligent, refreshing, a pleasure to hear.
For the past 3 weeks, I have been enjoying Prime Directive. As a musician myself, I recomend this CD to anyone looking for a refreshing alternative to the many independent works out there. The lyrics are intelligent (poetic) and the music is well crafted. One of the few CDs I've heard in some time that doesn't have the tendency to wear thin. . . The selections on this disc seem to offer something new with each listening of it. Very pleased and am looking forward to the next release. Tommy Raniszewski, Cape May, NJ


Beauty with a lot of surprises
I just love the record. There are many mellow songs on it that never fail to pierce my heart because they are so achingly beautiful. But I also adore the few up-tempo numbers - they are great. Everything about this CD is fantastic and it never bores you because the songs come on strong with a lot of surprises. And Rebecca's voice is just lovely. I'm glad, I got me one copy of "Prime Directive".

cheryl schendt

great music and lyrics!!!
We loved hearing Rebecca's music and lyrics again. Keep up the great work--your neighbors from the old Omaha neighborhood!!

Sukie McBride

All I have to say is extreme talent and such a lil girl to have such a big voice
Rebecca L. Bolam and now know as Rebecca L. Bolam and The Issues are really something quite unique and special. They will go all the way and getting a little closer with each passing day. I caught their very first live show last Thurs. and was blown away by the lil woman with the big voice and big guitar. For a first live performance as a band they were exceptionally tight musically and gave a little something new to music industry. This is one band to keep your eye!!! Your sure to buy a lot of their CD's concert tickets, etc. Hopefully in they very near future. This is one band you don't want to miss out on. To Rebecca, Jaime, Travis & Jay keep it coming!!!

Paul Miser

Surprisingly Refreshing
I was expecting just another folksy CD. R. Bolam can actually reach down and pull out a pair of hefty balls when she needs to. I was not only surprised, but very impressed with the range of music all on one little CD. Is there anything else available by this artist?

Ali Nickel-Dubin

Phenomenal writing, pure, clear voice, amazing piano
Rebecca's voice is clear, pure and soothing. Her piano playing is beautiful. Her lyrics are poetic and her music is phenomenal. Wow!