Brenda Carsey | Solitary Refinement

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Solitary Refinement

by Brenda Carsey

An exploration of Alternative Soul through poetic lyrics, a unique blend of styles, engaging chord progressions, fluid melodies, a vocal range both syrupy sweet & beautifully dark with a potential of virtuosity.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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3. Picture This
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4. Sad, Sad Moon
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5. How Familiar
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6. No More
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Solitary Refinement" "...is the blueprint for everything that Brenda has been through and dreamed of, and lost and gained. You can hear, see, and feel all of that both in her voice, and in the arrangements." says Brian Frederick, Carsey’s current producer and sound engineer on her new record, who’s worked with names like DJ Quik, Whiz Khalifa, Isabella Summers (the Machine of Florence + the Machine) and even the Backstreet Boys on their 20th anniversary record." - Cheantay Jensen for The Edge LB

This album is Brenda Carsey's first full-length studio album. This album can sonically be described as 'Alternative Soul', a genre created by Carsey to describe the strong soulful emotions from her vocals and the wide variety of other musical ingredients of her music. "Solitary Refinement" is a sort of modern twist on a 1970s soul album with rock, pop, and heavy jazz influences. The songs are extraordinarily honest, exposed, and keep the listener guessing. There is a feeling of freedom, poetic lyrics accompanied by fluid melodies, engaging chord progressions, funky rhythms, and a voice filled with passion and soul.

Co-produced by Brenda Carsey and Brian Frederick
Engineered and mixed by Brian Frederick
Lyrics, melody, and music written by Brenda Carsey
vocals, piano - Brenda Carsey
bass - Andy Goettsch
drums - Matt Brundrett
guitar - Liam Kevany
trumpet - Matt Schulman
tenor sax - Joseph Schmeltzer
baritone sax - Soul Station #1
violin - Will Arnold
cello - Jean-Paul Barjon

Album artwork by Jess Giles shot in 35mm film

Huge thank you to the 168 people who contributed to making this album possible! I could not have done it without your support and belief!

Brenda Carsey is a Los Angeles-based vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. Carsey has been performing since the age of five, from choirs, orchestras, and marching bands to national anthem performances to rock, pop, folk, hip hop, and electronic groups (Feral Kizzy, Centuries, Cesar Saez), stage shows (Cabaret Versatile), and solo projects (Brenda Carsey & the Awe, Side Show, eminent.ruth). Carsey's primary self-accompanying instruments are piano/keys and acoustic guitar. You can currently catch her out playing live solo and with her band Brenda Carsey & the Awe.

Brenda Carsey & the Awe deliver a funky, energetic show, seamlessly mixing a unique blend of Alternative Soul, R&B, and Progressive Trip Hop. The group is led by songstress and keyboardist Brenda Carsey and grooved out by the Awe-some rhythm section featuring a line up of rotating musicians. Carsey’s Voice is, in a word, uninhibited, mixing a syrupy sweet sound with a beautiful darkness and a vocal range with a potential of virtuosity. This Los Angeles, CA based artist has played at heavy hitting music festival Lightning in a Bottle (2017), Feed LA Festival (2016), and Echo Park Rising Festival (2014, 2015, 2016)! Carsey has toured the entire Western US from San Diego to Seattle, to Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and also Nashville and New York. She has also grooved and swooned on the stages of The Hotel Cafe, The Teragram Ballroom, Mrs. Fish, Good Times at Davey Wayne's, Harvard & Stone, The Federal Bar, The Lost Knight, and The Virgil (to name a few). She will stop you in your tracks with poetic lyrics, fluid melodies, engaging chords progressions, funky rhythms, and a voice filled with passion and soul.

Carsey is set to release her first full-length studio album July 16th, 2017 with a release party and performance on the main stage at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA! The album features the Awe and was engineered and co-produced by Brian Frederick of Hybrid Studios and Stacks FX.

Carsey has been featured on 7 albums:
• Full-length studio album Solitary Refinement (2017)
• 3 solo albums/E.P.'s under her belt each performed, recorded, and mixed by Carsey herself: Side Show (2011), Lazy Daze (2012), and Satya (2014).
• featured on keyboard, backing vocals, and hand percussion plus producer credits on two albums of her band Feral Kizzy: Feral Kizzy E.P. (2012) and Slick Little Girl (2015).
• Carsey and producer Pasta Ritmo teamed up for a co-produced album of trap, r&b, hip hop influences called P.R.B.C. (2014).
• featured on backing vocals on multiple songs of Cesar Saez's self-titles debut E.P (2016).
• featured on six tracks of hip-hop artist Distract-Ion's record M.I.N.D. (2010).

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