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Sister Garden

by Connie Rae

Connie Rae's voice ranges from sultry and soulful to a powerhouse of emotion.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Rhythm & Blues
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1. Naked Truth
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2. Man Enough
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3. Sister Garden
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4. Getting Over You
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5. Message Of Hope
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6. I Thought You Should Know
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7. Don't Say It's Forever
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8. Sweet Love Power
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9. Walking In Circles
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10. Goddess Of Mine
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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CONNIE RAE

Singer Songwriter
With a voice that ranges from soothing and sultry to a powerhouse of emotion, Connie Rae Knapp has been recognized for her vocal talent, writing ability, and effortless self promotion. Traditionally rhythm and blues, her style is universal enough to have shared the stage with Grammy Award winning and nominated artist's ranging from jazz to rock, blues to country.

She has been the opening act for legendary musicians Leon Russell, Diane Schuur, Average White Band, Tower of Power, Eddie Money, Dave Mason, John Waite of The Babys and Bad English, Dwight Yoakam, Andy Summers of The Police, Colin Hay of Men At Work, Lou Gramm of Forienger, Mike Campbell of Tom Petty, Dennis Quaid and The Sharks, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, Jim Belushi and the Sacred Heart, Vonda Shepard, John Mayall, Marcia Ball, Robben Ford, John Hammomd, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Savoy Brown, Coco Montoya, Walter Trout, Shemekia Copeland, Anthony Gomes, Tuck and Patti, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, Solomon Burke Jr.

She has also been asked to share the stage with The Zombies, Johnny Winter, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Donovan, Willy Porter, A.J Croce, Ben Taylor, Richard Elliot, Jeffery Gaines, GE Smith of SNL, Alison Brown and The Flying Other Brother's.

Connie Rae independently financed her album in 2004 choosing to record at the famous Cherokee Studios in LA. The owners since 1975 Dee, Joe and Bruce Robb were hired to engineer and produce her work. Their client list includes the likes of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Al Green, Quincy Jones, Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power to name a few. Her CD was mastered at Capitol Records while she and photographer, graphic designer Elizabeth Etienne created the 20 page CD booklet. "Sister Garden" was released in November of 2005. All ten songs were written by Connie Rae.

The talent brought in to participate on the CD were:
Elliot Easton~ Lead guitarist for The Cars on guitar
Mike Thompson~ Keyboardist for Don Henley and The Eagles
Oscar Seaton~ Drummer for George Benson, Lionel Richie, Ramsey Lewis, Grover Washington Jr., David Sanborn
Bucket Baker~ Percussionist with Macy Gray, Kenny Loggins
Andre' Carter~ Featured with The Counting Crows on trumpet
Joe Robb~ From The Robb's on saxophone
Bruce Robb~ From The Robb's on B3 organ
Mahlon Hawk~ Formally of Joshua on bass
The Water Sister's~ Who have graced every album from The Stones to Willy Nelson on background vocals.

Since 2004, Connie Rae has received 21 nominations for her music and performances, five resulting in wins. The All Access Music Awards presented her with Best Female Pop Vocalist in 2006, Orange County Music Awards with Best Blues Artist in 2007, Ontario Music Awards for Best USA 2007, Inland Empire Music Awards for Best R&B 2009, and Inland Empire Awards 2009 for Best Out Of Area. Additional nomination categories have ranged from Best Album of the Year, Best Record of the Year for The Robb Brothers Producers, Best Inspirational Song of the Year, Best Songwriter, Best Gospel, Best Pop Vocalist, Best Song, Best Jazz, Best Live Acoustic Band, Best Country, Best Out of County.

Nine tracks of her original music have been featured on eight separate compilation CD's for various promotional and fund raising projects. She performed live on television for Daybreak OC KDOC, and for the Mayor and City Council of Irvine, has volunteered her time and talent for The American Cancer Society and Susan G Komen Foundation, entertained the Veterans for the Annual Los Angeles VA Event, performed at Angel Stadium in Anaheim California, Orange County Fair, at The Mission Viejo Summer Concert Series, and has become a regular act at the notorious Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, Long Beach Aquarium and Martini Blues in Huntington Beach California. Four of her compositions were choosen for The International Songwriters Competition in Nashville in which 14,000 songs were submitted.

"In the short amount of time I have been performing, I have had the opportunity to share the bill with musicians I have long admired and deeply respected. I am grateful beyond words for every opportunity that has been presented to me! My hope is that my audience will be filled with inspiration to live their lives fully, and to believe that their own dreams can become a reality."

ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

2009 LA MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated For Best Record of the Year~The Robb Brothers Producers

2009 LA MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated For Best Americana Album

2009 LA MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated For Best Inspirational Song of the Year

2009 IEMA INLAND EMPIRE MUSIC AWARDS
Winner For Best R&B

2009 IEMA INLAND EMPIRE MUSIC AWARDS
Winner For Best Out of Area

2009 IEMA INLAND EMPIRE MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated For Best Jazz

2008 IMA INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated For Best Gospel

2008 ORANGE COUNTY MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated For Best Blues

2008 ORANGE COUNTY MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated for Best Live Acoustic Band

2008 IEMA INLAND EMPIRE MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated For Best Out Of County

2007 ORANGE COUNTY MUSIC AWARDS
Winner for Best Blues

2007 ORANGE COUNTY MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated for Best Live Acoustic Band

2007 IEMA INLAND EMPIRE MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated for Best Blues

2007 ALL ACCESS MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated for Best Female Vocalist Rock, Melodic, Blues

2007 ONTARIO INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS
Winner for Best USA

2006 All ACCESS MUSIC AWARDS
Winner For Best Female Vocalist Pop/Alternative

2006 ALL ACCESS MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated for Best Overall Songwriter

2006 ALL ACCESS MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated for Best Album of the Year Pop/Alternative

2006 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated for Best Blues

2006 ORANGE COUNTY MUSIC AWARDS
Finalist for Best Band

2005 ORANGE COUNTY MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated for Best Blues

2004 ORANGE COUNTY MUSIC AWARDS
Nominated for Best Country

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Elena Urquiza

Inspiring, captivatig and healing all rolled into one emotion...
I can't hear it enough! The songs feel true to life and the emotion behind the lyrics from Connie Rae Knapp is mesmerizing. The collaboration of wonderful musicians gives this cd the integrity and juice it needs to stand on its own. It's a beautiful work of art. I had to buy 5 so I can give them away for the holiday. What a gift!!!
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Laura Erikson

Connie Rae's garden is bursting with glory!
Connie Rae has been given the gift of music. Her boomin voice fills the air while I work on my garden. Keep growing!
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Wayne Hames

Night at the Coach House
Connie Rae will take you on a journey of the spirit, arriving at a destination deep in your soul.
Her voice surrounds your heart with promise. Convergence emotions radiates beyond the stage.
Her ability to touch your heart is more than talent. She has a gift, she has a love. Love for her music, love for the people that will journey with her.
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Catherine Anderson

Wonderful, deep and inspiring music, it will touch your soul!
This is the best music that I've ever heard! I believe everyone should have this CD in there collection and also give it as a gift from your heart to touch someone else's.
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Jane Watson

Amazingly Inspiring!
TWO THUMBS UP AND FIVE STARS..
This CD has an awesome flow! The songs are truly inspirational and moving, they find a place in your heart after one listen.
LOVELY, SEXY, HIP, MOVING...Amazing accomplishment!!!
This artist is really growing into her fame!
I would highly reccommend this CD.
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Laree' Gibson

Naked Truth is a brilliant work of art.
Naked Truth is a brilliant intertwining of not only great musicality, but heart and spirit as well. Everything has come together in this work of art, and it's all woven together like a fine silk cloth.
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Mary Pollock

Calling all soul sisters and brothers!!!!
This music reaches deep into your soul & pulls out the very part of you that needs nourishment. When you listen to it... let the lyrics rise up within you and let them do their magic on your spirit! It's sheer pleasure.
Soul Sister, Mary Pollock
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McGhee family

Beautiful voice, beautiful woman, beautiful music
Connie Rae was wonderful. The music truly shows the love and emotion she put into Sister Garden. She is from a beautiful family too.
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oscar morales

awesome song writing/great entertainer too
all the songs are very meaningful,she sings with great feelings,i have 4 of them 3 were given for gifts also
ty crae
oscar
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James Lee

She’s wonderful, ..marvelous!
slick arrangements, ..perfection!!
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