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Prelude (digipak cover)

by Elizabeth Ayoub

An eclectic blend of blues, latin and arabic rhythms with a folk-jazz melodic flare that take you on a sweet journey.
Genre: World: Middle East Contemporary
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1. Je t'attends (I Wait For You)
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2. Hawa (Love)
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3. Navego (Drifting)
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4. Mr. Jones
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5. Scheherazade
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6. Lesh (Why)
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7. Creo (I Believe)
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8. Swept Away
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9. Ya Oud (Oh! Oud)
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10. Ya Oud (a capella)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"There is what the singer does with her voice. So many want to show off, to sacrifice the melody to their improvisations...but she never does that, every move feels organic and natural. Thank you for the variety and adventure."

--Charlie Gillett, BBC Radio Host for Sound of the World


A promising light among young Arab and American artists. She sings in various languages with conviction and full emotion. Her heartfelt songs are of folk quality and rhythm, with a jazz-blues bend (she is often compared to Norah Jones). She has a beguiling voice and captivating talent. With each song, she creates a rich tapestry of images, a journey for the listener to relish. She believes that music, like acting (she is also a trained actress) must move the audience. A storyteller at heart, her lyrics give way to her personal history. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her parents emigrated from Lebanon to Venezuela before the civil war in search of a promising future. The youngest of seven siblings, she always knew she would become a singer. She was thrust into an environment where three different languages were freely spoken and where her musical influences ranged from Koranic verse and Fairuz, to Simon & Garfunkel and Barbra Streisand.

She performed at a young age in various school musicals at the American Prep School in Caracas. There, she studied choral music and performed with the school choir for a number of years. When she was 16, she performed at a Latin Rock music festival in Caracas with her school band. The band was so well received, that a talent scout approached them for a recording contract. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out in the end. She then traveled to America to fulfill her family’s commitment in obtaining a university degree in marketing. But the stage was always in her heart. At the University of Miami, she studied Jazz voice and fell in love with Ella Fitzgerald. Soon, she began writing songs and playing them at folk festivals, open-mics and music industry showcases, one of which was for SONY execs.

After unsuccessfully shopping a demo CD she had self-produced, she dropped out of the music scene temporarily and fell in love with acting. She joined a theatre group in Miami (Prometeo) and pursued acting for a few years. She trained in NY at the Atlantic Theatre Company, co-founded by Hollywood writer/director David Mamet and actor William H. Macy. It was in theatre where she was reacquainted with the power of her voice to move an audience. During this time, she met a fellow world-music enthusiast, Jose Elias. A Cuban-American of Lebanese decent, Jose and Elizabeth quickly formed a music alliance.

The achievement of their efforts led to a magnificent debut album, where many different music styles (folk, jazz, latin) meld into one. Moreover, it reflects all her talents and gives the listener the unique opportunity to travel through her songs to different spaces. Though she now lives in Miami, she does not forget her two native countries: Venezuela and Lebanon. Both are always in the heart of her music and life’s work. An activist for justice and peace in the Middle East, she carries the torch of tolerance and freedom wherever she performs. “There is no room for intolerance and injustice in this world. So long as I have spirit, I will raise my voice against intolerance. Arabs are artists, we are intellectuals, and we are noble people of this earth.”

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Eddie Loza

Excellent
This CD is Awsome, versatile, magical!
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lailasamburu

Perfect
Belle musique, superbe voix, je suis enchantee de mon achat. J'attends avec impatience la sortie eventuelle d'un 2eme CD ; j'ai particulierement aime les morceaux avec l'arriere fond de musique orientale. Quant a CD Baby, je ne peux que les remercier de leur efficacite et rapidite. Un exemple a suivre!!
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Manena

Absolutely magical voice!!!
I have listened to Elizabeth's CD non-stop since it arrived in my mailbox. Elizabeth's voice is magical. The music is refreshing and mesmerising. The work on this CD is pure love.

A must have!!!!!!
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Mahyad Tousi

Where cultures meet, stars shine brighter.
Where collusion and conflict is the order of the day, multicultural nuances are rarely celebrated but as a watered down tool to sell t-shirts or a martini. Yet when that rare opportunity arises; when art has a secret rendezvous with destiny, a wanderer is born amid the crashing waves of cultures and the joy of angels. Miss Ayoub is such a wanderer and her voice carries the laughter of angels and the tears of men, all in one.
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I have Elizabeth Ayoub's CD in my possession now and have worn out my poor CD Player. I have listened to it every night before bed to unwind and in the morning when my alarm goes off to wake me gently into consciousness. Her voice is absolutely mesmerizing, haunting and uplifting. If angels had voices then she's one on Earth. God must be beaming.

I can't say which song I love the most. I love them all! Each one is unexpected and different from the rest in the way that Elizabeth Ayoub weaves a story with her words and voice, elicits heartfelt emotion, and takes me on a journey to far away lands, yet strangely familiar to me. If I had to pick I would say my favorites are: Lesh, Je T'attends, Creo, La Oud and Mr. Jones (Is that the entire CD?)

You must get her CD.
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Nada

This CD is moving
This CD sends chills throughout my body. Her voice is fantastic and the use of instruments is amazing. Elizabeth does a wonderful job with this CD. To say it best her CD is moving.
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Chris from Florida

Love It!
All i have to say is that i absolutely love elizabeth ayoub's voice & music! a fresh & new approach to the same old songs -- she brings new sounds to our ears!
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Abe

One of the best albums I have vere heard, ever!!!!!
I have a passionate affection for music. While I have purchased thousands of records in my life, I can count on one hand those that have stayed with me and carved themselves and left a permanent imprint in my being (like several Santana songs, and like Bye Bye Miss American pie, and Bridge over troubled water). This is one of them. I have been pleasantly haunted by the melodies and words, which I find myself humming and singing all day long. Absolutely every song on this record has had that impact. I find myself focusing on two or three of them during one period, and then on other ones during other periods. Incredible music for anyone who loves real instruments and real soulful, smooth, jazzy, ethnic, and worldly music that transcends categorization. This artist is deep!!!! All I would say to her is Thank you for making this record. It has brought me endless joy.
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Christine Moore

a must purchase - gorgeous
Elizabeth has that rare combination of sensitivity, nuance, and beauty of voice that only comes around once in a long while. This compilation is amazing in its variety of languages, styles and instruments - yet she makes it her own singularly unique idiom. Great...
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A real fan

you Inspired me
I know that it takes you a long time and hard work to be Inspired, and to create something, but trust me it took you less then 3 mins to Inspire me...
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