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Jesse Richards | Animal Lovers' Project

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Animal Lovers' Project

by Jesse Richards

Richards is a fearless artist with a propensity to push boundaries. She explores topics from politics to spiritual awakening, from monkeys and wolves to falling in love. In her songs she moves freely between avant rock and folk ballads, to theatrical pop,
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Places Only Animal Can Go
5:46 album only
2. Elephants Cry Salt Tears
6:10 album only
3. A Big Mistake
4:45 album only
4. Sure as the Sun
5:48 album only
5. Vegetarian's Guide to the Universe
5:29 album only
6. Who Killed the Darling Dog
3:48 album only
7. Hundredth Monkey
4:41 album only
8. Wolf Song
4:05 album only
9. Red Tide
3:48 album only
10. My Guy
5:05 album only
11. Loving Lusha
4:34 album only
12. I Look for Love
6:29 album only


Album Notes
Animal Lovers’ Project is filled with songs about animals and the human lives they touch - they take listeners on a voyage that is inspirational, brimming with love, heart breaking and buoyantly uplifting.

The majority of the songs on the CD are from Richards’ popular show “Animal Lovers' Project.” Upon seeing the show, performance artist Laurie Anderson said, "'Animal Lovers' Project' is a wonderful show. It comes straight from the heart, and that is an incredibly rare thing - a beautiful painting of the animal world." www.animalloversproject.net

Richards worked with the some of the most talented musicians in Michigan on the Animal Lovers' Project CD. The beautiful and powerful arrangements for "Places Only Animal's Can Go," "Vegetarians' Guide to the Universe", "Sure as the Sun", and "A Big Mistake" are by "8 Mile’s" Oscar winner Luey Resto. Screen and television composer Dan Kolton arranged "Elephants Cry Salt Tears" and "Hundredth Monkey." While multi-talented bassist Jason Boekeloo arranged the hit, "I Look For Love."

Richards is a fearless artist with a propensity to push boundaries. She explores topics from politics to spiritual awakening, from monkeys and wolves to falling in love. In her songs she moves freely between avant rock and folk ballads, to theatrical pop, to sonic explorations accompanied by the sounds of nature. She has recorded 10 albums of original music, written three multi media musicals and can be heard singing on the international Xena: Warrior Princess

Please see www.jesserichards.net


Richards voice is rich and lusty... her work has at it's core, something big primal, and powerful. It drives her music and her dance.
Rachel Urist, Ann Arbor Observer

First of all there's her voice, which thwarts categorization as it flies from tremulous delicacy to raucous roar. Richards loyal listeners know that her voice is an oft looked over municipal treasure. Then there are her songs, which, often brimming with wit, irreverently skewer traditional boundaries of song craft, explore strange and wonderful image-scapes, and employ the richest and most unusual of harmonies and rhythmic textures.
Ann Arbor News

Jesse Richards, Artist Profile

The last decade has seen the emergence of performing artists possessing emotional candor and political directness that has transformed the music industry. Singer, composer, dancer Jesse Richards takes her place among these artists, and is being recognized for the power and expansiveness of her talent.

While Richards is a consumant musical craftsperson who carefully plans her effects, she makes frequent use off improvisation while performing. Using an electronic vocal loop, she creates layered textures and harmonies, displaying both the control of a baroque contrapuntist and the wild abandon of Jimi Hendrix.

Richards' influences include the Beatles, Igor Stravinski and the sounds of nature. Her harmonic inventiveness brings the "Eurythmics" to mind. She pushes against some of the same avant boundaries as (Kate Bush). Ultimately Jesse Richards carries us with her on an emotional, political and spiritual quest to stay conscious, no matter what the cost, in a society that tries to tell us sleep. Listen!

Jesse Richards has released 10 recordings on the ISIS label: Raw Lights (1985), To Every Heartbeat (1986), Earth Is Rising (1987), Waves of Freedom (1989), Homegrown (1990), Freestar (1991), A Woman's Body (1993), Human Nature (1995), Animal Lovers' Project (2000), Wild Card (2005)



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Spencer Kocher

I like the songs about animals they are very cleaver! This artis rocks! Her style is very neat, and different, but it is Good! Im a Fan!