Kristi Martel | Brave Enough

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Brave Enough

by Kristi Martel

Soulful voices, bluesy piano, the most perfect drums, funky bass and beautiful poetry make this album lush and danceable and introspective.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. See You Sweet
3:21 $0.99
2. Silver
2:38 $0.99
3. Hands
4:04 $0.99
4. Honor
5:20 $0.99
5. Fly
3:41 $0.99
6. Promise
5:43 $0.99
7. Through That Door
4:26 $0.99
8. Even Free
4:32 $0.99
9. Give
4:18 $0.99
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Review: Kristi Martel - Brave Enough (Sealed Lip Records)
"There's this thing Kristi Martel does with her voice. The first time I played 'Brave Enough,' it shut me up and made me say, 'Damn!' That's just her voice. As a pianist and songwriter, Martel does not shy from her feminism. She seems to shy from nothing. Her voice sometimes evokes Bjork's but it is more soulful, more post-punk Laura Nyro. She looks head-on at issues like feminine body image and self-esteem, sex, dying, the power of community, and the challenges and favor of intimacy. But as the liner notes wisely recommend, 'play this thing loud.' 'Brave Enough' is part groove diary, part social exegesis, and a whole lot of fun."
-- Cesca Waterfield, Expository Magazine

When Kristi Martel was three she sang to salt and pepper shakers atop tables in restaurants.

Her family encouraged her to do this.

Everyone in the restaurant would clap.

So she kept singing and making up harmonies and began piano lessons with a strong desire to be a famous musician.

Today, Kristi Martel's sweet presence, stunning vocals, intricate piano rhythms, and fearless songwriting endear audiences nationwide.

" emanates from every note." - Vienna Teng

"...a fine musician...Incomparable!" - Utah Phillips

Featured on MTV/LOGO, NPR, WERS, and in Curve Magazine, and voted Rhode Island's Best Female Alt-Rock Vocalist, award-winning songwriter and avant-soul piano diva Kristi Martel grew up in New England and earned an ASCAP grant and two music degrees (Bard and Mills College) before beginning her touring and recording career. Her piano playing combines her love of blues dissonance and syncopation with her classical training. Her voice is at once sweet and bitter, able to leap and soar, whisper and rattle, expressive of any emotion she chooses and fluid throughout her multi-octave range. She is visionary in her lyrics and composition, writing her prayers for solace and quirky relationship narratives in the same breath.

Through Sealed Lip Records, Kristi has released seven CDs. "brave enough" was Kristi's first full-length album. It features Littlebird's sweet backing vocals on "Fly" and "Through That Door," her fretless bass on "Fly," and Frank Carter's gorgeous backing vocal on "Give." The album was recorded in just two long days and mixed in the next two long days. We were stunned by its beauty. We danced to make it.

The Sacred Whore Demos (LP 2009)
Ravengirl (LP 2006)
Quaint & Curious Ravendemos (LP 2005)
The Mule (LP 2004)
bound (single 2003)
brave enough (LP 2001)
give me a little... (EP 2000)



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Cesca Waterfield

passionate, political, universal; buy this now!
...musically unparalleled. Emotionally, we can all relate. Kristi sings like each line is her soul. She has courage coupled with creativity.

Cesca Waterfield,

Joshua Siegel

A true expression of the heart
This cd is a gif to the world . The energy and vibration truly moves me at my core being.

Dan Hartman

Amazing, intense, outsanding
A pristine collection of memorable songs that showcase the immense talent of their gifted composer/performer. Her soaring, powerful vocals are complemented perfectly by her gorgeous, haunting piano work. This is a must-have.

This, without doubt, would be my 'Desert Island Disc'. Genius.
Through that Door is absolutely my favourite song of all time.
The lyrics are dangerously deceptive in their simplicity, because they, and the music and her Voice (sic) peel my walls,
my masks my lies and leave me looking at myself, while all the time
soothing the tears. I love music, but this reaction rarely happens to me. I
have never before sat aghast, trembling; bereft and exstatic at hearing an song.
It's the only song I NEED. The rest of the album lives up to its title. It should be dished out on prescription. BUY IT: it's the best therapy you'll ever get.

Elizabeth Welch

I cried, I laughed, I got mad, I fell in love.
Passion abounds in this CD. A must have. I've bought it for all my friends :-) You should too!

JD Davy

Wonderful, strong, definite...


Awesome work of art
This is an amazing CD. I love every song on here, with "Give" and "Through that Door" being my favorites. But every song on here has a surprise for you, whether its the witty lyrics, strong vocal delievery or the wonderful instrumentation...the album is a great work of art and Kristi Martel definitely deserves more attention and praise. Here's to you Krisi (toasts) for pouring your heart out to us and giving us hope and good dreams.


Grab this CD and then hear her LIVE!! She's on tour through
Brave Enough is just that. Kristi rocks the mic, and the piano and everything else. The CD starts and ends with the best songs of the album. See You Sweet is a personal and emotional piece--breaking down the walls of silence. Kristi revamped Give for this album, and it comes out better than ever with a jazzy beat and vocals that simply blow the listener away. Clear a space in your CD collection!

Tom 'Tearaway' Schulte

impressive, charming, sophisticated...
Kristi Martel's dynamic and skillful phrasing, an ever-changing component of her delivery, makes this vocal album an impressive effort. Tracks like "Silver" offer the charming, hip style of electric neo-folk artist Ani DiFranco. However, Martel builds on this with sophisticated jazz improvisation delivered naturally and easily, as on the climax of "See You Sweet."

Juan R.

loved it!!
THE CD WAS SO GOOD!!!! I cant believe i didnt buy it sooner. Im glad that you make music because its just so good to hear the art you produce its amazing. thank you
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