Lisa Biales | Singing in My Soul (feat. Ricky Nye & The Paris Blues Band)

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Singing in My Soul (feat. Ricky Nye & The Paris Blues Band)

by Lisa Biales

Diverse range of blues, gospel, old time pop, and original music with wondrous interpretations of each song. Pleasant upbeat listening experience has you smiling and toe tapping from the first note to the last.
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Little Bird Told Me (feat. Ricky Nye & The Paris Blues Band)
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2. Strange Things Happening Every Day (feat. Ricky Nye & The Paris Blues Band)
2:47 $0.99
3. Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me (feat. Ricky Nye & The Paris Blues Band)
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4. You Got to Know How (feat. Ricky Nye & The Paris Blues Band)
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5. Magic Garden (feat. Ricky Nye & The Paris Blues Band)
3:49 $0.99
6. Careless Love (feat. Ricky Nye & The Paris Blues Band)
3:24 $0.99
7. I Only Have Eyes for You (feat. Ricky Nye & The Paris Blues Band)
4:31 $0.99
8. Waiting for the Train to Come In (feat. Ricky Nye & The Paris Blues Band)
2:53 $0.99
9. Write Me in Care of the Blues (feat. Ricky Nye & The Paris Blues Band)
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10. Singing in My Soul (feat. Ricky Nye & The Paris Blues Band)
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Album Notes
The 10 cuts on Singing in My Soul reflect Lisa’s diverse musical tastes, as she covers everything from gospel (Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s “Strange Things Happening Every Day” and the title track); blues (Mississippi John Hurt’s “Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me,” Sippie Wallace’s “You Got to Know How” and W. C. Handy’s “Careless Love”); old time pop (Blu Lu Barker’s “A Little Bird Told Me,” Peggy Lee’s “Waiting for the Train to Come In”); and even a beautiful slow ballad version of the doo-wop classic, “I Only Have Eyes for You”. Lisa’s lone original song on the album, “Magic Garden,” a tune she wrote in a playful finger-style guitar framework, fits in perfectly amongst the rest of the repertoire. Of special note is her wondrous take of “Write Me in Care of the Blues,” a song she found doing research for the play “Always, Patsy Cline,” in which Biales was cast in the leading role for the local production.

“The director approached me to see if I was interested in playing the part of Patsy Cline for our community theatre group OxAct,” Biales said. “Well, I loved Patsy Cline and all the songs that were in the show. I thought about it for about three years. Finally, I said yes and blocked off my schedule a year in advance. We hired a fantastic band, and the two-woman show, with Nora Ellen Bowers playing the part of Patsy’s friend Louise, sold out every night for three weeks in Oxford, Ohio. We had a ball and I LOVED singing those wonderful songs and stepping into Patsy Cline's shoes every night. My favorite scene from the play was in the kitchen, sitting at the table, with a cigarette in hand, singing ‘Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray.’”

Lisa is backed on the new CD by Cincinnati-based pianist Ricky Nye (who also produced the album) and the Paris Blues Band (and yes, they really are from France), which includes Thibaut Chopin on upright bass, Anthony Stelmaszack on guitar and Simon “Shuffle” Boyer on drums. The organic chemistry of Lisa’s work in the studio with Ricky Nye and The Paris Blues Band translates on disc to a beautifully comfortable listening experience, creating a house concert ambience throughout.

“I like the feeling we captured on this recording ,” Lisa recalled. “Everyone was in a good mood, cracking on each other. I loved hearing Simon count off a tune ‘un deux trois’ in French. We recorded together in one room; and the vocals are the original ‘scratch’ vocals from the session. We captured something special and I didn’t want to change a thing. When you work with people who like playing together, you get something magical.

“One of my favorite parts of this recording session was watching Ricky, Thibaut, Simon and Anthony sing on the song, ‘A Little Bird Told Me’. They all stood around one mic and got a real old school call-and-response feel to this song. They were hesitant at first about singing; I told them I loved this kind of singing and wanted their voices on my record. This song makes me very happy.”

Ohio-based Lisa Biales has spent a lifetime making music. Her diverse musical influences drive her to continue to evolve as an artist, singer and guitarist. Singing in My Soul showcases her amazing gift for making cover songs all her own. She sings with a crystal pure voice and writes music about the simple things in life. Lisa grew up in a musical family and began her career as a performing songwriter at an early age. She’s independently released seven albums of music under her own Big Song Music label, and is heard on radio stations around the world. Her song “Playing with Angels” went to #1 in Australia and “Where the Buckwheat Blooms” hit #32 on the folk radio charts in the U.S.

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Bill Wilson

Lisa Biales
Singing In My Soul

All cover tunes with the exception of “Magic Garden,” Singing In My Soul was done to showcase Lisa’s ability to take a cover tune and in put enough of her personal touch in it to make it her own so to speak. Recorded with Ricky Nye and the Paris Blues Band this one highlights her abilities beautifully. To say that it has a timeless quality would be silly as most of the tunes are from a day long gone by. What I found perhaps most impressive is her ability to choose tunes so well. The songs sound as if they were written for her and the band specifically. If you like music with an old-time feel, Singing In My Soul would be a perfect choice. Biales’ voice is right on the money and the music is not only flawlessly played, it has that vintage feeling. This could have easily been recorded anywhere from the 20s to the 40s. The only thing missing is the hiss and crackle of the 78s. Done in much the same way as things were recorded in that era, Singing In My Soul is one sweet piece of work. The more I hear from Lisa Biales, the more I like what I hear. This woman has a wide, dynamic vocal range and can cover just about anything she might need to do and do it with ease. The arrangements and orchestration of the songs on this disc are beautiful and very much in the style of the original tunes. This is one of the sweetest pieces of work I have heard in quite some time and one that I would feel comfortable recommending to anyone. It is fresh enough to appeal to the contemporary blues lover yet sounds authentic enough that it could be played for the elderly at a retirement home. It is the sort of thing that will lift your spirits and leave you feeling like you’re on top of the world. This one is a winner and is one of those recordings that has major staying power. – Bill Wilson