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22 Mountains

by Danielle Lo Presti and The Masses

Deep-minded Alternative Rock with R&B/Funk Flavors
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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1. Get Over It
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2. Easier Than This
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3. Crashing Down
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4. Never Going Back
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5. Black Queen
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6. Happy
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7. 22 Mountains
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8. Come To My
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9. Rearview
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10. Familia
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11. Disrespect
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12. Growing / Old
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13. Imagining
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Los Angeles Music Award Nominee:
Female Vocalist of the Year - 2002
Best Female Singer/ Songwriter - 1999
Independent Pop Album of the Year - 2001

San Diego Music Award Nominee:
Best Adult Alternative Band - 2002
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The title track of the new CD, 22 Mountains, uses the story of Nikki Tesfai as a metaphor for the undying courage and perseverance needed to surmount personal and societal challenges. Due to accepted practices in her native African village, and her family's desperate need for food,
Dr. Tesfai was arranged into marriage without her consent at the age of 14. After being abused by her new husband, she ran away, without shoes or even supplies. She scaled twenty-two mountains before reaching a refugee camp, where she was again abused. Once more, she escaped and eventually made her way to the United States where she arrived alone with no resources. The story further unfolds into a series of one "mountain" after another, wherein this woman not only survives, but finds a way to turn all the pain of her journey into a means of helping others. Today, Nikki Tesfai's African Community Resource Center (www.africanresourcecenter.com) has helped over 52,000 refugees from over 52 countries.

The second half of the song based on Ms. Tesfai's story celebrates a local San Diego artist and personal friend of Danielle's, whose journey may on the surface seem less grand, but at closer look is equally as heroic and inspiring.

In a beautiful affirmation of Say It Records' mission to combat apathy by cultivating awareness of the remarkable art and resources in our own communities, Danielle discovered that Nikki Tesfai's organization was only a few miles away from where she stays when in Los Angeles.

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Danielle Lo Presti and The Masses ("DLPM") came to be back in 2001, at the release of a feisty little record called "Dear Mr. Penis head." The fast-track version of the story is that Danielle had been writing for film and TV in L.A. Two of her songs were placed in "The Nutty Professor," one of which was the end-title. This leads her to a partnership with a forward-thinking producer in town, and she starts writing what she wants - songs that Think AND Feel. Their CD brings on a nice little buzz: Interscope, Hollywood Records, MCA...they come........they go.

Danielle writes a song about child molestation for a special show that her sister was producing for her renowned dance company, Eveoke. It's played for the A&R guys. They come back (!) It's "Strong"...it's..."Cutting Edge"...it's....... "Too Risky."

She submits a demo of the song, "Say It," to the L.A. Music Awards.
She's nominated... Best Female Singer/Songwriter,1999. They call her "the Say It Girl."

They refer her to a "well-connected-he-can-Help-you-type" music attorney. He listens to her music. What follows is a 20-minute bit of advice. Danielle is told that, being a woman, she has about two styles of music she can write and hope to have any degree of success: Sade or Britney Spears. If she persists in doing anything other than that, she may as well quit.

She hangs up the phone, feels the inspiration building, picks up the pen and writes that man a Thank You note - the first line: "Dear Mr. Penis head."

She opens her 20 year old savings account, invests it in making a full-length-from scratch CD, and prepares to release, promote, and market it as if her life depends on it... but she wants a band.

Now enters a brilliant group of musicians. They name themselves in honor of the historical activist magazine, "The Masses," which was instrumental in the fight for suffrage, minority and working class rights, and many other things we're still working toward today.

Several radio appearances, CD compilations, festivals, and nominations later, and DLPM's got a fast-growing fan base and internet presence, a community building showcase called "Indie By Design," which spreads awareness of the Indie Music Scene while fertilizing the idea of Teamwork among independent musicians, and: a New CD, "22 Mountains."


For updates, upcoming gigs, and for the stories behind the stories, check out: www.DanielleAndTheMasses.com

We Thank You for supporting Independent Music.
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"Clearly Danielle's music shows great songwriting matched with great production. Danielle Lo Presti and The Masses are a perfect example of what makes independent music so strong."
-Ani Difranco and Scot Fisher/ Righteous Babe Records

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Chrys Burcham

Fantastic and profound
Danielle's riveting words and profound messages stir an urge in her listeners to take a stand about the real issues. This CD is one that stimulates the mind and social movement.
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Mickey Hollander

A look into the passion of a talented group!
A must for anyone looking for a definition of what integrity sounds like. The band melds together perfectly with lyrics, instruments, heart, funk and soul. Dear Mr. Penis Head, the debut album, forged a new opening for musical passion and dedication...22 Moutnains expands that space!
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J. Sago

Great Album, Great Sound, Amazing Talent, Incredible Message
Danielle LoPresti and the Masses have hit it out of the park with 22 Mountains, their second and most recent album. When Danielle sings, you not only hear her voice, you feel her passion and get engulfed in the power of her words. Wonderfully produced; this album is a testement that Independant music not only has an edge, but can blow your mind, make you think, and get you to shake your groove thang! Koodos to DLPM.
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J. Sago

Great Album, Great Sound, Amazing Talent, Incredible Message
Danielle LoPresti and the Masses have hit it out of the park with 22 Mountains, their second and most recent album. When Danielle sings, you not only hear her voice, you feel her passion and get engulfed in the power of her words. Wonderfully produced; this album is a testement that Independant music not only has an edge, but can blow your mind, make you think, and get you to shake your groove thang! Koodos to DLPM.
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Dov Cohen

Fabulous!
Oh, if you thought DLPM's first CD kicked ass, then you haven't heard ANYTHING yet! Every track on 22 Mountains you will want to listen to over and over again. From the haunting passion of "Never Going Back" to the soul-moving base of "Disrespect" you will find yourself simply enthralled. It really doesn't get much better than this.
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Craig Yerkes

powerful music and message from a truly unique artist
After listening to this CD, you will come to the same realization that I did....that this band is not on a major label ONLY because they don't want to be. It's as if Danielle Lo Presti and The Masses are on a mission to show the world just how great independent music can be. Mission accomplished with this great CD. The title track, Black Queen Magazine, Get Over It, Disrespect and Growing Older say it the best in my book, but you will not find a weak song on this CD. It's hard to classify this music, but I would say that any fan of music by vocally strong and message minded female artists will gobble this gem up with great pleasure. You will love this music!
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Nicole Wascoe Bauman

Rockin', powerful message and good listenin'...
Great band and singer who obviously care about the world and have created wonderful songs in which to deliver their messages. I'm eager to see where this band goes in the future.
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