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Meant To Be

by Brenda Morie

"If you like jazz with a contemporary flair and a bit of something extra; it's a wonderful departure to hear a flute predominately on a jazz record), this will fit your jazz hankerings quite well"- Triad Style Magazine
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. I Could Write A Book
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2. Moondance
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3. Chitlins Con Carne
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4. A Ghost OF A Chance
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5. Twisted
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6. Liberated Brother
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7. Stolen Moments
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8. Puzzle Of Hearts
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9. Lullaby Of Birdland
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10. Everytime He Whispers
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11. Walk Between The Raindrops
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12. Peace Chant
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13. Black Orpheus Medley-A Day in the Life of a Fool/Samba de Orfeu
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Press Release 2004

Brenda Morie's CD Release "Meant To Be"


Brenda Morie - Savannah, Georgia, based flutist, vocalist, and musician has released her first solo CD, "Meant To Be"
For years Brenda's musicianship has graced recording and television performances in the US and Canada of noted artists such as, Ian Tyson, Tommy Banks, Chet McCracken, Ben Tucker and many more. Morie, a native of Canada, moved to Los Angeles, California, after being awarded a National Canadian Arts Council Grant spending the following years performing, recording, touring, and has even lent her voice to motion pictures. Brenda co-wrote and performed on several jazz CD's with Chet McCracken, platinum and two-time gold record winning and Grammy- nominated recording artist and former drummer in the Doobie Brothers and Joe Walsh. Two of these co-written recordings, "Through Brenda's Eyes" and "After The Rain", received national attention and the Mac Gavin Chart Hit list. Although many of Chet's recordings have been chart topping, "After The Rain" to date been one of McCracken's highest placements on the Jazz Charts. Morie and McCracken plan to begin a new collaboration project in the near future.
In 2000, Brenda completed a tour with Nancy Sinatra, playing acoustic, electric guitar, harmonica and flute which included sharing the stage with Rickie Martin and Blondie at Dodger Stadium in front of an audience of more than 50, 000 people.
In Canada, Brenda was well known from numerous television appearances and specials particularly the internationally syndicated "The Tommy Banks Show" as well as the national 'Sun Country Show' hosted by Ian Tyson. She performed frequently with guitarist, Amos Garrett, known for his unique and infamous style on Maria Muldar's "Midnight At The Oasis".
"Meant to Be", Brenda's solo CD, features the supporting performances of friends, old and new, from her days in Los Angeles coupled with the some of NC's best. Among these are Los Angeles's drummer and recording artist, Chet McCracken and lead guitarist, Chris Pinnick, formerly of "Chicago" as well as Herb Alpert and John Klemmer. North Carolina's well-known and respected "The Ken Rhodes Trio" consisting of keyboardist Ken Rhodes, bassist Matt Kendrick, and drummer John Wilson bring their smooth warmth to the project as well as Rhodes' compositional skill with "Peace Chant". Jazz trumpeter, Joe Robinson is featured on "Stolen Moments" and "Ghost of a Chance". His bittersweet performance on "Ghost of a Chance" brings a rich flavor to Brenda's own interpretation, making it one of the highlights on the CD. Brazilian guitarist, Paulo Barata, contributes to Brenda's version of, Djavan's, 'Puzzle of Hearts' along with Chris Pinnick's lead guitar and McCracken's drumming. Also contributing are conga, percussionist Roberto Orihuela, and film composer David McHugh (Mystic Pizza & Moscow On The Hudson).
Brenda's "lead guitar-like" flute performance on "Liberated Brother" and Chitins Con Carne, shows the influence of her work with Garrett and Nancy Sinatra.
The CD was recorded and produced by currently, Savannah College of Art and Design " Sound Design" professor, John Sisti whoose recent credits include Sound Supervisor on "Mad About You' which won two Emmy's for Best Sound, and "Bram Stocker's Dracula" which won an Oscar for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. Before his film work, Sisti, was a recording engineer at several studios such as A&M Records and Record Plant with artist Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Captain & Tennille ("Love Can Keep Us Together"), and Billy Preston (Nothing from Nothing) etc. John taught sound and production at Berkley School of Music in the mid 80's, and now as well as teaching at in the Film School has a small studio here, Granite Sound. At Granite Sound John has mixed the David McHugh's score for the Lifetime Series " Strong Medicine" and the soundtrack for the Gary Hawkin's Award winning documentary " The Rough South of Larry Brown", award winning Best Western, Truce, The Cavern and many more. Please see John L Sist at IMDB.com
Morie's distinctive flavor is established by the coupling of her smoky vocals along with the rich flute quality, a combination of the unique "wood head joint" and her diverse musical interpretation. This all blends to make exciting and entertaining jazz expressions articulated by the fortuitous combination of talents Brenda Morie embodies.
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Kim Chambers

Fantastic
Brenda Morie has such a beautiful style with her vocals and flute both. Her voice and phrasing alone make you to smile and her touch on the flute sends you straight to heaven! Whether you are a jazz fan or not don't miss this one!!
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Walter Black

What a refreshing and talented artist!
I had never heard of Brenda until one day recently when I was browsing around CD Baby in search of new discoveries. After listening to a couple of her sample cuts, I decided her style and sound were sufficiently appealing that I needn't trouble to check the other samples. I immediately placed an order for the CD and, upon receiving and listening to it, confirmed my judgment that anything by this lady should be an "automatic buy" in the future!

I don't know whether Brenda considers her primary forte to be her singing or her flute playing, but I give her an "A" on both scores. Anybody who relishes a smooth, cool, upbeat jazz sound and a highly appealing voice with polished phrasing can't go wrong with Brenda. Let's hope this is but the first of a very long line of her CDs.
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Marcia

Toe tapping rhythm, excellent vocals, crisp accompaniment. More, please!
If this is Brenda's first solo presentation, I say, give us more. I found myself thumbing through my CD collection mentally noting the classics from all types of music, I'd like to hear her attempt; envisioning the next CD cover with Brenda dressed to the 9's in a sultry gown & hairstlye of the 40's or 50's. Brenda, give us, Unforgettable, Bewitched(Bothered & Bewildered), What a Wonderful World, Summertime, The Look of Love, Someone to Watch Over Me, Time after Time, Sunny Side of the Street...
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Chet McCracken

Very musical and moody yet upbeat from a great performer
Brenda's debut CD is right on the mark. Her flute performances and sultry vocals work well for a romantic evening or even just riding in the car. What a great voice! What a great talent!! Brenda! When is #2 coming our way?
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Ed Gambill, Exe. Producer "Jazz Out of The Mainstream"

“You gotta hear this;” That’s what you tell a friend
You gotta hear this; That’s what you tell a friend when you’ve heard a great performance on a CD. It’s so hard to write a review of this CD, there are so many good things to say about it. I’ve listened to it over and over and haven’t heard a cut that was less than great. The Ray Charles album “Genius Loves Company” was my favorite but now Brenda Morie’s “Meant To Be” has bumped Ray and the gang to the curb.

I came to know Brenda’s music through some mutual friends. I was in pre-production planning for a new jazz radio program that I developed to showcase jazz musicians without recording label contracts. I asked some of my buddies for suggestion for a female vocalist who would help us record a pilot program. More than one suggested Brenda Morie.

Interestingly enough my wife had met Brenda and already suggested that she was the real deal. I called her and she agreed to help and sent me a copy of “Meant To Be”. The first time I heard it, I was totally blown away by the quality of performance and the production value.

It’s a small world; I had already meet Brenda’s husband/producer John Sisti. I knew that he teaches sound design at the NC School of Arts School of Film Making but he didn’t mention his gigs with A&M records and the Hit Factory.

Take a top notch performer like Brenda, combine it with an awesome group of support musicians and bring in a producer like John Sisty and you get a CD that rates a “You gotta hear this”.
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Jennifer Ratcliff

This is Jazz!!! WOW!!!
I love jazz. My husband...well, he can mostly leave it. We looked in the paper for something to do for our anniversary, and my husband read, local jazz performance... Of course I was ready to go. We arrived and were instant fans. Even my husband wanted to hear more. Brenda is just as great in person, as her music is to hear. We shared a brief part of the evening with her. Absolutely wonderful!!!
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Peter Romanov

Not a fan of the Flute? Morie will make you one!
Puzzle of Hearts alone makes this cd a winner. Morie's voice is mesmerizing and this song showcases just how much range she truly possesses. She expresses vocal emotion extremely well. The playful Walk Between the Raindrops will have you humming and dancing along thanks in part to Rhode's wonderful ivory tickling. I've never been a fan of the flute, but this cd convinced me that the flute can be a wonderful thing to hear in the right hands. After one full listen of this cd, Brenda will leave you wanting "Morie".
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Ronald Shelton

The best jazz CD I've picked up in a long time
I think this is one of the best jazz cd's I have ever purchased from the groove of Chitlins Con Carne, to the words of I could write a book, each song is completely different and so relaxing to hear. When Brenda gets to playing that flute using it like Jimmy Hendrex as a lead instrament you almost forget that lady can sing her ass off! Ron Shelton
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Steve McC.

Excellent CD
Meant To Be is an exceptionally fine CD, from the selections, to the musicianship, to the overall production, which are all excellent. Morie's virtuosity on the flute is surpassed only by her sensual, sometimes smokey, vocals. Check out the lady's cover of Van Morrison's Moon Dance, along with Chitlins Con Carne, and Everytime He Whispers. You'll want to hear more from Brenda Morie.
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