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Piece of the Light

by Shea Breaux Wells

Jazz-based singer/songwriter with an original, unique sound threaded with piano, guitar, violin, trumpet and more.Featuring the legendary Robben Ford. "Cool, smokey vocal delivery.PURE HONEY." - TAXI
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Soothe Me
3:15 $0.99
2. Warm
5:27 $0.99
3. Through the Fire
4:41 $0.99
4. Piece of the Light
5:02 $0.99
5. The Keeper
3:55 $0.99
6. The Candy Man
4:05 $0.99
7. State of Love
4:28 $0.99
8. Blackbird
4:01 $0.99
9. Finest of Lines
5:14 $0.99
10. Ship of Music
5:05 $0.99
11. Sands of Time
4:11 $0.99
12. Nothing Stays the Same
5:37 $0.99
13. Always Something There to Remind Me
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Album Notes
From the opening notes of Shea Breaux Wells’ album, “Piece of the Light”, you are drawn in - with evocative imagery, a diverse emotional landscape, intriguing melodies and lush vocals.
Shea wrote 10 of the 13 songs on "Piece of the Light", and has blended the genres of jazz and complex piano pop in a way that gives the songs a distinctly classic feel. In addition to writing the lyrics and music, Shea also arranged the album, and co-produced it with producer/engineer Oz Fritz of Grammy Award-winning Tom Waits’ "Mule Variations" and "Alice" acclaim. The album features the legendary Robben Ford on guitar, Bill Ortiz on trumpet, Noam Lemish on piano, and David Ewell on stand-up bass, and Alex Aspinall on drums.
Fresh out of college, where she studied music and film, Shea played in most of the Hollywood nightclubs with her alternative rock band, Forrest Lawn (seriously, that was their name). After they disbanded, Shea began to learn, study and sing jazz standards - almost every night - all over Hollywood and Los Angeles. As her repertoire rapidly developed, Shea lit up the clubs as a member of the Little Big Band, as well as performing as a solo jazz singer. All the while, she was quietly writing her own material. The combined influences of her rock background and her burgeoning obsession with jazz were beginning to form a signature sound in Shea's voice, presentation and songwriting.
Shea then relocated to the Bay Area to record an EP with Grammy Award winning Fantasy producer Michael Rosen, and featured musicians Bill Ortiz, Karl Perazzo and Trevor Dunn. Songs from this release, "Smolder", were chosen to be played on MTV's "Road Rules", from whence Shea developed a deep reverance for the royalty check...and an addiction to songwriting.
Of the songs on "Piece of the Light", TAXI said the following:
"These are all fantastic songs, performances, etc.,. There is nothing I could tell you that could improve upon anything that's already here. This is a very authentic sounding project - a nice, rich voice with nice, jazz influenced songs." Of "Soothe Me", they said: "Cool, smoky vocal delivery...the track feels great. LOVE the tempo here. Love the verse melody. Love the horn; your vocal on this one is pure honey."
Shea's sold-out performance at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival last summer captured the eyes and ears of many appreciative new listeners. Festival Director, Jessica Felix said, "I rarely hear vocalists of Shea's quality -- her heartfelt approach to the music is very natural ...I think Shea can be one of the jazz world's success stories in the next few years."
Shea's additional release, "A Blind Date", featuring the staggering talents of George Cables, Billy Hart, Cecil McBee, Craig Handy and David Weiss is a straight ahead jazz project that also showcases Shea's versatility with an intensely different musical palette.
The rich and textured quality of Shea’s voice, melded with her compelling presence finds Shea inhabiting a world that is rich with originality, artistry and deep respect for the craft of making delicious music.



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Matt Hewitt

Can't Stop Tapping My Foot
It has been a long time since I found myself tapping my foot and bobbin' my head. I actually had to look around and make sure no one was looking - Im sure I looked funny - geez at my age. Several of the songs are worthy of 5 Stars and all of them are very engaging. The songs tell wonderful stories of a journey and the music is wonderful. Hard to believe its a debut album as everything seems to work so well together.

I highly recommend this CD. Its so groovy, silky smooth, and insightful as to who the artist is. I think I've been on that journey too. I think Finest of Lines is my favorite.

Nancy A.

Piece of the Light
This album is fabulous. Shea's aunt told me about it and I am a solid fan already. I knew Shea when she was a little girl and worked for her father. What a delight to hear what a talented artist she has become. Keep it up Shea, you are amazing.

A Fan

This CD rocks! I have played it many times and still love it. Buy it, you will like it!

Pamela White

Shea leaves the listener breathless
I was thrilled to my soul listening to Shea's glorious vocals as she interpreted her own songs. She brings depths of understanding, beauty and light to jazz, and this CD will always be a favorite. We look forward eagerly to more from Shea and her fellow musicians. Peace.

Dennis K.

Love it!
Really nice stuff! Great poetry that really takes me places.
Candy Man - Brilliant treatment of the tune, way sweet. Looking forward to more from you!

Anne Kerry Ford

Sparkling debut from this singer-songwriter
“Piece of the Light” is an impressive debut from California singer-songwriter Shea Breaux Wells. Her impeccable vocals are lovely, pitch-perfect, and clear as a mountain stream, wrapping smoothly around her fresh,very poetic lyrics and unusual (yet memorable) melodies. This CD defies genre, as it incorporates elements of jazz (particularly with Noam Lemish's breathtaking piano solos) while staying firmly within the storytelling mode of Joni Mitchell. Warm, heartfelt, sometimes bluesy and sultry (as in the opening track “Soothe Me”), sometimes just downright gorgeous (as in the title track), Wells shows amazing artistry in song writing and also in arranging, as she includes the reworking of three familiar songs “Candy Man” (taken to a minor key to become a steamy ballad), “Blackbird” (presented here with a breezy jazz feel) and “Always Something There to Remind Me”(which may make you forget the Dionne Warwick version completely!). I am a fan!