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Winter Warm

by Sophia Bilides

Vocalist Sophia Bilides, accompanied by Doug Hammer on piano, offers up a spicy mix of folk, jazz, musical comedy, and American songbook gems, to provide hope and humor for the chill-challenged, daylight-deprived, and winter-weary.
Genre: Easy Listening: Cabaret
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Year Turns 'round
3:36 $0.99
2. Urge For Going / Hot Buttered Rum
5:19 $0.99
3. I Wanted a Tuba
4:39 $0.99
4. Make Me Rainbows / Forever Spring
3:59 $0.99
5. January Thaw
4:16 $0.99
6. The Fallow Way
4:43 $0.99
7. A Dreamer's Holiday
2:11 $0.99
8. An Occasional Man
2:31 $0.99
9. Baltimore Oriole / Winter Moon
4:05 $0.99
10. When Winter Comes / Little Jack Frost Get Lost
3:17 $0.99
11. Be Warmer This Winter / Winter Warm
4:28 $0.99
12. Pussywillows, Cat-tails
3:14 $0.99
13. Witch Hazel
3:43 $0.99
14. Secret Gardens
4:20 $0.99
15. Winter's Got Spring Up Its Sleeve
3:04 $0.99
16. Penguins Must Sing
3:13 $0.99
17. The Merriest
1:37 $0.99
18. You Must Believe in Spring
2:34 $0.99
19. This Is the Day
2:56 $0.99
20. I Predict
2:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
"One of the Top Ten Cabaret CDs of 2007" (Cabaret Hotline Online)

"A new cure for winter darkness, and as bracing as a shot of brandy." (Boston Globe)

"A deep-voiced vocalist with a deeply satisfying new album. An accomplished piece of work, generous of spirit and generous in number of songs. So the short report would be: quantity as well as quality. She has chosen many literate songs with words and phrases that aren't run-of-the-mill, and she seems to enjoy and respect them. Her striking and solid alto is interesting to the ear and she conveys sufficient emotion without having to lean on the colors of various instruments to compensate." (Rob Lester, Talkin’ Broadway)

"A great, great voice: very rich, deep and beautiful. A very warm and intimate CD, with an amazing range of tunes, and she does them justice. Lots of thought went into this." (Jordan Rich, WBZ Radio, Boston)

"Fabulous interpretation, wonderful renditions, beautiful job. Thank you so much for doing those songs justice – no, for making them better!" (Mike Miller, son of songwriters Connie Pearce & Arnold Miller)

A seasonal CD with a difference, Winter Warm is a spicy mix of folk, jazz, musical comedy, and the American songbook, offering hope and humor for the chill-challenged, daylight-deprived, and winter-weary. The songlist features gems by Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Burt Bacharach, George Shearing, Michel Legrand, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Judy Collins, and many more. The CD thoughtfully explores ways to celebrate, or survive, winter by deriving warmth from the reassurance of seasonal change and the hope of spring. Options such as cuddling, hibernation, or heading for warmer climes (real or imaginary) are also considered, and even flightless penguins discover the alternative joy of singing. Other remedies include fulfilling one’s dreams, drawing strength from memories, and living for today, in order to make this season the merriest!

Bilides received the 2005 IRNE Award for Best Female Cabaret Performer (Independent Reviewers of New England), and has been consistently named among Boston's Best Of Cabaret. She is described as "delightfully eclectic, highly polished, and mesmerizing" (Cabaret Scenes Magazine), "sharply comic and touchingly dramatic, hitting her intended mark every time" (Bay Windows), "a consummate interpreter" (Theater Mirror), and “a sultry voice and sharp wit” ( She appears regularly at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, and has also performed at Danny's Skylight Room in New York, the Regattabar Jazz Club in Cambridge, and other venues.

"Equal to any of the finest cabaret artists in the country today, Bilides consistently renders a brilliant performance." (Cabaret Hotline Online)

"Bilides spins gold... She can belt, lilt, swing, and serve up shtick or heart upon command. Charismatic, honest, and well grounded, she is also one of the most unique vocalists around. With Bilides, whose deep, sultry voice is like warm honey, you wait for those lush low notes, and they are worth the wait." (John Amodeo, Bay Windows)

Also a nationally recognized Greek vocalist, Bilides is considered "the foremost practitioner of the Greek singing style known as Smyrneika" (Boston Globe), a cabaret tradition born of Asia Minor Greek refugees in the 1930s-40s, with intricate melodies and sensual rhythms expressing love, nostalgia, and the celebration of life. She has performed the songs of her heritage at venues throughout North America, including New York's Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts, The American Folk Festival, and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Bilides was featured in a National Endowment For The Arts Singing Traditions Tour, and received an Individual Artist Folklore Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Accompanying herself on santouri (hammered dulcimer), with musicians on guitar and doumbeleki, "she brings to life a musical heritage that still speaks from and to the heart" (International Greek Folklore Society).

Her CD "Greek Legacy," in which she is accompanied by master instrumentalists, celebrates the richness and beauty of Greek music: cabaret songs of Asia Minor (Smyrneika), urban blues of Athenian tavernas (Rebetika), folk songs of Constantinople (Politika), and more:

"One fantastic alto! Any connoisseur of the full-bodied, full-throated female voice will be enchanted by this highly recommended album." (Sing Out!)

"An album that fairly shouts the word 'quality'. Her superb voice is heard to excellent effect in this fascinating singing style that straddles the cultural divide between East and West." (Folk Roots)

"Sonically stunning...a fabulous introduction into the world of Greek music." (Dirty Linen)

"She is masterful in her command of the vocal pyrotechnics involved." (Valley Advocate)

"Sophia Bilides and the excellent musicians on this disc have truly 'got it'... A strong, haunting voice with a lot of power, and a lot of heart." (KPFA)

"What could a second generation, New World born descendent of the old Diaspora possibly possess in the way of authentic Old World substance & exotic charm ? Plenty! A legacy now embodied and best expressed in this brunette with a golden tone." (Rebetiko Row)



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Deana David

Warm, rich vocals... exciting song choices... perfect soundtrack for the season!
This CD was an impulse buy because I noticed a Joni Mitchell song that's rarely done. I immediately fell in love with the whole project - this is probably the most interesting and thoughtful selection songs I've seen in years. These aren't the songs you hear every day - or the painful, corny ones that you fast forward... they're lovely chestnuts and songs and newer songs that cut across genre lines. All beautifully done. Perfect listening for cooking brunch on a Sunday morning, or for sitting in the dark-- it really warms me up on these freezing cold nights!