Dr. E is a nationally recognized scholar and adored soul recording artist. Her debut album, Elevated, landed her a well-deserved nomination from 2010 SoulTracks Reader’s Choice Awards for Best New Artist. Produced by Billboard Music Award winning songwriter-producer, Larry Marcus (Rude Boys), Elevated features a compilation of well-rounded musical compositions, that will warm the hearts and souls of many.
Dr. E has appeared at notable venues such as Walt Disney World, The Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and many more. She has left lasting impressions and intrigued listeners with her unique brand of soul as the opener for musical heavyweights David Hollister, Zapp Band, and most recently, Stax recording artist N’Dambi. In addition to catching a stellar live performance, the soulful sounds of Dr. E can also be heard on television as several tunes are licensed to daytime television shows, All of My Children and The Young and the Restless.
2013 will bring forth Songs For The Struggle, Dr. E’s Sophomore project and musical expression of her literary release; PHD to Ph.D (Po H# On Dope) to PH.D: How Education Saved My Life. The EP will be supported by a series of launch events, including Dr. E’s popular one woman stage play performances of PHD to Ph.D.
In the meantime Dr. E anticipates things with the single “Deaky”, to be included on her upcoming sophomore album.
When soul music is at its finest, a great vocalist can take you along on a journey into their joy, passion and pain. When mixing that voice with harmonies, and a slow funky-bluesy backdrop, that same music can seamlessly travel across decades into forever. Many new artists claim to accomplish that feat, but few are sincerely ageless and timeless: Dr. E has those qualities in bucket loads. And it’s all too evident on “Deaky”.
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Given that virtually every up-and-coming musical act gets hyped beyond the point of consumer exhaustion, it’s tempting to automatically reject the artist along with the hype. Not a good idea here though, particularly if it means missing that occasional artist that really deserves one’s lasting attention. Which brings us to Dr. E; without exception her vocals go deep, as do her songs. Without even trying, she is making some top-selling divas, look even more skanky and desperate for attention than they already are.
I think I will be echoing those who see this single, and Dr. E’s sound in general as bridging the most timeless soul and R&B classics of the past, with subtle contemporary production touches. It is really good news to see that the age of soul and jazz singers is coming back. The music industry has recently been driven by artificial artists but Dr. E with her dynamic voice and soul brings an excellent masterpiece. The lyrics are a reflection of her background, reminiscing of her past and not-so-tender memories.
Some have started comparing her to Stephanie Mills, Macy Gray or Erykah Badu but in my opinion Dr. E is a cocktail of the three with one of my favorite singers, Phoebe Snow, thrown in too, and in addition she has devastatingly authentic lyrics, which give her tracks immense emotional depth.
Dr. E’s music has true soul, spirit and crosses over from soul to R&B to roots jazz. All comparisons of her style are but small threads that run through her body of work which is truly original. Dr. E is unique both in her musicianship and the marketing of herself and her art. It is refreshing to see a beautiful female artist without a hyper-sexualized image and persona. Her intelligence, honesty and empathy is reflected throughout her work.
So read all the reviews, if you need the opinion of others. I sincerely encourage you to purchase “Deaky” and experience it for yourself. You may just go back and grab her debut album, Elevated, while awaiting the release of the upcoming Songs For The Struggle.
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