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Connie B

Member sinceOctober 09, 2012
Email
LocationIllinois
Influencesjoni mitchell, enya, joan baez
Artist Biography:
I think music is part of my DNA. As a kid, my two sisters and I sang all the way across the US - to and from Colorado, Wyoming, Georgia, Florida, Washington DC., Vermont, and Maine. This is how we covered miles of family vacations. One year my sister came home from camp and introduced me to some Peter, Paul, and Mary songs. That's when my love for folk music began. Together, my sisters and I rode in the backseat of a 66' Ford singing in three part harmony “This Land is Your Land”, “Blown in the Wind”, “Puff the Magic Dragon”, and “If I had a Hammer” - to name a few. It was then I realized that music was magic and it could change things. As part of the civil rights movement, music changed attitudes. As part of the Viet Nam War era, music offered hope for peace. As part of my personal history, music has provided an outlet for comfort and expression, which changed me.

I took up the guitar in my teens and learned every song I could. Later, I began to write songs and perform in coffee houses, bars and churches. With enormous encouragement, I finally recorded my debut CD, Connie B, at Smallwood Studio in Ohio. The CD has an intimate sound, as though you and I were sitting together in your living room. I played the entire guitar and mandolin parts and sang main and backup vocals on all songs except for the chorus of “Hard Times”, which featured backup vocals by Diantha Rau. Diantha also arranged the flute, drum and harmonica parts on the CD. My second album, Taking Refuge, recorded at BDS Studios in Illinois. Both albums were produced by Kindred Spirits Music.

Through the years, I've been fortunate to open for numerous musicians at festivals and at Canal Street Tavern in Dayton, Ohio. I was a regular performer in the Dayton Women's Music Collective and at the MoonFest gatherings near Athens, Ohio. While performing at Tolliver's in Dayton, Ohio, I met Dan Hart who recorded my song “Heart to Heart” on one of his early albums. I've performed at public radio fundraisers and at the Web Coffeehouse in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Three of the songs on my CD were part of the Women's Voices Outloud concerts in Yellow Springs, Ohio. I often performed at the Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Dayton, Ohio. Recently, my music has been played by fans in the US as well as England, France and Africa.


 
More by Connie B:

Circle of Friends
In the Dreamland
Prairie Moon
The Light

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