It may border on the cliché for her, but to call young singer-songwriter Diane Birch "well-traveled" may be understating it. The talented vocalist, whose debut album Bible Belt was released in May, has lived in Michigan, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Portland, Oregon in her short life--and there are many more miles to travel.
Birch's music--which has all the elements of classic pop and R&B--is documented splendidly on her debut album, and largely aided by an all-star musical cast including George Porter of the Meters, Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group, Adam Blackstone from the Roots, drummer Stanton Moore, and Eugene Pitt of the classic vocal group the Jive Five. No less impressive is its trio of producers including Steve Greenberg (founder of her label, S-Curve Records), soul legend Betty Wright and Mike Mangini.
Birch, whose life as a world traveler was largely the result her family life--her father was a pastor who moved quite frequently--led a pop-free existence as a youth,Read More »from Diane Birch, Bible Belter