DEBI'S NEW HOLIDAY CD "IF I WERE AN ANGEL" SELECTED AS 2014 "PICK" BY THE WASHINGTON TIMES
"The good news for holiday lovers is that there are some artists who release holiday albums that bring a joyous, modern sound to the season.... Here is (one of ) our new favorites: Smith has turned her lush, three-octave vocals and songwriting prowess toward making our holiday season bright. Ms. Smith's latest 14-track offering, her first composing and performing with an orchestra, includes only one traditional carol, the magnificently presented 'O Holy Night.'
But her original songs are crafted with just the right mix of fresh perspective, from 'Snow, Snow, Snow,' a midtempo romp of caroling, cocoa and snow, to a soulful rendering of 'A Baby Cries.' A true delight of modern holiday music."
Album release concert December 21st 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere (Birchmere.com) with The National Men's Chorus of Washingon
See the NEWs articles on Debi's concert and new cd:
"A multi-instrumentalist with a three-octave vocal range, Debi Smith writes songs with the craftsmanship of an artisan and the insight of a poet” (All Music Guide). A member of the fabulous female folkestra The Four Bitchin' Babes since 1994, and half of the singing sister duo The Smith Sisters, Debi has recorded over twenty albums and compilations. Her solo recordings and songs have garnered numerous Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), ASCAP composer awards, American Library Awards, and a Grammy® nomination. Debi recently released her sixth solo CD, Hits and Holidays, with tracks featuring such musical greats as Doc Watson, Tom Paxton, Mike Auldridge, Marcy Marxer, and Al Petteway. The Smith Sisters' four recordings feature musical legends Doc and Merle Watson (who produced their CD's), Mark O'Connor and Sam Bush.
In the fall of 2014, Debi will be releasing her seventh solo album called "If I Were An Angel," a holiday collection of self-penned tunes along with a few traditional ones, which will be her first orchestral recording. Teaming up with renowned arranger James Kessler (whose credits include the National, London, and Chicago Symphonies, Boston Pops, Reba, B.B. King, and Renee Fleming) Debi has created new holiday songs that feel as warm and familiar as the stockings we hang by the chimney.
Debi's songs, vocals, and musicianship also appear on other artists' recordings, including Tom Paxton's Grammy-nominated Looking For The Moon, Ken Burn's PBS documentaries, The National Parks and The Roosevelts (with Al Petteway), Christine Lavin-produced compilations, and the National Men's Chorus of Washington. She has appeared at theatres and festivals across North America, and on such radio and television programs as Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, NPR's All Things Considered (with Susan Stamberg and Noah Adams), Mountain Stage, Radio Smithsonian, Voice of America, and CBS Sunday Morning. Debi recently co-edited and published a book, Look Up at the Hawks, a collection of writings by her Nebraskan grandmother, Ruth Morgan Smith, about farm life on the great plains during the 30's and 40's. Debi lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and son.
Debi's song, "Italy and France"
Debi's song, "Pass it On"
Debi and Tom Paxton sing their song, Marry Me Again
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