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Jenpet Records announces the debut album by CHELLE! & FRIENDS. Sweetbread (CD-338) is a tour de force that weaves traditional and contemporary songs into a seamless uplifting blend that transcends musical and ethnic boundaries. From the solid groove of Sea Line Woman featuring guest artists Jacqueline Rago and Donna Viscuso of Wild Mango to the canÕt-help-but-get-up-and-dance-to title cut, Sweetbread delivers. The hypnotic Come Ye, and the poignant Universal Soldier/America the Beautiful convey a message of peace in our time while gospel songs such as My God is a Rock, How Long? and John the Revelator speak to the faithful. Four Women and Be My Husband deliver a feminine perspective while the a-cappella Doncha Hear Your Poor Mother Calling? is presented in full chain gang manner. With drums, percussion, bass and powerful voices, CHELLE! and Friends delivers musically rich performances of jazz, R&B and spirituals that lift and motivate in a way honoring richness and diversity. Sweetbread is an upbeat and joyous celebration of hope that youÕll want to listen to again and again.
CHELLE! & FRIENDS is comprised of some of San Francisco Bay Area's most distinguished and accomplished musicians, performing works that are vibrant and alive with the driving voices of artistic director/founder Michelle Jacques, Rhonda Crane, Jay Lamont and Bryan Dyer, with instrumentalists Debbie Fier and Sam Bevan.
For more information, visit CHELLE! & FRIENDS at www.myspace.com/chelleandfriends and www.chellemusic.com
CHELLE! & FRIENDS: Sweetbread (Jenpet Records CD-338)
1. Sea Line Woman
2. Come Ye
3. My God is a Rock
4. Universal Soldier
5. John the Revelator
6. How Long?
7. Doncha Hear Your Poor Mother Calling?
8. Be My Husband
9. Four Women