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"Ghost Town," the new album from Melissa Plett, was recorded in Nashville at Omnisound Studio with the help and guidance of well-known Nashville musician/producer Pat Severs and the collaboration of countless talented locals. The eight songs encapsulate Plett, who is a glittering bound of energy who holds your attention captive, blasts you across the room with her powerful voice and then slowly reels you in like a tractor beam, weaving her life experiences into the fabric of her craft with a laugh or with a tear. Her music is enriched by a lifetime of love and warmth, yet scarred by devastating heartbreak. Her influences come from the down-south storytelling of Johnny Cash, the pioneering tell-all nature of Kitty Wells, and the heart-wrenching tales of hardship from Etta James and Ray Charles.
Songwriter, singer and pianist DIANA LAWRENCE effortlessly combines modern pop, soul and folk with the craft and theatricality of Tin Pan Alley and the Brill Building. She has shared the stage with artists such as Nellie McKay and Becca Stevens, and has three albums to her name, both solo and with her band, Diana & the Dishes. Diana's original music was featured in Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Mary Page Marlowe (play by Tracy Letts, directed by Anna Shapiro), and her musical, Mill Girls, was granted a 2018/19 incubator workshop at the O’Neill Theatre Center. Additionally, Diana regularly works as a music director, teacher and songwriter at The Second City, and sings with the cross-genre vocal trio, Artemisia. New music from Diana & the Dishes is due for release throughout 2019.
Immediate Family is a collaborative recording project steered by me (Mike Biederman) that includes a whole bunch of folks that I've has pestered into playing with me. Currently residing in and around the Chicago-area, December 2018 will see the release of our first full-length LP, Whether Feast, Famine, or Fire. So, dig that.