Band: Lesley Kernochan
Album: A Calm Sun
Label: Make My Day Records / Indigo
Nachdem sie bereits ein A capella Album und eine Songkollektion die sich stilistisch aus den Bereichen Americana, Folk, Rock, Jazz und Pop nährt, sowie ein Kinder Album, das mit dem Parent’s Choice Gold Award ausgezeichnet wurde aufgenommen und selbstständig veröffentlicht hat, geht sie nun einen ganz großen Schritt nach vorne und hat mit A CALM SUN ein Country(folk) Album aufgenommen, dass die Vergleiche mit Kollegen wie Dolly Parton, Eleni Mandell oder Gillian Welch nicht zu scheuen braucht.
Mit ihrer 4 Oktaven umfassenden Stimme steht Lesley stets und zu Recht im Mittelpunkt der 14 abwechslungsreichen Tracks, die sie neben ihrem eigenen Input an Klavier und Gitarre durch das Who is Who der LA Szene (u.a. Dean Parks /guitars, Aaron Sterling/drums, Jeff Babko/keys, and Dan Lutz/bass) veredeln ließ. (weitere Info im Anschluss).
A CALM SUN ist ein modernes Country Album, liebäugelt ebenso mit poppigen Strukturen wie auch Versatzstücken aus Folk, Americana und Jazz. Produziert und klanglich auf top Niveau gebracht von Scott Jacoby (Producer/Mixer u.a. John Legend, Rachel Brown, Ronnie Spector) und Emily Lazar (Mastering u.a. David Bowie, Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, Sinead O’Connor, Bjork, Destiny’s Child...) lässt es auch im Sound keine Wünsche offen.
Im Januar /Februar wird sie ihre Songs live präsentieren.
Die Künstlerin über sich selbst:
I had two distinct moments as a child when I suddenly noticed the pure bliss I was in because of music. (Thank you Ella Fitzgerald and Paul Simon.) This sparked the passion in me to pass this joy on. Then after a particularly potent cup of coffee one day in 2004 I daydreamed that if I had two weeks to live I would lock myself in my bedroom and create an album with that time.
Much longer than two weeks later came the birth of my first album Undulating, a collection of a cappella songs that explore the jellyfish-like mind. It was performed live by a group of fabulously talented friends in Portland, Oregon, and we called ourselves The Jellyfish Chorus. A few years later came The Pickle Jar, a full band experience of exploring different forms of magic involved in turning life's pickles into beautiful sunsets. This album has traveled around the world (including on airplane radio stations) and won CDBaby Editor's Pick of the Week upon it's release.
Then came the surprise twist of creating a children's album A Day in the Life of a Boogaleeboo. It was a wonderful assignment from the gods to return to the simple and silly, and received a Parent's Choice Gold Award. In 2016 I released Dragon in the City, which is a collection of songs from over the years that I was particularly fond of. It is a wild mix of the bawdy goofball that I am, and the wounded healer journey.
The Musicians, Engineers, and Recording Studios of A Calm Sun
Dean Parks (guitars) – In 1970 Dean moved to Los Angeles to work with Sonny & Cher, and since then has become a legendary studio musician contributing to the albums of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Elton John, B.B. King, Billy Joel and countless others. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Parks
Aaron Sterling (drums/percussion) – Aaron is a drummer/producer who is associated with hundreds of albums including those of Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, The Civil Wars, Kris Kristofferson, Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, and more. He plays drums and percussion for John Mayer. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Sterling
Jeff Babko (keys) – Jeff has been playing keys and composing/arranging for the Jimmy Kimmel Live show since 2002. He was recently on tour with Steve Martin and Martin Short, and has collaborated with many genres and musicians big and small throughout his career. https://www.davesmithinstruments.com/artists/jeff-babko/
Scott Jacoby (Producer/Mixer) – Scott is a Grammy award winning producer/engineer/songwriter based in New York City. He is the founder of Eusonia Studios and has worked with a variety of musicians and studios including John Legend, Rachel Brown, Ronnie Spector, HBO and Universal. http://eusoniastudios.com/
Emily Lazar (Masterer) – Emily is a mastering engineer in New York City who has mastered for many of the great artists including David Bowie, Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, Sinead O’Connor, Bjork, Destiny’s Child… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Lazar
Dan Lutz (bass) – Lutz has been an essential in the LA studios for a few decades now as well as performing on The Acedemy Awards, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Ellen. He has also played with Joan Osbourne, Taylor Hicks (American Idol Winner), and has been in many Broadway musicals.
The Village Studios – The Village is an icon in West LA. It was once a Masonic temple, and since then has been the home of many great albums by artists such as Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Lady Gaga, just to mention a few. http://villagestudios.com/
EastWest Recording Studio – In Hollywood sits the great EastWest Studio where albums by Justin Timerlake, Jason Mraz, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers were made. It is also the recording studio for music in American Idol, The Voice, and Glee.http://www.eastweststudios.com/