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“…brings to mind a 21st century version of Nina Simone.” -Pioneer Press
Tennessee-raised, Minneapolis-based soul songstress Chastity Brown has an alluring tendency to turn heads and hold audiences captive with her jazz-tinged folk compositions, mesmerizing voice and expressive acoustic guitar. She has released three full-length albums. Her first disc was recorded live on television and her sophomore disc, Sankofa (2009), was recorded solo in the studio.
In midst of releasing her solo works, Chastity and her bandmates, Michael X. (percussion), Adam Wozniak (of Tarlton, upright bass) and Nikki Schultz (backing vocals), have developed a creative camaraderie that yields a groove-based soul tonic equal parts call and response, gritty gospel, and hypnotic vocal pairings. On their first album, High Noon Teeth (2010), the quartet has concocted a powerful combination of roots, rhythm, and blues.
“…for those who appreciate songwriter-fueled jazz and a sense of organic greatness in the making, she is nothing short of a massage therapist for the ears and soul.” -Jim Walsh
“the prominence of her enthusiasm is hard to ignore… Shorai’s project represents the best of what music is all about,” -All About Jazz
Shorai and pianist Tommy Barbarella released their duo album, “Long as You’re Living,” in 2010. Catch a preview of the record at http:// http://sophiashorai.bandcamp.com/
Check out her other recording projects at http://www.myspace.com/sophia.shorai
“There’s been buzz about Sophia Shorai for some time. I think I heard Leigh Kamman rave about her a while back on his radio show The Jazz Image, and Tanner Taylor wants to record with her, and she’s versatile, singing jazz standards and pop tunes and Latin classics … I like Shorai’s voice a lot. It’s very pretty, sometimes little-girl, sometimes breathy, sometimes tough, reminiscent of Stacey Kent but not derivative.” – Pamela Espeland, Bebopified