Just As I Am
EBIN BARNETT RELEASES SOPHOMORE CD ON ATG RECORDS 'JUST AS I AM' DUE IN STORES MAY 27th 2003 Soulful rocker Ebin is set to release his highly anticipated sophomore effort, Just As I Am. 'This is my ability album that shows what I'm capable of,' states Ebin. 'I'm pushing all the limits here. Just As I Am is like jumping on a wild horse and going for a ride. You don't know from one track to the other what's coming up next.' Just As I Am is chock-full of melodic, hook-laden songs with catchy choruses that pull you in. But don't be fooled. While some songs are bright, positive and uplifting, others come from a deeper, darker, edgier place. Ebin has crafted a diverse collection of introspective songs that explore love, relationships and life choices. Just As I Am reveals the many layers that make up this down to earth, yet complex songwriter. 'This album definitely has a wide array of music. Every song represents an aspect of who I was when I wrote it. A lot of growing and changing took place throughout the making of this CD,' admits Ebin. Which is obvious from lyrics like- I didn't know/ Should I stay or should I go/ I was happy but looks can deceive - from 'Mona Lisa.' 'Ebin is one of those songwriters who will be around for a long time. He truly has a gift for writing songs. It just comes so easy for him,' says John Rodman, who produced two of the album's tracks; 'She Moves Me' and 'Who Am I.' Ebin himself produced the rest of the CD. He also plays a majority of the instruments, including acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, drum programming, percussion, keyboards and even slap-pop funky bass on the upbeat, feel-good song 'Feel The Love.' Ebin even raps on this hip-hop tinged track. Just As I Am is a cornucopia of music styles that incorporates rock, blues, soul, funk, R&B, jazz, pop and folk. From the soaring, epic tone of 'She Moves Me,' to gate-crashing rock anthems like 'Blood Brothers,' and the first single, 'Breakout,' to the funky, R&B flavor of 'Who Am I,' Ebin moves flawlessly from one genre to the next, exhibiting his versatility. Hard-edged tracks like 'OK,' 'Feel Me' and 'Ben's Song,' which was written for a friend who committed suicide, give listeners the opportunity to hear Ebin go full-throttle with a hard rock grit and growl. While lush ballads like 'Mona Lisa' and the jazz flavored 'Angel Of My Life,' showcase his passionate vocals. 'Silver Spoon' has a haunting, ethereal feel to it with Ebin singing- Late at night I howl out to the moon. Trends come and go, but a good song can stay with you forever. Just As I Am is an extraordinary collection of songs that will stick in your head for a long time. Ebin is now available for interviews. For more info contact his manager, Tracy Dietlin/ Mystic Avalanche Entertainment at (760) 285-2102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.