Things We Thought We Knew
Arizona produces a constant stream of innovative artists that regularly set the bar for other acts to follow. This is no exception when it comes to Scottsdale-based quartet, Haven James. With powerful, wide-open vocals over an acoustic purity and a dynamic rhythm section, Haven James has been winning over audiences since 2006. The omnipresent vocals possess intelligent harmonies and a meaningful message while maintaining a pure balance of delicate guitar solos and distinct rhythm patterns. Audiences, new and old, will discover that their songs are intimate glimpses of love, vulnerability and what happens after "happily ever after." Early 2007 marked the release of Haven James' first CD, Rusty's Waltz - a collection of perennial fan favorites such as "Promise to Try" and "Six Conversations" complemented by newer recordings like "Turn the Light." The album was produced by award-winning record producer Otto D'Agnolo whose work includes projects with artists ranging from Waylon Jennings to DMX. The album title itself is an informal homage to D'Agnolo whose college nickname was Rusty. Also in 2007, Haven James was only 1 of 20 artists worldwide selected to play the exclusive Sedona Jam Festival in Sedona, Arizona. Later that year, they were one of the featured artists for the 2007 Phoenix Film Festival and were one of a handful of local artists picked to be on Alice Cooper's annual Christmas compilation, "A Taste Of Christmas Pudding". Early 2008 brought a Phoenix Music Award nomination (best female singer/songwriter) and summer of 2008 marked the release of Haven James' first single, "Steady Lies", which won a 2008 Phoenix Music Award (Single of the Year). The song is also included on their newest album, Things We Thought We Knew, which was released in the fall of 2008. The album was recorded at SoundVision Recording by Michael Beck and is evidence of Haven James' continued commitment to intelligent songwriting and dramatic melodies. With the release of their latest album and an ambitious upcoming schedule performing at several of the region's most popular music festivals, many believe that Haven James is poised to make an even bigger impact in the Arizona music scene in 2009. Things We Thought We Knew Bluesy hop-skotchers, acoustic star-gaze wistfulness, and true-grit alt. Country diary entries - 'Things We Thought We Knew' turns folk-pop on it's head with it's diverse, expansive soundscapes, mr. bojangles percussion, and intimate, wipe-the-tears-from-my-eyes confessionals from a singer who has the ability to soar and whisper within the same 3 minutes.