Where Notes Entwine
Some artists convey an intangible quality one can only describe as having 'it.' Serenity is such an artist. With over two hundred songs under her belt, Serenity is the rare chanteuse who does it all. As a singer/songwriter, musician, and leader of the group Serenity Blues, Serenity manages to release an untapped reservoir of emotion in her material while evoking the skills of such powerhouse luminaries as Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, and Billie Holiday. Whether invoking her muse in the styles of funk, blues, rock, or torch ballads, her confessional, passionate style resonates throughout all eight tracks of her new release, supplemented by two songs from her original demo. Ably backed and taken to new heights by a group of seasoned studio professionals on her most recent CD, Serenity's material is allowed to shine in a new light heretofore only glimpsed at in her solo demo recordings. Versions of previously recorded songs resonate with lush instrumentation, while previously unrecorded tracks strike first with hard charging guitars and drums which provide a backdrop for Serenity to belt out her heartfelt lyrics about relationships, love and betrayal. Serenity is truly a force of nature to be reckoned with. Her works contain shades of other artists, but like all true originals, have a distinct quality of their own, and stand up to the best material of other proven, more well known artists. In a live setting, her ability to mesmerize a crowd becomes self-evident within a few songs from her repertoire of originals and well-chosen covers. Stellar versions of 'Use Me' by Bill Withers and 'Everybody Knows' by Leonard Cohen stand out among the rest, and evidence her range as an interpretive artist in addition to her other multi-faceted skills. Keyboard player Ed Levy and drummer Daryl Cox, two longtime friends and collaborators, supplemented by new bassist Eddie Sugihashi, round out the Serenity Blues live experience. The rhythm section adds a strength and cohesiveness, which allows Serenity to stretch out on certain numbers while keeping others tight and to the point. The Santa Cruz-based band have managed to secure gigs by word of mouth and a four-song demo at local establishments such as Henfling's Firehouse Tavern, the Trout Farm Inn, Brittania Arms, and the Windjammer. Recent gigs at JJ's Blues Club in San Jose, Sly McFly's in Monterey, and a previous regular engagement in San Francisco at the Red Devil Lounge for the Viv and a Movie series, augment their appearances on an area-wide level. An upcoming opening slot for Shana Morrison at the Brookdale Lodge looms on the horizon at the end of June. The response has been overwhelming, and the band is looking forward to branching out into other realms by means of an impending web site and statewide exposure. Now is definitely the time to experience the sublime revelatory experience that is Serenity, before the secret gets out. Indulge yourself and enjoy. SERENITY.