“Music is my teacher,” says JR Rhodes. “You have to dive into the lessons it teaches. For me, it’s been a process of discovery, a way of going deep and trying to find my way home… Music brings me to focus on how we all come together in a spiritual sense. When that happens, I feel on purpose and am happiest.”
Known for her richly resonant vocals and evocative songwriting style, JR Rhodes steps back into the spotlight with ‘Elixir – Vol. 1′, a re-mastered collection of her most memorable tunes.
The release of this best-of collection is part of this Seattle-based singer/songwriter’s return to active music-making after a period of study and reflection. Drawn from three studio albums recorded between 1998 and 2003, ‘Elixir – Vol. 1′s’ songs combine elements of jazz, folk and pop to frame lyrics that are both emotionally revealing and gracefully poetic. Echoes of everyone from Billie Holiday and Annie Lennox to the Beatles and Motown can be heard in these tracks, reflecting Rhodes’ eclectic sensibility. Such outstanding players as bassist Brad Houser (Edie Brickell and New Bohemians), Matt Chamberlain (Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos), violinist Eyvind Kang (Bill Frisell, Beck), percussionist Mike Dillon (Ani DiFranco) and in-demand guitarist Leif Totusek add to the adventurous spirit of these tracks. Cover photo by Bruce Tom with stylist Olivia Taguinod and Liimited Edition Collector’s CD graphic layout by Vanessa D’Amelio.
‘Elixir – Vol. 1′ is available both as a Limited Edition Collector’s CD (signed by Rhodes) and in digital download form exclusively at www.jrrecordingco.com, Rhodes’ website.
Our mission: To inspire the human spirit through the vehicle of music.
JR Recording Company (JRRC) creates quality music projects to make a difference through song. Founded by singer/songwriter JR Rhodes, JRRC is an organization powered by creative and business partners all aligned through the shared aspiration to transform our world through the vehicle of music.
In conversation at dinner with a friend it somehow came up for me to share:
"I'm not an entertainer. I'm a musician. Neither is better in my view. It's simply a distinction.'
Happy Holidays, Y'all! :)
The holidays come with so many gifts.
So sweet to share time at The Royal Room with my buddy Jessica Lurie who played an inspiring set!
Happy Holidays Y'all!
Another great portrait by Michelle Smith-Lewis. I'm so grateful to work with so many creative folks. #gratitude
So excited to share this night with friends -
on stage and off stage!
Sunday, December 4 at 8pm I get to play @TheRoyalRoom
I'll be joined by Jeff Fielder, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Sangster and Mike Stone.
Come hear songs from my forthcoming album produced by Johnny Sangster including 'Your Pillow': https://soundcloud.com/user-205598590/your-pillow-j-r-rhodes
#jrRhodes #royalroom #seattlemusic
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