LIZ LONGLEY UNDER THE STARS AT THE ART FARM AT SERENBE WITH ROBBY HECHT
Liz Longley confides with you as though youre sitting on the sofa with her in a talk thats intimate and vulnerable. And now, the Berklee College of Music graduate and award-winning songwriter is set to share her confessional songs with listeners on her self-titled albumher first after signing with Sugar Hill Records in December 2014.
While Longleys songs and vocals invite complimentary comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci Griffithall artists shes supported liveher latest effort spotlights a style all her own. Her voice and tone, touched with the slightest of country inflections, pours out like clean, crystalline water.
Longley first felt the magic while growing up outside of Philadelphia. A song she wrote in ninth gradeher first everearned a standing ovation when she performed it for the student body: I was unprepared for that sort of reaction and it was life-changing moment, she says. Thats when I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life.
The track record shes assembled since shows just how much Longley grew into her dream. Shes taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition.
But it all traces straight back to Longleys first song. She says shell continue to open her soul in the service of her art because thats what matters most to her. Every time I get into these songs they resonate with me because theyre based on something I went through, she says of the new collection. I hope they connect with people and that theyll help with whatever theyve gone through. Thats what music does for me, and I hope I can do that for someone else.
Robby has won many prestigious national performing songwriter awardsincluding the Kerrville New Folk, Telluride Troubadour and the RockyMountain Folks Festival Songwriting Competitions.
carefully turned over and inspected for illuminating details. In RobbyHecht's case, this effort emerges as music that invites and even induces the
listener to a similar place of serenity, clarity and patience.
Across his four indie releases, Robby has distinguished himself as thesecond coming of James Taylor, a gentler Damien Jurado. But, whatever thecomparison, it's hard to miss that his songwriting is distinct andindividual
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