Welcome to the Big Time
Winner of the AirPlay Direct / Michael McClune Blues Radio Promotion Contest
Winner Victorian/Tasmanian Blues Award Female Artist Of The Year
“Immensely talented…natural Soul-Blues resembling classic Hi and Stax sounds of Memphis”
Al Hensley, Rhythms Magazine Australia
“Thanks for helping us sound good”
Bill Wax, B.B. King’s Bluesville, XM Satellite Radio & President of the Blues Foundation
“Wow…great sound…Paige has a superb and powerful voice…her band is outstanding”
Steve Jones, Blues Blast Magazine
“…an outstanding album”
RadioIndy.com Phoenix, U.S.A.
“Lush, rich, compelling…..an amazing piece of work”
John Lamp Sleepy Hollow Blues Club/Pulse FM Geelong Australia.
“Stevie’s voice is amazing, effortlessly soaring from deep and husky to high and pure and back again. And her guitar playing is great……musically the album is beautiful”
Gary deWall Sydney Blues Society (Blues Times)
“…singer guitarist songwriter loaded with soul and blues feeling…a blues and roots CD with an impressive spread of styles, quality musicianship and a soulful silky vocal”
Geoff Forbes Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society Bluesletter
“…Paige has immense vocal and guitar talents.”
Australian Guitar Magazine.
Critics have described Stevie’s voice as “superb” and “amazing.” Couple this with reviews of “great guitar” “Impressive songs” and an “outstanding band” and it is clear this Australian Soul/Blues star has announced her arrival to the world.
Brought up in the country town of Hanging Rock in Victoria, Stevie first became interested in music whilst watching the hit TV show ‘Fame’. So at the age of 10, Stevie grabbed hold of her first guitar and never looked back.
The vast array of music played in the family home would in later years have a significant impact on Stevie’s writing style. Sound tracks to the big musicals like Oklahoma, Carousel and Don Quixote fostered a love of the ‘grand’ production. Even as her attention moved to the classical guitar, the draw to the more dramatic orchestral guitar music as opposed to the solo format was very evident.
Making good on her ambition to attend the ‘fame’ school, Stevie audition for and was accepted to one of Australia’s most prestigious music schools, ‘The Victorian College of the Arts’. Despite excelling at the college as a classical musician and an offer to continue studies at London’s Royal College of music, the growing ambition to explore another side of the music world was proving irresistible. The seed for this was planted quite accidently when Stevie was asked to fill in for a local Blues Brother’s tribute band. Fronting up to the show with her trusty classical guitar, the good humoured band firmly placed a borrowed Stratocaster in her hands with a “there ya go, plug that it in.”
With that, Stevie took her first, if somewhat flustered steps to playing on stage with a band. The band and Stevie were about as rough as they come that night, but the chemistry was magic. The proverbial light had been turned on and it was a significant turning point. With absolutely no doubt in her mind that this was the kind of performer she wanted to be, it was still to be determined what kind of artist she would be. Stevie began performing in numerous rock and cover bands, as well as releasing her first album and an EP. But it wasn’t until Stevie came across a small independent Blues label in Australia that her eventual destination began to take shape. Encouraged to explore the world of Blues, Stevie set off across Australia armed with just her guitar and a stomp box. Four years of solo touring, exploring new songs, a solo album and the energy and enthusiasm from the growing fan base forged a confident and exceptional talent. Stevie was born to sing the blues and soul is her perfect medium.
Stevie’s new soul album “Welcome To The Big Time” marks her departure from performing solo. The coupling of ‘that voice’, signature guitar and a three piece rhythm section, punchy horns and lush strings produces a vibrancy and tone that is reminiscent of the “Memphis Sound” from Stax and Hi Records during the late 60′s. Adding weight to the album is Stevie’s pairing with Blues legend Charlie Musselwhite on an acoustic rendition of “Ol’ Man River.”
With the new album already collecting awards and accolades both at home and abroad, an extensive tour schedule is in the planning for Australia, North America and Europe.
“Welcome To The Big Time” out now
Stevie’s new album, is available for radio stations to download from www.AirPlayDirect.com/steviepaige and available for sale from June 25th 2010. For enquiries please contact Stevie’s manager Chris Bailey on (+61) 418 512 067 or at chris@SteviePaige.com. For all other information please visit www.SteviePaige.com.
|POSTED BY: radioindy||POSTED ON: 20 Sep 2010 09:46 AM|
Singer/songwriter/musician, Stevie Paige, releases an outstanding album, “Welcome To The Big Time,” that is loaded with impressive soulful Blues. Stevie is a soloist with a backing band and on this album are the following accomplished musicians: Drums - Mark Kennedy (Duran-Duran, Rene Geyer, Leo Sayer), Bass - Rob Little (Tommy Emmanuel, The Seekers), Hammond Organ & Piano - Mick “The Reverend” O’Connor (Australian Crawl, The Black Sorrows), Trumpet - Anthony "ToK" Norris (Ricky Martin, Tina Turner, The Black Sorrows), Sax - Paul Williamson (Dire Straights, Vince Jones, Men at Work), Blues Harp - Charlie Musselwhite (Blues Legend.) Kicking off the CD, “That’s Soul,” excites the listener with its bouncy beat, soulful vocals, and bright horn riffs. Paige doesn’t hold back with her voice on “Far From Here,” as she is not only rootsy with bluesy attitude but you can feel her strong heartfelt emotions on this melodic tune. Another song, “If It’s Not Your Own,” has a catchy beat that gets your feet tapping to the fun and lively beat while Paige belts out another great melodic melody. If you’re into the Blues and like the sound of powerful vocals with a fantastic backing band, then “Welcome To The Big Time,” is just what you need to hear.
-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team