Saturday November 4, 2006

You Sing It, Girl!

"Girl/Solo/Live" features performances by female singer-songwriters.

The next Girl/Solo/Live performance will feature five singer-songwriters at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in ArtStreet's studio D. The University of Dayton's ArtStreet is located on the corner of Kiefaber Street and Frericks Way in the student neighborhood south of UD's campus.

Girl/Solo/Live showcases female artists who are solo or duo singer-songwriters in a variety of musical styles. The free show will feature a relaxed, coffeehouse-style environment.

Performances will be by:

* Emily Strand, founder of Girl/Solo/Live and assistant to the director for liturgy at UD's Campus Ministry office. Cincinnati CityBeat wrote that Strand "specializes in smart, confident and organic pop songs." Her band, The Town, won the top prize in the "Tri-State's Best Unsigned Band" category in the 2003 "97Xposure" contest sponsored by modern rock radio station 97X (now WOXY.com). Strand and The Town also were named one of the Top 10 acts of 2004 in a Cincinnati CityBeat year-end critics' poll. In addition, Strand's song "Lou" won the prestigious grand prize in the folk category in the 2004 John Lennon International Songwriting Competition. An executive committee of judges featuring such noted performers as Elton John and Judy Collins chose the song from thousands of entries. For more on Emily Strand, see www.emilystrand.com.

* Brooke Fox, a New York City-based singer-songwriter formerly of Nashville, Tenn. The Nashville Scene wrote that Fox's music "is both haunting and engaging. Reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, her songs contain a pop sensibility that could also link her to artists like Alanis Morisette and Stevie Nicks. Her live shows … support the talented statement her music makes." For more information, see www.brookefox.com.

* Julie Roth, a first-year University of Dayton student from Napoleon, Ohio. Roth has performed regularly at Ohio University's Frontroom and Union Perk in Hillsdale, Mich. Her live performances and recordings have been aired on radio stations. As a junior in high school, Roth recorded her first EP and a year later released her full-length CD. For more information, see www.julieroth.net.

* Whitney Barricklow of Cincinnati. Usually playing with her pop-rock group the Whitney Barricklow Band, she'll perform solo at this show. Barricklow recently was nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award in the singer-songwriter category. In an article about her band, Cincinnati CityBeat wrote that "Barricklow has sharp lyrics, fantastic melodies, abundant charm and one of the biggest, best voices that you'll hear almost anywhere." For more information, see: www.whitneyb.com.

* Carole Walker of Cincinnati-based The Walker Project, winner of the 2003 audience-nominated Cammy Award for best urban hip hop vocals. The band describes its style as blending folk and poetry with spoken word and soul.  For more information, see thewalkerproject.homestead.com.

For media interviews about "Girl/Solo/Live," contact Emily Strand at (937) 229-5750.