Music Thursday: Artist of the week – Diane Birch
Diane Birch made her mark in the world in 2009 when S-Curve records released her debut album Bible Belt. The title refers to her childhood when she traveled with her parents around the world due to Seventh-Day Adventist mission work (her father is a preacher). While growing up she was not allowed to listen to popular music, only classical, opera and church music that influenced music style she has today. Parental disapproval did not discourage her from pursuing career as a musician. After moving to Los Angeles, she was playing piano at local places and became a pianist to hire. While performing one of her gigs she was noticed by Prince who invited her over to his house for a little music session. Diane’s MySpace page drove more attention to her and her music and in 2006 she landed a publishing deal in London where she wrote most of her songs from Bible Belt album. In 2007 she moved back to US – New York and started her adventure with S-Curve Records.
Bible Belt was highly reviewed in major music magazines and was overall highly anticipated. Diane invited interesting guest stars for her debut like Lenny Kaye from The Patti Smith Band, Adam Blackstone from The Roots/Jay-Z and others. All the songs from Bible Belt were written – lyrics and music by Diane and she admits having her religious father influence in her music, remembering when she used to wear gothic make up and having her father waiting for her at home reading Bible in order to save her soul. Songs say about her raising up as a preacher’s daughter as well as her time spent in LA or NY. Bible Belt is a journey through her young live and makes listeners wonder what will be next on her next album.
Her music style is an amazing mix of pop, folk, blues, soul with great instrumental arrangements using trumpets, tambourines and flugelhorn. Diane herself plays piano and guitars. To that, add her husky, deep voice and you will receive a recipe for success. Her singing and playing instruments is simply effortless but the effect is amazing! Can’t get enough!
Check out Diane’s live performance and music video.