ABOUT THE ARTIST: Multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Dhruva' ('Drew-a') blends many musical textures together to create an experience in which her earthy alto voice invites listeners to relax, to ponder, to groove, to laugh, to remember and to celebrate the simple joys of being alive. Her musical path embraces a vivacious performance style, intriguing and multi-faceted studio recordings, and a passion for creating community through music. 'Dhruva' is the Diva of bluesy folksy hip grooving good feeling songstering.' Gary Tannenbaum, Rosewood Theatre, Morgantown WV. 'Eclectic, timely, witty and meaningful: a joy to hear.' Ed Sark, Tombstone Cafe', Frostburg MD. 'Dhruva' is a true original with lyrics that are playful, romantic, sentimental and stirring delivered seamlessly in the vocal styling of Melissa Etheridge, Bette Midler and in part, Janis Joplin.' Shane Riggs, Allegany Arts Council, Cumberland MD. ABOUT THE CD: 'Tessitura is filled with different sounds, and as promised by the title, different textures. From folk to blues to gospel, Dhruva's well-traveled alto and fine original songs offers something different to the listener.' Dominion Post, Morgantown WV. 'It's earthy, it's a warm breeze, it's the cool rippling water of a swimming hole. It's a kiss, a caress, a squeeze of the hand, a rub on the chest, a long hug that includes beating hearts. It's a clean, refreshing piece of help for humans.' Lary Bethany, Sabor Latino, St. Albans, Herts. England. 'The organic, timeless acoustic sounds of Tessitura are uplifting, grounding and healing on every level of listening. I hear it in the sweet melodies of Dhruva's flute, in the many different soul soothing tones of her voice, in the rhythm of the drums of the heart. With Tessitura, dhruva' takes us on a journey through her life and back to our own hearts.' Cherylann Hawk, Pittsburgh PA. AWARDS: 'Flashback!' (track #3) won Silver in the Rock/Alternative category of the 2003 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. 'Each New Day' (track #11) won an Honorable Mention in Gospel/Inspirational category of the 2003 MASC.
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