Get ready: The renaissance of the one-woman singer/songwriter is about to begin, and you're just in time. With talent on loan from the Muses and versatility exceeding the traditional limits of the many instruments she plays, Elyse Spies represents the brightest light in years to arc over the jazz/folk/rock horizon. Slip into your CD player her debut CD Trip, and discover why her growing cadre of fans keeps coming back to see her perform live. Her name may be Spies, but it's no secret that her arrival onto the New York City music scene has been absolutely electrifying ever since the 2000 release of Trip. The CD reveals Spies' distinctive musical style and breathtaking range-combining accessible melodies, intricate jazz innuendos and the unmistakable influence of classical, folk and rock 'n roll. Experiment with listening to Trip with your windows open, and watch songbirds within earshot blush in envy at Spies' silvery vocal qualities. Presently, Spies and her four-piece band are aggressively promoting Trip at selected venues along the East Coast. Accompanying Spies, who sings and plays flute and keyboard, are the following distinguished musicians: bassist Gary Ptak, drummer Steve Mansfield, guitarist Arthur Rotfeld and saxophonist Andrew Pease. All tracks on Trip are written and produced by Spies: From childhood, Spies grew up surrounded by music in her home, but her evolution as a composer and lyricist accelerated during years of advanced study. With a Bachelor's degree in composition and a Master's in music, Spies has refined her unique style in a way that defies categories-and expectations. Beyond her eight original songs on Trip, Spies has written more than 50 other songs. She has performed with Terre Roche (the Roches) at the Bottom Line and Princeton University and with her band at the Granite Resort, CB's Gallery, Baby Jupiter, Living Room, Border's Books & Music, the Elbow Room, Downtime, New Music Café, the Sidewalk Café, and High Street Roadhouse. Spies also has performed with the Carolling Carollers, the noted a cappella group.
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