Haven James, with wide-open Janis Joplin-like vocals over an acoustic purity reminiscent of Jewel, has been winning over Phoenix audiences since 2006. Lead singer Jen Powelson's expansive, textured voice seemingly sails in chords over delicate guitar solos and Haven James' distinct 3/4 rhythm. Their songs are exceedingly intimate glimpses of love, vulnerability and what happens after happily ever after. Early 2007 marked the release of Haven James' most recent CD, Rusty's Waltz - a collection of perennial fan favorites such as "Promise to Try" and "Six Conversations" complemented by newer recordings like "Turn the Light." The album was produced by award-winning record producer Otto D'Agnolo whose work includes projects with artists ranging from Waylon Jennings to DMX. The album title itself is an informal homage to D'Agnolo whose college nickname was Rusty. In 2007, Haven James was only 1 of 20 artists worldwide selected to play the exclusive Sedona Jam in Sedona, Arizona . Most recently, the band was the featured artist for the 2007 Phoenix Film Festival. Members of Haven James have opened for artists like REM, The Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind and Violent Femmes. --Sharon Trullio.
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