\'Only Glory\' mixes steamy southern flavors with a refreshing, unpretentious attitude. An upbeat country charmer like \'Brand New Girl\' comes from a different sector of the musical map as \'Benefit of the Doubt\' a ballad Billie Holliday could have worn like a necklace. Yet they both feature a clarity of style that makes them timeless and modern at once, like a dusty old record by Patsy Cline, or a shiny new one by Roseanne Cash. On others, Leeann sounds like she was tutored by Etta James. This seanless blend of country, soul, pop and blues owes a lot to Leeann Atherton\'s background. Raised in Charleston, South Carolina, away from the seductions of shopping mall culture, she put herself through college singing in a dance band at a beach club. She studeied the spirituals of the South Carolina islands, sat in with a rural black choir, and eventually joined the ranks of the professionals at work in the Nashville song factories. It was there during the mid-eighties that Leeann met a producer named Greg Humphrey, a business associate of Emmylou Harris\' producer Brian Ahearn. Both lend production influences on \'Only Glory\'.
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