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Daphne Ashbrook "Grace Notes"
"It's exquisite, beautifully executed & I just love it!"

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daphne ashbrook grace notes
"When I listen to the album, I'm pretty much guaranteed to shed a tear or two with certain songs & my spirit soars with others."

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Daphne Ashbrook: Grace Notes
 

About the Artist:

For years, actor/singer Daphne Ashbrook has been asked, "When are you going to finally record an album?" With an impressive list of TV & film roles to her credit, few realized that Daphne is also a gifted singer. But with her busy acting career it wasn't easy to find time to nurture her passionate co...nnection to music. Interestingly, it was Daphne's daughter Paton, herself an actor & singer, who provided the impetus for her mother's debut album, Grace Notes.

"I knew it was time to record my first album when I heard Paton & I harmonize together one day just before she went off to college," recalls Daphne. "I was very moved by the perfect blend of our voices. My late father had told me ‘don’t ever stop singing’. I did for awhile. But I then realized that it's a big part of who I am." The chance to sing with her daughter Paton sealed the deal.

"Music runs thru the veins of my family like theatre does," said Daphne. Her uncle was renown ‘folkist’ Sandy Paton (www.FolkLegacy.com), to whom this work is dedicated, & “singing was a big feature anytime the clan would gather.” Inspired by singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin & Patty Griffin, the artist chose tunes that profoundly touched her heart. “I love songs that tell stories, like 'Useless Desires' by Patty Griffin & Joni’s ‘Furry Sings the Blues’. They make you feel something, something real.” Just as her acting skills range from the dramatic to the comedic, Daphne also was attracted to songs with ironic humor, like Griffin’s “One Big Love”, the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place” & the jazzy Billie Holiday-esque “I Don’t Need No Doctor,” which is a tongue-in-cheek nod to her best known film role in Doctor Who. “Of course, Rickie Lee Jones’ ‘Horses’ is my ode to my daughter,” Daphne says.

The only ‘chart-topper’ on the CD is Carole King’s “It’s Too Late.” Producer David Vito Gregoli explains: “I'd heard that this was the song Daphne auditioned for her director father when she was just 12. Kinda full circle, you know?” Vito brought his own song, “The Road Less Traveled,” because he knew “Daphne would find the spirit of it. The danger of an ‘inspirational’ lyric is coming across preachy, but Daphne is so sincere & relatable.”

Stylistically in the Americana/Pop vein, the project features acoustic instruments like piano, guitar, flute, dobro, mandolin & banjo, often blended with electric guitars, synths & drum grooves.
Besides Paton & multi-instrumentalist David Vito Gregoli, Grace Notes also features guests singer Jennifer Silver, keyboardists David Joyce (Burt Bacharach/Natalie Cole), Jim Tauber (Tori Amos), & drummer John Mahon (from Elton John's band).


Grace Notes LYRICS

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more GRACE NOTES praise:

D.C. - "I love 'Grace Notes', has such a happy mood! Her voice is so versatile.  She can sing folksy stuff as well as jazzy stuff.  Really impressive.  She has rich voice that slides up and down her range making it sound effortless.  Absolutely enjoyed listening to her so much!"
G.C. - "Absolutely lovely! Wonderful singer, excellent tune and terrific production and arranging! YES!"
K.T. - "Daphne has a rare and pure voice: a combination of great songs, smart lyrics and class production values makes this a superb album. Buy it and enjoy!"
J.V. - "Flowing voices, Daphne and Vito blending smoothly, sparkling accompaniment."
L.S.H. - "Stunning? vocals...transports me to a beautiful place. :):)"
J.L.F. - "Supercool!!! Daphne's vocals? never cease to impress...and how great is it to have her daughter Paton backing her up? Right?! Gregoli's awesome too!! Cheers!"

R.Z. -This is really beautiful!  Her voice and the music!! She's amazing. Her daughter had a great voice also!"



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