>Quick Rave: KJ Denhert

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We tend to be mostly about foreign music at this corner of the internet: Korean House, Italian electro-clash, German rap, whatever shape Eurovision takes in a given year. So let’s switch gears for a moment and talk about *GASP* American music and artists.

KJ Denhert describes her music as Urban Folk & Jazz, which is a fusion I have never heard before, and apparently is not one I’ve really come across in other artists. She sounds somewhat like a cross between Sade (a Sade that allows herself to be happy) and Swing Out Sister with lyrical oomph. 
Her latest release is a live recording from the Umbria Jazz festival, where she opened for Alicia Keys. (Controversal opinion: I personally find Denhert more accessible than Keys, not to knock Ms. Alicia, but lyrically I get Denhert’s easier.) One of the strongest tracks on it is actually the opener (intro aside), I Got Time which becomes rather poignant after a rousing start. Fortunately, the album keeps the momentum going. Hearing her sing He’s Not Coming Home live has a certain punch to it for me. (The song itself has strong meanings to me recently with the whole move to Australia.) 
You can buy Dal Vivo a Umbria Jazz and Lucky 7 (her latest studio album) here. (She runs her own label, so I’ll do my bit to steer traffc her way.)
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6 comments

  1. Anonymous · December 20, 2008

    >if you mostly cover “foreign” music, then perhaps you’ll start to write about more american music after you move to australia. but maybe you meant “foreign” to mean “non-u.s.”

  2. Anonymous · December 20, 2008

    >if you mostly cover “foreign” music, then perhaps you’ll start to write about more american music after you move to australia. but maybe you meant “foreign” to mean “non-u.s.”

  3. Hikaru · December 20, 2008

    >Actually, your first guess is correct. Sadly, Australia media (from what I’ve read so far) doesn’t do much to promote local talent.

  4. Hikaru · December 20, 2008

    >Actually, your first guess is correct. Sadly, Australia media (from what I’ve read so far) doesn’t do much to promote local talent.

  5. Anonymous · December 20, 2008

    >too bad aussie media doesn’t promote local talent. clearly, australia is capable of producing popular music. after all, it gave the world olivia newton-john, men at work, midnight oil and inxs.

  6. Anonymous · December 20, 2008

    >too bad aussie media doesn’t promote local talent. clearly, australia is capable of producing popular music. after all, it gave the world olivia newton-john, men at work, midnight oil and inxs.

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