Lori Cullen | Calling for Rain

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Calling for Rain

by Lori Cullen

Rare and beautiful gems by Lori Cullen, Harry Nilisson, Randy Newman,Joni Mitchell, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Gordon Lightfoot.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. I Think It's Gonna Rain Today
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2:46 album only
2. Alone Again Naturally
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4:15 album only
3. Me and My Arrow
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4:18 album only
4. Away So Long
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3:32 album only
5. Two Grey Rooms
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3:49 album only
6. Pussywillows Cat-tails
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4:20 album only
7. Waltzing's for Dreamers
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5:18 album only
8. You Fascinate Me So
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3:22 album only
9. Fall
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10. Tied Up in the Yard
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11. Moon River
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12. Blue Skies
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L o r i C u l l e n

C a l l i n g f o r R a i n

Lush. Luminous. Silken. Fine. Unique. Stunning.

These are some of the words that music critics have used to describe Lori Cullen’s voice. It’s a fresh, yet timeless instrument, that speaks with a mature sense of understatement. The kind of voice that gains power from clear emotional resonance rather than showy histrionics. And her artistic Voice is just as distinctive as her physical one.

Poised to present herself both as an acoustic guitar playing singer songwriter and the leader of a jazz structured quintet, Lori enjoys unique opportunities for performance. Her skill as a songwriter and collaborator with renowned folk/pop performers places her comfortably in venues and festivals with a singer songwriter focus. While her name can be heard in circles among the finest Jazz singers in Canada.

Lori has released four recordings. The most recent “calling for rain” is full of other people’s songs. Covers by Gordon Lightfoot, Randy Newman, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Bruce Cockburn, Harry Nilsson—A collection of mature songs that highlight the craft of song writing and the emotional power of a direct and intimate lyric. Calling for Rain also features two new original songs. “Tied Up In the Yard” displays Lori’s seemingly effortless knack for a catchy melody and a subtle but telling lyric. “Away So Long,” a sprightly, harmonically intriguing tune that won the third annual Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, presented by the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals in October 2005. Calling For Rain was also released in Korea on Polyphone Recordings in the late summer of 2006.

A vibrant presence on Toronto Canada’s singer-songwriter scene, Lori has been singing, writing and playing guitar for over ten years. She released her first collection of self-penned, folk-oriented songs, called Garden Path, in the year 2000. Two years later she recorded So Much, a selection of jazz-based covers with The Ron Davis Trio. Uneven Hill, in 2004, revealed more of her adventurous, evolving songwriting and further established the diverse nature of her creativity.

Lori has received consistent critical raves, four-star reviews, a Canadian Independent Music Awards nomination, and has been steadily building a rapt audience of music-loving fans. She appears as a vocalist on Final Fantasy’s (Owen Pallet) latest recording He Poos Clouds that won him the very first Polaris Music Prize.

“People just keep coming to me and telling how much they adore her,” says Bill King in The Jazz Report. “Her songs have a creative momentum, spurred on by her beautiful voice and a rich imagination” Jeff Godes, CBC.

Performance highlights in 2006 include several three night runs at The Montreal Bistro in Toronto, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Mariposa Folk Festival, Hillside Folk Festival, Collingwood Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival and Shelter Valley Folk Festival.

Recording for a new cd is in progress and is planned for a 2007 release.

Calling For Rain is available in Canadian stores through
Fontana North Distriubution/Universal
Internationally available at www.cbbaby.com
Contact: info@loricullen.com


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Anna Maria Stjärnell

Cullen pulls together a cohesive work from all this varied material. She's worth
Lori Cullen has released two solo records and a jazz record with the Ron Davis Trio. This new record sees her cover songs and add two originals.
Her jazzy style is very pleasing. "Alone Again Naturally" by Gilbert O'Sullivan is treated to a soft, forlorn version. Cullen's voice and the use of a trumpet suit it perfectly.
Her own "Away so long" is a dreamy song that recalls Jane Siberry.
"Pussywillows Cat-tails" is sweet and understated. Cullen's voice is lovely, she does the breathy innocent thing without being too cute. She has poise, like Rickie Lee Jones.
"Tied up in the Yard" is quietly suggestive.
The evergreen "Moon River" gets a wide-eyed reading.
Cullen pulls together a cohesive work from all this varied material. She's worthy of your time.

Posted on February 3, 2006

Winnie


I can't believe I live in Toronto and I only first heard Lori Cullen on the French radio station a couple of weeks ago. Moon River charmed me and I Think It's Going to Rain today sold me - it took a bit of doing but I deciphered the french announcer and eventually found my way to the CD Baby site. The rest of the album is every bit as good as the two songs I heard. I feel like I am listening to an alto reincarnation of Blossom Dearie. Lori's sense of time and tuning are exquisite. I'll be watching for live performances...

Ottawa Express

How long can Toronto's Lori Cullen fly under the radar?
How long can Toronto's Lori Cullen fly under the radar? In a day and age marked by bloodless crooners and fly by night swooners, where histrionic bluster is often mistaken for soul, Cullen stands out as the all too rare exception: a vocalist who can elegantly tap into the heart of a lyric and catch the subtle spirit of a song without overplaying her hand. The follow up to 2004's much overlooked pensive triumph "Uneven Hill", "Calling For Rain" finds Cullen, whose kinetic voice cracks and burns with quiet intensity throughout, taking stock and looking to the stars- specifically, at iconic work from the past and present, by the likes of Irving Berlin, Gordon Lightfoot, Gilbert O'Sullivan, and Henry Mancini to name but a few. In lesser hands, it could have become a rote exercise in demure respect, but Cullen is anything but standard. Instead, she takes care to walk her own off center path, (including two tracks of her own that feel right at home amongst those of the masters) wringing fresh, new shades of emotion from both familiar material and more obscure gems.

MArk Watkins- Blast 1382 London, England

I'll def. be spinning tunes from it on my Blast radio show in future weeks/month
Calling For Rain is such an apt title, the whole cd is a such a novel and clever concept. As I listened to the songs playing - raindrops seemed to drip through each blue note. The mood created - I felt like it was actually raining, and if I had a mac on, I would have pulled up my collar and pointed my (imaginery) brolly to the weighty clouds overhead - a poor defence against the blues.

The beat, the feel, all of rainy days and Mondays...sombre (in places)...dark skies stretching above.
Her singing is soulful and supreme on I Think It's Going To Rain Today...and Away So Long in particular.

Rose Melzer

calling for rain
I got this CD a week ago and I can't stop playing it. Thank you to CBC Concerts on Demand for supporting Lori and her music. I had to buy her cd once I heard her concert.

Bobby Santos

Gifted Wonderful !
I first found Lori's mucic hereon CD Baby and was simply blown away with her music , so I am not surprised with the acceptional artistry of this work. Her musical interpitations of these covers are brilliant. The muscians are to be commended for their talented and sensitive accompaniment in support of Lori's wonderful vocals the arrangement are stellar. Lori you've done it again keep up the good work!!!



awesome awesome cd - never leaves my cd player

Aussie Jeff

I am loving listening this artist mature
I bought Garden Path & So Much a couple of years ago & just loved her on both these albums. Since then she has released this album & another called Uneven Hill both of which i have just acquired. I haven't yet had a good listen to Uneven Hill (after having had both albums in my possession for about 4 weeks now) as i just can't get past this album. It is a keeper. Absolutely splendid. This one doesn't take long to grow on you. Her rendition of Alone Again Naturally is beautifully controlled & timed. But the jewel of this album is the song called Pussywillows Cat-Tails. I have never heard of the song before even though i noticed the composer is Gordon Lightfoot. What is it about Canada & their female vocalists? Just another world up there. Gotta be something in the water for sure. Whatever it is keep on doing it ladies. I am just in awe of the talented female vocalists that come out of that country. I have thoroughly enjoyed growing with Lori & listening to her mature & take a song & make it hers. Please be assured Lori that there are plenty of us who just love listening to your music just as much as you obviously love making it. Ahhh ... Waltzing for Dreamers has just started to play. Time to pour myself a smooth tasting red wine & turn the lights down to match the smooth velvety sounds emanating out of my speakers ... All my problems have just disappeared. So stop taking your pain killers & get this album.

Aussie Jeff

I am loving listening this artist mature
I bought Garden Path & So Much a couple of years ago & just loved her on both these albums. Since then she has released this album & another called Uneven Hill both of which i have just acquired. I haven't yet had a good listen to Uneven Hill (after having had both albums in my possession for about 4 weeks now) as i just can't get past this album. It is a keeper. Absolutely splendid. This one doesn't take long to grow on you. Her rendition of Alone Again Naturally is beautifully controlled & timed. But the jewel of this album is the song called Pussywillows Cat-Tails. I have never heard of the song before even though i noticed the composer is Gordon Lightfoot. What is it about Canada & their female vocalists? Just another world up there. Gotta be something in the water for sure. Whatever it is keep on doing it ladies. I am just in awe of the talented female vocalists that come out of that country. I have thoroughly enjoyed growing with Lori & listening to her mature & take a song & make it hers. Please be assured Lori that there are plenty of us who just love listening to your music just as much as you obviously love making it. Ahhh ... Waltzing for Dreamers has just started to play. Time to pour myself a smooth tasting red wine & turn the lights down to match the smooth velvety sounds emanating out of my speakers ... All my problems have just disappeared. So stop taking your pain killers & get this album.