Dr. E | Elevated

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Elevated

by Dr. E

Dr. E’s vocals have been compared to a range of soul artists, and even Billie Holiday. Song themes include fighting for human rights; Pursuing Dreams; Not giving up on yourself; Loving yourself; God's Love; Being Elevated!
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. Dance To My Song
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2. Halle Berry
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3. Kicked To the Curb
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4. Elevated
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5. Your Everything
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6. Let Me Clear My Throat
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7. Put It Down
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8. Walk This Road
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9. Breaking (a poem for Phyllis Hyman)
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10. Here's That Rainy Day
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11. Good Girl Down
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12. Good Girl Down (RobDown Mix)
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13. Giving My Life To You
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Dr. E
Elevated
© 2010 Give Us Free Records

"This will definitely put a smile on your face."

Music is a remedy and Dr E definitely knows all about healing with her incredible songwriting and vocal range. Elevated is a very nice introduction to her musical universe and it presents different sides of her personality and talent.
What struck me first is the amazing quality of her voice and the way she plays with it, making it very high-pitched and reminiscent of Erykah Badu on some songs and then very deep and sensual, putting a spell on the listeners. For me, this ability to extend her vocal range so widely is very refreshing and welcome, in a time when some self-proclaimed singers can barely produce decent notes. The great variety also makes it very easy to listen to the album over and over again, as it is never monotonous. Then, something that I really appreciate about Elevated is its eclectism when it comes to the productions. We are on a journey from classic soul to jazz, blues, gospel and acoustic music, which is a way to follow the different moods and experiences Dr E went through and describes. The use of instruments is amazing and a great place is left to the actual music, which is what I love more and more. The sax, piano and guitar made me want to smile and cry and dance, and this is what music is supposed to do: touch you deep inside and allow you to relate to the emotions the artist wants to share.
Last but not least, Dr E's writing skills are also remarkable and make this album one I will definitely have in heavy rotation. It is not really surprising to discover that the singer is also an author, educator and motivational speaker, as the quality of her writing and the positive message she spreads are obvious in Elevated and the album is very inspiring and uplifting. As for the vocals and productions, the themes she touches upon are quite varied and are a description of her journey through life, one many of us can relate to. She sings about love, from wanting to give herself to her special one (Your everything) to heartbreak and pain (Kicked to the curb and her interpretation of the jazz standard Here’s that rainy day), but also about being yourself and achieving your dreams (Halle Berry, Elevated, Walk this road and Good girl down) and finally about God in Giving my life to you.
If you are in need of musical healing, I would highly recommend you get a dose of Elevated, at least once a day. It will put a smile on your face and make you feel inspired and motivated to face whatever is waiting for you.

Marion Carminelitta London review
http://www.jazzandsoul.eu/drereview.htm


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Curtis Scruggs

Enchanted
I didn't know what to expect from this one, but after listening I couldn't get enough. It has a spiritual quality that shines through her voice and attitude. I felt "ELEVATED" while enjoying this one. I'm not normally a fan of the genre, but this one is a keeper.

Cynthia Tyson

Wrapped in Rainbows!
Zora Neale Huston said,"I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and sword in my hands." Docta E's Elevated CD captures the spirit of those words! When you listen to the music and lyrics something spiritual happens, you can feel the sorrow, you can feel the pain, but soon you feel the joy that comes in the morning and you are wrapped in the rainbows- ELEVATED!!! This is the cd you play in the morning (Good Girl Down) to get you going, in the afternoon(Elevated ) to lift you up, in the evening with your boo ( Your Everything) and in the midnight hour (Giving My Life to You) to calm your spirit! Buy it, listen to it, you will be Elevated!!!

Adrienne Dixson

Songs in the Key of Life
If you are a Black woman of a certain age, you have had your share of experiences, good and bad, in love and life. Rarely do we have artists who can capture our experiences, the good, the bad, the uplifting, the depressing and express them so clearly and poignantly. Docta E's Elevated is that rare CD that captures it all--our spirituality, our insecurities, our triumphs. This is definitely "grown folks" music. Docta E shows her vocal and musical range with songs in the "traditional" soul/funk vibe to the folkish acoustic guitar tune, Your Everything. She shows off her blues chops on "Let Me Clear My Throat". In an age of Auto-Tune and sampling, it is refreshing to hear harmony, chord changes, acoustic instruments and most importantly, LYRICS! Elevated features a beautiful tribute to late Phyllis Hyman. Poet Mary Weems penned a moving poem meditation on Hyman's life and the legacy of her suicide. In keeping with Docta E's overall theme, this tribute speaks to the complexity of being a Black woman in America. For jazz lovers, Docta E gives a beautiful rendition of Here's That Rainy Day that sounds like she channeled Hyman when she recorded it.

If you're looking for a cd that has a range of Black musical styles from a talented and capable vocalist, then Docta E's Elevated is it!

Iris Smith

Elevated!
“Elevated”
Last week at Gibbs in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, I had the pleasure and thrill of attending and being entertained by Cleveland native and now Columbus resident, “Elaine Richardson” or as she is professionally known “Dr. E” she has the energy of Anita Baker, a voice reminisced of Eartha, Kit, a little Teena Marie, yet so very much her own! Belting out tunes of Chaka Kahn and Rufus, (Tell Me Something Good) her own ditty about minutes on her cell phone, and tracks from her current CD “Elevated” Dr.E includes her audience in her set, making her live performance an exciting and memorable experience! Her CD “Elevated is a Cd about life, trials, love, God, looks… Life is what she sings about, she sings well of life’s tribulations’ because she has lived these tribulations’ but she sings also of success, of overcoming, of reaching new heights. She is bluesy, sometimes jazzy, loving and even a little country, and yet she is superb in her delivery of it all! If you can catch a live performance please do, you won’t be disappointed, and if you can’t, get her CD “Elevated” Visit Dr E. on Revebnation http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/index/doctae and Facebook under Docta E Richardson
“Elevated”
This is a 13 track CD
1. Dance To My Music
2. Halle Berry
3. Kicked To The Curb
4. Elevated
5. Your Everything
6. Let Me Clear My Throat
7. Put It Down
8. Walk This Road
9. Breaking
10. Here’s That Rainy Day
11. Good Girl Down
12. Good Girl Down (Rob’s Mix)
13. Giving My Life To You
My pick tracks are “Let Me Clear My Throat, Walk This road, Dance to My song, Here’s That Rainy Day and Dance to My Song”