"Julie Kinscheck's songwriting and outstanding vocal work will satisfy you to your soul..." - Metronome Magazine
REVIEWS: Wildy World wrote: "Fans of Christian pop music will dig Julie Kinscheck." A Taxi review wrote: "It's quite amazing how you incorporate the Christian themes into the Jazz styled vox performances let alone the brilliant music arrangements as well. Vocal harmonies are so well arranged, and will bring a big smile to many a listeners face, as it did to mine."
LIFLIGHT is the band and Julie Kinscheck (The Queen of SCAT) is the lead singer, acoustic guitarist and co-songwriter on all of the songs on their new CD: "Let My Light Shine." Ralph Kinscheck, Julie's producer, key board player and co-songwriter is also her husband of almost 20 years as of the 2014 release date. You can even hear their 9 year old twins, Caleb and Hannah on one track, "Hope Faith Love." Music is a way of life in the Kinscheck family.
Together with the help of Julie's talented brothers: Drummer Gary Gibbons and Bass player Chris Gibbons and long time friend and lead guitarist John Vicaire, basics were recorded at Jharck Records in March of 2012. Thanks to life's challenges, it has taken a while to get this project out into your hands, but the results were worth the time.
Those same kind of struggles that held up CD production are what we all go through as individuals, as parents, as seekers of truth and God. The songs on this CD reflect those challenges and come out with hope through faith in God and Christ, but not without some poking fun at ourselves, some funky riffs, lush harmonies, slammin' guitar solos and Lush piano and string arrangements- oh, and SCAT solos!
Julie's last CD, solo artist project: "Grace With Jazz on Top" achieved some critical acclaim playing on over 4000 international radio stations. Her "Coffee Song" charted on the country charts in Austria.
The "Let My Light Shine" CD still has a smattering of country feel heard in the Grace CD showing up especially in the lively duet: "Nothing Like the Love" with male vocalist Dana Schmitz. The song starts with an absolutely SICK fiddle intro by Chase Potter, too! And you can't take the jazz out of the jazz singer; Julie's characteristic jazzy vocal stylings and vibrant SCAT solos weave throughout the disc. Make sure you listen for the gorgeous guitar ear candy by Jon Finn on "You Are", too. But this CD also ROCKS. You will hear the progressive rock influence of Ralph's dynamic keyboard playing and arrangements on most every song. John Vicaire KILLS the guitar solo on "Waiting on You"! This blend of styles really works into something new! When the 40's jazzers come together with the 80's rockers influenced by the folky messages of the 70's and the vibrant current CCM music movement- WOW!
But LIFLIGHT has a bigger goal in mind: With multitudes suffering and homeless in the Philippines, thousands struggling to keep their homes or even health insurance in the States- They long to bring hope with this album. Cuts like the beautiful " Jesus Wept" and the thoughtful yet playful "I Trust in You" acknowledge the hope we can only find in Jesus. You mustn't miss the sweet bass melody played by Chris Gibbons on the latter!
"Standing On The Rock" is where we all want to be when disaster strikes... The band likes to think that the songs on this project reach out a hand to the audience to help them up.
" Hope Faith Love " even includes a children's chorus at the end punctuating how we need to give hope to the next generation.
Ralph and Julie Kinscheck have a big heart for kids. In addition to their regular volunteer work and fundraising for the charity Hope Worldwide, they also sponsor a little girl named Shaina in the Philippines through Compassion International. They also spent 9 years running the music ministry for a Christian preteen camp every August. Each year they wrote a theme song for the camp based on that year's title. One year the camp was called " Can You Hear Me Now?" The theme song from that year produced a song by the same name that is rockin' the plastic ( doesn't ring quite like vinyl!) of this CD. It is a duet between Julie and Rich Evans. Julie cries out for understanding as a teen to her parents and then in desperation to an unknown god. Rich is God calling back to her. Tight harmonies and dazzling keyboards are also highlights in the song.
Ralph and Julie are parents! Their love for their twins and the delemas and joys of raising kids come out in force on this disc. All parents will relate to: " I'm a Mess" and "Nothing Like The Love." The former is just one of many songs Julie has shared at women's conferences and events. And don't miss Dana Schmitz singing the part of the Dad and Chase Potter's spectacular fiddle playing on the latter!
Walking with God in our messed up world isn't easy. "EPIC" celebrates the power that comes from the unity of everyday people imitating Christ.
The Kinschecks have faced struggles with infertility, finances, sickness, death and careers... like many of us. They pray a lot- and often just have to wait on God. The song " Waiting on You"- a Heart-like pop- rock ballad expresses that angst punctuated by a brilliant guitar solo by Johnny V!
Another song highlighting John's gorgeous guitar work is the Sade-reminiscent " Where is the Boy"... Haunting poetry in music.
But through all the struggles of life Julie Kinscheck & LIFLIGHT want to remind us there is beauty and time to kick back! "You Are" is Julie the Jazz singer praising her magnificent Holy Father in a love ballad complete with jazz SCAT! Chris and Gary and guest guitarist Jon Finn shine with their jazz chops to make this song an ear candy masterpiece!
The feel of " Love Life Like I Should" is a pop- jazzy throw back to "Easy Like Sunday Morning." The subject is 'letting it go and enjoying the ride' because of the peace of God and " Some big angels !" It has a good sing a long chorus, too. This song will be a favorite for those who loved the. "Coffee Song " from Julie 's last album.
Maybe you just want a love song... "Love is Wild" was written for Julie's Mother Polly and step father, Charlie's wedding. Ralph's string and keyboard arranging is lush and beautiful; Jim Peterson's guitar work (Main guitarist from Grace CD) is stunning. If you enjoy this one, be sure to go back and listen to "Always Kiss Good Night" from Julie's last release.
The title track of the album: "Let My Light Shine" really says it all. Julie Kinscheck and LIFLIGHT may be a different animal in the secular music scene in New England- but many are starting to see the light!
Go to www.julieksings.com for more information. Also fan her at Facebook.com/QueenOfSCAT