Kiki Ebsen | The Beauty Inside

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The Beauty Inside

by Kiki Ebsen

Reminiscent of Rickie Lee Jones, Kiki Ebsen's songs weave tales of love and life with unforgettable melodies and harmony. Also known for her live performances as Christopher Cross's keyboardist and singer.
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1. Darling
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2. The Beauty Inside
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3. Love Wait for Me
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4. Walk With Me
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5. Weird Fascination
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6. Better Friend
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8. Little Girl
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9. Bottom of the Sea
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10. She'll Fly Away
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11. Where Did My Heart Go Wrong
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Kiki Ebsen, an accomplished singer and songwriter, known for backing up such artists as Christopher Cross, Wilson Phillips, Boz Scaggs, Tracy Chapman and many more, introduces her first original CD in five years. Already with four CD's under her belt, her latest endeavor is an impressive collection of thirteen self-penned tunes inspired by her own real life stories. The CD is beautifully packaged in a full color digipack filled with pictures and lyrics for each song. Taking a candid look at her own relationships, Kiki carries the listener on an emotional journey of honesty, passion, purpose and peace as she negotiates her way through her own darkness and eventually back into the light. This CD is sure to connect with everyone who wishes to dig deeper for the truth in their heart, past the superficial, to find....The Beauty Inside

Kiki started playing piano as a child, following in the footsteps of her mother, aunt and grandmother. (She wasn't the only one, her cousin, Jim Pugh, is a keyboard legend and part of the Robert Cray Band.) Picking up melodies effortlessly by ear, she began composing her own songs at an early age. She pursued her love of music balanced by her love of animals and nature while growing up in the coastal town of Balboa Island and on a ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. She honed her chops in countless garage bands and eventually earned a degree in classical voice from California Institute of the Arts. Just out of college, Kiki won Collegiate Entertainer of the Year and embarked on a touring career with the legendary band, Chicago, as a keyboardist and MIDI tech.

Two tours and one record later she left them to join Al Jarreau's touring band. They performed on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show and the Arsenio Hall show before embarking on a world tour. The band featured future stars like N'Dea Davenport (Brand New Heavies), Rickie Minor (American Idol, Jay Leno’s Tonight Show) and Felicia Collins (The Late Show with David Letterman).

Kiki's first CD "Red" was produced by hit smooth jazz producer Paul Brown and features inspired performances from Boney James, Buzz Feiten and Paul Jackson, Jr. It was dubbed "the kind of debut most artists can only dream of creating" by the Mac Report. She went on to play live with a succession of artists including Belinda Carlisle, Bill Champlin, Peter Cetera, Tracy Chapman, Michael McDonald, Stephen Bishop, James Ingram, Jeffrey Osborne, Boz Scaggs, Christopher Cross, Dave Koz, Colin Hay and Wilson/Phillips.

Kiki's songs have been covered by Boney James, Eric Marienthal and Jessy J. Her TV credits include performances with Take Six, Blake Shelton, Glen Campbell, Michelle Branch, Robert Goulet (her personal favorite) Dolly Parton (OK, it’s a tie), Lee Ann Womack, Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin and many more. Notable performances include The Maui Music Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Waikaloa Music and Wine Festival, Tin Pan South, The KIFM Anniversary Party and the Temecula Music and Wine Festival.

She found time to record another original CD, "Love Loud" with Mark Browne producing, which made the Muse's Muse Top 10 of 2002. She later reunited with Paul Brown to create "Kiki" which was added to Steve Quirk's Fusion Flavors Best of 2005 list. Says Steve, "Kiki is a sleeping giant in contemporary music, who deserves to be heard." She released a cover CD last year of her favorite songs called Cool Songs Vol. 1. She hopes to do one every couple of years. "There is just too much great music out there." Kiki's music appears on several compilations worldwide. She has opened for Christopher Cross, Peter Cetera, Emmy Lou Harris and Al Stewart. Kiki sometimes appears singing and playing with the Christopher Cross band.

Kiki's latestrecord, "The Beauty Inside." is a very personal collection of songs about love and family, it was made more special by the addition of background vocals by her dear friend Kenny Edwards, who passed away only three weeks after the recording session.

Kiki divides her time between writing and performing music and facilitating equine interactive learning programs with her special herd of rescued horses (thehealingequineranch.com) ...and yes, she is Buddy Ebsen's daughter.

(Little known trivia info: Kiki was an extra in the film "Back To The Future," playing a musician in the scene with Huey Lewis,)


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Robbie Wise

A gift from above
I've been a fan of Ms. Ebsen's music for almost a decade and when she releases a new album you know you are going to get incredible musicianship, personal lyrics and close to an hour of nirvana in a messed up world. For melistening to The Beauty Inside made me forget that although things I did at 30 I can no longer do at 54 Kiki makes it ok to enjoy what you have and treasure the good stuff. She is the premier singer/songwriter of our generation.

Julio César Nascimento

The beauty inside
Your CD is wonderful, well inside the very heart of their work .. The campaign here in Brazil and serves as an inspiration to me, I'm helping to disclose how can mainly on my facebook .. .. success always bjo kiki. Julio Cesar

Tim Melander

The Beauty Inside and the Maturity Without
I have waited a long time for Kiki to release something new in an album of new material and I wasn't let down by her latest effort. While I am a HUGE fan of her Red lp and it still stands as one of my all-time favorite albums of any genre, I found her newest effort to be just a grade below that but still wonderful. What this new album brings is a maturity to her voice and her writing. Like that of another favorite female vocalist, Melissa Manchester, their newest works show a growing wiser approach to LIfe and yet not a growing older approach to living. Great stuff. Keep it up, Ms. Kiki, you give us all hope and love and moments of serenity.

DuaneK

SImply Kiki
My first encounter in hearing and seeing Kiki perform was with Daniel Ho’s Kilauea in years past. From
my perspective, I believe Kiki’s music has matured to an introspective sharing of her experiences and impressions through her lyrics. She is living her art and truly pursuing her passions in all that she does! Kiki’s latest CD, The Beauty Inside compiles and infuses her past, present, and passions into her style of music and lyrics.
Kiki seems to sing her life’s tapestry in an expressive but musically calming and meaningful way. The music is well composed that flows with the lyrics and compliments its emotional dynamics from start to its end. At times, while listening to her songs, I catch myself recalling moments of my past that seem to somewhat share the song’s message.
If I were to select a phrase from each of my favorite songs, it would be these: (1) Darling: “you stare right through me”, (2) Walk with me: “I wear my heart on a sleeve”, (3) Better Friends: “c’mon is this the best we can do?”, (4) Little girl: “promise me you’ll always speak your mind”, (5) Where did my heart go wrong: “why can’t I have you”, and (6) Over and out: “I’m ready to walk that line”.
Kiki’s music is true to herself that instills a calm, reflective state of mind and spirit.