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You can be Yourself

by The Walker Project

Acoustic soul grooving to thumping bass lines wraped in warm powful voice delivering poetic lyrics
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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1. Fairy Tale Ending
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2. Beautiful
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3. On Her Own
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4. Spin Me Around
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5. Impatiently
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6. So hard
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7. Move On
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8. You Can be Yourself
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9. Bulletproof
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10. Earthbound
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11. Life is Beautiful
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Album Notes
Winner of 2003 Cammy for Best Urban Hip-Hop Vocals, Cincinnati OH

The Walker Project is not confined to any one genre. Their musical style freely blends folk and poetry with spoken word and soul. This creates an energy and intimacy felt in every song and performance. The Walker Project is a soulful- smooth blend of guitar, bass and vocals that linger in your head long after the two have left the stage. Carole Walker's songwriting goes far beyond convention, as she weaves her lyrics into a tapestry of spoken word, poems, and heartfelt songs all wrapped in her warm powerful voice. Chris Walker is simply a master on Bass, a self proclaimed student of Jaco Pastorius, making the bass both cry and thump. This combination is the reason why audiences nominated the Walker Project for the 2003 Cammy award and why they keep coming back for more.

Carole and Chris are no strangers to the stage. The two were founding members of the highly acclaimed Cincinnati based band, Heavy Weather. And both still lend their sound out to a host of local and not so local groups. Including The Whitney B Band, Noah Hunt and the 420 All Stars, Freekbass and The Derrick Sanderson Soul Expression.

Music flows in the blood of Carole and Chris Walker, and it flowers into beautiful songs when they perform together. When you do what you love with love all that can be said is "there will be a light so bright that you can't help but to spread it around". Those lyrics from The Light say it all. The Walker Project has set out to spread their light around, and they continue to leave a blazing trail of satisfied fans along the way.


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Tracy & Bobby

It's like a good way
This CD is a long awaited breath of fresh air!! From the first note it took me back to the days of smoky bars, cheap beer, and car rides home singing at the top of our voices. Carole's voice is the meaning of love sent through your ears. It's on a non-stop rotation in the stereo, and it doesn't matter what music you'll like this.


Excellent! I have seen the Walker Project several times around Cinci and wondered when we could expect an official release. This CD is wonderful!! The only gripes I have (and I am in no way an artist, so this is just my opinion and nothing else), are that I thought Move On sounded better on the free demo I picked up from the band over a year ago because it seemed a little faster and the vocals seemed more heartfelt and less rehearsed. And I was saddened that the song they do (I don't know the name) where she just sort of speaks the vocals (maybe it's called "broken"?) wasn't on there. It's a favorite. But I was really really impressed with the CD in all other aspects, and it will be one that I definitely recommend to others. These guys are really talented and have a sound that is truly their own. They aren't just some other version of another band, and they are definitely worth checking out.

Anna Hamilton

This CD rules!!!!!!!!
I think this CD rules. I saw The Walker Project a few years ago and have been waiting for a cd to come out. Finally it came out and it was worth the wait, this cd is awesome!

CityBeat Cincinnati, OH Mike Breen

The long-awaited debut album from The Walker Project, You Can Be Yourself, is set for release on Sunday at Downtown's Alchemize. Eric Diedrichs, DJ Empirical and Embrya also perform at the release party.
The Walker Project has always been one of the best hard-to-categorize bands in town. Formed in 2001 as a duo, singer/guitarist Carole Walker and bassist Chris Walker (brother/sister, if you didn't already know) didn't try to fit into any particular scene, instead combining their broad influences for a varied sound that touches on Pop, Folk, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Soul and Rock, but ends up in a place that is all its own. Be Yourself won't appease the pigeonholers, as the group continues to defy precise classification. Now rounded out by drummer Tim Hensley, the Walkers pulled in guitarist John Gentry and keyboardist Phil Ritchey to add some rich textures to Be Yourself. Chris Walker has earned a reputation for being one of the best bass players in town, and on Be Yourself he shows his authoritative command of the instrument, be it tasteful anchoring or his distinct ability to play "busy" without being distracting. Carole Walker has been equally lauded for her soulful, lilting vocal ability, which get its calling card with Be Yourself (she can somehow occasionally sound like Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Ani DiFranco and Erykah Badu in the span of one line).

The songwriting on the debut is structurally strong, and Carole's lyrics, while at times overly ideological, have an introspective thoughtfulness that is charmingly charismatic. On Be Yourself, the group moves fluidly from smoky-bar Soul ("Move On"), to ethereal Funk ("Bulletproof") to sensual Folk/Pop ("Impatiently") to rousing Gospel ("Life Is Beautiful") like the versatile music veterans they are. The unadulterated intimacy of You Can Be Yourself is refreshing and rare, a seemingly effortless display of innate, natural musical instinct. (