Athena Reich's 5th CD, LITTLE GIRL DREAMS, is produced by multiple Grammy/Emmy winner Cynthia Daniels (Melissa Etheridge, Chaka Khan etc). LITTLE GIRL DREAMS marks Athena’s coming into her own as a mature, articulate, reflective, dynamic original artist that can be compared to Annie Lennox’s “Diva”, Regina Spektor’s “Begin to Hope”, Adele's "21" and Sara Bareilles's "Little Voice".
ABOUT LITTLE GIRL DREAMS
LITTLE GIRL DREAMS features numerous hit singles, including:
1. Love is Love; an upbeat unconventional love song celebrating the complexity within relationships. “The issues surrounding gay marriage are absurd because no one – not one of us holds the answers to the question of love. The issue is not who you love”, says Athena, “it’s how you love.”
2. Little Girl Dreams is about following your dreams no matter what obstacles you must overcome, from a ban on gay marriage to an ex who tries to break your heart. No one and nothing can stop the power of those little girl (and boy) dreams.
3. The Logical Song is a cover of the 1979 Supertramp hit by Roger Hodgson. Athena revives this internationally beloved, almost forgotten, anthem rebelling against society’s pressure to conform. Athena’s version stays true to the original, while adding contemporary beats, and sultry, soulful vocals.
Little Girl Dreams features a string quartet (arrangements by Greg Pliska of Carly Simon & Hem), gorgeous electronic grooves, and subtle instrumentation that lets Athena’s amazing vocal and songwriting talents shine through without any distraction. Each song on Little Girl Dreams tells a story in a most surprising, beautiful, and delicate manner.
ABOUT ATHENA REICH
Athena Reich is an award winning singer/songwriter, actress, TV Host/Personality, Lady Gaga Impersonator and Arts Educator. She has performed and taught in schools, performance halls, colleges, and on radio & TV across North America & Europe. Athena is originally from Toronto, but is currently based out of New York City.
Athena was chosen to appear in Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory" Google Chrome commercial which aired during the season finales of Glee, SNL, Billboard Awards and more. She has been sweeping the nation as "renowned Lady Gaga impersonator Athena Reich" (Washington Times), and now Lady Gaga herself has taken notice.
Athena’s first video, LOVE IS LOVE, charted #1 on MTV’s LOGO. Her 5TH CD, LITTLE GIRL DREAMS, received 5 Outmusic Award nominations and LOVE IS LOVE won Best Outstanding Pop Song of the Year 2009. Her newest video, THE LOGICAL SONG (cover of the the Roger Hodgson tune) premiered on Curve Magainze and was nominated for Video of the Year 2011 on MTV LOGO also charted for weeks in the top 10.
LITTLE GIRL DREAMS was produced by the Emmy/Grammy Winning Cynthia Daniels and LOVE IS LOVE was co-written with the multi-platinum songwriter Lorraine Ferro. Athena’s music is alternative pop, and can be compared to Annie Lennox, Sarah McLaughlin, and Regina Spektor.
Athena has fans and friends across North America and Europe. She has performed at venues such as the Jacob Javitz Center, The Knitting Factory (NY/LA), The Railway Club (Vancouver), The Living Room (NYC), Swan Bar (Paris) & Regal Room (London). She has received countless press in newspapers, TV stations, national magazines and commercial radio such as Fox Business News, Food TV, Curve Magazine, She Magazine, Village Voice, Toronto Star, AM New York, About.com and more. She sells 30+ CDs at her shows. She has shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Jim Carrey, Peaches, Janeanne Garafalo, Nellie McKay, Stephen Schwartz and more.
Athena wrote the theme song for two TV pilots, LIVING IN CAPTIVIY which premiered at the ITV Fest in LA and NY Television Festival, (Athena also performed at the opening Red Carpet party at ITV Fest); and 16TH & 8TH, a soap opera camera currently being shopped to networks.
As a host and arts correspondent, Athena has worked for PBS, Air America Radio, The Food Network, 103.9 FM in Toronto, and Here! TV. Her ‘How To’ videos on Songwriting and Acting on ExpertVillage.com and YouTube.com have garnered millions of hits.
As an actress, Athena has appeared in numerous commercials, Film, TV and Off-Broadway productions including Love Sucks at the New York Musical Theater Festival (which was adored by the NY press), Fran in The Day They Shot John Lennon and principle roles on the History Channel, CNN, etc. She won Best Comedy at Canada's YTV Achievement Awards (Judge Eugene Levy). Athena was commissioned to compose music for the play Lemon Meringue, and held the role as "Gail, the therapist". Most recently, Athena appeared as Juror #4 and Mr. Les Doyle in "Where Do I Come From" at Kentucky Repertory Theater and Roy Arias in NYC. As a writer, Athena was commissioned by the Wildlife Conservation Society to write a poem for the opening of the Alien Stingers Exhibit at the NY Aquarium.
As an inspirational speaker, Athena has lectured, and facilitated workshops on LGBT rights, childhood abuse, Music Marketing, and the Secrets of the Entrepreneurial Spirit.
Athena’s sense of humor, insight, ability to connect with all ages, and overflowing talent continues to touch lives internationally.
All Music and Lyrics © 2008 Athena Reich (SOCAN)
Except Love is Love and Mr. Fly co-written with Lorraine Ferro and
The Logical Song by Rodger Hodson (Supertramp)
Produced by Cynthia Daniels
Recorded and Mixed by Cynthia Daniels for MonkMusic Productions
Recorded at Kampo Studios , NYC and MonkMusic Studios, Easthampton, NY
Assistant Engineers: Ariosto Arata and John Grew
Mastered by Alan Silverman at ARF! Digital, NYC
Black and White Athena Photos: Denise Grant
Piano Photos: Aaron Reynolds
Cartoon Logo: Leanne Fransen
Graphic Design by Sergio Sandino, Play-It Productions, NYC
Vocals, Background Vocals & Piano: Athena Reich
Except Background Vocals for “Love is Love”, & Background Vocal Arrangement for “Bogey Man” by Lorraine Ferro and Select Background Vocals for “The Logical Song” by Cynthia Daniels
Drums and Synth programming/arrangements: Cynthia Daniels
String Arrangements for “Bones” and “The Great Divide” by Greg Pliska
Stand-Up/Electric Bass & Harmonica: Christopher North
Guitars: Johnny Blood
Acoustic Drums: Warren Odze
Organ: Pete Levin
Violin: Hiroko Taguchi
Violin: Una Tone
Viola: Marya Columbia
Cello: Mary Woote