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She Really Is

by Kirsten Thien

Sexy, intelligent, pop music. Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan might be jealous.
Genre: Pop: Today's Top 40
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1. Still Love the Rain
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2. Nothing Can Save You Now
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3. Reason
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4. I Won't Be Hurt Again
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5. Treat 'im Like a Man
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6. Feels Like the Pain is Fading
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7. Mountains
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8. Maria's Lament
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9. Shame
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10. Time You Were Mine
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11. She Really Is a Rockstar
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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What happens when a Maine girl schooled on Linda Ronstadt, 80's rock, and early blues gets a degree in finance then decides to join a band and write songs? You end up with the soulful, sensual and intelligent independent release, She Really Is, from Kirsten Thien.

From her early days growing up in southern Maine, Kirsten performed frequently, often gravitating toward songs from Linda Ronstadt's Greatest Hits and getting her father to back her up on the acoustic guitarsoul and rock music, Kirsten's talent and potential as a vibrant and alluring performer emerged and the calling to the world of music became undeniable.

Just before graduation, Kirsten was spotted by a member of the Federal Focus Jazz Band, and was invited to be the first vocalist for this D.C.-based band featuring New Orleans-style Jazz and Blues. This being her first real exposure to jazz and blues, Kirsten found a whole new well of musical influence and inspiration. So after graduation-instead of taking a job on Wall Street-she continued to front Federal Focus and also took a job as lead singer in a D.C. rock band.

Now New York City-based, Kirsten released her debut LP with a kick-off party featuring her all-star band at the legendary Bitter End in New York City. Compared to today's gutsy pop artists like Nelly Furtado, Sheryl Crow and Norah Jones, Kirsten's songs, voice and performances are unique, powerful, and thoroughly satisfying.

Kirsten's debut, She Really Is, began as a demo project as she embarked on her solo career. She enlisted the help of veteran producer and fellow Mainer, Con Fullam of Maine Radio and Television. Less than a year later they had finished the impressive full-length album, She Really Is. Sounding more like a label effort than an independent release, She Really Is features, among others, prominent New York area musicians Ira Siegel (Jewel, Madonna) and Frank Vilardi (Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin).

"The payoff for me as an independent artist and performer comes every time someone tells me they keep this album in their car or CD changer next to major-label purchases and they listen to my album all the time," says Kirsten. "That just tells me we've really reached people with these songs-that my job is to keep writing and performing so I can somehow enhance the lives of more and more listeners."

Kirsten's song 'She Really Is a Rock Star' was chosen for its energetic, catchy thematic tie-in to the off-Broadway modern dance and music production "RockStars NYC." In addition, Kirsten's performances in New York and beyond have drawn in new listeners who crave grooving, soulful pop/rock with lyrics they can relate to-that mean something to them.


Produced by Con Fullam of Maine Radio and Television, "She Really Is" features prominent New York City musicians Ira Siegal (guitarist - Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Jewel); Frank Vilardi (drummer - Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin); Seth Glassman (bassist - Cyndi Lauper, Bonnie Tyler); and Irwin Fisch (keyboardist - Emmy nominated soundtrack composer).


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Dad

She really is...habit forming
This is a fresh, unique sound that keeps you listening. There's an emotion in Kirsten's delivery that's sincere---you can believe she's been in each situation she sings about. Seems like there's a song for every mood. And every song has a "hook". CAUTION! BE WARNED! You'll be replaying them in your head all day.

Dan

I'm in love
Does a theme emerge from all these reviews?

Yup - because we are all hearing thesame great "stuff" in Kirsten's music. I can't wait to see her live when her roadshow gets to Upstate NY!

Eddie Malpica

She really is .... Wonderful!
Kirsten's soulful voice really shines on this CD. Her songs are moving and memorable. Nothing can Save You Now is my personal favorite, although Still Love the Rain is a very close second. I can't recommend this CD enough.

Gerina Stein

she really is . . . she really is!
When I opened She Really Is to play for the first time, I thought Kirsten could not capture the energy she exhibited on Dec. 1 at The Bitter End (her CD debut party). I was wrong. Kirsten starts the CD with Still Love the Rain (one of my favorites) and from the first note, there was all the energy and that pure, clear voice that captured my soul. It's been a long time since a singer with such ease of range, power and pure sound has hit the scene. With this debut CD, she has run the gamut of emotions very artfully. She ends with She Really is a Rock Star which rocked the house on Dec. 1 and she recreates that magic to end the CD. Buy her CD now; her powerful lyrics stay with you.

Mark Whitcher

Every track is better than the next....
Some CDs you buy for a couple of songs, sometimes for only one you really like and never listen to the rest of the albumn. SHE REALLY IS is amazing from start to finish. It's the best CD I've bought in years. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves music with a passion. I can't wait for her next CD!

Laura Thien (her cousin)

She's the greatest
She puts a lot of heart and soul in her songs.

kirsten lynnae holiman

i love it !
THIS CD IS GREAT I LOVE IT! HEY!KIRSTEN THIEN IS GREAT!I LOVE HER MUSIC.I'M 9

KIRSTEN HOLIMAN


I LOVE THIS CD I'M ASKING MY PARENT'S IF I CAN HAVE IT.

KIRSTEN LYNNAE HOLIMAN


THIS CD IS THE BEST. SHE'S BETTER THAN JEWEL. I'M 9 YEARS OLD I LIKE THE SONG TREAT HIM LIKE A MAN