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Hell On High Heels

by Venitia Sekema

"A little bit blues, a little bit folk and a whole lotta soul"
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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1. Monday Morning All The Time
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2. Oregon
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3. Hell On High Heels
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4. You're Not There
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5. Sugar Daddy
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6. Someone Like You
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7. Circle
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8. Mile Long Days
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9. Sweet Temptation
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10. The Same
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11. Not That Kinda Girl
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12. Now Is The Time
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13. Been Lonely Too Long
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Album Notes
Venitia Sekema

"The title track to Venitia Sekema's new CD, Hell on High Heels, is the most frightening foot apparel tune since Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made For Walkin'." Not what you'd expect to be said about performing songwriters these days, but Venitia has gotten used to being the exception to the rule. She has been steadily winning over audiences around the midwest with her straight forward, sometimes funny, always emotionally moving lyrics.
"Hell on High Heels", her second full length album released May 2007, has been met with critical success and radio and internet airplay in the US, Canada and Europe. "Like a cooling thunder storm on a prairie hot day her voice soothes the soul."
The newest CD was named one of the top 30 albums of 2007 by 88.1 WVPE, as did her 1st studio effort, "Lucky Numbers" in 2005. Venitia has worked as a studio vocalist for recording sessions in Nashville, Tennessee, was selected as a Featured Showcase Artist at the 2007 Midwest Regional FA Conference, and private showcased at the 2008 National Folk Alliance in Memphis. She currently is working on her 3rd album, “Boomland”, slated to be released in 2009.

Here's what others are saying:
"Her sound is at once sparse and amazingly full. No more is needed: a ringing acoustic guitar and her sultry voice...that is all I needed to be a fan." Vince DeFarbo, CD Baby
"A solid record that's got spunk and a sense of humor. As for this more soulful vibe, it's a hat or rather, a pair of high heels that she wears well." Karen Rivers, South Bend Tribune.
Sekema tours mostly through the great lakes area, including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa, but have recently included some of the north and south eastern states. To maintain her local exposure, she hosts a successful open stage at The Livery, a micro brew and concert hall in Benton Harbor Michigan, a favorite stop of many national musicians. She has also been asked to open for many well known and up and coming performers on the international circuit today, such as Jeff Lang, Corinne West, Robin and Linda Williams, Chris Thele, and Carrie Newcommer to name a few.
Venitia is a performer who wants listeners to "feel" her songs. Not one to get boxed in, she doesn’t stick to one genre’ either, most have described her style as “a little bit folk, a little bit blues and a whole lotta soul” It appears, she has set out to dispel the myth about folk music, one song at a time. Whether it's one of her own or her interpretation of one that everyone knows, she digs down deep and serves it up fresh.


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Vince "Farbo" DeLucia

An electric storm of sensuous soul...Venitia will stir you...
A voice that conjures images of farmhouses, screendoors and steely gray days...Venitia will move you. The winners here a Mile Long Day and Sweet Temptation. Like a cooling thunder storm on a prairie-hot day her voice soothes the soul. Her sound is at once sparse and amazingly full. No more is needed: a ringing acoustic guitar and her sultry voice...that is all I needed to be a fan. As a songwriter myself I have come to appreciate the simplicity inherent in a good song. Whether she wrote them or chose them...makes no difference. The end result is pure art.

John Calandra

With Venitia you get much more than a unique voice. Her writing is poetry. The guitar transports you to the club atmosphere that immerses you in the moment. If you want to feel music centered on you, the listener, you need to hear Venitia.

A unique talent, clever songs, great voice and a sense of humor! Powerful yet personal.

South Bend Tribune

May 20. 2007

Musician slides on new pair of shoes
Sekema wears soul well on second album


Tribune Staff Writer

Singer-songwriter Venitia Sekema just released her second album, and from glancing at the unopened CD, one thing is immediately apparent.

Someone went and got a little sassy.

The cover for "Hell on High Heels" shows Sekema in a black fringed dress getting down on an old-fashioned microphone. Songs include "Sugar Daddy" and "Not That Kinda Girl."

Sekema has always had a little blues and soul to her sound, but this album explores and reveals that side of her music in greater depth.

The results? A solid record that's got spunk and a sense of humor.

This Venitia -- the one in the little black dress -- knows how to have a good time.

In fact, Sekema should be having plenty of fun this Friday at her official CD release party at The Livery. She put together a five-piece backup band just for the occasion.

A resident of Galien, Sekema has been a full-time musician since quitting her day job back in 2005. She now hosts The Livery's Monday open mic night, and often hits the road to tour the Great Lakes area and beyond. Her first album was the eclectic, enjoyable folk offering "Lucky Numbers."

Some of that sound hangs around on this record. "Now Is the Time," for instance, is a kind-of '60s-throwback socially conscious folk tune. "Oregon" is a soft, sweet one about being on the road.

The more soulful stuff, however, clearly drives the album.

The opening track is a playful lament called "Monday Morning All the Time," and that light-hearted blues vibe continues on a number of songs.

The title track is a fun, funky number, as are the aforementioned "Sugar Daddy" and "Not That Kinda Girl." "Someone Like You," the album's official "you're not all that" track, also is in that vein -- and it's a standout.

Woven in with these more playful tunes are some good old sad love songs, including the pretty, urgent album-closer, "Been Lonely Too Long."

Part of what makes the album a success is that Sekema is not just experimenting with a different emphasis, but really embracing it and having fun. Those who've seen her perform know that she can do blues, but with "Hell on High Heels" she takes that side of her sound and runs with it.

Like many singer-songwriters, Sekema says she doesn't subscribe to any one style.

As for this more soulful vibe, it's a hat -- or rather, a pair of high heels -- that she wears well.

Staff Writer Karen Rivers:

Przemek Draheim

Reviews:(May 16, 2007)

I'm moved. The way Venitia blends different styles is just so enjoyable. Blues, soul ballads, jazz, folk and a bit of pop - these are different genres but when you touch them with her voice, bonds between them become very clear. Her singing is elegant and gentle, sometimes can be romantic and sometimes very sexy. My personal favorites on the disc are the soul ballads - spectacular!
It will be my pleasure to feature her music in my shows. I'm sure my listeners will enjoy it as much as I do!
Przemek Draheim
The Blues Foundation /Member
Living Blues Magazine /Contributor
Radio Sfera/"The Voice of the Blues”