Back in March while I was at SXSW I was invited to a private luncheon and concert with hot new artist Diane Birch. The luncheon invite was courtesy of One2One Network and was organized my my good friends Arianne and Lindsay. I had been noticing the buzz around Diane build for several weeks, and I was really excited to get the chance to hear her perform when she was still in the early stages of her career. You know, it’s a total “I can say I heard her way back when…” kinda moment. My expectations of the experience were FAR exceeded. I was actually blown away, and perhaps even the teensiest bit jealous that any one person can be blessed with so much talent. Her soulful voice took me back to a time period that I’m too young to have lived in — and I loved every second of it. Oh, and did I mention her acapella backup singers – no mics, just one amazingly full sound.
Did I mention I was impressed? Cause um, yeah, I was.
Ok, so her debut “Bible Belt” just dropped on Tuesday, and it’s fantastic. Seriously, I have been jamming out to it for over a month (yes, I’m special and had an copy of it before it dropped – don’t hate me too much) and I can’t get enough. I would even venture to place her as one of my new favorite artists – actually that’s quite a big deal for me to say because I don’t take my love affair with music lightly. My favorite tracks from her CD include “Fools”, “Nothing But A Miracle”, “Rewind”, and “Mirror Mirror”. I truly had a hard time picking just a few, though, because I love the entire CD – I just leave it on repeat. It seems that I’m not the only one who is smitten with Diane’s sound – “Bible Belt” was in the Top 10 on iTunes on the day it was released! Clearly she is already a success, and trust me, her star is not going to stop shining anytime soon.
Wanna experience this amazing new artist for yourself? S-Curve Records and Diane Birch are working together to present Discover & Donate. The way it works is simple — spend some time in the “Bible Belt” by purchasing Diane’s soulful sound and then choose one of six charities to receive a $1 donation from your purchase. The charities are all very worthy – I found it hard to choose just one, but in the end I chose my cause to be March Of Dimes – so if you buy Diane’s album through the link below, $1 of your purchase will be donated to March of Dimes. Feel free to grab the widget for yourself, and share it with others as well – because whomever raises the most money for charity through their widget by June 23, 2009, wins a free concert in their hometown! The opportunity to raise money for a worthy charity, to support an artist trying to do something good with her success, and to win a hometown concert are all on the table – so start sharing this great opportunity!