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Joy Lynn White

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Joy Lynn White’s commanding alto can soar with passion, growl with indignation and burn with desire. But it’s not just the range and power of her distinctive voice that makes her a favorite of so many well-regarded artists and in-the-know music fans. She also has that indescribable knack for loading each line with nuance and personality; there’s something about her delivery that charges each line with meaning so that a lyric grabs your heart or knocks your head off.

That certain something can be heard on “Keep This Love,” the leadoff cut on White’s fourth album, One More Time. Capturing a conversation between two lovers, White suddenly interjects, “Yea yea yea yea yea yea” - it’s an unexpected blast of feeling that expresses all the pent-up frustration the woman’s been holding back. It’s not accusatory or personal; it’s just a volatile explosion of pure emotion that communicates what the couple’s words can’t, and it’s stunningly effective - just the kind of thing lifts talents like Aretha Franklin or Van Morrison above their peers.

“I try to write songs that have something to say, that have a strong point of view,” says White. “I want to feel a clear emotion when I sing. It lets me play that character for a few minutes while drawing on an experience I’ve had. If it’s real for me, then it’s going to be more real for whoever’s listening.”

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  • wingkon

    I will forever hate how artists like this get so low scrobbles, but crap like Drake gets endless attention

    17 Jul 2010 Reply
  • fitdreadlockboy

    prob the most underateed and yet best country vocalists ive ever heard... realy shame but at least ive discoverd a gem

    30 Dec 2009 Reply

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