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Loretta McNair

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A fine singer with a beautiful voice, Loretta McNair is a very talented songwriter whose lyrics give fresh takes and viewpoints about universal topics, especially love and relationships. While her previous CD, Deeper Than Indigo, was an impressive effort, her most recent recording, Intimate Portrait, is a giant step forward. “Intimate Portrait is a collection of my best writing,” says Loretta. “It is all acoustic, and it has the vocals and the lyrics up front.” A superior storyteller, she introduces a dozen fine originals on this memorable set.

Raised in Southern California, Loretta remembers, “My grandfather, who played mandolin and banjo, bought me a guitar when I was 12 years old and sent me to guitar school to have lessons. One of my teachers was the backup guitarist for John Davidson. My mother played piano and she wrote songs for all of her children. I taught my sisters how to sing harmonies. We would have family jam sessions.” Loretta spent a period playing classical guitar but was more interested in the music of the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the British Invasion bands, and she learned harmonies from listening to them and the Lennon Sisters. She got occasional calls to perform as a single act for hotels, showcases and weddings but was a realist. “It was a dream of mine to be a singer, but my grandfather taught me that I would need a backup plan because he said hardly any artist can make a living.”

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