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Tonya Rae
Tonya Rae (North Shore Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Very ambitious, even at ten years old, she walked into a dinner club and saw a women singing on stage. Telling the club owner she could do that, she marched right up to him and told him the same thing. Looking at her and chuckling, he told her to come back on Monday and she could sing. Not thinking she would show up, she did. From that club she gained a name for herself in the Santa Cruz area, and build her fan base up from there.

With her first full-length/self-titled CD just released, her blend of country, jazz, and even more country is a must have for any fan of country. Very country oriented, its jazzy feeling helps bring an extra zing to the music. Her voice always keeps the music sensual, no matter what the lyrics are saying, as she takes you through romantic and heart breaking moments. The music itself jumps from slow and very heart felt, to more up tempo, bouncy numbers. Always keeping things lively, she never drives down the same path twice.

Although I like the down to earth, piano driven jazz a lot better than the country, bouncy feeling, this CD has a lot to offer the listener. "Your Coffee's on the Table" is one of the more up tempo bounce numbers, while "Convince Me" sets the pace slow and cozy with its piano driven jazz feeling. All and all, this CD will bring many good moments to any fans of modern day country. I'll give this CD a B.

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