Award Winning Song - Indie Music Awards
The Sunshine Coast’s very own Deanna Cartea Join Company Of Thieves,Girl In A Coma, Birdy Nam Nam, The Soul Of John Black As Winners of
The 11th Independent Music Awards
For Immediate Release
May 2nd, 2012 Vancouver based Deanna Cartea join a diverse roster of self-released and independent label talent culled from 6 continents named today by Music Resource Group (MRG) as the Judge-determined Winners of The 11th Annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential international awards program for independent bands and fans.
The Winners in more than 70 Song, Album, Music Video and Design categories winnowed from thousands of submissions from around the globe, were determined by a panel of influential artists and music industry pros including Keith Richards, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Del McCoury, Ozzy Osbourne, Bettye LaVette, Jim Lauderdale, Joshua Redman, Shelby Lynne, Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), Jason Olaine (Jazz At Lincoln Center), Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), and Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter).
Deanna Cartea was named the winner of the Alt Country Song of they Year for this 11th edition of The IMAs.
Details and complete list of 11th annual IMA Winners, Nominees and Judges available at: www.TheIndependentMusicAwards.com
Band of the Day - Toronto Music Scene
A Voice That Draws You In
Hailing from Regina, Saskatchewan and now based in the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia has molded Deanna into a force to be reckoned with. I hope I am not too late to the party as she has already been named Winner of the 2012 Independent Music Award for “Alt Country song of the year”. She has created quite a unique sound and approach by drawing upon the exposure she had to the hard core elements of society during her prior career in Social Work that brought her up close and personal to the people and families who struggle daily. Seeing those images, combined with her own personal experiences in life, form a genuine and cerebral style to the character of her songwriting.
Back in the beginning of the summer Deanna Cartea released the album Open Road and has put her heart and soul into getting it out there to the masses. Captivating vocals, haunting melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics describe the album from front to back. From the first time you hear her sultry voice on the peppy opening track ‘Open Road’ you will know you are in for a powerful listen. Deanna slows it down a little with the spooky ‘Robot’. The guitar effects are used perfectly to create a soundscape that is creepy yet welcoming. As with most of the songs on the album, but in particular ‘Cover me With Flowers’ Deanna really opens herself up with lyrics that are poignant and deep. These are songs where the listener will be forced to listen multiple times to try and take in the full meaning of the tracks.
Red House Review
Deanna Cartea is an alternative country artist based out of Sunshine Coast (Bristish Columbia). Her debut studio album entitled “Open Road” has received both national and international attention and some of its songs are currently on rotation in a dozen radio stations worldwide. The main theme of Cartea’s first studio creation is as she stated in an interview: “Open Road is about shedding old patterns that do not serve us any longer.”. Inspirations for the album has come from Cartea’s own personal experience but also from working as a social worker and seeing (men and women) continue on with detrimental relationships. Winner of an independent music award (song of the year “Open Road”), hitting #2 on Canadian Roots Rock Charts, and just recently having played in Toronto’s Indie Week- Cartea’s success appears to be well on it’s way up with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Right from the moment you press play- Cartea’s vocal characteristics demonstrate a soothing collection of tones and whispers from an old soul. The experience is authentic, and heartfelt by her audience and that’s what makes her music so emotional. Cartea’s vocal work is similar to that of a tailor. She hand sews a musical ambience of only the finest fabrics and then on a song like “Song On The Radio” layers her voice to give it that beautiful tonal texture that we hear in her final product. On other songs (and especially in some live recordings) we hear not only the musicianship of Cartea’s band (Ken McBride on guitar and Barry Taylor on the drums) but also the artistic exchange between the instruments and her vocals. A perfect example of this can be found on her song “There’s a Place” where the guitar is just effortlessly expressing itself to Cartea and vice versa, which makes the song sound almost as if it is a dialogue between two really good friends. A conversation that’s just as interesting and easy to follow as one you would have with your best friend.
Cartea’s style is distinctive and her lyrics are real. Open Road is the perfect balance of the upbeat and melancholic emotions that are brought about by love. Songs like “Open Road”, “In For The Night” and “There’s A Place” all have this nice comforting cheery feel to them; whereas the other eight songs on the album pull the audience to a darker and more emotional environment that draws towards feelings of lost and unrequited love. The words on the song “Cover Me With Flowers” sound like something taken right out of a diary. That being said, the sincere way in which Cartea delivers the lyrics to that song make it so that the audience cannot possibly know if the words are being taken from Cartea’s diary or from someone else’s.
The argument can be made that there was a tiny pinch of overproduction on one or two songs on Open Road. On the song “Tears Don’t Lie” the powerful part where Cartea repeats those exact lyrics, sounds a bit overproduced. Also, the echoes in Cartea’s voice in the beginning of the spoken word section of the song “On the Edge” feel a bit too simulated.
Overall, Open Road is an artfully crafted piece of alternative country music. If you’re a fan of Mazzy Star, Feist or Fionna Apple you definitely need to get a little bit of Deanne Cartea into your CD or Mp3 collection.
Songs to listen to on the album: “Open Road”; “Song On The Radio”; “In For The Night”; “Cover Me With Flowers”
Artfully crafted with just the right dose of instruments and musical arrangements, this album covers a vast array of modern life’s determining topics and the fleeting feelings of love and loss. The tracks are all delivered with Deanna Cartea’s husky, honey-like voice and pleasant, catchy musical arrangements that are truly unique among modern indie songstresses.
What is rare about Deanna Cartea, is that she seems to be untouched by the cynicism and exasperation so prevalent in our modern day culture. Her songs have layers of depth, her arrangements are surprising and interesting and then there is her unique voice. She manages to have more enchanting nuances in her voice than many other singers we hear.
For example, many R&B and Soul singers never seem content to just to sing a great line, but run through a series of vocal scales to impress listeners with their pyrotechnics. Instead what Deanna does is simply magical. Her voice and phrasing is always luscious and fresh, without the unnecessary frills.
The tracks jump off “Open Road” with punchy, happy harmony and rhythm, memorable hooks and searingly clear vocals.
Music often can truly change your mood, while authentic to-the-bone tunes makes your hair stand on end, giving you the feeling of an electrical charge. You will be charged by “Open Road.”
Eleven outstanding tracks that defy pigeonholing. There is not one minute wasted on this album. Most of the songs on here are mellow, but when Deanna Cartea picks things up, she makes it work. Absolute standout tracks for me, amongst a collection of true gems, are “Robot,” “Tears Don’t Lie,” “Cover Me With Flowers” and “On The Edge.”
With “Open Road,” Deanna Cartea has put together a collection of songs that delve into the subjects of love, loss, and life, all while carrying a smooth sound which maintains an emotional intensity that never fails to connect with the listener. The album features slow, romantic tracks that bristle with emotion, interspersed with a sprinkling of lighter, upbeat pieces.
In closing, Deanna Cartea’s voice is as adventurous as the music she creates. She croons, purrs, whispers and warbles, just enough to turn each beautifully written melody into a pop gem. Purchasing this album is not something you’ll be likely to regret. You’ll fall in love with “Open Road” and Deanna Cartea almost instantly.
Album Review by James Moore - Independent Mus
If other tracks like the stunning “Cover Me With Flowers” are any indication with it’s deep, sorrowful outpouring that is enough to stop you in your tracks, then Deanna’s new release, also called “Open Road”, is not to be missed by fans of quality singer/songwriters. This is some mesmerizing material. Listen to “It’s Another Day” for another taste of Cartea’s unique delivery. I don’t know who to compare to and this is a good thing. It’s something I haven’t heard before and yet familiar.
I see big things in Deanna Cartea’s future. Good songs by good souls tend to get heard above the clutter. She brilliantly expresses joy, sorrow, and a knowingness that pervades the two.
BC MUSICIAN Album Review
By Bobby Herron on BC Musician Magazine
Deanna Cartea is a Sunshine Coast vocalist with a distinctive style. She’s got one of those voices that are at times 60 per cent air and 40 per cent tone. This, combined with her effortless phrasing, pulled me into the music.
Some of the songs that stand out for me on Open Road are – It’s Another Day with the guitar textures that remind me of Phil Mansanera of Roxy Music, One More Time and Photograph – a dramatic, folky tune which contains one of my favorite instruments – accordion. Deanna’s vocals are both expressive and dreamy at times.
There are several guitar players on this album. All clever and proficient. Sometimes it sounds like a guitar player’s showcase. The guitar that appears most consistent is Deanna’s acoustic. I would have liked the drummer to have advocated for a bigger sound. These are all production comments.
I believe Deanna Cartea should keep making records that contain her winning voice and guitar strumming and her Sunshine Coast brand of tasty songwriting.
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New Classic Music For Tomorrow - Album Review
Song on the Radio is the second track and it has a honest folksy feel but moves beyond the staid sound of many folk artist and incorporates and more rocking beat to propel the song along. Sort of a mix between 60′s folk and pop. Robot is a track that is pure pop, The vocals have a Marilyn Monroeish sound to them, breathy and sexy as well as hints of late sixties artist like Melanie. Even hints of Bjork pop up on occasion. Deanna holds the songs true to her vision of music and with excellent results song after song. Crossing musical boundaries with a vision for each track. It’s Another Day is a pop track that could easily hit the radio with its warm feel and commercialism. One More Time uses the slide guitar to nice effect again, though the track has more of country feel with vocals that are easy going. In for the Night follows the same pattern with the easy going feel working well with Deanna vocals, She has much in common with Shelby Lynne and I believe a lot of Shelby fans would enjoy this release very much. Though I have compared Miss Cartea to several other artist she is her own woman. Her sound is her own with excellent results.
Tears Don’t Lie is the most likely hit record on the release in the culture of modern music today. It is a fine ballad that uses a soft subtly blending of instruments and vocals to produce a memorable piece of modern pop.
On the Edge is the last track which is a smooth and warm song with hints of old country but adds a bluesy rocking edge to the sound. Deanna’s smooth vocals fit well with the winsome sound of the music and you can feel the heavy emotion she sings about.
Deanna Cartea Open Road is a solid, warm release with song after song of enjoyable tracks, no matter if its the rocking bluesy feel of Open Read or the pure pop of Tears Don’t Lie or the bluesy alt country of On the Edge, she delivers a top quality release.
Deanna's Debut - Coast Reporter
JAN DEGRASS/ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WRITER
Deanna Cartea's voice is whispery at times, occasionally raspy — it's been described as tattered silk. The voice is distinctive and her first CD, Open Road, released in November at a studio concert at Strait Sound, is a showcase for her style. You could call it folk rock, she says. It surprises with touches of blues and country, and it is marked by her rhythmic guitar work.
The story of the debut album started right here on the Coast.
Cartea learned piano at the age of 10, bass guitar at 14, and she sang in a gospel band in Saskatchewan as a teenager. But her musical confidence grew exponentially when she moved to the Coast six years ago. After meeting such local groups as the Dutton Turnhogs, she added a bit of bluegrass to the mix.
"That's where the fusion happens," she comments.
She got her start at the former Wild Bistro where she met other local musicians such as Janet Panic and Bonar Harris.
"It was Janet and Bonar who told me, 'You could do this professionally,' and I took that to heart."
She's still shy of being in the spotlight where a performer must bare her soul.
"But this is the best community for musicians," she stresses. "It has allowed us to flourish and be nurtured."
An example of this took place when she approached Strait Sound's Ray Fulber about recording. Fulber had seen her perform and was prepared with suggestions. His advice was to use no bass because of Cartea's rhythmic style and because it would hide the layers in her voice.
Other talent such as Joe Stanton and Jay Johnson also play on the recording.
"I'm so blessed to get to work with these people," Cartea said, glowing at the memory.
The CD covers 11 original compositions — two of them co-written with her manager, album producer and partner in life, Kris Anders. The title tune, Open Road, is an upbeat travelling song. There's a Place and On the Edge are healing songs, important to her, and based on sad events in her life that give deeper expression to her songwriting.
The future looks promising. Anders, as her manager, is quick to describe highlights of Cartea's year. She was the winner of the Music BC Demo award, had showcase placement at the Vancouver Island Music Business Conference 2011 and signed a record deal with Citation Records of Los Angeles. There's talk of the song, Open Road, being added to The Shore FM's line-up sometime this month or January.
"We're pretty excited about the reception it has gotten us so far," Anders said.
CDs are available at MELOmania and Strait Music. Find out more at www.deannacartea.com.