Quotes & Reviews
Brenda Freed, you need to know, is one of the best undiscovered singers
Your Smilin' Inside CD is great! You have a beautiful voice!
It seems to wrap itself around each note and makes it your own! Like
no one has ever sung that note before! Yer blues really rock I like yer
jazz too! Glen Alyn's song is hauntingly cool
Freed's voice is comforting and true, embracing each note with warmth
and a first rate pliability.
burt & flo had had a bad day. their bowling scores were around
their ages &
so off the 3 friends went. i saw them later that night in a little
Brenda Freed possesses the jazz agility of Diane Schuur married with
a hint of pop/folk, ala Kerrville's Folk Festival. An enjoyable listen
for a lazy afternoon or romantic evening.
I am super impressed with your new Smilin' Inside CD. . . .more than
just your average new release. . . .I refer to this as 'an Artist at
work '. With background music like a sock to a shoe. . . .and a rainbow
of styles, vocal clout & intelligent lyrics & melody. . . .Smilin'
Inside is prime reaching a peak and leaves me where I like to be left.
. . .wanting for more.
Brenda sings in the traditions of jazz and blues yet moves beyond tradition
to create a wonderful and provocative blend of her own flavorings...with
such wonderful qualities of expression in her songs I look forward to
many great things from her in the future.
Thanks a lot for the Brenda Freed CD, which I heard earlier today and
enjoyed very much. Beautiful production and first rate vocalizing and
I must say, it's a real masterpiece....so warm music...great vocals,
extremely naturally sound................should be the reference Audio-CD
for all Hifi-Studios!!!!
Brenda Freed ...approaching all kind of traditional influences in a
very fresh, pure 'n unpretentious way .. this makes a great CD!
Thank you very much for sending me your beautiful release. I've enjoyed
listening to your beautiful songs and great music and I like your style
very much. I will give your disc regular airplay in my radio show because
you're damned good.
Thanks again for this new album. I didn't forget Sparks Fly,Faith
Healer and Center of the road, these songs are still from time
to time on the air. If I tell you, you have a so beautiful voice you
will answer to me they already told it to me . - Nevertheless
the big satisfaction is your voice.
Smilin' Inside is the kind of authentic music that can so easily be
lost amidst the desperate excitement of 30-somethings striving to retain
their wishfully misspent youth as they trawl through dump-bins of re-releases.
Brenda Freed is above all that. She disdains anything showy, anything
dishonest, in favour of the emotion at the heart of her songs which is
conveyed with a deeply touching directness: listen to 'In the Nest of
Our Hearts' if you want to be convinced. Not that all the songs are that
intense; there are also wit and humour here, an occasional whimsy that
might remind you of Dan Hicks. There might be many other echoes here,
as Freed displays an eclectic array of influences: you can hear jazz,
folk, blues, torch song, hints of experimental keyboards; but here, as
with the best music, those kinds of definitions are sterile and pedantic.
What is really here is an exceptional voice that is lazy yet assured,
cool yet sexy - my mind is dirty but my hands are clean as
she teasingly sings - playful yet involved. She's matched with a set
of musicians who are so tight yet unobtrusive: there is no self-consciously
idle virtuosity here; just a shared love of song, of music. Give yourself
a break and have a treat: forget the re-releases, dim the lights, settle
down with a glass of good wine, and give a serious listen to a wholly
enjoyable and impressive cd.
Your music is in fact very beautiful and it has a jazz/bluesy feel that
gives it a certain degree of personality and a very delightful and soft
flavour. The voice is really pertinent to this climate but I find there
is something in it that reminds me of the solemnity and of the sweetness
of some great performers of the Scottish folk scene, a feeling that is
reinforced by such tracks like In The Nest Of Our Hearts and Never
Change Your Style
SMILIN´ INSIDE is a new CD by talented singer/songwriter BRENDA FREED
that can make you smile inside and outside. It´s an album that is different
both in sound and in songs than what you hear out of Nashville all the
time. The lady has her own sound and that is not what we call traditional
country. She offers a pretty personal collection of songs, her music
includes various musical styles, some Blues and some Folk/Country, a
little Gospel and even a flavour of Cajun. With her distinctive, clear
voice, she keeps you listening to her music- most of it coming from her
own pen. It´s worth it to listen to the stories she is telling in her
songs. This is an album that was produced with heart & soul. My favorite
songs are You'll Never Know, Don't Let The Sun Go Down and Ships.
I like the CD very much - the songs are great, nice moods and a
MANY THANKS for your CD - the music is GREAT and I am already air playing
it in my radio show. Your voice is wonderful!!!
The CD is excellent. I'm doing a mostly Texas music show in a couple
I like it VERY much, listened VERY often just
... a high-powered headline act that holds its own very well in
the talent-rich Los Angeles/Hollywood area. Brenda sings full bore
from the first song to 'lights out.' She dabbles nicely in stories-with-wit...............The
welcome mat will always be out for Brenda...........
At our concert series, and again at the Salado Art Festival, Brenda
Freed and Val Roessling turned in crowd-pleasing performances. Brenda
has an exuberant, energetic stage presence, engaging songs and a clear,
soulful voice. Val is a guitar master with a quiet, easy-going grace
of his own. Together, they're dynamite fun.
Brenda Freed is a generous performer. She presents her songs to her
audience as if they are a personal gift to each listener. No self-consciousness
here; she is in complete emotional control of her songs, communicating
them as only the best performers do. And those songs have everything—ballads,
upbeat material, broken spirits and good times—all exceptionally well
crafted and from the heart. Here is music you could get addicted to.
Brenda's voice is the nicest voice I've heard in a long, long time. When
she started singing, I felt it.
For Texas Hot Flash
I want to thank Texas Hot Flash for the great performance at the opening
session of our 2004 conference in Austin. You guys were great
and really connected with the audience. Thank you for sharing
your music and making the conference memorable.