Liv Warfield is one of the most promising voices in indie soul music today. Her triumphant debut album, Embrace Me, is a compelling overload, combining warm, seductive vocals and vintage R&B with a funky new-age twist. Her music is a celebration of love and life; a powerful package of brilliant songwriting and flawless harmonizing. But Livâ€™s greatness lies in her simplicity. She still has that demure mid-western charm about herself and a unique vulnerability that paints a picture of a young woman with an old soul full of timeless, liberated melodies.
â€œAscending from a family history of extraordinary talent arises a self-trained singer, songwriter, performer, arranger and co-producer, Liv Warfield. Warfield is R&Bâ€™s purest new musician since Sade. Out of an era dominated by the R&B synthesizer, over sampled hip-hop production and a distinctly bohemian neo-soul movement, emerges a fundamentally pure artist that defies the modern trends of her genre and embodies a global art form through her cross-categorical appeal. A singer who organically blends classic soul, electric rock, sultry rhythm and straight-up sexy blues like Tina Turnerâ€”and itâ€™s only the beginning. Artistic genius flows through the veins of this Peoria-born songstress and close relative of the late comedian Richard Pryor. It is through Warfieldâ€™s lyrical clarity, her vocal conviction and the brilliance of her timeless arrangements, where she eclipses her contemporaries. Her succinct and purposeful songwriting, inspired by the â€œmessage musicâ€ of Curtis Mayfield, fuses her gospel-guided sensibilities with secular lyrics that are sultry without sacrificing her foundation of moral authority.â€ CD Baby
Liv, who is the cousin of legendary comedian Richard Pryor, didnâ€™t inherit her love of music by way of genetics, Sunday morning church choir participation or school band rehearsals, although she did play the violin for 13 years, Liv was a track star who longed to sing. Born and raised in Peoria, Illinois to a family of prideful, standout athletes Liv kept her emotions, talents and dreams to herself and lived vicariously through her musical heroâ€™s such as Jill Scott, Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Sarah Vaughn, Sade and Mary J. Blige. â€œAll of these women have strong voices and there is something in each of them that I see in myself. They were not afraid to be vulnerable and didnâ€™t put on fronts. They were raw, pure and intense.â€
“In four years she has gone from a raw talent, unsure of herself onstage, often sitting on a stool wearing a running suit, to a powerhouse, assured of her talent and her ability to move an audience, punctuating her music with movement and magically made-over to allow her outer beauty to match the inner beauty bursting out of every pore.â€ The Oregonian Newspaper
Embrace Me, is all about acceptance and not being afraid to spread your wings to soar to the next level. It is a womanâ€™s album with male sensibilities. Along with an intoxicating blend of rock, alternative, soul and R&B rhythms, there are lush, rhythmic details and arrangements that create a magical sound, with one common thread on the 11-track album being about love- losing love, receiving love, giving love; the pains, the thrills, the inspiration and the disappointment. On the uncomplicated track, â€œABCâ€™sâ€, a mid-tempo jam about loving yourself for who you are every single day and letting your mind be free, Liv perfects the undisputed rule of being true to ones self. While â€œI Decidedâ€ is a slow-burning groove that deals with the heartache of leaving an emotionally-destructive relationship, â€œWork For Meâ€, is an inspiring, educational and uplifting single, that transcends time. Liv also drops a dramatic jewel on the live, epic ballad â€œBrother Manâ€.
â€œOne of the best surprises of all, 27 year old Liv Warfield. The Peoria native comes out of left field as a kind of Sade-meets-Jill Scott-meets-Anita Baker, her sultry, steamy voice deftly handling an excellent collection of jazz-influenced soul on her debut album, Embrace Me, live instrumentation is the perfect backdrop for Warfieldâ€™s groovy, appealing compositions and her surprisingly assured vocals. A stunning new talent and one of the best debut albums youâ€™ll hear this year.â€ Soultracks
As the year winds down, I wanted to take a moment to share with you one of the best CDs that Iâ€™ve heard in 2006. The artist is Liv Warfield, and the name of her debut release is â€œEmbrace Meâ€. Sheâ€™s a very talented young lady hailing from Portland, Oregon. Liv Warfield can SANG! Its R&B music at itâ€™s best; soulful, sensual, funky, and raw. I donâ€™t know whatâ€™s going on out in the mid-west, but I think weâ€™re missing out on
something. Discover soulful music from the heartland. Liv Warfieldâ€™s â€œEmbrace
Meâ€ is the perfect introduction.â€ Rhythm Flow
Crooning sweetly on sexy radio-ready tracks and easy-listening ballads, Liv expertly pairs emotive poetry and lyrical storytelling amidst the soundscape of solid instrument laden grooves. Having opened for heavy hitters such as B.B. King, The Dave Matthews Band, The Roots and Floetry, to name a few, this self-described â€œspontaneous, laid backâ€ chanteuse, has not always been so fortunate in her career. â€œIâ€™ve sat on the street and sang until five in the morning, sang for money to put gas in the car, checked out of my apartment to be able to have money to do music.â€
â€œThis is a lovely, strong set of songs, with Liv’s vocals forefront, indicating the quality of this woman’s vocal delivery. The opener ‘A, B, C’ has, not only Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie on drums and vocal chores, but quite the ‘dirtiest’ bassline I have heard all year. An excellent opener, that leads us through Liv’s Soulful musical garden. These songs are all of a very high standard, with, perhaps, ‘Waiting’, ‘Work For Me’ and ”Get Away’ being the sets other highlights. All told, very satisfying throughout and a great addition to any Soul collection.â€
â€œLiv is a singer and a songwriter with unlimited potential. She is a vibrant 27 year-old black woman who has all the things going for her that could make her a star. Warfield is so damned positive, such a good wordsmith, sings with such power and conviction that even jaded old reporters can see sunbeams shooting out the top of her head. Her love songs aren’t sappy or nasty, they’re sexual, but you actually get the feeling she’s talking about love with sex. Quite a concept. She sings about the heartbreak without whining, and calls him out without calling names.â€ Counterpunch
Hip-hop, pop, R&B, soul, rock from a female perspective, the rising star of Liv Warfield and her debut Embrace Me are soon to shoot to instant-classic status. â€œYou can listen to this CD all the way through and itâ€™s going to keep you in a vibe the whole time and then youâ€™re gong to want to listen to it again. You can take away everything else, but my music is something that I will fight for.â€ Spoken like a woman set out to conquer the world.
â€œLocal soul sister Liv Warfield may have gotten her start karaoke-ing at the Galaxy, but now she counts stars like Method Man among her admirers.â€ Portland Mercury Newspaper
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