New York, NY
Artists are proverbial sponges of their immediate worlds: they absorb what it is to be alive, in love, heartbroken, full of joy, joyless, in the here and now. But an adept artist also remembers to look back, listening hard and learning from the musings of vintage pianos, carefree ragtime, dusty blues: a time when music was not just the melody, but the deeper story behind it. Old Things are wonderful, especially when we reinvent them, like the rocking of Grandma's old sweater. Singer/Songwriter Margot Blanche, with her eclectic background, smart ear and soulful voice, is determined to not just scrapbook old sounds, but reinvent them.
Margot Blanche, a Hong-Kong raised, French-Filipino songstress with a classically alluring voice, announces the release of her first independent debut album ‘Pages in My Diary’. Collaborating with upcoming producer Kevin ‘12’ Samuels (The Pussycat Dolls, Jordin Sparks) and talents Ronnie Magri (Dita Von Teese) and Terrence Lewis (Cincinnati DJ), the album features intricately written songs penned by Margot, all of which reflect her musical influences and life experiences. With this album, she shakes the constraints of popular music standards, breaks rules, and takes all artistic decisions into her own hands. With her ear for soul and sharp music, she is known for rejuvenating delightful old sounds, pulled from a slew of cultures, with her modern sensibilities.
Blanche was inspired at a young age by both popular and classical music. She held heroes like Mariah and Whitney, but also received rigorous training at the ripe age of 9 with a noted local opera soprano. From a young age, she developed an utmost respect for artists who sing truthfully from their hearts, admiring the imperfections of such vocal honesty. Add the delicate blending of her heritages to boot, the result is a sound unlike any other, paired with a deep level of storytelling. Reigning over all of these eclectic choices is her voice: clear, pure, an astounding range, and universally appealing. NYC was taken by storm in 2001 by this poignant, feisty Belle. Over time, Her live performances at venues such as The Bitter End and Blue Note generated industry buzz and label interest, also landing her on the offical 2009 Grammy Ballot for Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal, Song of the Year and Record of the Year. If this wasn't enough affirmation, her songwriting career has skyrocketed, winning national contests, and her singles have been included on a slew of compilations. Singles are available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. She is currently touring in the New York area with a brilliantly assembled live band.
Riding the raucous success of her songwriting and live performances, this album is guaranteed to break down musical barriers and charm the pants off any willing listener. As Blanche herself boasts such a broad mix of influences. Her music knows no limits of time or genre. Rather, it is a universally refreshing sound: truthful, happy, and inventive. From this album, expect bold choices and a rebirth of the best that old jazz and blues have to offer. From this artist, expect honesty, determination, and the unexpected.