Giant Step Presents SVEDKA Sessions #3: An Evening With Diane Birch

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Giant Step presents the third installment of SVEDKA Vodka Sessions: an evening with singer/songwriter Diane Birch and special guest DJ Anané Vega for a not-to-be-missed showcase at Hudson Bar at Hudson.

SVEDKA Vodka Sessions, a concert series brought to you by Giant Step and SVEDKA, brings you the very best bands and emerging artists. The series has already featured Wale with DJ Mark Ronson at Private Park at Hudson Hotel in New York, as well as Peter Bjorn And John and DJ Jason Bentley at Skybar at Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood.

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Ryan Brockington With Diane Birch

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Tomorrow, Diesel Radio will broadcast live from the Diesel 5th Avenue Planet store. Tune in as our friend Ryan Brockington chats with budding star Diane Birch, straight from the Letterman show, to discuss music and fashion. They will touch on the very special correlation between musicians and their iconic fashion pieces, Michael Jackson’s sequined glove, Steven Tyler’s scarves, Gwen Stefani’s tanks, Buddy Holly’s glasses, and Elvis’ Blue Suede Shoes to name a few!!

Wednesday 22nd July 2009: Diesel 5th Avenue Planet
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Special technology will be applied to the window in which consumers will be able to listen to the recording from outside.

Diane Birch’s First Offering Bible Belt Out Today

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Daughter of a traveling preacher, former teenage Goth Diane Birch releases her intriguingly titled solo album, Bible Belt, today.

From the opening track “Fire Escape” to the closing “Magic View,” her voice – sometimes bursting with buoyant spirit, sometimes plaintive and world-wearied – is rich, soulful and beguiling. Written entirely by Diane and expertly produced by Grammy winners Steve Greenberg, soul legend Betty Wright and Michael Mangini, Bible Belt’s been described by Rolling Stone as, “Amy Winehouse-style retro pop, minus dysfunction… Her voice is strong and fetching… “Fools” conjures Carole King, “Nothing But A Miracle” echoes Aretha…the melodies stick, and girl’s got taste.”

As for the album title, Diane explains, “the very religious upbringing I had made a huge impact on my life, in a very restraining and constricting way. I’m constantly talking about heaven, angels, and forgiveness. I’m hugely inspired by church hymns — their chord structures, their colors. It was a form of constraint for me as a child but now I see that it has fueled my creative fire.”

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