What do industry professionals say about AURA3?...
...sounding like Crosby, Stills, Nash...Marilyn, Dodi and Nancy have unique voices that work together well, and their harmonies are flawless" J. Hahne, Go Triad! Magazine
"...excellent vocalists with the unique ability to deliver a message." Eric Zanetis, Producer, Nashville
"Offering up a tight, vocally harmonic sound, this trio of power pipe women leave me reminded of some "Mama's & Papa's" with a little "Heart," and are as lyrically poignant as they are musically relaxing." "...a mature addition to the music world minus the belly button jewels and typical industry hype."
A. Warner, The Outrider Magazine, Wilmington, NC
Vocals are the driving force behind AURA3's music. Wheather belted or delicately woven with mystical harmonies, the vocals are tight and full.
AURA3 is unlike a lot of other bands in that Ms. Shore play guitar and bass pedals player (and also blues harp as a third instrument) - simultaneously. In addition to vocals, Marilyn and Nancy play an assortment of small percussion instruments, creating a very full sound, with very few players.
Aura3 is like every other band in that they have their influences and would list quite a few as influences from a-far but would list former Monkee, Peter Tork, Richard Mikuls (Rufus, feat. Chaka Kahn) and singer-songwriter James Lee Stanley, as their favorite influences from a-close.
Aura3 toured with and opened for Peter Tork & Shoe Suede Blues in 2005, 2006 and 2007. They have also toured with Peter Tork & James Lee Stanley in 2000 and 2004 (Two Man Band) and have contibuted backing vocals since 1998. AURA3 has opened for Firefall, The James House Band and are as comfortable performing at outdoor festivals as they are with intimate settings such as listening rooms.
AURA3 calls North Carolina home. The ladies are currently completing their third album of original tunes, Dirty Angels, to be released in June 2008.
Dodi Shore - 12 string guitar, bass pedals, vocals
Marilyn Ingram - vocals, small percussion, djmbe
Nancy Smith - vocals, small percussion
"AURA3:For Pete's Sake," streaming on all major stations where MP3's are available.
"For Pete's Sake" is also available through Borders stores.
"A night of AURA3" (video - 2001)
"For Pete's Sake" (2003)
Recording of "Ain't Nobodies Business But My Own" for the film short, "Peep" - set for 2007 release
Backing vocals for "Bound To Lose" for Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues: Cambria Hotel (2007)
Dirty Angels - set to drop on June 3, 2007
Well for Pete’s sake! Tork ‘Breaks for Animals’ while on tour with ‘freelance human being’ James Lee Stanley and their incredible Aura……. By Annette Warner
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….and much to my pleasure, this industry icon is just about ready to slam on his breaks in Wilm...
….and much to my pleasure, this industry icon is just about ready to slam on his breaks in Wilmington with his long-standing friend and talented Singer-Songwriter James Lee Stanley for their ‘2 Man Band’ concert at The Rusty Nail on May 20th. ...
...What show is complete without a girl or three?
Aura3’s triple chick show is sure to be worth the ticket price alone, never mind the male attachments. Made up with all of them doing lead and back up vocals at some point, the trio is comprised of Nancy Smith (small percussion), Dodi Shore, (12 string guitar, bass pedal and a blues harp - simutaneously) and Marilyn Ingram (small percussion), whom I had the pleasure of speaking with at great length. Offering up a tight, vocally harmonic sound this trio of power pipe women leave me reminded of some ‘Mama’s & Papa’s’ with a little ‘Heart’, and are as lyrically poignant as they are musically relaxing. Possessing soft spoken and delicate harmonies as their ticket to a great mood sound, Aura adds some attractive edge when it comes to their proverbial melting pot of vocal stew. Within their 10 years together, the Trio has released 2 CD’s under the name “Dodie & Co.”, the first being self-titled and the second called “Damsels in Distress”, an EP. Their first release under ‘Aura3’ is named after Peter Tork and called “For Pete’s Sake”. ‘Aura3’ has been backing up Peter and James on and off since 1997 since meeting at a NC event, The Lewisville Lawn Party, aka “Tork Fest” because of Peter and James involvement, support and presence at the festival located in Lewisville, NC.
When an impromptu invitation to join the guys on stage with back up vocals ended up becoming a cohesive match worth continuing. All in all, this trio of estrogen packed talent is on the rise as a mature addition to the music world minus the belly button jewels and typical industry hype and as I spoke to Marilyn I noticed that along with what seems to be a gigantic heart with lots of sincerity, I couldn’t help but notice that she spends a great deal of time appreciating the soul within which music is made and really condones honesty and heartfelt expression regardless of age, looks and size. In my opinion, the atmosphere in today’s national music scene fluctuates between the tremor of overworked gag reflexes and the downright suffocation of those people that still appreciate art combined with music. And I couldn’t have queried it better myself when Marilyn stated,”Isn’t that the whole deal really - you want people to GET you - that is why we pour our hearts out in our art, right?”
Well, it really depends on the market and what they want to get regarding the results of us pouring our hearts out. But, yes Marilyn…you are right. And I am proud to have “gotten” all of you. I hope Wilmington treats you all well and I better NOT have room to move on May 20th.
Arts on Sunday Series Wraps Up
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By Keith Barber Marilyn Ingram came rushing through the door of Atelier Studios completely out ...
By Keith Barber
Marilyn Ingram came rushing through the door of Atelier Studios completely out of breath just minutes after the Art to Wear Fashion Show kicked off on North Trade Street in Winston-Salem on Oct. 26. Ingram pleaded with event organizer Deanna May to take the controls of the boom box blasting retro hits to the Arts District while she made a wardrobe change. The behind-the-scenes frenzy of organizing a fashion show that served as an integration of several artistic disciplines, including dance performance, was not reflected in the finished product. Ingram, a co-organizer of the event, did a masterful job as emcee. Models wearing the fashion creations of local artists appeared right on cue and strutted their stuff on the expansive stage. Harry Knabb, the chairman of Arts for Arts Sake Group — which founded the Arts on Sunday series — snapped digital photos and gushed over the success of the art and craft exhibits, live music, dance, artist’s demonstrations and fashion shows that have dominated the Trade Street landscape since the spring.
“We’ll come back in May with a whole new line-up,” Knabb said. And the scene inside Atelier Studios that Sunday afternoon revealed the vital role volunteers such as May and Ingram play in the success of the arts series. May and Ingram recruited their friends and fellow artists to work on the fashion show, but the two of them put in a month of solid work ensuring the show would come off without a hitch. By all accounts, their hard work paid off. Foxy Moxy and Jeff Broughton kicked things off with a playful backand-forth prancing on the stage to the strains of, “I’m too sexy,” by Right Said Fred. The retro music matched the outfits on the stage and the models, one after the other, paraded the wares of local designers for the appreciative audience. Finnigans Wake and 6 th & Vine restaurants provided food for the crowds, who browsed the booths of local artists. After the fashion show concluded, Three Graces Entertainment closed the show with a belly dancing performance. At event’s end, Ingram and May spoke of a friendship that has now developed into a blossoming partnership.
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“We’re the event twins. It’s what we do,” Ingram said. May and Ingram have been working on art shows for nearly a year, but they have individually been working in the arts for decades. For example, Trade Street Beach, the arts and children’s event held before and during the Summer on Trade Music Series, is the brainchild of May and Ingram. They understand the lifeblood of any arts event is an army of volunteers, and they have a no excuses policy when it comes to volunteering.
“You have to die to get out of this organization,” Ingram said, laughing. Like a spider’s web, the work of every artist in the area impacts the lives of every other artist and the Arts on Sunday series capitalizes on the abundance of talent in the Triad. Ingram is part of Woodland Moth Visual and Performing Artists, which rent a space at Atelier.
Ingram is also the former manager of Peter Tork of the Monkees. Ingram is joined by performing artist Nancy Smith and Saphira, founder of Three Graces Entertainment. May is the founder of Delyma Arts, a member of the Arts Council, a member of AFAS and a member of Three Monkeys Productions.
It is this inter-connectedness between local artists that makes events like Art on Sundays feasible, Ingram said.
And when things go a bit haywire, improvisation is required.
“‘My speaker cord is broken,’” Ingram said, relating a humorous incident from earlier in the day. “‘Can you please sing live for the next twenty minutes because the girls don’t have their pants on?’ I just say, ‘No problem.’ They shove me out there.”
Fortunately for everyone, Ingram is the founder of the music group, Aura 3, and is an accomplished singer/ songwriter. It’s only fair, since May filled in on the boom box while Ingram made her wardrobe change.
To comment on this story, e-mail Keith T. Barber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AURA3 at Grape Jam Wine & Music Festival
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The Wolf's Lair in Dobson, NC recently offered the perfect blend of that old adage - wine, wo...
The Wolf's Lair in Dobson, NC recently offered the perfect blend of that old adage - wine, women and song. The wines were Black Wolf's own, the songs were played by several groups at a great little event called The Grape Jam and the women in question were an acoustic trio called Aura.
When Aura hits the stage, it doesn't take long to notice that this group is very different. At center stage is Dodi Shore, effortlessly playing 12 string guitar, bass pedals and singing - simultaneously. Her talent is as unmistakable as is her coordination. One finds themselves looking for the bass player, only to find that one need to look no further than Shore's feet. Not something you see every day, or any day but this, actually. Shore is also a soprano that can hit the high notes.
Marilyn Ingram holds down stage right with a charismatic presence and a sexy, smoky alto. You also cannot help but be drawn in to the assortment of small percussion instruments she plays with conviction and great flair. Energy is ever present and when she sings, the emotion is real. She also interacts with the band and the audience and can be rather witty.
Nancy Smith has a clear alto and a good range. Her lead vocals are sassy with a country edge. Both Smith and Ingram contribute to what could be called the "heavy small percussion" that distinguishes Aura's brand of music. The double tambourine players on several songs is particularly impressive and visual. But make no mistake, it is the vocals, drifting in and out of flawless harmony, that give this group their real Aura.
For Pete's Sake - Interview on CD Title Cut
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The title song, "For Pete's Sake," which was written by Peter Tork and a co-writer in the 60's, wa...
The title song, "For Pete's Sake," which was written by Peter Tork and a co-writer in the 60's, was one that Ingram particularly wanted to cover...
"Love is understanding? A simple statement indeed, but in that simplicity lies the strength, and
the work that needs to be done. Sing those lyrics to anyone who truly cares about anything or anyone.
I wanted the arrangement to be mystical and expand on the original weaving of voices and instruments. We all sat down one night, Dodi with just her guitar. I sang what I was hearing for the intro to the song and Dodi began to play the guitar part that she was hearing. It was late, the room was darkened...we just began to sing the harmonies...which often send chills up your spine when we hit it just right. We got it right that night.
I thought that the arrangement was good enough to let Peter hear it, so we recorded a little demo for him, took it to him and held our breath. Thank God he liked it.
I (we) love what the guys (Peter and James) played on the arrangement. I cannot really explain how much we love it, it is just sheer joy.
If a man can play sunlight or make you feel the effects of sunlight - Peter Tork can do it on his banjo. I will stand by that statement.
Now add James' oh sooo fabulous, slinnnky, spaaacey, lead guitar work! The whole thing was beautiful - we cried in the studio when the guys final tracks were played back. The part at the end - well you will have to listen to the CD - is "worth the price of the course" so to speak.
And that Peter was OK with our arrangement of this particular song? Well that was more than we could have hoped for."
AURA3 Set to Tour
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The folk/pop trio AURA released their 3rd CD, "For Pete's Sake" on Tuesday, September 2, 2004. Joi...
The folk/pop trio AURA released their 3rd CD, "For Pete's Sake" on Tuesday, September 2, 2004. Joining the ladies as guest artists performing on the CD and for a concert and release event on Sunday, September 7 were Peter Tork and James Lee Stanley. The two musicians flew in from California for the event and to make several appearances at the Lewisville Lawn Party, an arts festival held annually in North Carolina.
The new CD includes a dozen tunes, most of which were penned by the three singer/songwriters that compose the trio: Dodi Shore, Nancy Smith and Marilyn Ingram. The title song, "For Pete's Sake," which was written by Tork and a co-writer during the 60's, is best known as the closing theme from The Monkees TV show. A James Lee Stanley song, "Once Touched by Flame" is also covered on the album.
Aura's new CD showcases the unique vocal abilities of the singer/songwriter group. From the strangely haunting rendition of "My Dream, My Fantasy" by Shore to the "I'm Not As Innocent" with a hint of country by Smith. Each song seems to have been perfectly chosen for the solo performances.
Marilyn Ingram showcases her sulty style with the song. "Crazy Love." Shore performs brilliantly on the 12-string guitar on most of the tracks. There is also enough diversity in choice of original songs to make this CD interesting. Even the CD cover reflects the raw simplicity of the songs. The artwork featured is a metal sculpture by award winning artist, Frank Holder.
Original songwriting along with an eclectic blend of voices that can really harmonize make For Pete's Sake AURA's best CD to date.
Aura will be touring behind the CD in the fall/winter of 2003 and later in the spring and summer of 2004 as part of a larger tour that might include dates with both Tork and Stanley. More information is available at the AURA website located at www.aura3.net and at Woodland Moth Productions.
Opening act for the headliner is usually a 20 - 30 unless a longer set is requested by the headline artist or venue.
Standard set is 45 to 90 minute show or two
sets of music which can include more original material or our own arrangements of selected covers.
We have also worked with The Three Graces Dance Troupe, a troupe of oriental dancers (belly dance) featuring the troupe's Artistic Director, Saphira.
Let Me Be Your Angel (Ingram)
Work It Baby (Ingram/Shore)
I'm Not As Innocent (Smith)
Water Under the Bridge (Shore)
Leave This 'Ol Town (Shore)
Ageless & Timeless (M. Ingram)
Crazy Love (M. Ingram)
Moth to the Flame (M.Ingram)
I've Got Your Number (Shore/Smith)
Bad Timing (Shore)
Tattoo Teresa (Shore/Koontz)
Star Man/In the Woodlands (Ingram)
I Must Be Dreaming (Smith)
If I Had Known (Ingram)
(Don't) Let Me Go (Ingram)
King of Mars (Ingram)
Instant Heaven (M.Ingram)
Dirty Angels (Ingram/Smith)
We prefer to do our original material - but on occasion have been persuaded to pull from the following:
Aura3's arrangments (Auraized versions) of favorite COVERS (if you insist on covers):
Peter Tork / J. Richards:
For Pete's Sake - TITLE CUT from current CD
Peter Tork:Can You Dig It?
James Lee Stanley:
Once Touched by Flame, Dirty Job
Neil Young: Old Man, Comes A Time
Dolly Parton: Jolene
Mamas and Papas: California Dreamin'
Silver Springs, Stop Draggin' My Heart Around, After the Glitter Fades, Landslide
(I'm Not Your )Steppin' Stone
For Pete's Sake (Tork)
Can You Dig It? (Tork)
The Door Into Summer
Buffalo Springfield (Stephen Stills)
For What It's Worth
Wild Horses, Ruby Tuesday, Satisfaction
Something, If I Needed Someone, Norwegian Wood (Harrison)
Turtles: Happy Together
Reba: Why Haven't I Heard From You?
Box Tops: The Letter
Melanie: Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)
Shocking Blue: Venus
Kansas: Dust in the Wind
Traditional: Shady Grove
And others in AURA3's own style