bex

bex

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Bex is a professionally trained singer/songwriter, who combines seemingly effortless multi-instrumentalism with passionate performance and empowered poetry. She's been wowing audiences since the tender age of thirteen, opening up for such notables as Serena Ryder and Blackie & the Rodeo Kings.

Biography

Check out my site! http://www.thehonestyep.com

Bex started making music at the age of 6, when she picked up her first drum and joined in west coast drum circles. She learned how to craft the instrument from resin, cedar, hide and steam. Steam is the sister to her power element. She keeps it bottled up for the right occasion then releases it as necessary; pleasure in the release, sometimes pain, but ultimately - purification.

Bex was trained classically on piano at age 9, self-taught on guitar at 13, had a love affair with the drum set and lost it all when she penned her first tune. Classical education and an innate understanding of rhythm are both very present in her writing.

"To me rhythm is the most vital element of music, so I try to infuse all my songs with percussivity and unexpected time/tempo changes. I adore the "Heavy Wood" genre, ala Kaki King, Don Ross, Ani DiFranco, and many others." - Bex

Bex lived, studied, and played shows in Cowichan throughout her teens, before venturing to Nanaimo, BC to take part in the Malaspina University-College jazz program as a vocal major. She found a kindred in the soul of jazz music, in particular the vocal stylings of Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith; they influence her to this day.

Bex has done some solo recordings in professional studios and is more recently experimenting with home recording on her new Mac Book Pro. She has plans to release an EP in the fall, as well as shooting a music video. Her goal is to collaborate with many different varieties of performers, from other solo songwriters to slam poets to multimedia artists to interpretive dancers- anyone who is creative and open to trying new things!

"There is no limit to what we can achieve with open hearts and minds." - Bex

NEWS!
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July 26th, 2008

Recording at glassWing Studios with the inimitable Richard Sales!
Current mood: artistic

So it's official... if you haven't heard yet I am recording my first professional EP-styles release with Richard Sales of glassWing studios!

Richard has engineered some amazing artists, from John Fahey to Danny Gatton to Bernice Reagon of Sweet Honey In The Rock and her wonderful daughter Toshi Reagon. He recorded Miles Davis (with Jim Smith), Wavy Gravy, Ken Kesey and tons of other folks.

He co-produced Hayley Sales' first two records, First Flite and Drifter with Hayley. Produced Wavy Gravy (NAIRD award winning), Bhagavan Das, Shree Maa and Stories From The Hearth, winner of the Parent's Choice Gold Award.

It should be noted that Richard Sales (and his GlassWing Studios) primarily wrote, produced and recorded music for film, interactive and video from 1989-2003. Most of his credits will be from that era: Nike, The Grateful Dead, PBS, Microsoft, ESPN, Apple, Intel, Warner Interactive, General Motors, Safeway, The Oregon Symphony and many more. From 2003 to present he has been developing his daughter, Hayley Sales. He ghost co produced, recorded and mixed Sunseed at GlassWing Studios.

The album, which has been un-offically dubbed "The Honesty EP", will feature my original songs Righteous Babe, This Love, Kimberly, What's Your Sign? and Joan Baez. I might also be including the spoken word piece Fire, but that's still a work in progess, but if you think I should include it then by all means let me know. I'm all about artist feedback!

Recording sessions are booked for August 20-28th, so count on seeing The Honesty EP appear in its final conception around mid-September!

I'll be sure to send out a mass email with a link where you can obtain my little baby. *tear*

It's akin to giving birth, that's all I can say! So much time, energy, work, money and love invested in this little bundle of joy, I truly hope it will bring as much love to all you guys as it has for me.

Namaste,

bex

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Discography

The Honesty EP - October 2008 - Label This! / glassWing Records

Set List

Bex has a repetoire of 40+ original songs and is very flexible with set times. Her average set is 45 minutes but can be increased up to 90 minutes.
The songs include:
Righteous Babe, This Love, Kimberly, Joan Baez, Lost Traveler, The Bell, Power of One, What's Your Sign?, Fire, Problem Today, and many other originals.
Her cover songs include: The Chemical Worker Song by Ron Angel, Change by Tad Ruszel, Jolene by Ray Lamontagne, Overlap by Ani Difranco, Fortune's Wheel by Serena Ryder and Dave Tough, and Beautiful Mess by Jason Mraz.