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"CLUB REVIEWS"

Genghis Cohen
Los Angeles

Players: Denise Vasquez (vocals, guitar), Michael Paige (Bass), David Leach (Percussion)

Material: Denise Vasquez takes the standard singer/songwriter formula and adds elements of jazz, classic rock, and a distinctly Latin flavor. This spicy blend succeeds in creating a unique and engaging sound. A songwriter with an ear for melody, Vasquez's songs are straighforward but catchy, and she employs stripped down arrangements that suit her voice well. The inclusion of the 80's hit "We Belong" was somewhat interesting, but unnecessary given the stregnth of her original material.
Musicianship: Vasquez's strong voice is the focal point of her sound and she is decent, if not outstanding guitar player.
Performance: Vasquez exuded warmth and confidence in the small club setting at Genghis Cohen, comfortably interacting with the audience and proving herself to be a natural performer.
Summary: Denise Vasquez is a talented young performer with a handful of good songs in her repertoire. She has the voice to sing them...though Vasquez may be a relatively unknown artist playing small clubs in LA, she has the tools to take her career to the next level.
-Ben Nachman, Music Connection Magazine (5/8/06-5/21/06 issue) - MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE


"CD REVIEWS: LIVE IN ONE TAKE"

One might think there is a new trend for actual musical artists to come back to the forefront of the field. Is it possible? Can we get people like Denise Vasquez to replace the dancing MTV product queens? That would be a step in the right direction. This album is a collection of no-frills one-take live recordings that portray Vasquez in a sultry and adventuresome persona that makes you want to come back for more. With her last name, one might expect Denise to perform percussive salsa or other variations on Hispanic musical forms but she's more of a folk and inventive singer/songwriter stylist. The group is simple with acoustic guitar, flute and congas. She has a good message. In one lyric, "We are crayons in the box, different colors but all made the same, for one purpose, to color the picture..." Peace & Joy back at you, Denise.
-Jess Mariach, Shake Magazine 2004 - SHAKE MAGAZINE


"CLUB REVIEWS"

The Roxy
Los Angeles
Players: Denise Vasquez (vocals, guitar), Todd Wolf (Drums), Rio (Bass), Stevie Blacke (Guitar)

Material: While her overall sound could land her in an alternative-country market, Denise Vasquez isn't afraid to dip into folk-rock and even a bit of reggae. Led by her songwriting talents, Vasquez shows considerable range by delivering soothing blues-based numbers one minute and meditating on spacey, spoken-word intros the next. Lyrically focused on reaping the benefits from the here-and-now, Vasquez's sincerity, along with her well-written melodic hooks, make any preaching a pleasant pill to swallow.
Musicianship: Vasquez moves from gentle, honey-dripped vocals to gritty bar-room swagger-both with assuring command.
Performance: Ending on a bombastic note, Vasquez's unassuming vibe played well with her eclecticism.
Summary: Blending elements of rock, country, and a myriad of other spicings, Denise Vasquez's music possesses an earthy, soothing quality that is engaging.
-Albert Vega, Music Connection Magazine 3/29-4/11/04 - MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE


"ARTIST OF THE DAY"

DENISE VASQUEZ: News
ARTIST OF THE DAY ON WEBCDS.COM - August 29, 2006

The GREAT news just keeps coming...

"You are the WebCDs.com Artist of the Day

Denise Vasquez has been selected as artist of the day on webcds.com.
Every day 10 artists are selected for artist of the day. Go to
http://www.webcds.com homepage and refresh until your photo appears.

Best wishes,
Webcds Management."
- WEBCDS.COM


"LIVE INTERVIEW ON VM UNDERGROUND RADIO"

HI ALL!
I'll be live tommorow on www.doogz.net

5pm (pacific) 6pm (mountain) 7pm (central) 8pm (eastern)

quick link

http://www.doogz.net/online-mag/radio.php

Interviews with!

DENISE VASQUEZ

AND

PAYBACK

The VM Underground Show

I am so excited!!! Be sure to tune in! - DOOGZ.NET


"SWEDEN REVIEW"

Denise has been described as a cross between Janis Joplin and Jewel. With strong conviction. The stage is a natural place for Denise Vasquez. An awarded singer/songwriter from LA, both her albums "Live In One Take" and "Fighting Darkenss" are mainly recorded live and filled with a raw naked sound. The music in the background is sparse. It's straight through acoustic "Folk-Rock" where Denise accompanies herself on guitar. At the same time, there is a mission in her songs. The debut cd "Fighting Darkness" is focussed on Sept. 11th, 2001 and it's aftermath. Other motives come in on the follow up album "Live In One Take". It has a mix between relations based motives and conversational language, there's also a sense of magic, enhanced by (suggestive) flute. The sound is pretty much timeless, with some echoes of the 60:ies free psychedelic. Vasquez carries a pure scent of independent and you do believe in her words "My music is all that I am"
Gert-Ove Fridlund 2/04
www.kulturochhallandsposten.se - Kulturochhallandsposten.se


"SHOW REVIEW"

Monsoon Cafe
LA Music Awards showcase
Los Angeles

Players: Denise Vasquez (Vocals, guitar), Michael Paige (Bass), Todd Wolf (Drums), Cyhndi Mora (Backup vocals)

Denise came all dressed up for the occasion! Long shiny coat, shiny hot pants, cleavage...it was all there...beautiful to look at. Her full band was there and they kicked into some high energy, fun songs. Denise has a unique voice and projection style I've noticed before, but this time I realized even more why people like her so much. She's got stage presence, voice, and songs.
Shredmistress 7/04
www.femmuse.com - FEMMUSE


"LIVE REVIEW"

Sherman Oaks Lounge
Los Angeles

Players: Denise Vasquez (Vocals, guitar)

Denise wowed them with her insightful and introspective lyrics and vocals that ranged from deep and seductive to sweetly fluttering often in the same line! The picture of feminine charm, she graciously invited us to accompany her on her life journey. A couple of my personal favorites were the passionate "Time" and "Hope", both of which are on her most recent live cd "Fighting Darkness", recorded in LA just after 9/11 and as a tribute to rescue workers and survivors of the attack. A beautiful example of her heartfelt live performance.
-Cyhndi Mora 2/03
All Access - ALL ACCESS


"CLUB REVIEW"

Molly Malones
Los Angeles

Players: Denise Vasquez (Vocals, guitar)

Material: For someone who has only been playing guitar and performing for a year, Denise Vasquez has developed a fairly strong repertoire. Her upbeat and optimistic lyrics are delivered on flowing melodies with a unique voice that has undeniable conviction and feeling.
The song "You" which Vasquez told the audience she wrote because she's "so in love with life", is typical of her romantic fare.
Musicianship: Vasquez possesses an amazingly flexible voice that is as sexy and throaty as Janis Joplin one moment and as playful as a bird the next, not unlike the singer Jewel. Vasquez could trademark the way she accents her high notes with a delicate trill that sounds more like it's being produced by a flute than by human vocal chords.
Vasquez's guitar playing is uncomplicated, but it provides background for her singing, which is where her true talent lies.
Performance: With a sunny demeanor, Vasquez seems extremely comfortable on stage, especially for a new performer. She definitely feels her music and the audience, and gets caught up in the heat of the moment when she throws back her head and belts out her meaningful lyrical narratives.
-Dani Barnard 3/02
Music Connection Magazine - MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE


"PROPS"

ISSUE 9/25/06-10/8/06

"PROPS: LA songstress Denise Vasquez recently won a publicity campaign from Audioxposure.com, got a mention for her upcoming release on the Performing Songwriter website, was offered a record deal, was featured on POWER SHOW, had a live interview on VM UNDERGROUND, and was named "Featured Artist" on imovemusic.com and musicforte.com- all before her new album "Frame Of Mind" was even released. With no management, no PR firm, no rep of any kind, Vasquez has done it all herself. MC salutes this artist for showing other artists that they can indeed take control of their career. For additional information on Vasquez, visit myspace.com/denisevasquez, or go directly to denisevasquez.com" - MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE


Discography

"FRAME OF MIND"
"LIVE IN ONE TAKE"
"FIGHTING DARKNESS"

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

2/13/07 Denise Vasquez has been keeping very busy & is excited to announce that she is back in the studio recording...this time with Robert Sarzo (Hurricane)!

Denise's new profile photo was taken last week during her visit with DAISY ROCK GUITARS...she is very excited about getting her new guitar from the 2007 line "Rainbow Sparkle Wildwood Acoustic/Electric"...

NOMINATED FOR INDIE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (FRAME OF MIND) 2006.

-This just in from BLUE SKY FM (London, UK)
"AS VOTED BY BLUE SKY FM LISTENERS YOUR SONG "THE PERFECT ONE" IS the most popular track ...how do i know? well every listener can vote if they like A track and...you and THE PERFECT ONE came out top ...its now being played 3 times every playlist and the current playlist is 10 hrs long , also 2 other tracks by you are getting played as well"

-DAISY ROCK ARTIST ENDORSEMENT: I'M SO EXCITED!!! This is truly a dream come true for me! I just selected a guitar from their 2007 line THE "RAINBOW SPARKLE WILDWOOD ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC". While I await it's arrival, I will be playing the "Purple Daze Wildwood" at every live show
www.daisyrock.com

-MY NEW CD "FRAME OF MIND" now available here:
Itunes
http://www.musicforte.com/member/niecierocks
http://www.cdbaby.com/all/niecierocks
http://www.denisevasquez.com
http://www.amazon.com

-ASCAP PLU$ AWARD 2006-2007 once again (Four years in a row)!

-FEATURED ARTIST ON UBL 9/19/06

-CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPH SHOW: The signing was an
experience I will never forget! I was honored to be
amongst these legends (Susaye Greene (Supremes),
Beverly Garland (My Three Sons), Sandra Giles,
Skip-E-Lowe & more... signing autographs for my old
fans & new ones! Hopefully I'll get copies of the
photos! http://www.showstopperstars.com

-RADIO PLAY/PODCAST PLAY:
Yippeee...just got this from "Inoculated Radio"...

Your song "Pipe Dream" will be on next Saturday. This Saturday check out Inoculated Radio on Conspiracy Radio at 8pm PST.

www.conspiracyuk.com

Then it'll be every Saturday, this weekend is the premiere on that station.

I had an amazing LIVE INTERVIEW
(see my "News" segment on my website
http://www.denisevasquez.com to listen VM UNDERGROUND LIVE INTERVIEW, 88.5 FM"TIED TO THE TRACKS, CLASSIC FM, NETTERADIO,WIRNONLINE.COM, FEMININE GROOVE/ENGAGE RADIO, DOOGZ.NET, MUSICTOGOUSA.COM, FORTECAST 2, MUSICFORTE, JERSEY TODDSHOW PODCAST, FINANCIAL AID PODCAST, DELICATE ART OF NOISE POLLUTION PODCAST.

-ARTIST OF THE DAY ON WEBCDS.COM

-PERFORMING SONGWRITER-Listed in "Releases to watch for"

-FEATURED ARTIST IN MUSICFORTE "POWER SHOW"

-FEATURED ON THE COVER OF NEXT ISSUE OF "INDIEBIBLE" & on their website

-SUBMITTED FOR THE "GRAMMYS"

So as you can see, I have been a very busy bee...but
all is well & I am living my dream! Thank you all for
your continued love & support & I hope to see you at
my next show!

Peace, Love, Rock & Roll
Denise Vasquez
http://www.denisevasquez.com

"Be the change you wish to see in the world"

"Denise Vasquez takes the standard Singer/Songwriter formula and adds elements of jazz, classic rock... a unique and engaging sound... a songwriter with an ear for melody... her strong voice is the focal point of her sound... really good songs in her repertoire."
-MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE, CLUB REVIEW (May 2006)

NOMINATED FOR BEST INDIE FEMALE VOCALIST 2004 BY THE LA MUSIC AWARDS, THREE TIME WINNER of the ASCAP PERFORMING SONGWRITERS AWARD (2003, 2004, 2005), Selected by MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE to be on their HOT 100 LIST FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE YEARS (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005), Denise Vasquez brings her big heart and unique mix of music to audiences around the world.

Denise recently finished recording her third album "FRAME OF MIND" in Nashville with producer Lauren Stalnecker. The release date is set for September 1, 2006. The album has yet to be released, and it is already generating quite a buzz from the few songs being promoting on the internet. On July 7th, 2006 Classic FM played one of Denise's new songs during their webcast, and her song "RIGHT HERE IN MY DREAM" was #1 on webcds.com TOP 10 TRACKS (THE WEEKS MOST LISTENED TO TRACK) for over three weeks. "FRAME OF MIND" will feature Denise singing and playing guitar on 10 fully produced songs she wrote and co-produced. Track 11 on her album is an acoustic, intimate, Spanish/English version of Lowen and Navarro's 80's Hit "We Belong". Denise has already received over 25,000 plays on myspace.com and she only put up her songs a little over a month ago! Denise was recently selected as a FEATURED ARTIST in AUDIOXPOSURE'S PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN & was just informed that she will be one of the artists featured ON THE COVER of the next Edition of "INDIEBIBLE".

Denise has been compared to "Janis Joplin meets Jewel", but Denise writes and sings from her own soul. Her considerable vocal range and songwriting talents have earned her the praise of critics and indust