Grace Buford
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Grace Buford

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | SELF

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | SELF
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter

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"Grace Buford Podcast Interview"

The Music Junkie Podcast UK:

http://themusicjunkie.btpodshow.com/

"An accomplished singer songwriter with a voice that makes you go, wow!" - Damon Surridge


"Review of Grace Buford Performance"

Compassionate, lush and timeless. These are just a few of the many
words that describe modern folk musician, Grace Buford. This unique
artist infuses southern charm with driving rhythms, stories of
introspection, observation and redemption. All these are woven
together by haunting melodies and powerfully vulnerable yet sultry
vocals. She performs regularly to captive audiences in and around
Atlanta, GA.

Grace can classify her music into a category of its own, a truly
dynamic musician and artist that entertains all who listen and watch.
Well above and beyond folksinging, this talented beauty surprisingly
starts all her shows aggressively. She almost startles her audience
with her enthusiastic and assertive vocals. Accompanied by guitar, her
powerful voice envelopes each person listening, overcoming any doubt
that she is anything but a typical performer.

The quieter, lush and sultry Grace appears later in the show while she
plays piano. She captivates and seduces the crowd with this softer
side. Lovely yet transparent vocals and lyrics tell the story of a
girl who is vulnerable and thoughtful. Her listeners are truly
spellbound by her performance.

Grace also has an international fan base through the power of the
internet and music streaming opportunities. She is a popular musician
on the metaverse platform Second Life (recently featured on CSI:NY and
Office Space) as Cylindrian Rutabaga where she performs original music
and covers live to audiences around the world. A woman at the
forefront of the music scene, she is both forward thinking and
ingenius in using the new mediums to deliver her music to the world
and beyond. Some of her performances in Second Life include the
Virtual Galveston Island, Showtimes' The L Word, iVillages' Girls
Night Out, and a private function for the IBM Corporation.

Exciting, passionate, talented.... a woman with true Grace. - Jennifer Park


"Cylindrian Rutabaga, Grace Pure and Simple"

When the art of singing and song writing becomes a tangible work to be shared, it's usually at a level to be enjoyed by others. But when it goes beyond what is expected, with a voice using notes that your soul can call poetry, lyrics that bring your mind to places you almost smell the air and feel the earth beneath your feet, its then that the Art of music takes on a whole new place surrounding your senses.

Cylindrian Rutabaga in RL is Grace Buford.

http://www.slookinglass.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=219&Itemid=119 - Cienaga Soon of The Looking Glass


"Artists Visit Virtual Second Life for Real-World Cash"

For Full Article: http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/04/07/second.life.singer/index.html?iref=newssearch

Cylindrian starts her hourlong set with an original song called "Mattie's Runaway Train."

Her avatar holds a guitar and her mouth opens and closes from time to time, but Cylindrian's movements don't quite mimic Buford's. When Buford stops playing, Cylindrian usually continues strumming silently. It's a setup that Buford admits is a bit awkward, but she says Second Lifers still get the point.

Buford streams the audio from her at-home performance straight into the virtual bar scene, where the audience hears it on about a 20-second delay. Followers send her text messages in Second Life while she plays, requesting songs, typing along with the lyrics and commenting on the show. iReport.com: Share stories from Second Life

"As an artist, it's so great that people actually know your music," she said between songs, her avatar still in autopilot, pounding silently on a piano. "They'll type in the lyrics as I'm singing. It's almost like they're singing along ... It's like, 'Oh, I'm a superstar for just a moment.' It's so cool!" - CNN.com Article by John Sutter


Discography

(2006) Living Stories-inspirational stories of love, hope, and freedom. available on iTunes, Podsafe Music Network, CD Baby
(2007) River-songs of redemption and rising above adversity
(2008) Cylindrian Virtually Live- a selection of songs recorded during broadcasts in Second Life(tm) featuring previously unreleased songs

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Southern pine forests, winding rivers, and muddy bare feet are luxuries to Atlanta, GA. native Grace Buford.

Life's experiences, be they good or bad, are the fuel and passion that underpin Grace's unique style of songwriting and it shows. Her music engages the heart and mind of her audience, there is feeling and the feeling is shared. From a rhythmic acoustic song about facing negative thoughts in a battle for the mind to a flowing, ethereal keyboard that exposes the vulnerability of facing change, Grace's music and live performances are an emotional ride that will leave you spellbound and wanting more.

As with those shining lights of previous generations of folk/acoustic rock acts, Grace's influences are broad, she is open-minded, curious and not a believer in musical boundaries defined by genres Grace creates what she feels.

Of course to truly experience Grace the best way is to catch her live show, a performer that holds nothing back in terms of energy and is happiest when sharing. There's no pretense or falsehoods, no trickery or gimmicks, be it an intimate venue or a hall you are guaranteed the bare-footed energetic dynamo that is Grace Buford, a voyage of laughter, of tears and every emotion in between is shared openly with her audience and it will leave you wanting for more.

In the last couple of years Grace has also embraced new methods to share her music, broadcasting performances live via the internet form her home studio and venues. She has also created a presence in the virtual world of Second Life(tm) where she has a virtual version of herself known as Cylindrian Rutabaga, this virtual world allows new and existing fans from across the globe to experience Grace's music and she regularly performs live shows in-world.
Grace Buford's music can be heard and purchased at the following sites:

http://myspace.com/gracefolk
http://cylindrian.wordpress.com
http://cdbaby.com/all/cylindrian