Josie Ovalle
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Josie Ovalle

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
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"Josie Ovalle Performs Before Rock Star Karaoke at Transit Lounge Tonight"

?It's Tuesday and you know what that means: Rock Star Karaoke at Transit Lounge. Yes, we're sure you already know that every Tuesday you can take the embarrassing display you put on practicing to Rock Band in your living room on the road and actually embarrass yourself in public. Okay ... embarrass yourself in new and creative ways in public.

But you know what's even better than realizing your lifelong dream of belting out Pat Benatar as loud as can with the backing of an actual in-the-flesh band? Actually getting to witness some real talent in the process.

Enter Josie Ovalle. There's a pretty good chance you might not know her yet, at least if her Myspace is any indication. But hopefully that's all about to change, because this talented young singer-songwriter is going to be playing at Transit tonight in celebration of her newly minted EP The Mixed Tape.

Indie-alt rock gets done right as she strums her guitar, laying simple but striking backdrops for skillfully crafted songs that exhibit surprising lyrical dexterity. She handles with equal aplomb plaintive and fiery, as on "Lungs," and positive hopefulness, like on "Someday," and earnestness reigns throughout. Her songwriting is strong, not the typical bedroom producer variety. This girl is good. Damn good. And did we mention she can sing?

Do yourself a favor and head to Transit tonight. You can take in Josie's promising talent and still embarrass yourself once you've drank too much and attempted to hit those high notes to your fellow patrons' chagrin.

Josie Ovalle. 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 3. Transit Lounge, 729 SW 1st Ave., Miami. Admission is free; age 21 and up. 305-377-4628; transitlounge.us - Christopher Lopez, The Miami New Times


Discography

The Mixed Tape EP (August 2010)
1. Someday
2. Lungs
3. Vane's Song
4. Junebug
5. Hinder
6. Fix You

The entire EP is streaming for free here : http://josieovalle.bandcamp.com/album/the-mixed-tape-ep

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Bio

I come from a family of singers. My grandmother sang on the radio as a teenager and my mom did the same so I guess you could say I'm just following in their footsteps. I began playing guitar at the age of 12 and performing at 14. I grew up in a pretty poor part of Miami, FL and ended up having to improvise for a lot of instruments. I was strongly influenced by Liz Phair, Michelle Branch, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Tegan and Sara.

I self released my first EP "The Mixed Tape EP" this summer after recording the entire thing in my bedroom while my room mate was at work. The record not only features me, but the slinky on my desk as a shaker, bag clips and old drumsticks for percussion, and loads of heart. I believe in doing everything myself and writing only when the writing comes to you. As a result, I ended up writing the majority of the songs on my EP at 4 in the morning in my underwear.

I have a unique way of writing. I sit at the piano or with my guitar and play a melody. When the melody is good enough I set up some microphones and just sing about what I'm feeling like. There's nothing fake about that because you can't say anything but the truth when you're put on the spot. I hope to inspire some the way that I've been inspired and am apparently already doing so. Within a week of releasing my EP an article was written about a show I was playing in Miami, FL to promote my EP.

"Indie-alt rock gets done right as she strums her guitar, laying simple but striking backdrops for skillfully crafted songs that exhibit surprising lyrical dexterity. She handles with equal aplomb plaintive and fiery, as on "Lungs," and positive hopefulness, like on "Someday," and earnestness reigns throughout. Her songwriting is strong, not the typical bedroom producer variety. This girl is good. Damn good. And did we mention she can sing?"
-Christopher Lopez, The Miami New Times

Basically, I like to mend hearts, write songs, break strings, and make friends.