Pamela West

Pamela West

BandPopChildren's Music

A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and performer! Returns to the days when Art Rock explored the possibilities of acoustic instruments, folklore, and mysticism. Intelligent, electric verve!

Biography

Originally from Amish country in Ohio, “Angel” Pamela West began performing for Heads of State as a teenager, and entered the U.S. Army bands as a symphonic bassoonist, graduating with military honors and a Presidential qualification from the Armed Forces School of Music in 1987. At the University of Akron, she double majored in performance and education, studying bassoon, piano, conducting, voice, theory/composition, and creative writing/literature while playing bassoon in several NE Ohio orchestras. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, Gamma Alpha Kappa in 1996 with a B.S. in Education and a teaching certificate from Ashland University.

Pamela, however, was heavily influenced by the classical art rock and psychedelic pop of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s--bands like Led Zeppelin, The Moody Blues, Traffic, Spirit, Yes, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd. Inspired to write because of profound life changes, she left the classical scene to pursue her original music in 1994. She added 6 & 12 string guitar, synthesizer, and a collection of flutes to her repertoire, performing as a solo artist, in duets, bands, and as a session player.

She has since written and produced nearly 75 original songs in over 14 genres of music. A multi-instrumentalist and powerful, versatile singer, West’s live performances are captivating and serenely enchanting, exploring American Blues Rock, Classical European, Latin Jazz, Middle-Eastern, Tibetan, and Appalachian Folk influences. She has toured the United States East Coast and Midwest, England, the Caribbean, and spent the summer of 2004 performing in Vienna, Austria.

Pamela's 1997 debut release "Evolution" and her 1999 sophomore release “Dweller on the Threshold” garnered rave reviews internationally, and has received independent and internet airplay and sales in Europe, Russia, Hungary, England, Costa Rica, Australia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and throughout the U.S.A. She was a featured artist on MP3.com and her live studio single, “Live to Sing,” held the #1 spot in the psychedelic chart for over six weeks, in addition to several songs in the top 20 charts of several other genres. She was briefly signed to Michael Quatro’s Quatrophonic Records in Detroit, Michigan prior to her relocation to New York City in 2001.

Currently, Pamela West finished three years of research and production of a children’s concept compilation album called “Are You Ready, Get Set, Let’s Go!” Her third independent release and a new improvisational world project "The Ethereal World Orchestra" are both in preproduction demo stage. She is also composing and recording instrumental music for Cleveland radio personality, Reverend Elizabeth Howell, to be used in a line of hypnotherapy/meditation CDs. "Crystal Palace Meditation," features Tibetain Singing Bowl therapist Peter Blum. In addition, she performs flutes, bassoon, hand percussion, keys, and backing vocals with Leland Door's up-and-coming Catskill-area band Water Witch, and is a member of the progressive studio band Bed Whistle, from her home town of Cleveland, Ohio, featuring the talents of Chris Frohring and Hot Tuna drummer, Erik Diaz.

In addition to national clubs and festivals, she has peformed for patients in New York City hospitals with Musicians On Call (www.musiciansoncall.org), hospice/nursing homes, school children, homeless teen shelters, and community music events. In December of 2003, she was made an Ambassador of Music through a not-for-profit humanitarian organization called Airline Ambassadors. (www.airlineambassadors.org). Her song "Evolution" from the 1997 album was featured on the national music compilation for Congressman Dennis Kucinich's presidential campaign. In addition, she is a featured artist in a national Breast Cancer awareness campaign, sponsored by Clearchannel Entertainment Worldwide.

Pamela West has also successfully implemented and continues to develop community arts and music programs for children. She is the founder of The Community Music Network, an organization designed to increase public awareness about the powerful applications for grass roots music and arts development. She currently teaches K-12 Music at Stamford Central School in Stamford, NY.

FEATURE PERFORMANCES:
RADIO/TV/CABLE: "Just Plain Folk" 91.3 Akron, Ohio (2004); The Joe Franklin Show, Sept 2003, “The Daily Beat” Metro Channel Music & Entertainment Show, NYC 2001; Q104.7 Classic Rock, NYC 2001; Brooklyn Cable Access, 2001; Halie O on the Go Internet Radio (1 hour interview feature 2000); Planet Music Internet Radio (1 hour radio feature 2001); Rock Radio Network (London, UK 1999); WRUW “Live in Cleveland” May 1998, Case Western Reserve U.

FESTIVALS & SHOWCASES: Belleayre Music Festival 2005, Goddess Festival--Woodstock 2006, Woodstock Reunion Bethel 2005, Evergreen Renewable Energy Festival 2005, The United Nations New York City (2004 & 2005), Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival, NJ 2003 & 2004; Global Enter

Lyrics

Snake Beneath Your Skin

Written By: Angel Pamela West

The Snake Beneath Your Skin
The snake is squeezing your heart—
And breathing’s harder every day.
Your worries taunt you, and regrets haunt you
You let that snake take your dreams away.
Chorus: So tell that snake to get on back!
And wrap around your spine as tightly as he can.
Make him hold you Upright! Straight & High!
Milk the Honey of Heaven, Sweet Divine.
The snake is squeezing your brain
And venom creeps in your thoughts again.
The mirrors taunt you, the fun house haunts you—
You let that snake filter what you see.
Repeat Chorus
You and I, we could have Love so fine
It’s only a state of mind away.
You and me, we can find a new way to be—
A union for Infinity’s child.
You will see, Heaven is what we conceive
and hell is living life without Love.
(c) 2002 Superconscious Psychobabble, ASCAP

Little Miracles

Written By: Angel Pamela West

LITTLE MIRACLES

When the stormy sea surrounds you
And the crashing waves begin to drown you,
Close your eyes and swim to the depths inside of you
And whisper a prayer for your soul.

I believe in worlds unseen.
I know, I know what’s waiting for me.
We can be anything that we need.
I can show you
Things that you might not think to perceive,
Visions you have to believe to see.
To see . . . little miracles. Little miracles.
Oh you’ve got to believe to see
Little Miracles.

On a moonlit night your shadows stalk you,
Magnifying fears that paralyze you.
Let the Light embrace the darkness inside of you
And whisper a prayer for your soul.

I believe in worlds unseen.
I know, I know what’s waiting for me.
I can be anything that I need.
I can show you
Things that you might not think to perceive,
Visions you have to believe to see.
To see . . . little miracles. Little miracles.
Oh, you’ve got to believe to see
Little Miracles.

Oh, to see the beauty in a summer rain,
Like a child again. I believe, I believe, I believe
I can see the light of your soul.
We are one, you know. We are love, you know.
Oh, you’ve got to believe to see little miracles.
Little miracles. Little miracles.

Roy G Biv -- Children's Song

Written By: Pamela West

Roy G Biv is the rainbow man
who lives in the ring of endless light
When sunshine is refracted through the drops of rain, that's how he gets his name
Chorus:
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green
Blue, Indigo, and Violet
Then we come full circle again back to red.

Red, Yellow, Blue are the colors that are true
The others are mixtures of the same
Red and Yellow make orange
Yellow, Blue make green
Blue and red make the shades of purple that are seen

Roy G Biv is the rainbow man
who lives in the ring of endless light
When sunshine is refracted through the drops of rain, that's how he gets his name
Chorus:
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green
Blue, Indigo, and Violet
Then we come full circle again back to red.

*note -- this song was written for the K-4th graders at Whitmore Lake Elementary in Michigan in the year 1999 while I was doing an artist in residency there. Four years later, the 4th graders who had learned the song passed their 8th grade science and art tests on the refraction of light and color mixing, even after not hearing the song for all that time.

Discography

RECORDING CREDITS:
Stefanie Seskin & Blue Number Nine, Jersey City, NJ (2005) -- Bassoon Session
Water Witch, Water Witch (2004), Woodstock, NY
(Flute, Bassoon, Backing Vocals, Hand Percussion)
Are You Ready, Get Set, Let's Go! Pamela West Children's Album (NYC) 2003
Lattice of Weeds (2003) Bedwhistle, Cleveland, Ohio (Bassoon Session)
Aren't We All? Part of the Tribe, Santa Monica, CA (2000) (Flute, Backing Vocals)
Evolution (1997) & Dweller on the Threshold (1999)--Angelfly Records
Here's Looking At You, Pumpernickel Humphrey, Cleveland 1998 (Vocals)
"Love You Madly" single released 1996, Rodell Records.
Grape Umbrella Chris Otto, Seattle 1994
(Flute, Bassoon, Backing Vocals)

Set List

Originals & Covers that appeal to a Classic Rock All Ages Crowd--featuring soulful interpretations of Led Zeppelin, The Who, Moody Blues, Traffic, Pink Floyd, Paul Rodgers, Karen Carpenter, Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, CSN&Y, the Beatles, and more!
Original music is eclectic and universal, often blending seemlessly into sets.
Covers, if required by the venue, focus on interpretations of classic rock tunes such as:
Baby, I Love You, Aretha Franklin
Squeeze Box & the Seeker by the Who
Rock n' Roll, Ramble On, Battle of Evermore and That's the Way by Led Zeppelin
House of the Rising Sun
Hotel California by the Eagles
Redemption Song by Bob Marley
Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues
Hey Jude by the Beatles
Seagull by Bad Co.
Jon Barleycorn Must Die by Traffic
All Along the Watchtower by Dylan/Hendrix-style version
Who Will Save Your Soul by Jewel
Give Me One Reason by Tracy Chapman
Me & Bobby Magee--J. Joplin version

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