The Refugees

The Refugees

BandFolkAmericana

Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland, and Wendy Waldman are THE REFUGEES, a band of critically-acclaimed singer-songwriters performing their award-winning songs in glorious three-part harmony with high energy, humor, and stellar musicianship.

Biography

The trio of women that is The Refugees emerged on the music scene as a verifiably unmatched force of talent, diversity, and experience. Each successful in her own right as a solo artist, Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland and Wendy Waldman formed their unique and innovative group in 2007 and have released their first CD, Unbound, to rave reviews.
Described as the female version of Crosby, Stills and Nash with humor, The Refugees have more than three decades of experience in the industry between them and a musical style that blends country, rock, fThe trio of women that is The Refugees emerged on the music scene as a verifiably unmatched force of talent, diversity, and experience. Each successful in her own right as a solo artist, Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland and Wendy Waldman formed their unique and innovative group in 2007 and since that time have been wowing audiences, radio DJs, and music critics alike with their soaring harmonies, indelible musicianship, and unforgettably humorous stage presence.

Individually, The Refugees have logged more than three decades in the industry, with nineteen solo albums and multiple Grammy Award nominations to their credit, featuring musical styles that blend country, rock, folk, and Americana. To describe them as eclectic would be an understatement. These three women have utilized their intense drive and relentless passions to create an entirely new sound.

UNBOUND, their debut release on Wabuho Records will be officially released in January of 2009. The talented trio plays all of the instruments on the recording including guitars, dobro, bass, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, and percussion, and features a mix of innovative new co-writes and fresh arrangements of a selection of their previously recorded radio favorites, including “Save the Best for Last,” “Fishin’ in the Dark,” “(There’s a) Spy in the House of Love,” and “Jellico Highway.”

Cindy Bullens got her start as a back-up singer for Elton John after a chance meeting at a Hollywood party in the 1970s. Since then, Cindy has accompanied John on multiple tours, racked up Grammy Award nominations for her work on various albums, collaborated on a Broadway show, sang two songs on the Grease soundtrack, and most recently has spent her time writing and recording extensively in Nashville.

Deborah Holland began her career as a member of the critically acclaimed, Animal Logic. Comprised also of Stewart Copeland and Stanley Clarke, the band earned her recognition as both a singer and a songwriter during the 1980s and 90s. Since her Animal Logic days, Deborah has released multiple solo albums, scored and written dozens of songs for film an TV, and gone on to become a music professor at California State University of Los Angeles.

Wendy Waldman has been recognized as one of the leading recording artists and songwriters in music since the debut of her band Bryndle in the 1970s, followed by a successful solo career. Wendy is responsible for some of the best loved and most well known songs of the past several decades, including Vanessa Williams’ “Save the Best for Last,” and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s version of “Fishin’ in the Dark, as well as her work as a producer, overseeing countless projects in multiple genres.

"The Refugees offer up a terrific combination of engaging, passionate, and poetic songwriting, high-caliber musicianship, and gorgeous vocals. The combined musical pedigree of Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland, and Wendy Waldman is unparalleled. Don't even think about missing an opportunity to catch them in concert."- Anil Prasad from Innerviews, Guitar Player and Bass Player

The group has tour dates set nationwide and in Canada through 2009.

Lyrics

Unbound

Written By: Cindy Bullens/Deborah Holland/Wendy Waldman

Ten million miles cross the universe
Drag myself around
Searching for the end of thirst
Before the weight of sorrow takes me down

I saw a river in the distance
It vanished in the sand
Right there right then I knew
Where I am is where I’ll make my stand

Driven by one sole desire
Follow where it leads

Chorus:

Break free, let me
Be unbound
To stand just once
On holy ground
Some day somehow
Oh to be unbound

Ten million roads leading anywhere
All of them unmarked
to get from here to there, gotta take that leap
Out into the dark

Under the sky tonight I realized
Some things you do alone
you navigate the constellations
And hope they bring you home

I’ll throw my dreams to the fire
Like a refugee

Chorus:

Driven by one sole desire
Follow where it leads

Chorus:

Discography

Each member has an extensive discography which can be viewed at:
www.cindybullens.com
www.deborahholland.net
www.wendywaldman.com
The Refugees will be releasing their first CD in 2008.

Set List

Sets are drawn from the repertoire of the 3 artists including:
(There's a) Spy in the House of Love
Save the Best for Last
Fishin' in the Dark
Jellico Highway
Gotta Believe in Something
Plant Your Fields
The Violin Song, and others

and new co-writes:
Unbound
Stickin' With My Baby's Love, and others