Vickie Russell

Vickie Russell

 New Paltz, New York, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

Category:contemporary singer/songwriter- Thought provoking songwriting, delivered with passionate piano, guitar and powerful vocals. She will touch your heart and your soul, and keep you laughing all along.

Biography

Vickie Russell’s eclectic sound filled with rich vocals, rhythmic piano and guitar is the music you didn’t know you were looking for. Her powerful and expressive performances have a way of charming audiences of all ages. Her secret weapons: her smooth, silky voice, a quirky sense of humor and an extraordinary flair for songwriting. This versatile artist keeps audiences enthralled whether she’s taking things slow on painfully honest ballads such as Walk Away and Welcome Home, wailing the blues on Manville, or just sharing a funny tale of her life between songs. Concertgoers have enjoyed her as a main act as well as when opening for names like the 10,000 Maniacs, Donovan, Rick Danko, Leon Russell, Richie Havens, Acoustic Eidolon, Cris Williamson, Chris Smithers, Full Frontal Folk, David Wilcox, Jeffrey Gaines, Peter Mayer, Groovelily, John Flynn and Jill Sobule. Playing throughout the USA, Europe, Japan and in her native New York hotspots, Vickie Russell is winning the hearts of audiences around the world.
Some Recent Performances Include:
Ulster County Community College, Howard Community College,
State University Of NY, New Paltz, NY, Kindertransport Convention, AZ
Towne Crier, Pawling, NY, Town Hall Theater, NYC
The Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY, Oxygen Tank Tour 2000, NY
Sydney’s, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Bardavon Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY
Woodstock Festival on Yasgar Farm, Bodles Opera House, N.Y.
Genghis Cohen, LA , Toured through Germany and Japan

Lyrics

Manville

Written By: Vickie Russell

Drivin’ down the road
Tears pourin’ from her eyes
Feelin’ so lonesome
Never meeting any guys
Then like a prayer
That was answered from above
A sign appeared that stopped her tears
Could this be a chance for love?

It said Manville, just 5 miles ahead
Manville, fantasies filled her head
A town where a girl could have her pick
You gotta beat ‘em off with a stick
Manville, Manville

There were tall ones and short ones
Some were built and some were thin
Brown haired and blond, blue eyes and green
It was a symphony of the masculine
Some were brainy, some were brawny
Some were rich, some were fun
They were all there to please her
How could she pick just one?

Manville, just pick and choose
Manville, how could she refuse
A town where a girl could have her pick
You gotta beat ‘em off with a stick
Manville, Manville

More men in Manville
Than you could fit in a landfill
Now I ain’t lyin’
This is where they’re hidin’

Manville, a dream come true
Manville it could happen to you
Manville, just pick and choose
Manville, how could she refuse
A town where a girl could have her pick
You gotta beat ‘em off with a stick
Manville, Manville

Everyday's a Miracle

Written By: Vickie Russell/John Witter

Open my eyes to a brand new day
Up to me how it's gonna play
One more chance to do my best
Take a leap of faith or let it ride
Maybe I should just stay inside
And give it a rest
Then a voice says, let's go
I take a step, I'm in the flow
Where it takes me I don’t know

Every day’s a miracle
Who know what’s possible
Every day’s a miracle
I feel unstoppable

Next day back to the same ol’ grind
Looks like I’ve fallin’ so far behind
Somebody please take my place
Am I just chasin’ a crazy dream
Some things aren’t quite the way they seem
Let’s cut to the chase
So I say, “let’s go”
And right away I feel the flow
I’m back on the road

Every day’s a miracle
Who know what’s possible
Every day’s a miracle
I feel unstoppable

Between belief and determination
I’ve found the perfect combination
To turn these trials and tribulations
To sweet inspiration

Every day’s a miracle
Who know what’s possible
Every day’s a miracle
I feel unstoppable

I Want You

Written By: Vickie Russell/John Witter

I drank a drop of water
From your honey lips
But I could drink a river
My wish, my wish
You've got me all excited
You'd think by now I'd learn
You got the fuse ignited
Let's let it burn

You know, I want you
I gotta have you
Oh, I want you
What am I gonna do

Hold on just a minute
Before I jump the track
I'm hot, and I admit it
Can I turn back
You got me where you want me
'Bout to cross that line
Bet you'd go down easy
Like sweet summer wine

You know, I want you
I gotta have you
Oh, I want you

Starting to scare myself
Can't think of no one else
You know your driving me mad
This isn't rational
Can't seem to get my fill
I want you that bad

It feels too good to hold you
You make me come alive
Skin to skin, heart to heart
Your touch is hard to fight

You know I want you
I gotta have you
Oh, I want you
You know I want you
I gotta have you
Oh, I want you

Next

Written By: Vickie Russell/Lisa Dudley/JohnWitter

Next
Vickie Russell, Lisa Dudley & John Witter ©2004

Sally came to dinner, she was crying to me
About her latest boyfriend, how he's history
Had too many secrets and a complicated life
He forgot to mention his lovely wife
What about the one before, I think it was Wayne
At your 10th reunion you rekindled the flame
Got you hot and bothered by the way he kissed
Had a second job as an arsonist

Oh, next who's next in line
She said, “I'm not wasting my precious time
On any man who’s doing time
Next who's next in line

Remember Perry he was perfect as he could be
Loved to shop and share his Streisand CDs
How you two would gab until the break of day
Until he found out that he was gay
What's his name, you nabbed him on the Internet
Made a sweet impression that you can't forget
Big, blonde and built you thought he was a steal
Then you caught him dancing in your panties and heels

Oh, next who's next in line
She said, “I'm not wasting my precious time
On any man too feminine
Next who's next in line

He's singing…Next who's next in line
I'm not wasting my precious time
On any man who won't be mine
Next, who's next in line

I told her you don't have to settle girl
I promise it's true
There's a good man out there
Looking for you

He's singing…Next who's next in line
I'm not wasting my precious time
On any fool who won't be mine
Next, who's next in line

Yard Sale

Written By: Vickie Russell/John Witter

Early every Saturday, red Sharpie in my hand
Scan the local paper, I’m workin’ on a plan
Got to beat the early birds before the good stuff’s gone
Cruising through your neighborhood at the crack of dawn

For a Yard Sale
Trackin’ down some treasure
At a Yard Sale
Such a guilty pleasure
Charge me with possession, your junk is my obsession
At a Yard Sale

When I was just a little girl, my Momma took me ‘round
To every stinkin’ yard sale in my little Jersey town
I would whine and whimper while she poked through every pile
But we were dressed in our best, in last year’s style

From a Yard Sale
Don’t be overchargin’
At the Yard Sale
She taught me how to bargain
Don’t mess with my Momma, or you’ll get psychodrama
At the Yard Sale

Old PCs, shoe trees, Kenny G CDs
LPs, Chachkes, buy my precious junk, please
NordicTracks, paperbacks, motorized tie racks
Power drills, cheap thrills, never used George Foreman grills

Ghetto blasters, thigh masters, barely strummed Stratocasters
Bread machines, crock pots, useless crap still in the box
Jogging strollers, buttonholers, dusty, rusty ab rollers
Dancing Santa’s, plastic antlers, pre-owned homes of flat-lined hamsters

I was married happily ‘til I hit overload
One more yard sale pleasure trip and my house would explode
Something had give or there would be a revolution
Got to save my happy home, there’s only one solution!

Have a yard sale
Now we’re makin’ money
At the yard sale
Don’t wanna lose my Honey!
I’ll drag it out of storage, so fools like you can forage
At my yard sale
Drag it out of storage, so fools like me can forage
At a yard sale, at a yard sale, at a yard sale

Still Sixteen

Written By: Vickie Russell/John Witter

She still sees his long blond hair
Though it's mostly gray
If she wears that old tee shirt
He sees lingerie
When she pulls him near
His heart kicks into gear
The years fall away
Two kids at play
In their faded blue jeans
They're still sixteen
Still sixteen

She thinks he is always right
He thinks she's never wrong
Neither of them wins a fight
That's how they get along
His voice sounds the same
As the first time he said her name
She's still got that sway
That led him astray
In heir faded blue jeans
They're still sixteen
Still sixteen

People said when they first met
Wouldn't last too long
All these years with no regrets
Guess they proved them wrong

The water's stilll cold
At that same swimmin' hole
There's no one around
This far from town
As they sliip off their jeans
They're still sixteen
Still sixteen

Longing For You

Written By: Vickie Russell/Jaik Schubert

Longing For You

You shook me from a gray and restless sleep
Arousing all the secret passion I had buried deep
I’d seen it done, I’d been around
Then you swept me up from the ground
Flyin’ higher than I’d ever flown before

I’d follow you around the world to see
If I could somehow capture you, the way you captured me
You had my heart, you had my soul
And my body from head to toe
But was someone else had found you before me

No matter who you’re belonging to
I’ll still be longing for you

I’ve tried to shake this yearning deep inside
I’d like to steal your heart from her
If it weren’t for my pride
So I stay close, but not too near
I love you too much to interfere
But what you gave to me I can carry in my heart

No matter who you’re belonging to
I’ll still be longing for you

I guess you’re meant to touch me from afar
Awakening my lonely heart like a morning star
But I’ve found love, with no regrets
I am happy, in love and yet
I know I will not soon forget your fire

No matter who I’m belonging to
I’ll still be longing for you

Discography

CD:As Written- Vickie Russell1997
CD:Welcome Home-Vickie Russell 2003
CD:Next-Vickie Russell 2008
Tracks with streaming and radio airplay

Set List

All original songs written by Vickie Russell
A 30 minute opening set-all original music:
1. Sunset in Aberdeen
2. Take Care of You
3. Next
4. All the Time
5. To the Lover of this Heart
6. Manville
7. Painted By Monet
8. Overwhelmed

A full 2 set concert-45 minute set with a 10 minute break:
Sunset in Aberdeen
Next
Painted By Monet
All the Time
Dream I Dream
He's Your Man Now
Longing For You
Take Care of You
To the Lover of This Heart
Yard Sale
Eva the Diner Diva
Manville

Overwhelmed