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Wilsonville singer says 'You've Got Me' with second solo album

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: NAOMILMUSIC.COM - Wilsonville singer-songwriter Naomi LaViolette is celebrating her second solo record, Youve Got Me, with a release show Friday in Portland. Following the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2012, Naomi LaViolette announced last week the release of her next record, “You’ve Got Me,” with a release show at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland on Friday.

The record represents a new sound LaViolette has developed for herself over the past year, which she describes as “flirty and funky, with more groove. I’ve found what really connects me to audiences, and I am writing in that style.”

On the record, and in live performances, LaViolette branches out from the grand piano to include vintage sounds with Rhodes and Hammond organs and Wurlitzer keyboards. Her more retro keyboard style is reminiscent of both the funky rhythms of Billy Preston and classic folk-rock of Carole King, while her smooth vocals span the sultry blues of Norah Jones to the ambience of Sarah McLachlan.

LaViolette wrote all songs on the record, with the title track including co-writer Justin Jude. The songs tell stories of falling in love, life lessons and heartbreak while striking a distinctive balance between sweet flirtation, soul-searching and gratitude.

LaViolette produced the record with Tim Ellis at Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studio in Portland with engineering, mixing and mastering provided by Steve Sundholm. LaViolette provides vocals, piano, keyboards and percussion. Other credits include Bill Athens on bass, Ken Ollis on drums, Tim Ellis on guitar, Renato Caranto on saxophone, Paul Mazzio on trumpet and flugelhorn, Matt Brown on vocals and guitar and Christina Cooper and Heather Schrock on background vocals.

LaViolette is a Portland native and now lives in Wilsonville’s Villebois neighborhood. She earned a master’s degree in classical piano performance from Portland State University and studied with Portland jazz greats Randy Porter and Darrell Grant.

LaViolette has performed in the classical music scene as the accompanist for the Oregon Repertory Singers since 2004 and as a chamber musician in Classical Revolution PDX.

She has opened for national and international acts and performed at esteemed venues and festivals including the Portland Jazz Festival, Jimmy Mak’s, the Doug Fir Lounge and the Bite of Oregon.

At a Glance:

Naomi LaViolette

Record Release Show for “You’ve Got Me”

8 p.m. Friday

Alberta Rose Theater

3000 NE Alberta St., Portland

Tickets: $10 advance, $12 door;

Details and tickets: naomilmusic.com, albertarosetheater.com



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