Rickie Lee Jones
February 7, 2012 by staff
Rickie Lee Jones, Rickie Lee Jones (born November 8, 1954) is an American vocalist, musician, songwriter, and producer. Over the course of a three-decade career, Jones has recorded in various musical styles including rock, R&B, blues, pop, soul, and jazz standards.
Her songwriting has been characterized as “a blend of bravado and vulnerability [that] wavers on indefinable borders.” She is also known for her unique singing style, especially in live performances. One concert reviewer, describing her rendering of “We Belong Together,” states she “reached her apex, skating from swells into near screams into breathy whispers, from pontillist stacatto scats into brassy, trumpetlike bursts.”
In 1999, Jones was listed at #30 in the VH1 list of 100 greatest women of rock.
For her next project, Jones opted to finish half-written songs dating back as far as 1986 (“Wild Girl”) as well as include new ones (the 2008-penned “The Gospel of Carlos, Norman and Smith,” “Bonfires”). Working closely with long-time collaborator David Kalish, with whom Jones first worked on 1981′s Pirates, Jones released Balm in Gilead on the Fantasy label in November 2009.
The album also included a new recording of “The Moon Is Made Of Gold,” a song written by her father Richard Loris Jones in 1954. Ben Harper, Victoria Williams, Jon Brion, Alison Krauss and the late Vic Chesnutt all made contributions to the album.
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