I Am Here-Songs of Kathryn Cooke & Jo-Anne Belvede
The CD 'I am here' is a collection of 11 introspective and distinctly unique songs penned by Canadian songwriters Kathryn Cooke and Jo-Anne Belvedere in their first collaboration together. This soulful combination of jazz infused folk/rock tells a moving story about finding personal strength in the midst of a life altering event and came about as a result of life threatening neck fractures sustained by Cooke while mountain biking in Moab, Utah. Jo-Anne Belvedere consistently demonstrates the ability to craft an appealing mixture of original yet memorable melodies that combine elements of jazz, R&B, rock, and folk into a unique musical synthesis that easily provides the backdrop for Cooke's captivating, deeply personal lyrics while vocalist, Sienna Dahlen, who has opened for such bands as Blue Rodeo and the Barra MacNeills, and some of Canada's finest pop/jazz musicians including Mike Berard on lead guitar, Zack Lober on bass, John Sadowy on piano, Chet Doxas on saxophone, Marika Shaw on viola, and Jim Doxas on drums, lend their extraordinary talents to the project. Belvedere also plays guitar on all tracks. 'Few recordings have as interesting a back story as 'I am here - Songs of Kathryn Cooke & Jo-Anne Belvedere'. Fortunately, the music is as good as the tale is unique...a pleasant on-the-ears blend of roots, folk, and even R&B.' Mark Rheaume CBC Radio Toronto, Ontario Canada.