Beyond the Comfort Zone
From the bittersweet innocence of first time heartbreak to the cutting anger and mournful despair of life's harsh realities, Beyond the comfort zone is a musical catharsis of one human heart's search for truth, love and light in the midst of pain and deception. The CD's title song has been heard nationally on radio since November, 2001 and as of March 20, 2002 was #35 on the New Music Weekly AC40 chart, and has been receiving strong listener response. Some Media Reviews: ***** (5 stars) Indie Pick of the Month --Independent Songwriter Web-Magazine '...a twelve track burst of joy...' --Splendid E-zine, Justin Kownacki 'With a voice that recalls a young Barbara Streisand, Valerie Ising sings of darkness and light over Rudy Ising's slick arrangements...songs like 'Land of Make Believe' and 'Troubled Eyes' evoke a dreamy fantasy world, part Portishead and part Julee Cruise, and rich ballads like Leap of Faith make perfect entries for the adult contemporary pop genre, rivaling even Sarah McLachlan...Ising's voice is powerful and her instincts for conveying emotion are strong...Ising really shines.' --All Music Guide, Charles Spano '...listen to the 12 songs and hear the common woman giving her passionate all to the problems of the day. Love, loss, comfort, adjustment...Valerie reminds me of Bob Dylan in her vocal style. Utterly. She also has a hankering for poetry that is often a lost art in today's 'baby I need you' or overly clever songwriter's jargon.' --MusicDish e-Journal, Ben Ohmart 'Valerie Ising's BEYOND THE COMFORT ZONE reverberates with spiritual issues and carnal urges, boldly sketched by Rudy Ising's music and Valerie's poetry carved by experience.' --Tom Semioli Allmusic.Com/Amplifier '...the self-produced CD...is wonderful. Her voice sounds like a mixture of Streisand and Mariah Carey; the pop songs are catchy, the words meaningful.' --Orange County Register (Thursday, Feb 1, 2001) '...the music is interesting... her lyrics are solid and heartfelt.' --Amy, Collected Sounds 'This full length collection of original tunes spotlights the artist's intriguing voice...Ising has crafty vocal skills for sure...' --Music Connection (February 26, 2001) 'Ising boasts a four octave vocal range, and these songs find her putting it to work...' --Listen.com More About the CD: Composer Rudy Ising creates a stirring multidimensional backdrop of light and dark progressions, setting the tone for Valerie Ising's emotionally sweeping songs. Through Valerie's insightful lyrics, provocative melodies and powerful, multifaceted voice, Valerie paints her vividly inspired pictures. This dynamic duo delivers a musically rich, evocative and meaningful message that joy, faith, love and true self -discovery are found just Beyond the comfort zone.