THE DOROTHY-JANE BAND
showcasing "the witness"
Dorothy-Jane here, introducing my all original concept album – 13 tracks based on personal experience of witnessing her husband molest a child – a defining moment in time that triggered a series of intense personal challenges and profound realisations.
Being acutely aware of the taboo concept of this album I am not sure how it will be received. As a singer and songwriter, this is the most effective way for me to process these
experiences, and I hope that the songs offer some awareness/resonance/comfort.
It is quite remarkable that this album reached fruition, considering some significant setbacks:
- Halfway into recording I received a terminal illness diagnosed - metastatic breast cancer affecting my bones and lungs. My vocal and harmonica parts were recorded while I had one semi-functioning lung.
- The recording studio was struck by lightning and shortly after, completely flooded!
- the Sound Engineer lost his hearing - temporarily thank goodness!
“It is rare that an artist stands this vulnerable and naked in front of her audience. It is deeply moving and rather incredible that Dorothy-Jane has found the strength to do so... somehow.”
The core musicians on this albums committed to these intimate and confronting songs with fearless open hearts and compassion. They are Ali Penney - keys, Ben Hoare - guitar, Matt Nightingale - bass, Jack Barnard - drums
The amazing session musician’s are John Mackey - saxophone, Julia Horvath - cello, Ian Cameron - fiddle, Vocalists - Krista Grünreich Kamprad, Johnny Huckle, Reidar Jorgensen, Finn Kamprad, Ali Penney and Rachel Thorne.
This album is OUT NOW on all the usual streaming platforms.
SINGLE "SPEAK OUT"
Very slick, well produced. Great vocal, great instrumentation (reminiscient of The Bamboos?). Dorothy-Jane is hot!
Meredith @ Far Out Productions)
Speak Out makes such an impression: “Secrets aren't for keepin’ if they don’t feel right”. Once this gets out, this lyric will become a mantra...
(Janine, avid listener)
I’ve just had a listen - that’s a great single! Very smooth, and such a soulful voice! Fantastic lower register there too. I love the harmonica and guitar solos! This definitely makes me keen to hear the rest of the upcoming album as well.
THE WITNESS WRAP UP AND SONG-BY-SONG ALBUM REVIEW
“As a mix of blues, soul and jazz album goes with a singer who's got a voice you'll never forget, and which sounds as classic as any great 20th century female soul-blues singer you could name, this is not only essential listening, but it's faultless. From fans of Cleo Laine through Nina Simone to Tom Waits, this is the album you should treasure in those nights by the fireside together or reflective on your own, or with friends around the smouldering embers of the campfire. Quite brilliant!” - Andy G