You could say that Diane Birch is supremely lucky--she got her big break after Prince heard her playing the piano at the Beverly Hills Hotel lounge--but really, she’s just supremely talented. The LA-based singer-songwriter first caught our attention with her soulful voice and stirring ballads back in 2009 with the release of her debut album, Bible Belt. And clearly, she hasn’t lost it; four years later and her follow-up album, Speak A Little Louder (S-Curve Records), features the sort of slow-burning, key-pounding tracks that wouldn’t be out of place on a mid-’70s Fleetwood Mac album (which, yes, is a very good thing).“When you’re wasting time and nobody knows what you’re saying / Speak a little louder,” she sings on the title track, and we couldn’t agree more...especially if it sounds this good.The album comes out October 15, but we’ve got the exclusive sneak peek--stream Speak A Little Louder right here, right now. And if you really like what you hear, catch Diane Birch during her US tour this fall.
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