Download Diane Birch Free Itunes Single of the Week, Win an Ipod Nano!

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You know the first time you hear an artist who grabs your ear and your heart? Who suspends everything else for a moment, and forces you to sit, listen, and absorb? I treasure those  musical discoveries, especially because the older I get, the more it takes to sucker punch me and steal my breath.

Diane Birch’s debut, “Bible Belt”, (release date June 2nd) does just that. By turns swaggering, soulful, and sweet, it packs a wallop of authenticity, coupled with talent, that makes it really stand out in my daily rotation of music.

I first saw Diane play live in NYC this winter, in a tiny venue on a snowy night. I’d heard a few MP3s, and I knew she was gifted. But I didn’t know she would flip between her Wurlitzer organ and the piano, clearly at home with both, while belting out songs with a command and artistry that, quite simply, said she had serious chops. Backed by her tight band, she transfixed the room. I’ll admit, I do sometimes judge an artist by their live show: I like to know their recorded product isn’t studio magic, but a true expression of who they are. Diane’s record is.

It was recorded in New York and New Orleans, with a team of Grammy-winning producers: S-Curve Records founder Steve Greenberg, soul legend Betty Wright, and Mike Mangini, in their first project together since the trio produced Joss Stone’s first two albums. Tones of both cities shine through, as well as a solid retro vibe that’s interpretation, not imitation. 

Diane recounts some of the process: “We tried to record a lot of things live. ‘Fire Escape’ was the third song we did; the band had never played it before. We had just been rehearsing with the ‘record’ button on. I remember the take and it was amazing. I was looking through the glass and everyone was saying, that’s the one. Steve said, ‘You guys are done, let’s move on.’ These are moments that you often can’t capture in a lot of modern music because you’re doing everything separately. It was really important to me to keep that level of authenticity.”

“Bible Belt” drops on June 2.
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But YOU can download a taste of it, “Rise Up”, for FREE at the Itunes Store this week. And, after you do,  enter here to win a 4 GB Ipod Nano, in the color of your choice, as well as a signed copy of Diane Birch’s debut, “Bible Belt”. Here’s how:

1. Download the free single, “Rise Up” from Itunes.
2. Listen to it!
3.  Leave a brief review on Itunes (they’re usually about 2 lines, so no big thang)

4. Come back here and leave a comment!

For 1  additional entry, Tweet a link to the giveaway, or post a link to the download or this giveaway as your Facebook status. Come back here and leave another comment! If you’re getting your 2nd entry by Tweeting, please leave your @ name in the comments.

And, for yet another additional entry, join Diane’s Fan Page on Facebook, and leave another comment letting me know.

The contest runs through Sunday, and you can keep earning additional entries by tweeting and posting to your FB status. Just leave a comment each time with your Twitter name. 

The contest will close at 6 PM on Sunday, May 24th, and I’ll pick six winners via Random.org by 8 PM EST.


1st Prize wins: 4 GB Nano, color of your choice, and a signed “Bible Belt” album to go on it!
5 others will win signed copies of “Bible Belt”.

Trust me, you’ll want it.:) Good luck!


In case you want a second opinion, here’s what the June issue of Oprah Magazine says:


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or June’s Marie Claire:
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I love it when the next big thing is also the real deal.

UPDATE: WINNERS ARE POSTED BELOW:
Thank you all so much for your support of Diane’s debut! It’s been an amazing week, with “Bible Belt” breaking into the Top 10 of Pop Albums for pre-order the day. That, my friends, is pretty amazing for a new artist, and people like you who helped spread the word of the record played a huge part in it. So, thank you for sharing new music, and for entering. (Note: I used random.org to choose winners.)
The Winner of the Ipod Nano and an autographed copy of “Bible Belt” is:
Ann! See, updating that Itunes paid off.

And for the 5 other autographed copies of “Bible Belt”:
Shannon, Christina, Vintage Squirrel, Emily, and Kim Deal.

Thank you all again so much for your support of Diane’s debut, and I’ll email the winners later tonight to get their physical addresses. xoxo, Lindsay

(Note of disclosure: I do consult for Diane’s label, S-Curve, but because of my passion for her music, not vice versa. This is not a sponsored post, but my opinion.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Comments (56)

  1. Katja Tuesday - 19 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I love love love Diane Birch, she is talented, smart, beautiful, and her voice is beyond amazing. Thanks for posting a great giveaway and spreading the word of Diane - everyone should get her CD! Katja’s last blog post..Hot Dogs, Picnics & Family Fun
  2. Sherrie Tuesday - 19 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Thank you for introducing me to a new artist. I've been searching for something fun and different to listen to and Diane Birch is it. Rise Up is a great song!
  3. Miss Lori Tuesday - 19 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Right out of the gate this song gets under your skin with the rolling musical riff. Diane's young voice stretches beyond her years with her pitch perfect tonality. But in the end it's the message that seals the deal, "love don't come in black or white". Rise up and buy this CD today! SMILE On! ML
  4. dee Tuesday - 19 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Love the song! Can't wait to hear the whole album! Added a review at iTunes dee’s last blog post..Best. Day. Ever.
  5. dee Tuesday - 19 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Tweeted it also: http://twitter.com/deew27/status/1848062391 @deew27 dee’s last blog post..Best. Day. Ever.
  6. Jennifer (mom of Four) Tuesday - 19 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Thanks for the great giveaway! I downloaded and left a comment under wiljen109 I am crossing my fingers! Jennifer (mom of Four)’s last blog post..Notepad Winner
  7. amyp1007 Tuesday - 19 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Love this new song - will be on my playlist for sure going forward!! Thanks for the link! amyp1007’s last blog post..Wahoo!!
  8. amyp1007 Tuesday - 19 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Just tweeted the giveaway - @amyp1007 And joined Diane's facebook fan page! Hope I win--- amyp1007’s last blog post..Wahoo!!
  9. erica mueller Tuesday - 19 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Oh, we love Diane, so I was tickled to see a free download! We had a chance to see her live, in concert and she took the house down! I left a review on iTunes!!
  10. erica mueller Tuesday - 19 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Twittered it too! http://twitter.com/EricaMueller/statuses/1850798078
  11. erica mueller Tuesday - 19 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Ah, yes, and I'm a fan of Diane's Facebook page as we got to hear her live in concert in Dallas!
  12. Kim Deal Tuesday - 19 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I really enjoyed her voice. I would love to get to hear the rest of the album. I will be humming this song all day. Thanks for the introduction I will be watching for her! I wrote a review on Itunes! Thanks for the giveaway! Kim
  13. Emily Canibano Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    downloaded and reviewed. Not a bad melody, if a little over processed sounding, I would love to hear the other tracks that's for sure! Emily Canibano’s last blog post..Virtual Biggest Loser Day 2 Meal and Workout
  14. Emily Canibano Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I tweeted this http://twitter.com/skyyogastudio/status/1856102088 @skyyogastudio Emily Canibano’s last blog post..Virtual Biggest Loser Day 2 Meal and Workout
  15. Emily Canibano Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I am a fan on facebook :) Cool badge by the way! Emily Canibano’s last blog post..Virtual Biggest Loser Day 2 Meal and Workout
  16. Emily Canibano Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    posted to my FB status as well Emily Canibano’s last blog post..Virtual Biggest Loser Day 2 Meal and Workout
  17. Diane S. Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I downloaded Rise up and left a glowing review. I really enjoyed it.
  18. Diane S. Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I also retweeted this giveaway: DSinAZ
  19. Diane S. Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I also became a fan on facebook
  20. Marina Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Wow, I love this singer. I wouldn't have known about her were it not for this blog. Awesome.
  21. Marina Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I twittered!
  22. Jessica - Jessica Knows Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I just downloaded the single and pre-ordered Bible Belt. Plus tweeted, stumbled, and about to add to facebook now. Diane Birch rocks...and you rock too Rock and Roll Mama! Jessica - Jessica Knows’s last blog post..Reporters Desperate for a Story: Prey for Post
  23. JaimieH Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Amazing new artist! Downloaded the song and album is great! Would love a green nano for kidlets! twittered the blog too @jaimieh JaimieH’s last blog post..JaimieH: ---------->>> Congrats to all starting on CGMS @KellyOC @ninjabetic @megrachel #diabetes
  24. JaimieH Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    on facebook too :) updated and added as a fan :) @jaimieh
  25. Vintagesquirrel Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Honestly, I hadn't ever heard of Diane Birch to now. Thank you for introducing me to her talent. I would so love to win an Ipod Nano - whatever color you have. I've never owned an Ipod, and would be thankful just to win one. -Michelle Vintagesquirrel’s last blog post..Imagine That
  26. Amy Buchanan Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    What a great talent. I really enjoyed Diane's unique sound. Thanks for introducing me to such a talented artist. Amy @ Goo Goo Buy Buy Amy Buchanan’s last blog post..Countdown to a Clutter-Free Life - Updates to come
  27. Amy Buchanan Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Just posted a review on iTunes: From the opening notes, I was jamming and full on dancing at the end. Highly recommended single. Can't wait to hear the whole album when it drops. Amy @ Goo Goo Buy Buy Amy Buchanan’s last blog post..Countdown to a Clutter-Free Life - Updates to come
  28. Amy Buchanan Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Just tweeted about the giveaway I'm @googoobuybuy My Tweet: Download a free single from a rising talent (Diane Birch) and maybe win a Nano http://snipr.com/igm1l Amy Buchanan’s last blog post..Countdown to a Clutter-Free Life - Updates to come
  29. Amy Buchanan Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Just became a fan on Facebook, as well. Amy Buchanan’s last blog post..Countdown to a Clutter-Free Life - Updates to come
  30. Amy Buchanan Wednesday - 20 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Just promoted Diane's new single in my Facebook status: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=1345759414&ref=nf Amy Buchanan’s last blog post..Countdown to a Clutter-Free Life - Updates to come
  31. Shannon Dietrich Thursday - 21 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Wow Lindsay. this is really cool!
  32. Kim Deal Thursday - 21 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I put a link on my FB Status! Yippie I really hope I win!
  33. Carissa Schutte Friday - 22 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I actually saw Diane live a few weeks ago when she opened for James Morrison. Once she began singing I remember looking at my friend and just saying "Wow"! She is amazing and her band is fantastic as well!
  34. Chris Bannon Saturday - 23 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Diane please play DC! I love what I have heard. Count me as a fan!
  35. Chris Bannon Saturday - 23 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I am also a FB fan!
  36. Emily Canibano Saturday - 23 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    http://twitter.com/skyyogastudio/status/1893723620 Tweeted again
  37. Emily Canibano Saturday - 23 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Posted again on FB as well Emily Canibano’s last blog post..Virtual Biggest Loser Sunday Schedule
  38. Lex ~ laprimera Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Love the message. And the music is great to dance around the kitchen while cooking breakfast on a Sunday morning.
  39. Lex ~ laprimera Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    twittered too! http://twitter.com/laprimera/status/1904163427
  40. kristina Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Enjoyed her song!! May just download the rest of her songs!!
  41. Jessie Lynn Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Gorgeous song! This is going to be a new playlist staple. Thank you for introducing me to a new artist! I adore this song... Wow!
  42. Dana Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I downloaded and left a review. The song has a good sound to it. My review is under the nickname "InVA". Dana’s last blog post..Minor League Baseball: B1G1 Tickets
  43. Jessie Lynn Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I Tweeted! @JessyCat
  44. Dana Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I became a fan on facebook. My name: Dana Adams Dana’s last blog post..Minor League Baseball: B1G1 Tickets
  45. Dana Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I tweeted the giveaway. @frugalinva Dana’s last blog post..Minor League Baseball: B1G1 Tickets
  46. Marianna Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Enjoyed the song and left a review as "mannabsn" on Itunes
  47. Marianna Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Tweet! http://twitter.com/mannabsn/status/1905162003
  48. Ann Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I downloaded the song and commented. It took me days how to figure out how to update my itunes software so it would let me do it. But, finally I did it and listened to the song. Then of course, I had to figure out how to leave a review......but I did. =:o
  49. Ann Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    I tweeted this: http://twitter.com/quelleheure4/status/1852603051
  50. Kimball Packard Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Great tune, great gospel vibe.
  51. Kimball Packard Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Joined her fan page on facebook!
  52. Kimball Packard Sunday - 24 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    @kpsoundadvice tweeted the free offer as well
  53. Emily Canibano Friday - 29 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Hey Lindsay, Not sure if I am the Emily winner, but I never got an email if you already sent it, don't want you to think I am not super excited! Thanks Emily Emily Canibano’s last blog post..Check out MILK - nursing wear for fashion conscious moms
  54. Belinda Wednesday - 03 / 06 / 2009 Reply
    I have listened to the whole album, and it is well worth buying. Each song is touching and soulfull.
  55. Get Free iTunes Saturday - 03 / 10 / 2009 Reply
    At first when I downloaded and reviewed I thought "what I would give to hear the rest of the album", but judging from one song she has a melodius voice and its a catchy tune that stayed in my head for the rest of the week. Thanks for the giveaway
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