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T Max, Senior Editor
- The Noise Boston
Miranda Russell is center stage in a dark floral sleeveless dress that flows with her body rhythms. She has a strong country voice and a gigantic stage presence. An excellent group of musicians is supporting her – David Sparr (keyboards), Justin Piper (guitar), Dave Landoni (bass), Joe Kessler (fiddle and mandolin), and Leo Ciaramitaro (drums) – but Miranda is the show – a total pro. She has acting skills, natural movement, a beautiful smile, and a whole lot of musical talent and personality that keeps the audience on the edge of their seat.
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Dan MacAlpine, Senior Editor - Ipswich Chronicle Rockport's Shalin Liu played a red gold setting to Miranda Russell's multi-faceted diamond this past Saturday night its pine and cherry trim and natural stone walls and its intimate, 345-capacity setting reverberating Russell's depth, range and sharp control that filleted her audience before they knew she was slicing them... Through it all, Russell displayed supreme confidence, allowing her voice to become the lead instrument in a band of talented and experienced musicians.
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Showcase Theater Review: A sensational nuance performer who is utterly convincing. A terrific set of pipes.  
Spotlight Portsmouth: She is a sure-bet performer with a stunning voice.  
Boston Phoenix: Miranda Russell will knock your socks off - should you be wearing any this close to the beach.  
Ipswich Chronicle:

Russell's interpretation of Joni Mitchell's [songs] reveal a true and clear tone reminiscent of Mitchell. But when she sings others' songs, the renditions are hers... Russell had a stunning voice and impressive stage presence. She was fascinating to watch as well as listen to.

 
Audience members write: It truly was a gift to be seated in the audience of the Shalin Liu  and to be treated to an incredible artistry of voice and accompaniment!  
  Brave, beautiful selections... And what backup!  
  It was the BEST night. We laughed, cried, held hands, sang, and loved every minute.  
  Really, spent the whole evening with a huge smile on my face, when I wasn't slack-jawed with amazement or wiping a tear.  
  A truly spectacular performance. Best version of 'Embraceable You' I've ever heard.  

Praise for All the Pretty Little Horses:

 

 

Parenting Magazine March 2003
Russell's soulful 14 bedtime songs add a sweet, intimate touch to tuck-ins. Traditional tunes plus several covers... provide a soothing send-off for tiny listeners.  

 

Chicago Parent Magazine June 2003
Russell's voice is soothing and the instrumental arrangements are very tasty. You will hear classics ... as well as some unexpected pleasures such as "Songbird" and the lovely "Armenian Lullaby." But what I find to be perfectly well placed on this recording are the jazz standards "I've Got A Crush On You" and "Summertime." They have that late night, intimate jazz feel to them that really works for me. As with many recording artists, Russell was inspired to create this recording because she's a mom and wanted to create something special for her children. We're lucky enough to be able to listen in.  

 

Sing Out! Winter 2004
...An enjoyable collection... Arrangements are pleasant and soothing; nicely soporific, enhanced by a continuity of voice and manner across all cuts...  

Awards for All the Pretty Little Horses:

 

 

NAPPA Honors Award  

 
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award