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Jill GoldbergCause on the outside I’m just a girl polite
 In my head I’m still that little child in the dirt
Who puts up her arms to fight
But if only I could be that in real life

~ Girl, Polite, Jill Goldberg

Originally drawn to creating instrumental film scores as a teen, Boston-based singer-songwriter Jill Goldberg joined an acapella group in college and got a taste for performing in front of crowds.  After graduation, Jill fit her two musical passions together into writing and performing her own songs.  With her polished mahogany voice, empowered lyrics, and fresh yet catchy melodies, Jill's new EP Girl, Polite, is set to make a splash when it drops April 1st.  Join us on Lyrical Venus to get to know Jill and have a sneak peak at the new songs!

Tune in to Lyrical Venus on Tuesday morning for your weekly dose of great music by female singer-songwriters.  Show starts at 9am Central, Jill will be calling at 9:30.

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Josie Overmyer Interview on Lyrical Venus!

Josie OvermyerMy mother she said she had a dream
the week after you died
you called her on the phone and she cried
~ None of This Had to Happen, Josie Overmyer

Fairfield songbird Josie Overmyer has been quietly working her way into local hearts for the past few years with her piercingly honest lyrics, honey-dusted vocals, and vintage acoustic aesthetic.  Josie's understated, commanding songs bring to mind the likes of Iron & Wine or Bon Iver crossed with Emmylou Harris or a little Gillian Welch.

Josie is nearly finished with her debut album, Little Bird, and will be coming into the studio on Tuesday to share about her process and a few songs!  Tune in from 9-10am Central for the full Lyrical Venus hour, the first half featuring music, Josie will be coming in at 9:30.

Fairfield Local Music Dance Gala PosterHilary Jordan and the Fairfield Dance Company return to the Sondheim Center for Fairfield Music: A Dance Gala for two performances, Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. The performances will be choregraphed to music made by local artists, which of course includes local women!  This week on Lyrical Venus we'll hear a few of those songs.

Jen HirshFor the second half we'll hear from LA-based artist Jen Hirsh.  Her new album, Myself in Two, drops today!  Her soulful blending of jazzy, folky pop will have you hooked on the first listen.

Tune in to Lyrical Venus from 9-10am Central for the two interviews!

Beaucoup ShaktiCome down from the tree
Come down from the mountaintop
Your high horse can run free
If you come down
~ Come Down From the Tree, Beaucoup Shakti

Lyrical Venus favorites Beaucoup Shakti are performing in a full show in Fairfield on Saturday, and in honor of the occasion, we'll be playing an extended set of songs from their latest CD, How Spirit Sings.  Also on the playlist for this week's full-music show is some brand new Susan Gibson, Gayla Drake Paul, Lelia Broussard and more!

Tune in from 9-10am Central for your weekly dose of music by women!


Adrien Daller and Philip RabalaisTwo amazingly dynamic and creative Fairfield musicians have teamed together to make Trouble, and some pretty cool "dance party music"!  Think Imogen Heap meets Bjork with a little bit of The Cranberries and Cyndi Lauper thrown in and you may start to get a picture of the sounds Adrien Daller and Philip Rabalais are coming up with these days.  

They will be making an official debut as openers for Caleb Hawley at the Sondheim Center this Thursday, February 17th at 7:30pm.  Tune in to Lyrical Venus at 9am on Tuesday to learn about this new collaboration and hear some brand new tracks.  Read more at LyricalVenus.com

Sweetwater RoseBluebirds on the fence, playin' kinda shy
We could sit a while and watch the clouds go by
Fragrance fills the air, I'm magnolia high
~ Natchez Road, Sweetwater Rose

If you didn't know better listening to country music sirens Sweetwater Rose, you might think they all hatched out of the same nest and grew up singing side-by-side from day one, but these songbirds were fully fledged when circumstances brought them together.  Lala Deaton, Marna Taylor and Ali Sperry found each other in Nashville thanks to the vision of Mac and Diane Gayden, music business veterans who knew that today's audiences had a longing for raw, authentic connection.

Sweetwater Rose is bringing their special brand of sweet and sultry to the Sondheim Center on Saturday, February 12th.  Get to know them a little better beforehand by tuning in to Lyrical Venus this Tuesday, February 8th at 9am Central!

Diana Upton-HillLiving in a plastic world
with a plastic dream
Where nothing is as it seems
~ Plastic, Diana Upton-Hill

If you live in Southeast Iowa, you're a fan of musical theatre, and you've been to a few shows in the past couple years, chances are you're already familiar with the talents of Diana Upton-Hill. Her newest album, Sparkle, is a chance to introduce the world to another of her skills - songwriting.

Like a multi-faceted gem, Sparkle showcases several sides of a dynamic and passionate performer.  Flowing from high-energy pop to moody, gothic rock, the album evokes powerhouse voices such as Evanescence, Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne by turn.

Tune in to Lyrical Venus Radio on Tuesday from 9-10 am for your weekly dose of music by female singer-songwriters and get to know Diana a little better. She will be calling at 9:30 Central. Read more at Lyrical Venus.

Melanie TaylorListen boy, I've got some things I need to say to you
You've got me fooled more than I'd ever care to say was true
~ Freak Out, Melanie Taylor

Los Angeles based actress and singer-songwriter Melanie Taylor has her multi-talented fingers in a whole bunch of pies these days.  With a cool head, mature outlook on life and deep well of passionate energy, the 22 year old has what it takes to balance her time between acting, singing and even contributing her talents to charitable causes.

Her danceable pop-rock sound has people comparing her to other powerhouse women in the genre like Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and Ke$ha.  Keep an eye on Melanie, she's going places!

Tune in to Lyrical Venus on Tuesday, January 25th from 9-10am Central for your weekly dose of music by female singer-songwriters, and to get to know Melanie Taylor.

DJ Hum xmas picThat's right, there are 12 days of Christmas and I'm using them all!  So I can still wish you a Merry Christmas and I can still wear my Santa hat!  

And it's the first Lyrical Venus show of the year, so I can still wish you a Happy New Year!

And it's also the 3rd anniversary show of Lyrical Venus, so Happy Birthday to YOU because you are a huge part of Lyrical Venus!

It's pretty cool to see how far the show has come in this time.  To think that I started off too shy to say anything other than the track listings, and now I've interviewed 42 artists in 2010!  I started playing one song by each of them on the last show, and for this week I'm finishing up with the second half of that 42 song playlist.

Thank you so much for tuning in. Merry Happy Happy!

Emily ShirleyLittle windows, little tree
Little fire, come back to me
It's been a while now since we spent time
And I miss you
~ Taking the Sun, Emily Shirley

Graphic designer, photographer, mother and musician, Austinite Emily Shirley must also know a thing or two about juggling because she seems to be keeping all those creative balls in the air with grace.  

Her indie-alternative Tiny Truths EP is lush and layered. The production sets Emily's sultry-sweet vocals against a backdrop of plucked strings and marching band drums on one track and crunchy electric guitars on the next. Ranging from quirky to quiet in the span of just five songs, Tiny Truths is a great appetizer for those looking to cleanse their pallet of sugar-sweet pop.

Join me Tuesday, December 7th from 9-10am Central for your weekly dose of music by female singer-songwriters and to get to know Emily.  She will be calling in at 9:30.

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