Web Extra: Diane Birch's 'Fire Escape'
Singer-songwriter Diane Birch has all the trademarks of a seasoned veteran. On her first album, Bible Belt, she skillfully blends soul, rock and pop; the results have attracted rave reviews.
- "Nothing but a Miracle"
- "Fire Escape"
Birch originally moved to Los Angeles in the hopes of becoming a film composer. She learned piano and became a performer for hire, playing with prominent musicians like Prince. Before long, she began taking voice lessons and writing her own material. Birch was then contacted by a manager in England — who'd discovered her on MySpace — and helped her get a record deal. Bible Belt arrived in June; it blends soulful melodies with the best elements of classic rock, jazz and blues. Her vocal and musical style has been favorably compared to Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse.