Charlene Zehr – Great Big Bite [1998]

zehrbiteCountry Canada          Style AOR/Pop

Rating 83/100

Band Members
Charlene Zehr – Vocals,piano,keyboards,tambourine,bass , David Rashed – Bass,guitars,drum/percussion programming,backing vocals , Don Baker – Drums/percussion programming,keyboards , Dee JC & Chuckee Zee – Guest vocals

Tracks
01. Great Big Bite, 02. Real Love, 03. Send Your Message, 04. Photograph, 05. Don’t Leave Him Behind, 06. I’m On Fire, 07. One, 08. Lost Again, 09. Try (4 U), 10. You Took It All

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Profile Charlene shows the deverse styles that have influenced her on her musical “Trip.” She is a classically trained pianist through the Royal Conservatory of Music. Although she still loves to sit down and play Beethoven and Mozart, she feels more compelled to write and play her own compositions. Charlene learned about the recording industry at Fanshawe College in London, studying production and engineering. She then became “really” educated playing in various bands ranging from rock, country, classic rock, gospel, etc. Touring across Canada playing bars, concerts and recording studios.

In 1998, she recorded her first CD of 10 original songs “Great Big Bite” which won “Contemporary Album of the Year” in 1999 for the Canadian Gospel Music Association. “I’m on Fire” was nominated rock song of the year, and she was personally nominated for instrumentalist of the year. Another song from this album, “Real Love”, had won song of the year in 1997 and “You Took It All” was a finalist for in the American Gospel Association song of the year in 1997. Six songs have received airplay. 

The album kicks off with impressive guitar work that will instantly remind you of the intro to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger”! Then comes Charlene Zehr’s equally impressive voice, a melodic mix of Sheryl Crow, Amanda Marshall and Alannah Myles. A few soulful touches and the Westcoast vibe of “Don’t Leave Him Behind” and “Lost Again” only go to prove Zehr’s versality.

The album was produced by David Rashed, formerly of the group Haywire. All songs were written by Charlene, and she and David arranged and played everything. Recorded at Liberty International in St. Thomas. This CD is specially dedicated to Charlene’s brother, Roger, who died in an accident in 1987.

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