CD: Grace Notes

“Grace Notes” CD cover

For years, actor/singer Daphne Ashbrook has been asked, “When are you going to finally record an album?” With an impressive list of TV & film roles to her credit, few realized that Daphne is also a gifted singer. But with her busy acting career it wasn’t easy to find time to nurture her passionate connection to music.

Interestingly, it was Daphne’s daughter Paton, herself an actor & singer, who provided the impetus for her mother’s début album, Grace Notes. “I knew it was time to record my first album when I heard Paton & I harmonize together one day just before she went off to college,” recalls Daphne. “I was very moved by the perfect blend of our voices. My late father had told me ‘don’t ever stop singing’. I did for a while. But I then realized that it’s a big part of who I am.” The chance to sing with her daughter Paton sealed the deal.

“Music runs thru the veins of my family like theatre does,” said Daphne. Her uncle was renown ‘folkist’ Sandy Paton (, to whom this work is dedicated, & “singing was a big feature anytime the clan would gather.” Inspired by singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin & Patty Griffin, the artist chose tunes that profoundly touched her heart. “I love songs that tell stories, like ‘Useless Desires’ by Patty Griffin & Joni’s ‘Furry Sings the Blues’. They make you feel something, something real.” Just as her acting skills range from the dramatic to the comedic, Daphne also was attracted to songs with ironic humor, like Griffin’s “One Big Love”, the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place” & the jazzy Billie Holiday-esque “I Don’t Need No Doctor,” which is a tongue-in-cheek nod to her best known film role in Doctor Who. “Of course, Rickie Lee Jones’ ‘Horses’ is my ode to my daughter,” Daphne says.

Stylistically in the Americana/Pop vein, the project features acoustic instruments like piano, guitar, flute, dobro, mandolin & banjo, often blended with electric guitars, synths & drum grooves.
Besides Paton & multi-instrumentalist David Vito Gregoli, Grace Notes also features guests singer Jennifer Silver, keyboardists David Joyce (Burt Bacharach/Natalie Cole), Jim Tauber (Tori Amos), & drummer John Mahon (from Elton John’s band).

Price: $19.99
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