(16 July 2000) Bernadette McCallion is currently working on a retail-ready
album but is currently shopping her six-track demo called Cry Wolf
(Gild The Lily Music (USA), 2000) around. She is also offering a seven
track version of the recording as a Digital Audio Music CD at mp3.com.
Additional pictures, reviews, airplay info, mp3s, lyrics and more can be
found at Bernadette's
you can also order the DAM there.
Represented by Jacobson and Colfin, this 28 year old singer-songwriter from
New York has signed a publishing deal with DSM Producers and is a member of
ASCAP as a writer and publisher. McCallion also writes instrumental music for
film and television. In addition to being two-time semi-finalist in Musician
Magazine's Best Unsigned Band Contest, her 1998 self-produced EP received
positive crticial comments and independent airplay in North America. Prior
to embarking on her solo career, she sang in a pop/goth band playing keyboard,
guitar and singing and was featured on two of the band's commercially released
On Cry Wolf, Bernadette McCallion provides lead and backing vocals and
also contributes guitar and piano parts. She posesses a powerful voice and
expresses feelings behind the lyrics genuinely. McCallion is
supported by John DiGiulio (drums, percussion), Rich Gaglia (bass, electric
guitars and piano; co-producer) and Mark Corrigan (guitars) on the project.
The music is classified as alternative but is certainly among the more
accessible work we've heard. Lead vocal melodies are often supported
by lush backing harmonies and thick guitar-based arrangements. Percussion is
crisp and well produced. "Full Moon Course" and "House Of Straw" are two of
the rocking tunes on the EP. Both are memorable in their construction and
seriously sung lead vocals.
McCallion's ballad "Cry Wolf" has a sensitively sung lead vocal and layers
of lovely backing vocal harmonies forming a striking contrast to the artist's
more rocking numbers. An allusion to Julee Cruise (as with Sun Palace above)
is quite evident in this lovely track and the highlight of our EP.
"Angels, Etc." is richly arranged and like "White" is another rocker albeit
with sparser-guidar ridden-instrumental arrangements and a slightly spoken lead
vocal parts. An uncharacteristic orchestral texture develops as "White"
concludes. The track "What About Love?" concluded our EP. Thick guitar
interplays with keyboards during the instrumental excursions while vocals
explore a subtle melody. Vocal layers in the chorus are highly memorable.
Bernadette McCallion is continuing to build her reputation as a singer
songwriter with tracks doing very well at mp3.com and other online sources.
An established songwriter with a full length album around the corner, this
introductory collection of recordings shows that a promising career is
ahead. Worth exploration on the web and your compact disc player, the
EP should be heard to appreciate the talent behind it. Worth a journey
we found it to be a nice listen!