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'Lipstick and Laughs' to perform at The Gathering Place

Friday, April 23, 2010

Singer/songwriters Jill Miler, Diona Devincenzi and Suzanne McNeil will kick off their "In the round, on the road" show, which they call "Lipstick and Laughs," Tuesday, April 27, in Cherokee at The Gathering Place.

The show, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will be in a "house concert" format, which has been recent trend in Nashville and other areas of the country. Admission cost is $10 at the door.

House concerts are a fresh, new way to experience live music, and can be a wonderful way to gather friends and family together to listen to live music without going out to a loud or noisy club. It is a concert that could be held

Jill Miiler of Sioux City, left, poses with Jomi Anderson of The Gathering Place recently. Jill is a member of the trio Lipstick & Laughs, who will be kicking off their tour at The Gathering Place on Tuesday, April 27. Photo by Dan Whitney
in the comfort or your living room or backyard. The shows will be bringing a little bit of Nashville's style of "in the round" songwriters' nights held at venues like the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and present a more intimate, quieter, and audience - friendly, interactive performance.

All three women in the Lipsticks and Laughs group are songwriters, and most of their show will consist of their own original songs, along with a few "cover" versions of some better-known songs.

The three women have their own solo careers and met in Nashville at a song-writing workshop sponsored by the Nashville Songwriter's Association. Diona Devincenzi is from Nashville, and has a vocal style that is rich in jazz and blues overtones; Suzanne McNeil is from Boston, and her sound has been likened to the pop and rock roots of Sheryl Crow; Jill Miller is from Sioux City and favors the country and Christian music stylings of Shania Twain and Amy Grant. These three distinct styles combine together to create an amazing musical texture, not to mention some great story telling and laughs.

All three women have their own solo careers, and have individual solo CD projects, but they have recently recorded a special Extended Play CD, with six tracks, especially for this, their first tour together, and the EP will be available for sale at The Gathering Place on the night of the show. Included among the EP's tracks is a "theme song" the trio wrote together called "Lipstick and a Laugh."

Jill Miller's husband John is one of the owners of Miller Furniture in Sioux City, and the couple have four sons, ages 15 to 21. Jill grew up as one of five girls, and the sisters sang together as kids. In a recent trip to Cherokee, she said that she has been singing "pretty much all my life." She wrote her first song when she was a student at East High School in Sioux City, and has been a member of several bands. For years ago she quit her "real job" as Director of Development for the Siouxland Humane Society to plunge into her first love - music - full-time.

Miller has ben making frequent trips to Nashville (in fact, she says she has been there on close to a monthly basis during the past year) to record and attend song - writing camps. She has also attended similar camps in other cities, while back home in Sioux City, Jill has led several song-writing workshops herself.

The performance at The Gathering Place on Tuesday will be the first show of the Lipstick and Laughs tour, and most of the stops will be in a similar "house concert" style.

The trio has scheduled performances at several venues around the country so far, including San Diego, Boston, Seattle and Minneapolis.

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