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Singer/songwriters return to Cherokee

Friday, September 17, 2010

Diona Devincenzi, Suzanne McNeil and Jill Miller are three lovely and talented ladies who are based in Nashville, Boston and Sioux City, respectively. The three met at a songwriting workshop in Nashville a couple of years ago and hit it off immediately.

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"Lipstick and Laughs" performers, left to right, Diona Devincenzi, Suzanne McNeil and Jill Miller, will perform at The Gathering Place at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Photo contributed
Though all three have successful performing and recording careers of their own, they came together to form a cooperative and perform an informal, "in the round" style show like those done at the famed Bluebird Cafe in Nashville - bringing an intimate, acoustic listening experience to other parts of the country.

The trio, all accomplished songwriters, combined to compose a song titled "Lipstick and Laughs," which became the theme song for their tour around the country. That tour kicked off with a performance at The Gathering Place in Cherokee in April, and the three fell in love with the "great town" and The Gathering Place, which they feel is a perfect size and atmosphere for their intimate, acoustic performance, which is filled with fun and audience interaction.

The audience will even get a chance Saturday night to participate in a "Name the Band" contest. The group really doesn't have a permanent name, and they are inviting people to offer suggestions, either on their facebook page (www.facebook/lipstickandlaughs.com) or at concerts. The gals say there will be a great prize awarded to the person who contributes the name the gals select as their moniker.

The group's musical influences run the gamut from folk to pop to jazz to country and rock, and their sound together is a sonic confluence of all those American styles and textures. One can expect a performance by the trio to be packed with original songs, stacked with beautiful harmonies and stories.

Devincenzi is based in Nashville and has a vocal style that is rich in jazz and blues overtones, while the music of McNeil, a Bostonian, has been likened to the pop and rock roots of Sheryl Crow, while her vocal tones are reminiscent of a young Peggy Lee or Dusty Springfield. Miller hails from Sioux City and favors the country and Christian music of Shania Twain and Amy Grant. She maintains a busy Christian ministry in the Iowa area and beyond and has released three CDs. Her first release to Christian radio, "Worry," is getting airplay on independent radio stations across the country.

If you'd like to meet these personable young ladies yourself, The Book Vine is hosting a pre-show reception Saturday night from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., complete with wine, appetizers, and chocolate. After the reception, you can head across the street to The Gathering Place and catch the great show. Tickets are available at the door for $15.



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