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Hadiza Dockeray's Bluesy, Sexy, Soulful 'Chapter 4' EP Available Now!
(Published: June 13, 2013)

Bluesy, Sexy, Soulful...Blistering Guitars and ‘Honey-Coated' Vocals Drive Dockeray's Strong, Complex EP, ‘Chapter 4' 

"In the end, a sense of humor and a strong shot of rock will always get me through"

With a fiery stage presence, an affinity for bluesy electric guitars and a jazz-infused vocal style, singer Hadiza Dockeray makes a lasting impression in her live concerts and on her six-song EP, ‘Chapter 4'. Dockeray packs a depth of emotion into the tracks, reflecting her battles with personal demons, internal peaks and valleys, and even what she describes as the "double edge of free expression and surrender of privacy, peppered with visions of a social network apocalypse."

Featuring the musical direction of pianist, composer and arranger David Pearl, and the performances of three exceptional players - Steve Bargonetti on guitar, Leon Lee Dorsey on bass and Rodney Harrison on drums - ‘Chapter 4' reflects a spiritual journey long in the making for Dockeray.

Dockeray rocks it behind the blistering guitars of ‘All Comes Back' and ‘Off The Grid', delivers the nuanced goods with an understated, storyteller's vibe on ‘Too Long' and the melodic ‘The Other Voice', and busts through the show-stopper ‘Somebody Better', with a video component that conveys the physicality of her stage show, here: http://vimeo.com/68186111

Dockeray's combination of rock, blues, pop and soul influences created the sound she refers to as "Honey-coated Blues".  Her EP is available digitally now, with broader distribution planned for Fall. Listen to audio samples, here: http://www.hadizamusic.co...

She offers this commentary:
For many years, songwriting has been my most reliable route to emotional survival and spiritual renewal. It forces me to be honest with myself, and reminds me that the truth might hurt for a while but probably won't kill me, and may even make me want to dance when all is said and done.
I use words and music to fight my battles with personal demons, to describe that thin line between sweet solitude and unbearable loneliness, and to celebrate the recognition that unconditional love, from whatever the source, can literally save your life. I'm making peace with my imperfect self. I've also embraced the idea that sharing my story with anyone who is open to hearing it could also be an expression of love. So why not love as many people as possible?

This EP is a collection of songs about the recurring challenges that come with being me, and some observations I've made about the challenges we all face together. Thank you for listening.

Dockeray will soon support the new EP with a handful of concert appearances, to be announced soon.

EP Notes, written by Hadiza Dockeray:
The title of my EP, Chapter 4, describes my response to recent personal challenges that eventually revealed something of lasting value to me. The most powerful was to finally be able to clearly distinguish between sacrifice and compromise. Once that happened, I felt totally reenergized, musically and otherwise.

When I was ready to start working on arrangements for a live performance, the only person who came to mind was David Pearl. I had worked with him once before, doing a piano/vocal set of originals and jazz standards. But something told me that no matter what style I wanted, he could get it from my klunky home demo to the written page and out to the audience with just the right feel. And when I was ready to get a band together, I left it to David. Good move on my part. I was blown away by the incredible musicians he brought together. Leon Lee Dorsey on bass, Rodney Harrison on drums, and to my great surprise, the guitarist who had me dancing in my seat during the 2008 revival of "Hair" at the Delacorte Theater, Steve Bargonetti.
We started out with rehearsals for a show at the theater formerly known as Triad NYC last summer. I quickly decided that I wanted to make a recording that highlighted the naturally satisfying sound of live instruments being played together in the same room. And while I did have a few very specific ideas about the way I wanted certain parts played, I also had the gift of musicians who shared my musical sensibilities. They reshaped and enhanced my ideas with ease. Too Long became a mix of early 70's soft rock and soul that maybe wants to make friends with a country tune. All Comes Back had been written over the course of a very dark year that I'm happy to say is far behind me. I've performed it many times, and I think this recording captures a sentiment that the lyrics can't reveal (turn the lights down). Off the Grid is probably the most relevant and accurate expression of what I wrestle with most these days: the double edge of free expression and surrender of privacy, peppered with visions of a social network apocalypse. Yes, really. But in the end, a sense of humor and a strong shot of rock will always get me through.

I have previously had the pleasure of being produced by C.T. Tamura (who also mixed four of the six songs on Chapter 4) and Ryan Waters (whose production of Somebody Better is included with this collection). This time I wanted to take a personal approach that would allow me to learn more about how the sound that I want is achieved. And there I received another great gift. Both C.T. and Ben Arthur (who mixed Break Through) were excellent listeners, teachers and translators, as I described what I wanted to hear and feel. And of course, having the EP mastered by Alan Silverman brought me to a new level of understanding and enjoyment in the process of listening. I give special thanks to Katherine Miller for making the introduction.

It was truly an honor for me to have worked with such a fantastic group of artists, and to have been able to invite some very good friends to add their talents as well. Even Steven Levee is a guest bassist, Gary Fritz plays percussion, and Richard Kranzler did all of the photography for the project. I hope that everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.

HADIZA DOCKERAY is a vocalist and songwriter from New York City. Raised in St. Albans, Queens by Nigerian and Jamaican-American parents, she moved to Paris after college. While studying and working there as a backing vocalist and dancer, she discovered a passion for music that led her down a new path. With her 5-piece band, Hadiza performed in cafés and clubs, interpreting jazz standards and covers of r&b classics. Soon after returning to New York, she began writing her own music.

Hadiza quickly gained notice for her mellifluous voice, thought-provoking lyrics and high-energy performance style. After several years of playing local venues including The Bitter End, CB's 313 Gallery, and West Bank Café, she brought her sound to a wider audience by way of the music video "Somebody Better". The video was directed by Craig Cobb and produced for Hadiza by M8 Films, LLC. The song was produced by Ryan Waters, guitarist for Sade and co-founder of the band ill .

In keeping with her musical roots, Hadiza also enjoys the chance to perform jazz and popular standards, as well as traditional blues. She has recorded with Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O'Farrill, Director of The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and performed with acclaimed pianist and composer John DiMartino at The Harvard Club of New York City. Hadiza was invited to be among the first featured artists of the Singers Space showcase at Bar Thalia, Symphony Space, presented by D'Ambrose Boyd and David Pearl. That experience led to a continued collaboration with Mr. Pearl, a pianist, composer and arranger who became Music Director for Hadiza's 2012 concert at Triad NYC. He brought together three exceptional players - Steve Bargonetti on guitar, Leon Lee Dorsey on bass and Rodney Harrison on drums - to lay the groundwork for the recording of Hadiza's EP Chapter 4.

Album Credits - ‘Chapter 4'
1. All Comes Back
        Steve Bargonetti - Guitar, Gary Fritz - Percussion, Rodney Harrison - Drums,
        Even Steven Levee - Bass, David Pearl - Piano, MIDI Strings
        Mixed by C.T. Tamura at Tech-9 Music Studios, Boulder, CO

2. Off the Grid      
        Steve Bargonetti - Guitar, Leon Lee Dorsey - Bass, Rodney Harrison - Drums, David Pearl - Piano, Keyboards
        Mixed by C.T. Tamura at Tech-9 Music Studios, Boulder, CO

3. Too Long
        Steve Bargonetti - Guitar, Leon Lee Dorsey - Bass, Rodney Harrison - Drums, David Pearl - Piano
        Mixed by C.T. Tamura at Tech-9 Music Studios, Boulder, CO

4. Somebody Better
        Marlon Patton - Drums, Ryan Waters - All Other, Production

5. The Other Voice
        Steve Bargonetti - Guitars, Gary Fritz - Percussion
        Mixed by C.T. Tamura at Tech-9 Music Studios, Boulder, CO

6. Break Through
        Steve Bargonetti - Guitar, Leon Lee Dorsey - Bass, Gary Fritz - Percussion, Rodney Harrison - Drums, David Pearl - Piano, Organ
        Mixed by Ben Arthur

        Music and Lyrics by Hadiza Dockeray

Recorded at Leon Lee Dorsey Studios, Area 51 NYC and Engine Room Audio (except Track 4)

Mastered by Alan Silverman

CD Cover Photo by Richard Kranzler                         

Press Release Photo by Klaus Schoenwiese

Produced by Hadiza Dockeray

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