June 2003, Vol. 83
Peach Sings The Blues
As far back as she can remember, Peach has been singin' the blues - literally. This native of Anderson, Indiana who now calls Brentwood, California home, is an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist. Peach began playing guitar at age 12 and can recall the excitement of getting her first Fender Jazzmaster.
Peach's musical sojourn continued during her collegiate years at the University of Denver where she majored in voice and counts Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Aretha Franklin as those among her influences. During a career that has spanned some 20 years, Peach has performed with some of the most respected musicians in the business including the members of her current back-up band.
Right from the start industry professionals have praised the artist for her outstanding choice of material and unique delivery that is both powerful and heartfelt. The Los Angeles Music Awards honored Peach not once but twice, when in 2001 she received the "Blues Artist of the Year" award and in 2002 for "Special Achievement".
And this extraordinary talent apparently runs in the family. Peach's longtime drummer, Maria Martinez (Barry White, Angela Bofill) seems to have had quite an influence on Peach's daughter, 9 year old Gina Segall, (one of Local 47's younger members). Gina occasionally "sits in" on drums and Gina's voice was recently featured on Hans Zimmer's score for Dreamworks' The Ring.
Some of Peach's original compositions can be heard on her CD "The Cure for You". The critically acclaimed title track will soon be re-released on her new CD, which is now in the works. For information on up-coming performances visit www.peachmusic.com