Award Winning Actress Naama Kates Releases Her Debut Album
Naama Kates' debut album "The Unexamined Life" Set To Release May 1st, 2012
Los Angeles (I-Newswire) March 28, 2012 - “Singer-composer-actress Naama Kates’ songs are like minifilms,
experiences in sound, word and energy that stop and start again,
accelerate and explode and collapse and fall to the floor to catch their breath and reassess.”
--John Payne, La Weekly
“...every preconceived notion and judgement you may have would be checked at the door...
with one flick of the wrist Naama completely changes the tone
from a love ballad to a short, 'angsty' punk song.
With every new song, the pleasant 'rug out from underneath you' musical surprises continue...”
--Ricky Fitz, Take A Record
“Naama (Kates) gives a superb performance honing Marilyn Monroe's sultry vulnerability,
Grace Kelly's elegance and Marlena Dietrich's intelligence.”
“Naama Kates is as rare as they come... like an old mine cut diamond,
brilliantly burning her way through the universe."
Naama Kates is a Los Angeles transplant whose move from New York left her feeling lost and lonely; feelings that inspired the songs that would become her debut album, “The Unexamined Life.” A tongue-in-cheek take on Socrates’ “an unexamined life is not worth living,” Naama spent a year reflecting on her life and the path that she had chosen.
“My life was nothing but examined,” shares Kates. “I had just moved to Los Angeles and everything that I was feeling got written into a song; my personal therapy. What I write tells me what I’m thinking, reflects what I’m going through.”
What started with a small keyboard that Kates purchased at Guitar Center led to an impressive catalogue of original songs about universal themes, such as loneliness and unrequited love. Written with a soft touch and a slight edge, Kates’ take on subject matter that could be dreary is light and hopeful, which is further elevated by her superb arrangements. It was her impeccably crafted songwriting and unique outlook that caught the attention of producer Cyrus Melchor (Mount Cyanide).
Although Kates admits that her first time in the recording studio for “The Unexamined Life” was a nerve-wracking experience, it was also a dream come true.
“I was in this really professional recording studio, and it’s everybody’s time and money on the line,” she says. “This was my first time out, but it was great, too. I mean, I got to play and record on the same piano that Tori Amos used when she recorded ‘Little Earthquakes.’ We had this Grammy Award-winning engineer (Hugo Nicholson) with us. It was an amazing experience.”
An accomplished actress, Kates also has two films on the festival circuit; the first, Eden, premiered at SXSW. The second film, The 10 Commandments of Chloe, for which the actress was awarded an Indie Fest Merit Award for Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film for her performance as Chloe, was also produced by Kates, who also wrote the music for the piece. She teamed up with the film’s award-winning director, Princeton Holt, on the video for the first single from the new album, “Before You Lose It.”
An indie ballad about the importance of speaking up and taking advantage of opportunities before they’ve passed, “Before You Lose It,” is one of the more somber tracks from the album. The video opens in stark black and white, but gives way to colorful flashbacks and stunningly shot moments of enlightenment, capturing the intricate balance of emotions in the song.
Watch the video for the first single, “Before You Lose It,” on YouTube.
“The Unexamined Life” will be available on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and Rhapsody, as well as other online retailers on May 1, 2012.
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