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By Ed Gambill, producer

"You gotta hear this;" That's what you tell a friend when you've heard a great performance on a CD. It's so hard to write a review of this CD, there are so many good things to say about it. I've listened to it over and over and haven't heard a cut that was less than great. The Ray Charles album "Genius Loves Company" was my favorite but now Brenda Morie's "Meant to Be" has bumped Ray and the gang to the curb.

I came to know Brenda's music through some mutual friends. I was in pre-production planning for a new jazz radio program that I developed to showcase jazz musicians without recording label contracts. I asked some of my buddies for suggestion for a female vocalist who would help us record a pilot program. More than one suggested Brenda Morie.

Take a top notch performer like Brenda, combine it with an awesome group of support musicians and bring in a producer like John Sisti and you get a CD that rates a "You gotta hear this".

The Salisbury Post -
Sun, Oct 9, 2005 - That's Blues, Baby
By Jim McNally

And, unlike the Lord Salisbury Festival's first two rain-ruining ones, Saturday was indeed a marvelous night. Plenty of toes were tapping at the Seventh Annual Blues & Jazz Festival. That was the good news. But perhaps the better news for event organizers, however, is that those same toes were not splashing into a puddle on the down stroke. "I'm loving it," said Eleanor Qadirah, the founder and driving force behind the Rowan Blues & Society, the group that organizes the event. "All you have to do is believe, and then sit back and be amazed." That most of the concert ‹ which included six local and national acts ‹ was performed free of rain was indeed something of a miracle. The chance of rain for the area for much of the day, in an area that included almost the entire eastern seaboard, was right at 100 percent. Charlotte, and into Cabarrus County was under a flash flood warning.

But none of that mattered when, at about 5:45 p.m., and with the Joe Robinson Quartet providing just the right kind of light and airy jazz, the sun actually came out. "I told it come out," said Qadirah in a way that made you believe she meant it. "And it listened." While the sun was taking orders from Qadirah, a growing Rowan County crowd was taking in some excellent jazz and blues.

Robinson, who plays trumpet for his band, teamed with Winston-Salem - by way of Canada - flutist Brenda Morie to create a jazz masterpiece with their rendition of Van Morrison "Moondance." Morie, blessed with a smokey, melodic voice supplied vocals for several songs. But it was her dreamy and timely - and, dare one say, sexy - work with the flute that carried the set.

Between Robinson's group wrapping up at about 8 p.m., and the arrival of the headline act, Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers, the crowed was entertained by Mitch Capel (and his alter ego Gran'daddy Junebug), one of four storytellers who performed between musical sets. Capel dedicated his performance to the memory of several "black storytellers" but most prominently to the recently deceased former Rowan County resident Jackie Torrence. "She was bad," said Capel. He compared her to sports great Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong, as one of those who dominated their professions. "That's what Jackie Torrence was for storytelling," Capel said. "And I'm humbled to be able to stand on her shoulders." Then it was Big Jack Johnson time.

Johnson, who studied under legend B.B. King, showed the crowd - which had swelled to more than 1,000 by then ‹what blues electric guitar what all about. After an opening number, Johnson broke into something he called the "Salisbury Boogie," whose guitar rifts could be called flat out funky. "No that's not funky," said Qadirah. "That's blues, baby. That even past blues, that's bluesy blues." And luckily for Qadirah and the hundreds who came out for the festival, that's what the skies were, too.

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Profile on Brenda Morie Funk, Jazz, Latin, R&B Based out of: Winston-Salem, NC Funk, jazz, flutist and vocalist, Brenda Morie performs classic jazz with popular influences. Morie released her first solo CD this year called " Meant To Be" featuring the Triad's best musicians and special guest artists such as Grammy -Nominated drummer Chet McCracken, "Doobie Brothers" and guitarist , Chris Pinnick " Chicago". Whether you are a jazz fan or not don't miss this one!! Not a fan of the Flute? Morie will make you one!

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Excellent CD
Reviewer: Steve McC.
Meant To Be is an exceptionally fine CD, from the selections, to the musicianship, to the overall production, which are all excellent. Morie's virtuosity on the flute is surpassed only by her sensual, sometimes smokey, vocals. Check out the lady's cover of Van Morrison's Moon Dance, along with Chitlins Con Carne, and Everytime He Whispers. You'll want to hear more from Brenda Morie.

What a refreshing and talented artist!
Reviewer: Walter Black
I had never heard of Brenda until one day recently when I was browsing around CD Baby in search of new discoveries. After listening to a couple of her sample cuts, I decided her style and sound were sufficiently appealing that I needn't trouble to check the other samples. I immediately placed an order for the CD and, upon receiving and listening to it, confirmed my judgment that anything by this lady should be an "automatic buy" in the future! I don't know whether Brenda considers her primary forte to be her singing or her flute playing, but I give her an "A" on both scores. Anybody who relishes a smooth, cool, upbeat jazz sound and a highly appealing voice with polished phrasing can't go wrong with Brenda. Let's hope this is but the first of a very long line of her CDs.

The Best Jazz CD I've Picked Up in a Long Time
Reviewer: Ronald Shelton
I think this is one of the best jazz cd's I have ever purchased from the groove of Chitlins Con Carne, to the words of I could write a book, each song is completely different and so relaxing to hear. When Brenda gets to playing that flute using it like Jimmy Hendrex as a lead instrament you almost forget that lady can sing her a** off!

Reviewer: Kim Chambers
Brenda Morie has such a beautiful style with her vocals and flute both. Her voice and phrasing alone make you to smile and her touch on the flute sends you straight to heaven! Whether you are a jazz fan or not don't miss this one!!

Not a Fan of the Flute? Morie Will Make You One!
Reviewer: Peter Romanov
Puzzle of Hearts alone makes this cd a winner. Morie's voice is mesmerizing and this song showcases just how much range she truly possesses. She expresses vocal emotion extremely well. The playful Walk Between the Raindrops will have you humming and dancing along thanks in part to Rhode's wonderful ivory tickling. I've never been a fan of the flute, but this cd convinced me that the flute can be a wonderful thing to hear in the right hands. After one full listen of this cd, Brenda will leave you wanting "Morie".

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