An American singer-songwriter with critically acclaimed albums on her discography (Nous, Bible Belt and Speak A Little Louder), Diane Birch has earned herself a dedicated fan base across the globe, together with respect from a wide range of musicians from Prince, Mark Ronson, Daryl Hall, Dave Stewart, Questlove, Elvis Costello and Stevie Wonder.
Her last album, the self-produced Nous, was written and recorded mostly in Berlin, drawing on musical influences as varied and rich as Birch’s own international upbringing—from her childhood as a preacher’s daughter in Zimbabwe and South Africa, to her wedding dress and black-lipstick days as a Goth teen in Portland, to her late teens in L.A. where she paid her musical dues playing piano and singing covers in fancy hotels. She was discovered on MySpace in 2007, and shortly thereafter moved to London and New York to begin her recording career.
Birch channels diverse influences with an unflagging attention to classic pop songwriting and the intricate possibilities of the piano. Lyrically, she explores questions of love, power, gender, and loss, along with recurring odes to the concept of a "higher self.”
Working primarily alone with her piano, Birch crafts sonic landscapes both timeless and contemporary, layered, intelligent instrumentation, fusing touches of her live-band sound.
Since the release of Nous, her 2016 EP, Birch has released 2 singles, Nite Time Talking and The End, each accompanied by short films shot on Super8 film by the filmmaker Meshakai Wolf. The End was recently featured in the season finale of the Fox TV Series Lucifer. Most recently in September of 2018 she released a single In It for the Race produced by Shawn Lee of Young Gun Silver Fox which harks back to the earlier West Coast AM radio influences on Bible Belt.
Birch is currently working on a new full length studio album.
Notable Reviews (Excerpts):
“[Nous is] her most compelling and modern work yet, finding a niche somewhere between Sade and Stevie Nicks. With it, Birch’s prowess and originality finally come through loud and clear.”
- Village Voice, October 2016
“In Nous we find the perfect alchemy of a subliminal jazz and penetrating sacred music; a magic potion that does not fail to surreptitiously take us away from ourselves.”
- Indie Music (France), April 2016
“Diane Birch’s new EP, Nous, documents dreams, disappointments, disillusionment, faith and acceptance, and an awareness not spoken…. If Denise Levertov had made music, it would have sounded like this.”
- The Old Grey Cat, June 2016