Songwriter and musician Rickie Lee Jones has spent 2012 and 2013 touring the world and writing her upcoming album, a collection of music written envisioned with an orchestra and producers. For the first new work she’s written in over a decade, Rickie has started her own label and is launching a PledgeMusic campaign to offset the costs of recording, musicians and production.
To show appreciation for her audience and their generosity, Rickie has dug deep into her collection and curated the incentives herself. Items include signed, out-of-print show posters, test pressings from her library. rare T-shirts, self-portraits, berets, antique clothes…. other custom clothing from the 80s, rare books, pieces from her art collection, a one-on-one songwriting workshop, and a house concert anywhere in the world.
Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones has made a career of fearless interpretation on stage and in the studio. She was an instant phenomenon, like Bruce Springsteen, people heard of her before they heard her. Time dubbed her the Duchess of Coolsville in an article written during her first tour, an obvious nod to her jazz covers in a time when the Clash and disco dominated the radio. She was new, beautiful, and wild. And while the timbre and style of her voice have been widely take up by other singers, the intrinsic honesty of her experience cannot be. She has a kind of persona, more akin to Adele – classy, and Amy Winehouse – streetwise. An enigma.
Rolling Stone put her on its cover twice – in two years. Loren Michaels of Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance, an early indication that Pirates was already considered to be one of the important records of the decade. Rickie comes from a musical family, her grandfather was a Vaudevillian, her father a musician and writer. Her style reflects a wide range of influences.
She has been nominated for Grammys in jazz, rock and folk and pop, as a writer, a singer and for her records. The seminal first decade of her work includes the debut (Chuck E’s in Love) Rickie Lee Jones, the jazz and pop covers on the mostly live Girl at Her Volcano, the perennial Pirates, and the classical themes of The Magazine.., were followed by Flying Cowboys, produced by Steely Dans’ Walter Becker, and contained Satellites, which became #1 in the new AC category of radio. Jones has written a work of abstract impressionistic ideas, as well as an improvisation on Jesus’ life and words. Her last conceptual work of her own music and lyric was a collection of largely political songs written during the Bush administration in 2003. Her most recent cd of covers was produced by Ben Harper. This will be the first recording of all original songs inn over 10 years.
Her work has been used in films …. Subway, Jerry McGuire, Little Darlings, Frankie and Johnny, When a Man Loves a Woman , and TV…including 30 something and House…. among others. She has covered Dylan, Donavan, the Stones, the Beatles, the Band, Jefferson Airplane, the Left Bank… Marvin Gaye, as well as carrying the torch of jazz standards through the 80s with the emotive My Funny Valentine, Bye Bye Blackbird, Lush Life, and her unforgettable live recording of Billy Barnes’ Something Cool. Her own ’Horses, ’ written for her daughter in 1988, was covered by Daryl Braithwaite, and remains a kind of anthem in Australia.