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ANNIKA CHAMBERS & THE HOUSTON ALL-STARS

Making My Mark

2014-02-28

Annika Chambers grew up in Houston, Texas and began singing in church at a young age.  Her interest in blues was sparked during her first deployment to Kosovo. After rising to the rank of Sergeant during her 8-year term in the U.S. Army, Chambers' love of music drove her to leave the military to pursue her passion for blues. Collaborating with 18 renowned musicians from Houston, including keyboard ace David Delagarza III, Chambers has created a diverse album that is grounded in contemporary and cosmopolitan blues, but has influences from rock n' roll, soul, and at times pop on her debut album Making My Mark . Chambers' desire to make music which listeners can groove to is made clear in the albums opening track, "Move." Powerful vocals from Chambers in "Barnyard Blues" create an entertaining farm animal allegory."Lick'er" is thick with sexual metaphor, and the talented Larry Fulcher on bass and David Delagarza on clavinet keep the tension steady. Chambers' vocals sore as she calls out for comfort from loneliness and despair in "Down South." Chambers and Dominique Fulcher explore addiction amidst the funk of "That Feel Good" with its layered horns from Kyle Turner and hopping guitar lines from Brad Absher and Corey Stoot. Brad Absher joins Chambers on the high energy "Love's Sweet Sensation."
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