Stacye Branché - Brings “Alternative Soul” Full Circle
Evolution is a gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex form. Nowhere is that more evident than on Stacye Branché’s third disc, “The Evolution to Living in Truth.”
Capitalizing on her silky soprano, a three octaves diapason, the Los Angeles native builds on the “Alternative Soul” hybrid -- a fusion of rhythm and blues, pop and jazz --- illustrated on her 2001 album “I Believe,” and illuminated in 2004, on the follow-up “For the Man I Love.”
The lush melodies and production on “Truth” were guided by Branché’s classically-trained voice and fully evolved during live sessions with some of the most highly-sought after musicians, including Rob Bacon on guitar, jazz bassist Alex Al, Brandon Coleman and Kenneth Crouch on keyboards , Cory Mason on drums , and noted percussionist Timbali Cornwell. Further proving her melodic prowess, Branché also introduces a distinctive meld on the track “I Was Thinkin’ Maybe,” a collaboration with music producer DJ Khalil of the hip-hop duo Self Scientific. Branché went back to the Studio for the deluxe edition of the CD to included the classic songs “Pillow Talk” . “Love , Love, Love,” , “If I Even Lose This Heaven” and “I’m A Fool To Want You .“
“This album embodies the time I’ve spent growing as a person, as a writer and now producer ,” said Stacye. “The tracks are a kaleidoscope, offering my fans a true sense of myself, of my evolution.”
Along the way Branché wrote and recorded the “I Believe” songs; “How Did We Come To This”, for the ScreenGems/Sony picture The Brothers; “Don’t Stop”, for the Dreamworks Picture Biker Boys; “Come Into My World”, for the Independent film Kingston High; and “Don’t Fight”, for the independent film Blue Moon. Stacye also released two singles through Expansion Records in the United Kingdom, “Inside Me,” in 2004, and a remake of the Sergio Mendez classic “The Real Thing,” in 2005, as part of the label’s Soul Togetherness compilation series.
With a vocal style borne through a study of the emotional nuances of Minnie Riperton, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald, Branché has combined that knowledge with the influence and inflections of her work with Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert and The Emotions to bring her distinctive style full circle. In essence, she has found her “truth.”
Stacye is also the author of the books “It’s All In How You Look At It (thought and questions bout life)”, “Relationships and the Things We Don’t Talk About,” and “It’s All In How You Look At It (thoughts and questions about love and relationships)”.
“The Evolution to Living in Truth,” the third disc from Stacye Branché is available for purchase at www.stacyebranche.com ,
and for download at iTunes <http://www.apple.com/itunes> .
"Evolution." The American Heritage Dictionary. 4th ed. 2000.