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  • Kiki Ebsen CD release party for Scarecrow Sessions dedicated to my dad, Buddy Ebsen, for Father's Day

    This show was on Jun 15th, 2014 | 8 people watched
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Kiki Ebsen, is an accomplished singer and songwriter, known for backing up such artists as Christopher Cross, Wilson Phillips, Boz Scaggs, Tracy Chapman and many more.

We are celebrating the release of "Scarecrow Sessions", a collection of jazz standards inspired by songs from her dad, Buddy Ebsen's, life and career. The album features an all-star band with John Patitucci on... more

Kiki Ebsen, is an accomplished singer and songwriter, known for backing up such artists as Christopher Cross, Wilson Phillips, Boz Scaggs, Tracy Chapman and many more.

We are celebrating the release of "Scarecrow Sessions", a collection of jazz standards inspired by songs from her dad, Buddy Ebsen's, life and career. The album features an all-star band with John Patitucci on bass, Chuck Loeb on guitar, Clint de Ganon on drums and Henry Hey on piano. David Mann is producing and add the saxophone as well. Check this link below for the touching story on how this project came to be.


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/buddyebsen/to-my-dad-buddy-ebsen-for-fathers-day-love-kiki'
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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/buddyebsen/to-my-dad-buddy-ebsen-for-fathers-day-love-kiki

The net proceeds from this concert go to the equine therapy efforts of The Healing Equine Ranch. (thehealingequineranch.com)

Kiki started playing piano as a child, following in the footsteps of her mother, aunt and grandmother. Picking up melodies effortlessly by ear, she began composing her own songs at an early age. She pursued her love of music balanced by her love of animals and nature while growing up in the coastal town of Balboa Island and on a ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. She honed her chops in countless garage bands and eventually earned a degree in classical voice from California Institute of the Arts. Just out of college, Kiki won Collegiate Entertainer of the Year and embarked on a touring career with the legendary band, Chicago, as a keyboardist and MIDI tech.

Two tours and one record later she left them to join Al Jarreau's touring band. They performed on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show and the Arsenio Hall show before embarking on a world tour. The band featured future stars like N'Dea Davenport (Brand New Heavies), Rickie Minor (American Idol, Jay Leno’s Tonight Show) and Felicia Collins (The Late Show with David Letterman).

Kiki's first CD "Red" was produced by hit smooth jazz producer Paul Brown and features inspired performances from Boney James, Buzz Feiten and Paul Jackson, Jr. It was dubbed "the kind of debut most artists can only dream of creating" by the Mac Report. She went on to play live with a succession of artists including Belinda Carlisle, Bill Champlin, Peter Cetera, Tracy Chapman, Michael McDonald, Stephen Bishop, James Ingram, Jeffrey Osborne, Boz Scaggs, Christopher Cross, Dave Koz, Colin Hay and Wilson/Phillips.

Kiki's songs have been covered by Boney James, Eric Marienthal and Jessy J. Her TV credits include performances with Take Six, Blake Shelton, Glen Campbell, Michelle Branch, Robert Goulet (her personal favorite) Dolly Parton (OK, it’s a tie), Lee Ann Womack, Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin and many more. Notable performances include The Maui Music Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Waikaloa Music and Wine Festival, Tin Pan South, Pacific Rim Jazz Festival, KSBR 25th Birthday Bash, The KIFM Anniversary Party and the Temecula Music and Wine Festival.

Her sophmore effort, "Love Loud" made it into the Muse's Muse Top 10 of 2002. She later reunited with Paul Brown to create "Kiki" which was added to Steve Quirk's Fusion Flavors Best of 2005 list. Says Steve, "Kiki is a sleeping giant in contemporary music, who deserves to be heard." She released her first cover CD in 2009 called Cool Songs Vol. 1. featuring classic pop tunes like Time After Time, It's Too Late and Diary. Kiki's music appears on several compilations worldwide. She has opened for Christopher Cross, Peter Cetera, Emmylou Harris and Al Stewart.

Kiki performs all over the US and will make her debut in Scotland later this summer.

Kiki divides her time between writing, recording and performing music and sharing her love of horses (especially rescued horses) with the community (thehealingequineranch.com)

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