Debra Arlyn & The Goodness
A highly energetic and melodic blend of Soul, Funk and Pop. Songwriting reminiscent of the 70's and 90's era - topped off with Arlyn's powerful yet delicate and sensual vocals.
On her first release since 2012's "Heartbeat", Debra Arlyn is back with "Diamond", a six-track EP that introduces her new backing band, The Goodness. A seven-piece soul-funk outfit, The Goodness brings to life Arlyn's new musical direction, a style that finds her delivering a highly energetic, melodic, and danceable collection of songs led by the album's infectious first single, "I Am A Queen."
"After releasing my record in 2012, I turned down an offer to move to Nashville and instead gave up music, went back to school in the medical field, had my second child, built a home, and settled in," comments Arlyn on the gap between Heartbeat and Diamond. "After four years of this, and after suffering debilitating postpartum depression, a woman approached my family on the street and offered to buy our brand new home with cash. We said yes and closed within two weeks. I took the money we made on the sale and moved to Walla Walla to upstart a medical transport business and began writing and performing again."
Thus began the roots for "Diamond".
While writing what would become the new EP, Arlyn met her new band - a drummer, bassist, and guitar player - in Walla Walla, Washington. She then merged that band with her Portland band, and The Goodness was born.
Of The EP she says, "The six songs on this EP tell the story beginning with the years I spent struggling with depression and living life without music as an outlet, all the way to the present moment, celebrating my return to a musical lifestyle, touring, singing, and writing."
The EP contains six tracks: 1. I Am A Queen 2. Diamond 3. Boomerang 4. Tiger in the Room 5. Tenderhearted Woman 6. Under the Porchlight
It was produced by Rob Stroup and Debra Arlyn and recorded at both Type Foundry and 8 Ball Studios, both in Portland, Oregon. All songs were written by Debra Arlyn.
Arlyn's Pacific Northwest fans have branded her "the girl with the incredible voice" for her outstanding, soulful live vocals. This helped her land the title of "Portland's finest young pop singer" by the Willamette Week, after making waves winning Clear Channel's “Oregon Idol" contest and competing for the American Idol TV show. Arlyn has also won top prizes around the world in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Billboard World Songwriting Contest, The Great American Song Contest, The Song of the Year Contest, Unisong International Song Contest, The Singer-Songwriter Awards, and Winery Music Awards" Of her previous work, press has said:
“Filled with dramatic R&B influenced piano pop that makes ample use of her vocal chops, a potential heiress to Christina Aguilera’s throne” - LA Music Connection Magazine
“Can you say ‘blue eyed soul’? Confident and self-assured, Arlyn demonstrates a sense of maturity and poise that takes performers years to cultivate” - All Access Magazine
“Damn. This girl can sing! Perfectly delicate at times and awesomely powerful at others. Her band boasted a poppy, soulful, R&B vibe. Smooth grooves. Catchy, clever arrangements. A very warm and pleasurable sound.” - PDX Music Scene "America’s most underrated artist…” - DJ Bryant KSPR 102.3fm
"The boldly lush voice of Debra Arlyn is a lovely thing that is both tenderly soft and deliciously sensual. With a soulful pop that is playful and filled with a youthful energy, her songs have the light, breezy feel of Spring." - By the Light of the Stereo
"Her band boasted a poppy, soulful, R&B vibe. Smooth grooves. Catchy, clever arrangements. A very warm and pleasurable sound.” - PDX Music Scene