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Raison3--Raison D'Etre / Press

“In Christmas Belles, these women offer voices that are crystal pure and harmonies that are bright, tight, and bursting with beauty! ”

“The Folk/Americana-flavored group features the accomplished vocal and instrumental skills of area musicians Roberta Schultz, Violet Rae Downey and Vickie Ellis, who offer some of the finest three-part harmony singing you'll likely ever hear. On Hearts Content, the trio mixes well-selected covers with their own equally effective compositions. The loose theme of the album is "love," be it for a person, a book or a simple cup of coffee. With an unfussy mix of lilting piano and acoustic guitar (plus the occasional bass, banjo, mandolin and light percussion), the troupe's harmonies glow unimpeded. Highlights include Downey's strident "I've Got the Heart," Schultz's gorgeously melancholic "No Blues On a Mandolin" and beautifully executed renditions of Neil Young's "After the Goldrush," Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" and a divinely stirring A Cappella take on Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More." ”

“This month's Themed Show is "Women in Harmony", and who better to represent that than the 3 women of Raison D'Etre. Hear two of their songs online today on the show (3-7 PM EST, noon-4 PM PST) at www.womenofsubstanceradio.com. A simple folk melody with lush, complex harmony is this Kentucky trio's trademark. Violet Rae, Vickie and Roberta each bring something valuable to the creative process; each is an award-winning songwriter, accomplished instrumentalist, and talented singer. The women profess that singing together is their reason for being, which is why they chose the name Raison D'Etre (meaning "reason for being" in French). Although they are best known for charming folk tunes with down-to-earth lyrics, they throw in the occasional swing tune like "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" or "In the Mood" which lend themselves splendidly to the trio's tight three-part harmonies. Bree Noble - Women of Substance Radio (Apr 14, 2010)”