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Kiki Ebsen / Press

“With her album Kiki has obviously reached the hearts of those who fondly remember the golden days of Hollywood.”

Smooth Jazz Daily

“An impressive album that reflects the musical upbringing that her father, actor Buddy Ebsen (remember The Beverly Hillbillies?), gave her.”

Jazz Weekly

“Scarecrow Sessions’ showcases her classically-trained voice imbued in its warm, elegant, and inspirational performances.”

Hill Rag

“She (Kiki) recorded ‘Scarecrow Sessions’ in her own time, in her own voice, and in her truth. Working with David Mann to produce this project helped shape it into a masterpiece.”

Pink & Blue Notes

“Although Kiki Ebsen recorded these songs to honor her father’s memory and his love of jazz, her enticing, intimate vocals make these songs great to listen to, relax to, or dance to. In the process, she has created a musical statement that is truly her own but one that is definitely easy to love and one that her father would certainly be proud of.”

AXS

“Everything about ‘Scarecrow Sessions’ oozes class, from the selection of the songs, to the contribution of the musicians and even to the quality of the comprehensive liner notes booklet that accompanies the CD. Without doubt this is a release with ‘must have’ written all over it.”

Smooth Jazz Therapy

“Her voice is warm and sweet and altogether lovely in such songs as ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is,’ ‘Moon River,’ ‘Comes Love,’ ‘Laura,’ ‘Easy to Love’ and the ‘St. Louis Blues.”

The Buffalo News

“The sound is excellent. So are the understated and fitting arrangements. Like her makeup and costume on the cover, this is an Uptown production (think Café Carlyle) with a Downtown feel (the Half Note). It’s highly approachable and there’s joy in the listening.”

JAZZed Magazine

“When she sings, the power of her vocals conveying the lyrics is mesmerizing... Basically she was born to be on stage, somewhere, anywhere, everywhere.”

"a world-class songwriter-performer ... with a polished vocal style and songs of substance"

"I'm honored to feature Kiki Ebsen in our events. I've booked her many times and I look forward to many more shows together. She's everything I look for in a headliner -- a passionate performer with an engaging voice, smooth instrumentals, crafty songs, and personal stories. Highly recommended!"

“Kiki Ebsen paints heartfelt songs whose strong point, for me, is Ebsen's own piano canvass which feels guided by the songs, weaving tales of passion and love's sorrow. Ebsen's vocals spin melodies effortlessly and readily accept offers to soar. ”

“Kiki's wonderful voice has appeared on many songs that I have recorded over the years, including my latest CD "Here We Go". It is always a pleasure to work with her - she is the consummate professional! ”

Peter White, Smooth Jazz artist

“..it’s my pleasure to say that the top 10 albums of 2002 include Kiki Ebsen - Love Loud. ”

“Kiki Ebsen/Say A Little Prayer-Best Of 2005”

“I have had the absolute pleasure of seeing Miss Ebsen perform live one time, and receiving her CD to review was a real treat. Kiki oozes sincerity and warmth with each lyric and the CD doesn't disappoint at all.”

“‘Turquoise Street’, the pick of the bunch from Jessy J’s ‘tour de force’ ‘Tequila Moon’. Written by and featuring keyboard star Kiki Ebsen, this uplifting song possesses a hypnotic quality that, quite simply, is magical.”

“KIKI EBSEN - Love Loud. Brilliant soft pop with this wellknown artist. A great mix of Dee Carstensen and Schascle. Sophisticated and intelligent pop. Fantastic production by Mark Browne. Highly recomended record. ”

“a real Smooth Jazz Therapy favorite is ‘Turquoise Street’. Written by and featuring Kiki Ebsen this uplifting song possesses a hypnotic quality that might just get in your head and not go away.”

“The melodically compelling, easy strutting "Kiki Ebsen-penned song “Turquoise Street” allows Jessy to express her more in the pocket, contemporary soul and jazz chops"”

“Kiki Ebsen: Jazz and Pop From the Inside Out”

“On her full-length solo CD she acquits herself admirably, very confident and at-home in the mellow pop-rock format. Her material is crafty and accessible, with well-observed lyrics which show a life lived. Arrangements, particularly Ebsen's lead and back-up vocals, are appealing”

“I have followed Kiki since her debut 12 years ago and she is well worth the attention. With here well-crafted and personal songwriter "pop" somewhere between Carol King, Charlotte Martin, Norah Jones and Vonda Shephard she got herself a place in my heart.”

“Vänner av slick popjazz kan nog hämta en del hos sångerskan och pianisten Kiki Ebsen. Hon har redan några skivor bakom sig, har fått en hel del bra press i hemlandet USA och fått sin musik spelad i tv-serier och filmer.”

“When not touring internationally as a singer and keyboardist with players such as Al Jarreau, Christopher Cross and Tracy Chapman, Ebsen performs at Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood to encourage adoption of stray dogs.”

“March’s JavaJazz was a ‘reunion’ for Kiki Ebsen, bringing her together with many artists she has previously performed with around the world. As a singer and keyboardist, she has made beautiful music with such prominent acts as Tracy Chapman, James Ingram, Boz Scaggs,”

"It seems that every year I come back from the KiFM Anniversary Festival having been exposed to and knocked out by at least one new artist. This year was no exception, the artist being vocalist/keyboardist/songwriter Kiki Ebsen

“..Brand new songstress Kiki Ebsen beautifully straddles the A2 and A3 wave with "Red", a record that caught my ear almost immediately”

"...KIFM was priviledged to showcase this fine performer twice in 1993-on the outdoor stage at the KiFM Anniversary Party in May and at a Rising Star Concert at Prego's in August

"FIRE" (from the CD "LOVE LOUD), sounds GREAT on-air!

"With Kiki's smoky and sometimes breathy voice supported by her stylistic keyboards, Kirgo joins in with crisp, smooth and efficient electric guitar".

“Kiki Ebsen recently performed at the quaint Temecula Miramonte Winery high above the wine country on Rancho California Road. One patron said, “It is only hard to find once but well worth the trip.” Ebsen lives inside her music.”

“It is a huge pleasure for me to reproduce a feature on the multi talented Kiki Ebsen that originally appeared in my regular column at ABYSSJazz”

“Well, I have the distinct pleasure of welcoming to JazzMonthly.com for the very first time a monster keyboard player and she has such a strong voice. Her latest record is called Introducing Kiki Ebsen”

"Better Friends" may be one of the best hooks I have ever heard.

Christopher Cross on "The Beauty Inside"

“From her slinky, earthy style to her rich sense of melody and beautiful voice, this is full of gems and treasures that I will enjoy forever.”

Wendy Wilson (of Wilson/Phillips) on "The Beauty Inside

“Apart from interpreting hit songs from other artists like she did last year on her album ‘Cool Songs Volume 1’, Los Angeles’ singer-songwriter and keyboards player Kiki Ebsen demonstrates on her latest release ‘The Beauty Inside’ that she can also write rich and valuable compositions and sing these songs in a diversity of music styles like pop, folk and jazz.”

“‘The Beauty Inside’...contains a nice mixture of smooth Singer/Songwriter Pop/Rock, some Westcoast and a bit of AOR/Poprock .... which combined makes up for an excellent release”

Strutterzine

"Darling" has such a wonderful surprises in the tempos with the melody that implore you to join in your story. This magical honesty expressing the undeniable reality of relationships and the struggle to accept it.

Christopher Cross on "The Beauty Inside"

"Kiki is a sleeping giant in contemporary music who deserves to be heard"

“One of my favorite artists to work with, Kiki makes everyone around her feel loved. Her music is always refreshing and inspiring. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to call her a friend. ”

Paul Brown, Grammy award winning producer/artist