Halie Loren’s “Heart First” opens with a big sound and a sweet voice. Supremely talented and very versatile, Halie wields her voice as an instrument, making each note pitch perfect and sung with just the right tone, color, and warmth. Her voice defies her youth, as she comes across like a very seasoned performer who has been singing for decades . If you like jazz, you’re going to love Halie and “Heart First.”
One testament to Halie’s rich and authentic vocal ability is her rendition of “Waiting In Vain” by Bob Marley. It’s a song she treats with great care and does a great job on, and that’s coming from a true Marley fan!. Changing from style to style, she effortlessly glides between notes with expression, emotion, and passion. The musicians accompanying her are outstanding as well. From French to English to Spanish and back, she sings to the world, capturing hearts and fans in the process.”Heart First” is truly an amazing CD, and it belongs in every jazz connoisseur and music lover’s collection. Halie delivers on every track, hitting a home run on each. “My One And Only Love” is the quintessential love song, and is destined to be a classic. The bass and piano were perfect. Her range is incredible and her projection is perfect. I cannot say enough about this young lady or the musicians who accompany her, but “Heart First” shines brightly and beautifully. There’s something for everyone on this CD, and I very highly recommend the buy. You won’t be disappointed.
Loren’s tour expanded beyond the continental US in 2011 and 2012, she embarked on numerous international and national tours, including sold out shows at the Blue Note and Cotton Clubs in Japan, performances in New York City, LA, Seattle, Canada, Hawaii, Korea, Hong Kong and more. In July, Loren traveled to Palermo, Italy, where she was the featured vocalist with Orchestra Jazz Siciliana.
Loren’s newest release, ‘Heart First’ was released in Japan (JVC/Victor) in December 2011, garnering Jazz Critique Magazine’s 2011 coveted “Golden (top) prize” in the Vocal Jazz Album category. Playing to sell-out audiences both abroad and in the US, Loren continues touring in support of ‘Heart First’, which was released by Justin Time Records worldwide in March 2012.