I received a recommendation the other day from Stevie Robinson(ardent supporter of the indie soul movement, she makes things hapen ya’ll) that I become a fan of Gloria Ry’ann. Since I’ve come to know a lot more about the artists that Stevie reps over the last month or so, it was a no-brainer that I was going to click on the link and see what this artist is all about.

So when I landed on the homepage what did I spy but a live version of one of my favorite Minnie Ripperton tunes of all time. Did I mention all time?

On Inside My Love Gloria Ry’ann sounds as relaxed as a walk in the park. From middle voice to the whistle register Gloria is in possession of a vocal tone that is simply beautiful. I know that there is plenty more in store for us from Gloria Ry’ann in ’10. I for one have reserved a place on my musical radar screen for this artist and I think you should too.

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.