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Phoebe Snow Biography

Last updated: 06/06/2011 12:00:00 PM

Phoebe Snow's last release, I Can't Complain on House Of Blues Music, was the platinum recording artist's first studio album in eight years. Since the release of her self-titled landmark debut in 1974, Snow has remained one of the most distinctive voices in popular music.

On I Can't Complain Phoebe showcases the diverse musical influences which have shaped her into the remarkable artist she has become today. Snow pays homage to her favorite singer/songwriters of the past four decades; Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Jackie Wilson and revisits some traditional songs she was inspired by early in her career. She even performs two duets with longtime friend, Michael McDonald. Exploring a new dimension on I Can't Complain, Phoebe draws from her folk and blues infused roots while mixing elements of rock and soul to create an eclectic contemporary alternative album.

Born Phoebe Laub in New York City, she was raised in a household where Delta blues, Broadway show tunes, classical rock and folk music recordings were played around the clock. As a teenager, she carried her prized Martin 00018 ac guitar from club to club around New York City playing and singing on amateur nights.

It was at Greenwich Village's Bitter End in 1972 where a promotions executive for Shelter Records was so taken by the singer that he signed her to the label and produced her first recording. Featuring guest performances by The Persuasions, Zoot Slims, Toddy Wilson, David Bromberg and Dave Mason, the eponymous and predominantly self-penned, Phoebe Snow became one of the most acclaimed debut recordings of all time. It spawned the Top 5 hit single, "Poetry Man," winning Snow a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist and established Phoebe as a formidable singer/songwriter. Platinum records, the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and legions of fans followed.

Phoebe went on to record several more solo albums over the next 15 years including Second Childhood (1975), It Looks Like Snow (1976), Never Letting Go (1978), Against The Grain (1979), Rock Away (1980) and Something Real (1989).

In 1992 she toured with Donald Fagen's popular New York Rock And Soul Revue and was featured on the group's album recorded live at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Even when she wasn't recording her own works, Phoebe continued to tour extensively as a solo artist throughout North America, Great Britain, Germany and the Far East.

Phoebe is honored to have collaborated with so many prolific artists including; Jewel, Donald Fagen, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Dave Mason, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Chaka Khan, Cece Peniston, Take 6, Michael Bolton, Thelma Houston and Mavis Staples. She also sings the title track on the 1997 Laura Nyro tribute album, Time and Love and most recently Phoebe joined the pop group, Zap Mama who regularly perform their own version of "Poetry Man," in an impromptu duet on the PBS series, "Sessions At West 54th."

Decorating an already vibrant career, in May of 1998, Snow received the Cultural Achievement Award by New York City Mayor Rudolph Guliani. She is also the recipient of a Don Kirschner Rock Award, several Playboy Music Poll Awards, New York Music Awards and the Clio Award for her unmistakable voice heard on countless television commercials.

Phoebe continues to take voice lessons five days a week and is discovering that she really enjoys singing operatic arias. - Who knew? She resides on the east coast with her beloved daughter, Valerie and has an incredible sense of humor.

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