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magnetic lead vocalist
all the way from Canada...
presenting her premiere...
Garnetta Cromwell - Lead vocals, Congas, Percussions
Robin Houston - Drums
Mark Howe - Bass
Ken Whiteley -Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Harmony vocals
Toshihiro Otani -Electric Guitar
Sabian Crosswell - Piano, Wurlitizer Electric Piano, Hammond Organ, Nord Keyboard
Juan Arce - Tenor Sax, Alto Sax
Rebecca Hennessi - Trumpet
Colleen Allen - Alto Sax
Carrie Chestnut - Tenor Sax
Elena Capeñeris - Baritone Sax
Quisha Wint - Harmony vocals
Selena Evangeline - Harmony vocals
01 Miss Marva Ann (Remix 2023) 04:06
02 Open Jam (On Hess Street) 04:05
03 Singing The Blues 03:51
04 Think (About It) 03:26
05 It's A Women's World 04:32
06 Get Up & Get A Job 04:13
07 I Ain't That Woman 03:38
08 I Rise With The Sun 03:15
09 Hey You Girl 05:14
10 Weekend 03:13
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The Canadian singer Garnetta Cromwell deserves to be read in her autobiography "Time To Shine" whose publication is scheduled for 2025. Her life is a story of battles and overcoming. Born in Montreal, she used to put her ear to the speaker where her mother played Aretha Franklin albums, and at the age of five she became deaf. After partially recovering the hearing after a surgical operation, she continued with the lessons of Aretha, Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight and Diana & The Supremes, and her future as a singer was irremediably left to her. In the mid-90s, she started out as a singer and drummer in a reggae band in Toronto. After that experience she had to leave music and moved to Nova Scotia to get a job and make money to move forward. Racist problems in her work took her to the human rights courts until she obtained recognition from the court and made the fight against racial discrimination her own. She worked in a penitentiary and joined the army, where racial problems continued in both places. Her physical complexity led her to the sport of weightlifting, participating in international competitions, achieving several gold medals as well as the Canadian record in the specialty. In 2021, one of her three children came close to dying after being shot, which finally made Garnetta reconsider her life journey until then and decide to definitively return to music. In 2022, Garnetta decided to form her own band, The DaGroovmasters, and record this album.
"Time To Shine" is Garnetta Cromwell's first work and features an exceptional singer, a limitless songwriter and a terrific band. These 10 songs summarize a journey in the key of soul and blues for the life of a woman who has made it this far even though this same life has made it very difficult for her. It's conscientious and superlative work.
"As a little girl, when my mother played her music, I would lie on our fluffy, shag carpet and place my ear to the loudspeaker, so that I can feel the joy, and the soul, of Aretha Franklin"
Garnetta has performed at the 24th Annual Southside Shuffle (September 2022), one of Canada's best known blues festivals
She performed at the 35th Annual Women Blues Revue held at Massey Hall, on November 25, 2022
In 2022, Garnetta Cromwell & DaGroovmasters won the Toronto Blues Society's Talent Search.
In 2023 they competed in the finals of the International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in January 2023.
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