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10/9/2009

Happy Rhodes - FYI, all 11 of Happy's albums are now on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/user/happyrhodesalbums#grid/user/95237FC5497C5450

Plus, all of Happy's albums can be heard free via streaming audio at:
http://rhodesongs.com/music

Full-length concerts can be seen on her MySpace page (click View My...Videos under her picture):
http://www.myspace.com/happyrhodes

This is all written by a fan (Vickie). I have blanket permission to place Happy's music anywhere I want. She hates self-promotion and just wants her music to be heard. She's not trying to "make it" or whatever such ambitions are expected of a female singer-songwriter-musician who makes music because it's what she loves to do.

She lives on a farm in upstate New York and finally released her 11th album, and her first since 1998's Many Worlds Are Born Tonight, called Find Me (now on CD Baby and iTunes). 

Happy Rhodes started making music when she was 11, when her mother gave her a guitar to play with. She started writing music soon after, and had become an accomplished songwriter by the time she was 14.

At 17 she began working as an apprentice engineer at a recording studio. The studio's owner heard her voice and songs and gave her free time to record everything she'd written up to that point. He introduced her to Kevin Bartlett, who owned Aural Gratification, a small, cassette-only label to release his own albums. He persuaded her to gather up all the individual songs and release them on his label. They found that she had enough for 3 albums (which became Rhodes I, Rhodes II, and Rearmament) and soon after came a 4th, Ecto. The "1st4" were released on hand-dubbed cassettes for several years before they were re-released on CD in 1992.

In 1991 Happy released Warpaint, her first album conceived and recorded as an album, and the first to be released on CD. Warpaint was followed by Equipoise, RhodeSongs (a compilation of earlier songs, plus some rarities and a cover of Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes"), Building The Colossus and The Keep, a beautiful compilation of acoustic versions and more rarities).

In 1997 Happy recorded the lush and science-fiction tinged Many Worlds Are Born Tonight. It was recorded mostly at home with the vocals recorded in her bathroom. She and Aural Gratificaton parted ways and Happy signed with a new label called Samson Music. They provided the artwork, a wide release, a small amount of promotion and a few live showcases for Many Worlds, then dropped her because they didn't know how to market her music and realized that she didn't fit in with their vision of the label's future.

On her own now, Happy released her 11th album, Find Me, funded by day jobs and self-released. She and her husband, musician Bob Muller, are building a home studio so that Happy will have an easier time of making music in the future. 

Some musicians might be connected to Happy and not even know it. Her "day job" is hand-assembling high-end equipment for Dangerous Music.

It's my desire to share her music with as many people and in as many ways as possible. Thank you for listening.

- Vickie

Song samples site: http://wretchawry.com/happy/samples 
Ra Is A Busy God
Weighted Rating: [1 Vote, 5 Stars]
Views: 722
mbweewee [10/11/2009 11:53:15 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Vrey well produced, Professional by all accounts, in the vein of Enya. Beautiful!
THENAKEDBEACH [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
shamanic journey. too much set up. reminds me of las vegas. good, commercial stuff.
Ruud Slingerland [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
This song speaks a musical language I don't understand, like watching a soft focus movie hoping to get a clearer view. I hear some elements I like especially in the middle part, I would only wish they were not embedded in that mist of synthesizer sounds.
yunquekabal [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
I actually like this alot. Are you responsible for the production too? cuz it's top class. good vocals, melodies, sounds, all of it. can't really find a big flaw in this. good work
conquistador [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
not something that I or anybody i know would listen to. no opinion because its so far off my radar
ChrisMoschetti [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Ra ain't done nothing for me in years.
Babar Klunj [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Again...another wonderful tune. Great textures.