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album Cedar + Gold. She traveled the globe, had surgery to remove
polyps on her vocal cords, got engaged to her long-term boyfriend, dealt
with the pain of his ending the engagement, and eventually questioned
whether she even wanted to be a musician at all.
With an artistry that lies in her finely etched lyrical details and intimate
vocal performances, Prettyman spares no one, including herself, on songs
like Say Anything, I Was Gonna Marry You, Come Clean, Glass Jar,
and Never Say Never. As intense as some of the songs may be, the mood is
tempered not only by playfully twisted tunes like first single My Oh My,
but also by the album s warm, earthy sound, which Prettyman created
with her producer Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry), who plays piano, bass,
drums, and some guitar on the album.
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With her first three recordings, 2003's Love Ep , 2005's Twentythree (Dig) which delivered the hit, "Love, Love, Love" and 2008's Hello , Prettyman parlayed her talent and laid-back surfer-girl-from-San Diego charm into an eight-year career studded with highlights that included Hello's No. 2 position on the iTunes Digital Albums chart and headlining tours across the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Instead of racing back to the studio, Prettyman took an extended break during which she traveled the globe, had vocal cord surgery, ended an engagement, and questioned whether she even wanted to be a musician at all.
Thankfully, the answer to that soul searching question was yes. These tunes examine those highs and lows, the loss and redemption. "I started writing from a place that was so deep and honest, where I didn't hold anything back," she says. "It felt so good. I was like, 'This is what music is about - being able to release what is trapped inside of you.' Whenever anything caused me pain, I'd tell myself, 'Save it for the record.'"
Prettyman enlisted producer Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry) who plays piano, bass, drums, and some guitar on the album. "Greg forced me to step into really being a musician and owning what I do," she says. "Once I did that, I got super creative and the songs started coming from a different place. It was a very intuitive process.Read more ›
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I had never heard of Tristan Prettyman before but have enjoyed Cedar + Gold both musically and lyrically. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Erin Teschler
Tristan is a wonderful artist and I like the collaboration of the songs. I bought mainly for her single "My Oh My", but really enjoy all of them. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Steve Brentlinger
I love her voice. However there is no warning that there are curse words on the album. I bought it for my mom based on what I had heard and then listened tho the whole thing and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by jamesgirl
The songs I really like from this cd, I already have on my iPod. I was disappointed with the language and content of one song in particular and it dampened my whole feeling about... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Keshia B.
It's amazing. I love this artist. :) can't get enough. Really says it all when dealing with a wtf break up.Published 20 months ago by Michelle Brazell