Memarie

Memarie

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This perky, powerful-voiced indie country chanteuse is a rarity among female country singers -- she complements her Trisha Yearwood/Reba McEntire-type vocal prowess with a strong songwriting ability. Breaking in, she had the advantage of having her dad (Jerry Cupit) as a music publisher, but she proved herself with "He'll Never Be a Lawyer," a song that was covered successfully by George Jones and John Anderson. Her lyrics may not have all the clever twists of phrase as the great Nashville writers, but the emotions her voice finds in them make that easy to forgive. Like all good country projects, there's the requisite balance of edgy harmonic rockers ("I Need a Change") and the cool balance of melancholy and joy that shows her truest heart ("Heaven"). The disc also includes the inspirational, Christ story-centered "What if He's Right," the tune that Cupit wrote for her that broke her on Christian radio in 2000. Memarie's multiple talents make her an exciting presence in country music, even if the music publishers may be frustrated that she can provide most of the material herself.

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