Kiki Wow is artist name. Garret Swayne, Host of The MainStreet Songwriter Showcase at Café Bellissimo writes, "Kiki Wow is a unique treasure to the songwriter community. . . . Kiki's unabashed encouragement of young songwriters has become so legendary that, literally, songs have been written about her! . . . her own songwriting shows the craft of a true professional. The lyrics are wide and deep; the music deceptively simple and accessible, but the unusual chord changes reveal the depth and complexity of her compositions. Her songs stay in your head and express so beautifully the mixed feelings of the heart. Kiki claims she wants her music to make you feel happy--or horny...preferably both! . . . her songs have been heard in several independent films, . . . her latest CD release Top Of The World, produced by Grammy-winning producer CJ Vanston. To find out more about what's so Wow about Kiki, visit her website at www.kikiwow.com."
Official bio of Kiki Wow:
Early in the game, Kiki cut her musical teeth behind the scenes and in the spotlight. Kiki started on the path in Ohio as the bass player for local prog rock outfit Citadel. Citadel set its sights on the bright lights of Hollywood, packed up their belongings in a panty hose truck converted to a mobile studio, and hit the road. Once in L.A., Kiki was hard at work and co-promoted the first of five annual international Progfest concerts held in Los Angeles featuring bands all over the world, along with Citadel through a series of successful progressive rock music fests that drew audiences from all over the globe.
But fate was holding a different set of cards Kiki went the way of the wind and went solo. Within months, she began to record new material, and play acoustically in the L.A. club scene and at local coffeehouses. She shared the stage with many musicians and has integrated herself into a network of unbelieveable acoustic singer/songwriters in the world. Kiki is a master networker on the music scene in L.A. She cares about the success of others as well as her own which is what makes her music nights so real, down to earth and magical.
Kiki has performed in the most prestigious clubs from The Knitting Factory, The Gig, The Roxy, Platinum Live and every notable venue in between. She prefers the valley scene over the L.A. music scene in terms of conveniences and expenses to her audiences and discovered the perfect listening room where shes a resident player and host of a weekly music show featuring one talented artist after the other. Kiki says, I dubbed my music night as Woodstock in a Coffeehouse or better yet, "The Greenwich Village of L.A." because it has something magical about it that I havent seen in years. Its a comradery between musicians and people hook up both musically as well as a building of audience members with all of the new listeners.
Along the way, word of Kikis show and musical talent has to spread from the local coffeehouses to the music industry. Her voice is the real star of the show, ranging between a deep sultry alto and ethereal falsetto, opined venerable trade magazine Music Connection, who noted not only Kikis beautiful voice, but her lovely songwriting, which they called well-crafted and played with precision and feeling.
Word of Kikis prowess also reached the ears of local producer/keyboardist C.J. Vanston, who has played keyboards with N Sync, Melissa Etheridge, Toto, George Michael, David Crosby, Barbra Streisand and Julio Iglesias. As an arranger and producer, Vanston has worked with Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Prince, Dolly Parton, and Spinal Tap. After hearing Kikis tunes and her sincere delivery, Vanston decided to produce her song New Years Day and recently finished her new hit song, Back To Nature at his Treehouse Studios in No. Hollywood.
Kiki's music masterfully blends several genres - a mix between soft pop/acoustic rock with beautiful vocals and a well produced CD -- Kiki's communication with a live audience is extremely funny and connected and her songs stay in your brain in repeat cycle. Usually after 5 songs you've heard enough of a singer, but every one of her songs is different one from the other! Kiki's first release, "Audiobiography" was sadly burned in a freak fire caused by her dog who was hit by a car, blinded then bumped into a candle and her house caught fire. After two more years of dedication to finish what she started, Kiki is popping with anticipation to share this new and improved release entitled "Back To Nature." She jokes, the first CD was about my Ph.D in Pain, this 2nd CD, however, is about my Ph.D in Pleasure! It's upbeat and heartfelt. Read more "WOW" true stories on www.kikiwow.com - you won't believe what you read!
"It's New Year's Day" was produced by the Grammy winning C.J. Vanston and was used on ABC's "Norm" show aired in 2002 and also received radio airplay in 2003.
"Time To Wake Up," "Hunny Bunny" and "Light Blue Mood" were on the soundtrack of Indie Producer Kurt Hull's film entitled, "Siblings" in 2003.
"Memories To Keep" received webcast airplay on "Juliette's Music Webcast Radio Show" in 2003
1st Solo CD entitled "Audiobiography" almost released in 2000 was destroyed in fire.
5 LPs released as bass player for rock band "Citadel" and 40,000 copies sold independently worldwide.
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