Rita Chiarelli – Breakfast At Midnight
Rita Chiarelli may very well be the most powerful singer in Canada! Bringing her brand of rock and blues to an ever-increasing loyal audience since she was 15 years old, Rita finished high school in Hamilton Ontario and formed the band Battleaxe, a nine piece R&B band which toured Canada and the US. She then joined the Ronnie Hawkins school of rock and roll for a year and in 1981 left Canada on a trip to Italy, staying six years, touring and working in studios.
Back in Canada in the late 1980s she released a succession of independent singles and had one of her most powerful songs, "Have You Seen My Shoes?", used on the soundtrack of Bruce McDonald's Canadian-made movie Roadkill, now a cult favourite.
The success of the first Stony Plain album Road Rockets helped cement Chiarelli's solid reputation on the club circuit as an exciting, powerhouse performer with a stunning 3 octave range and a no-holds-barred delivery that rocked audiences across North America and Europe. Her second album was co-produced with John Switzer, best known for his work with Jane Siberry, and featured guest appearances by Juno Award-winning guitarist and songwriter Colin Linden and members of country rock band Prairie Oyster. All songs with the exception of the Elvis Presley hit "Love Me" were written by Rita, who has developed her songwriting skills to the point that other artists are paying attention; Long John Baldry recorded Rita's song "Midnight in Berlin" on his album Right To Sing The Blues.
There are not many female singers in Canada who can handle the blues and it's close cousin, powerhouse rock and roll, with Rita Chiarelli's understanding, authority and sheer attitude. If you need a little demonstration, check out the incredible Breakfast at Midnight. Not only will you hear "a voice so blue that it makes the angels cry" (Ronnie Hawkins), you will bear witness to Rita's wealth of talent as a storyteller and songwriter.
1. Woman in Blue - 4:04 2. Horse of a Diffrent Colour - 4:57 3. Never Been Loved Before - 3:55 4. Memphis Has Got the Blues - 4:02 5. Midnight in Berlin - 3:27 6. I Can Change for You - 5:20 7. Since I've Had You on My Mind - 4:31 8. Loving You Is Killing Me - 4:30 9. If You Were Crying Over Me - 4:16 10. Last Train - 4:11 11. Eggs Over Easy - 4:37
Rita Chiarelli (vocals, acoustic guitar) , Al Cross (drums) , Colin Linden (electric guitars) , Kevin Breit (electric guitar, mandolin, dobro) , Richard Bell (piano, organ, accordion) , Pat Kilbride (bass) , George Koller (bass) , Carlos del Junco Band (harmonica) , Jackie & Shirley Richardson (backing vocals) , ...