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November 2010 Artfully Speaking

Simply Metoyer Moten and Murphy!

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Camille Metoyer Moten and David Murphy have joined forces to produce a smooth blend of jazz and pop in a holiday album, A Simpler Christmas, and the results are simply wonderful.


I was lucky enough to hear a couple of the tracks a few weeks ago. Camille’s silky vocals caress these Christmas standards accompanied by David, his savvy arrangements and several of the area’s best jazz musicians.

Camille is well known in the Omaha area. She is an award-winning actress with major credits at the Omaha Playhouse, Dundee Dinner Theatre, the Center Stage, Opera Omaha, and most other theatres. She has performed nationally and internationally, notably with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Cabaret Theatre, and Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum. Camille has several commercial jingles to her credit and is the recipient of an Omaha Entertainment Award. She is the Music Minister of One Way Ministry and released a solo CD of original Christian music, Go Forward, a couple of years ago.

“After my first CD, so many people said that I should do a Christmas album,” she said. “David suggested the same thing after I started working with him. It seemed that should be my next step. We chose to feature classic carols like Angels We Have Heard on High and Away in a Manger. But David did write a new title song, A Simpler Christmas, for me.”

David Murphy is an Omaha native and is a songwriter and producer. He has two CD's, Shining in a Temporary Sun and Effortless with Henry Perry, to his credit. He is also the author of two books, Zombies for Zombies: Advice and Etiquette for the Living Dead and Zombies for Zombies—The Play and Werk Buk. He recently completed his latest musical, anotherwhere, and is working on his own solo CD, Watching the Little Planes Land to be released in 2011.

Camille and David are also looking forward to making a jazz CD of standards and original compositions in the coming year. They have performed in many venues around the metro, especially several times at Rick’s Boatyard, sometimes joined by fellow performer and radio personality, Dave Wingert.

A special concert and CD release party will be held November 21st at 3 P.M., at the Clubhouse of the Residences at One Pacific Place, 1365 S. 101st St. The admission is $8, with a portion going to the Omaha Food Bank. The duo will present selections from the album and CD's will be available for purchase. You can also purchase CD's online at www.cdbaby.com.

On rare occasions a vocal artist and an accompanist/arranger just seem to click; Metoyer Moten and Murphy are definitely in sync. Check out Camille’s website, www.musicbycamille.com.

Next month we’ll look at unique gift ideas, perfect stocking stuffers, focusing on the visual and performing arts in the metro!

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