Diane Birch Belts It Out Like a Preacher's Daughter at the Highline

Chinon Williams

There's been a bunch buzz surrounding soulful vixen Diane Birch and her debut album Bible Belt, and after her show at the Highline Ballroom last night, it's easy to see why. Evoking '70s chanteuses like Carole King, Carly Simon, and Joni Mitchell, Birch's voice comes with a sizable range that allows for both light, poppy melodies and straight-up, torch-song-soul. The Bible never sounded better. Better yet, Birch, who was plucked from obscurity by Prince when he discovered her in L.A., sings about the imaginary friends she had when she was young, was a goth in high school despite being the daughter of a minister, and is a fan of watching The Wire on her tour bus. Sure, we might be easily impressed, but we can't wait to hear what Birch does next. 

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