MP3 Aprylle Gilbert - Diamond in the Rough
Refreshing new voice from this singer songwriter, delivers honest and poignant lyrics that strike close to the heart telling the story of love, loss, longing and the triumph of spirit over the challenges human experience.
9 MP3 Songs in this album (34:14) !
Related styles: POP: Folky Pop, ROCK: Adult Contemporary
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From the very first cut of Diamond in the Rough, listeners are struck by Aprylle Gilbert’s deep passion for life and for music. The listener realizes at once that this music is totally genuine. Aprylle’s sultry voice, achingly pure lyrics, and expert musicianship blend into a poignant tapestry of love, longing and loss, threaded through with glimmering strands of hope and joy.
Although not biographical in the truest sense, Aprylle’s music stands as a lyrical witness to the fact that she has survived all the highs and lows life can throw at her and has come through all the hardships as a winner. It should come as no surprise then, that Aprylle is no stranger to adversity. Fleeing in her teens from an unstable home life that left her deeply scarred and struggling to find her voice, Aprylle has emerged in this, her debut album, as an artist of unsurpassed authenticity and relevance for our times.
In her featured song, Alive, Aprylle sets the stage for this album by sharing with us the need to be seen for who we really are by those who say they love us. This song poignantly portrays the heart ache that comes when, in our struggle for recognition and acceptance, we allow causal, insensitive, or negative comments to put us down, drive us into the shadows, or shape our self-worth. Then, in a smoky, deeply intimate rendition of Takin it Off, she shows that recognition and acceptance is most fulfilling when it is a two-way street.
In Speak, Aprylle gives us a rare glimpse of her soft, vulnerable side. Wistfully, almost in a whisper, she acknowledges the hardships that must be overcome along the path to success, and recognizes them as opportunities that lead, as if by destiny, to a dream that can be wholeheartedly embraced. In the last bars, this song swells in recognition of dreams coming true. In Making A Believer Aprylle returns to this theme of dreams coming true, and acknowledges the support of those that helped her to believe in her destiny.
In Bye Bye Baby, Aprylle expresses the bittersweet heartbreak of outgrowing a love, and the need to steel ourselves to move on when a relationship starts to hold us back. For Aprylle, finding the resolve to carry on is the only way to realize her dreams, as we hear again in her gritty offering, One More Time Around.
Saving the best track for last, in Say the Word, Aprylle presents a moving anthem that affirms the triumph of love and spirit over the loneliness, despair, and the darker side of the human condition.
In every track of this extraordinary first album, Aprylle reminds us that we are all Diamonds in the Rough. No matter how many obstacles we face on our journey, life is possible if we only keep our eyes focused on our dreams. Her music helps us recognize that we are not alone on our journey. We all share the same experiences of alienation, sorrow and joy. We don’t have to be perfect. We only have to remain true to ourselves to become who we are truly meant to be.