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Chakra Bleu Releases ‘All of Me’ Single and Video

Chakra Bleu is building on her success as a chart-topping Americana/rock/pop artist by releasing “All of Me“, the title track and second single from her most recent album.

The “All of Me” single was distributed to radio on April 18. The Nashville, Tenn., artist co-produced the recording with legendary musician John Billings, a former bass player for the late Donna Summer. An accompanying video was produced by Ray Boone of Music City Video.

“‘All of Me’, is a savory treat of pop-rock and R&B — sweet and sultry with a shake of sass,” said Bleu. “The album’s first single, ‘The Shadow’, has done extremely well. I can’t wait to see what happens.”

“The Shadow” recently hit number four on New Music Weekly’s mainstream Top-40 chart. It reached number one on the NMW Indie Top-40 chart, where it remained for six consecutive weeks.

The artist describes “All of Me” as an “electrifying song” that is about moving forward freely and confidently in love. The video shows the artist tearing up a love letter and covering it with daffodils on the floor. She eventually speeds away on a motorbike, leaving her love-lost past behind. A high-energy stage performance with full band shows off her gritty vocals and elaborate finger work on electric guitar.
“All of Me”, which is being released by 1746 Records, is available for 99 cents. The new single, as well as other songs on multiple albums, are available on her website at www.ChakraBleu.com , iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-of-me/id882273855?uo=4 , and all major online stores, including CD Baby, Amazon, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Sony Music Unlimited. A free video download is available on YouTube

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“All of Me” was recorded in Nashville at Funky Tymz Studio. It features Bleu on vocals and electric guitar with contributions from veteran session musicians John Billings on bass, Brice Foster on drums/percussion, Tom Britt on lead and slide guitar, Ronnie Godfrey on keyboards and organ, and Dana Robbinson saxophone. The single is being promoted to radio by music industry veteran Gary LefkowithWhiting Publicity and Promotions is handling publicity.

“All of Me” rocks away the pain with soaring vocals, crying guitar, driving bass and soulful sax. “Nothing’s binding me now… There’s no baggage dragging me down,” Bleu sings with emotion. “I’m open, light, and free as a breeze… It’s just you and me.”

Chakra Bleu releases sweet, sultry “All of Me”

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 By Dave Carew

 

 In the early 2000s, when the East Nashville rock scene was infinitely less potent than it is today, one of the artists bravely carrying the pop/rock torch across the river was Chakra Bleu. Described by some as “Nashville’s answer to Fleetwood Mac and Heart,” This act galvanized its die-hard fans with electric female harmonies, soaring guitar solos, and a uniquely uplifting songcraft it dubbed “empower rock.”

Fast forward to 2014: The mantle of Chakra Bleu is carried by lead singer/songwriter “Bleu,” who has released a string of solo albums and singles that have lit up Indie and Americana charts. Now—on the heels of the particularly acclaimed Souvenir—Chakra Bleu has released the R & B-flavored All of Me, described by its principal creator (Bleu) as “sweet and sultry with a shake of sass!”

“I aimed for All of Me to embody an exquisite five-course meal, delighting the listener in a savory listening experience,” says Bleu. “That experience includes (1.) soulful songs (2.) rich vocals (3.) lush production (4.) top-notch musicians and (5.) a special dessert, including the ‘empower song’ ‘The Shadow,’ which is food for thought, upbeat, and insightful.”

All of Me features stellar production work from Nashville pro John Billings, who also engineered and played bass on all tracks. Mr. Billings played with Donna Summer and the Monkees, among many others. Another stand-out contribution is offered by saxophonist Dana Robbins, who has played with Aretha Franklin, Delbert McClinton, Chaka Khan, and others.

It all adds up to a welcome surprise for Chakra Bleu fans . . . with equal emphasis on “welcome” and “surprise.” If the “old” Chakra Bleu sounded like Fleetwood Mac or Heart, this entrée is like an Anita Baker album splashed with Bleu’s patented lyrical vibe of love, hope, and good will. It’s a new direction for the beloved artist, and one she walks with inviting confidence.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.chakrableu.com/

  Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstreamNashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

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"Chakra Bleu writes and performs soulful, intricate compositions about the trials of life. Inventive and impassioned, she plays music to empower the soul."

With “Souvenir” Chakra Bleu’s delivers an inspiring set of light feathered, yet emotion concentrated and insightful tunes. And it’s a set that definitely deserves her international recognition. 

Generally, this is an up-tempo collection bursting with positive vibes. Chakra Bleu gets caught teasing out the nerves of wonderful county music, crossed with notable pop/rock influences. And she definitely found the way of keeping things fresh and original. As a result “Souvenir” stays pretty much devoit of clichés.  Chakra Bleu sings with sugary beauty and her voice, often carrying a slightly bluesy edge, incites magnetic intensity. She provokes beautiful melodies on “Sweet Surrender” and her passionate voice seems to be flawlessly tailored to the menacing atmosphere of “Sabotage”. She remains commendably subdued through the captivating “Still In My Dreams”, her vocal delivery staying elegantly attuned to the haunting, yet subtle slide guitar howls. You’ll sigh, and sink back gently into your chair. As far as riding those country and zydeco tunes, Chakra Bleu executes that lot with considerable aplomb on “Free Again”.  

With “I’ve Got It Bad” Chakra Bleu never sounded more predatory. The simmering guitar work that stayed displaced for most of the album is suddenly resurrected and put to good use here. On the other hand, “Love Meant To Be” and “She Walks Alone” come as masterful cocktails of graceful pop and country.  

There are a couple of numbers here content to take the back seat, still “Souvenir” is full of infectious tunes blossoming in musically well raised surroundings. Not surprisingly, the end result is a sweat-soaked pleasure.  

7 out of 10

A review copy of this album was provided by the record label 1746 Records.

Daniel Pavlica  -  The Rjocktologist

 

 

Album Review by Dave Carew:

“You’re the One” by Chakra Bleu
Produced by Chakra Bleu and David Henry

Anyone who has ever seen a Chakra Bleu live show knows how it affects you: The vibe of joy, peace, inspiration, and empowerment hangs palpably in the air … and you leave the club somehow feeling better about your world, knowing there is music like this, thoughtfulness and creativity like this.

Much of that vibe is attributable to Chakra Bleu herself, easily one of the kindest, most caring and gracious artists ever to grace a Nashville stage. Luckily for her many fans, “Ms. Bleu” has a gift that extends beyond her own personality, beyond her unique live shows. It also radiates into the albums she has created over the years, beginning with 2000’s superb The Hidden Mirror and culminating, most recently, with You’re the One (released December 2009).

Fans who think they know what a Chakra Bleu album is “all about” may—like this reviewer—be a bit surprised by this album…though certainly not in a bad way. Where previous CB albums concentrated on nurturing both the mind and heart, this work—quite intentionally—tips the scales dramatically toward the heart, with all the joy and hope one’s romantic love for another human being can bring you and that other person. The songs here are lyrically simpler than previous CB efforts—but simple only in the sense that “I love you,” at first blush, may seem like simple words.

Starting with the jaunty, reggae-influenced “More Than Fine” (which your ears will be treated to as soon as you cruise over to Chakrableu.com), the album proceeds to waft its way through a sonic landscape of everything from pop to Americana to “prog rock,” all spinning around the spiritual axis of what “the one”—your heart’s desire, your soul mate—means to you, how he or she affects your life in the moment and in all the moments to follow. A particular stand-out track is “Sunflower of My Dreams,” which Chakra Bleu, in a recent interview with Underground Nashville, called “the under-current of this album, in that the sunflower itself, and its symbolism, became the theme [of the album]. The symbol of the sunflower includes that of hope, success, fulfillment, prosperity, health, devotion, peace, and happiness.”

I could go on and on about how Chakra Bleu’s You’re the One will, in its entirety, help bring YOU those very qualities, but I’d rather step out of the way now, and simply tell you this:  If love is important to you—if you think it’s what matters most—you’ll hear that affirmation profoundly in this first-rate new collection of songs.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

Part II– Interview with Nashville-based pop/rock artist Chakra Bleu

 

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Part II – - Interview with Nashville-based pop/rock artist Chakra Bleu
by Dave Carew

 Chakra Bleu is—hands down—one of the most original and distinctive pop/rock/Americana artists ever to grace the underground Nashville music scene. Inspired by everything from transcendent New Age thought to the soulful stylings of bands like Heart and the Cowboy Junkies (with whom her co-producer David Henry worked), she has forged, over the past decade, some of the most uplifting, eclectic, thought-provoking, and empowering pop/Americana ever created in Music City. “Underground Nashville” recently interviewed Chakra Bleu about her career and new album “You’re the One.” Part II of our interview immediately follows. (Please see February posts for Part I.)

 

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: What is your “dream” for you music? How do you hope people are affected by it?

 CHAKRA BLEU: It is always my highest intention that the fans receive a ‘positive-vibe’ from the CD’s and/or live shows. As an entertainer and singer/songwriter, it is important to relate to my audiences. We all work hard. We all want to feel good. We all aspire to feel more joy and completion and acceptance in our lives through our relationships, jobs, health, and connection to the Divine/Universe/Life.

Sometimes, we get a glimpse of the meaning of things, when something of relevance is said a little differently…without judgment…meeting our experience “where we are” on the path of life. My highest intention is to inspire the listener to greater heights of joy, understanding, love, health, and overall happiness through my music…whether it’s my love songs or the more introspective songs. Nothing in my songs is a new concept. It’s just written and conveyed a little differently. Yes, I truly aspire to providing an avenue for my audiences, to feel good about themselves and their lives…my songs, voice, and heart offering a journey to a little more joy in this unpredictable life… inspiring them through my pop/rock & Americana songs…inspiring them through my love songs and empower-insight songs.

For more about Chakra Beu, and to listen to her music, visit chakrableu.com

Coming soon in “Underground Nashville” . . . a review of Chakra Bleu’s new album “You’re the One.”

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

Interview with Nashville-based pop/rock artist Chakra Bleu

February 26, 2010 by davecarew

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

 Interview with Nashville-based pop/rock artist Chakra Bleu

 

by Dave Carew

Hailed by fans in the 2000s as “The Fleetwood Mac of Nashville” for their vibrant, female-centered pop/rock sound, Chakra Bleu became a mainstay of the Nashville club circuit for more than five years, until leaving for the past several years for a performing hiatus and to concentrate more fully on songwriting. Returning in late 2009 as a solo artist rather than a band, Chakra Bleu offers a unique blend of pop/rock that is upbeat, tuneful, thought-provoking, and uplifting. Calling her music “Empower Rock,” Chakra Bleu’s mission, she says, is to “invite [my] audiences to move forward…with pioneering and empowering attitudes that dare to open the mind and heart.”

“Underground Nashville” recently caught up with Chakra Bleu (pronounced SHOK-ruh BLUE) to talk with her about her performing hiatus, her return, and her new album You’re the One:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: After performing dozens of live shows in Nashville during the first half of the 2000s, you dropped out of the club scene for several years. What prompted that move away from performing…and your return now with You’re the One?

 

CHAKRA BLEU: Itseemed at that time that [my] efforts were just hitting a wall. The exposure was still strong, in that many folks were familiar with Chakra Bleu. However, it was frustrating that I wasn’t able to reach the music biz. Music City USA and its music biz still primarily focus on country music. Although, some of my roots embrace that [Americana] style, my past two CD’s were pop/rock. In fact, my 2003 CD, Seize the Day, had the single “Hopelessly In Love” promoted on the Adult Contemporary charts by Tom Mazetta, who’s promoted hits for Elton John, Heart, Paul McCartney, Delbert McClinton, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, etc. Unfortunately, this CD didn’t catch the attention here in Nashvegas…my beloved town that I just won’t give up on.

Meanwhile, I had made several changes in my band that weren’t feeling quite right. I decided to veer away from the “band thang” and solo it out awhile. Jeez…I mean [being in a band] is like being married to five people at once! [Laughs.] One lover at a time for me is enough, let alone deal with my own schtuff! Being ‘Chakra Bleu’ [just by myself] was such a relief. I felt synced into this comfortable new identity, and took a brief exit from performing live, so that I could fire up very commercial pop and Americana songs that would be favorable to all age groups. I spent weeks at a time in mountain and lake cabins, concentrating on coming up with at least 40 new songs to choose from for the next two CD’s. I chose a CD Planning Committee to help chose the best commercial direction on this new CD, included [selecting] the songs, the theme of the CD, the ‘vibe’, the photos, etc.

UN: In what ways is You’re the One distinctive from earlier Chakra Bleu albums? And in what ways does it walk the same pathway as your earlier work?

 

CB: This album has 16 songs, of which only two are “food for thought”/introspective songs. The direction of this CD was “light-hearted love songs,” which were youthful, upbeat, and hopeful—especially to off-set, if you will, the counter-active struggles of today’s economy, and the stress that is obviously affecting 95% of us.

The fourth cut on this CD, “Sunflower of My Dreams” became the under-current of this album, in that the sunflower itself, and its symbolism, became the theme. The symbol of the sunflower includes that of hope, success, fulfillment, prosperity, health, devotion, peace, and happiness.

The comments from the fans so far consistently have been that, indeed, this CD is uplifting and hopeful…a light in this darkened time of their lives. So, this CD is on the same “path” as the previous. Each CD contains, first and foremost, the vibe of an uplifting and empowering quality. Also, each CD contains particular songs that offer introspective, message-related qualities. They surpass religious agendas/dogmas, and allow all to question life, hopefully leading to further insights that can bring one more awareness into their life…more joy, simply put!

"Empower-Pop With Substance' is the motto placed on all of Chakra Bleu's promotional material. This artist is actively meeting this goal.  This is a rare commodity in Nashville. Most acts performing live in this town consist of some front person who paid or cajoled a collection of musicians to play with them that night. The revolving doors bring on different players each time and the same players in so many different groups. The musicians are usually fine (this is Nashville) but when they're looking at charts there isn't a band dynamic. Chakra Bleu is different. She arrives with her players that are cohesive and who interact beautifully.  No heads buried in music stands here. They perform instead of merely 'play'. Chakra Bleu's music is in the Pop-Rock/Americana vein. The lyric content is never drab or dreary. The stated intention is to provoke thought and offer ideas that might just improve society. Sometimes mysitcal and mysterious, other times offering basic observations of the muman condition, the music is always sincere and credible.  Chakra Bleu has gotten her music onto playlists throughout the United States and Europe with the help of national and local promoter's, Tom Mazetta and Bill Wence. She is regularly receiving favorable reviews. This is an ever evolving act that seems to be making all the right moves."

"Chakra Bleu promotes positivity...The band has gotten strong international response to the Hidden Mirror from stations in Denmark, Germany, Ireland and France. Its lyrical content is alternatively catchy, inventive, and unorthodox."

"The CD titled The Hidden Mirror is soulfully intruding. It positively moves the spirit while capturing the heart. A strong harmonious voice, Chakra Bleu delivers such haunting vibrations in the songs, 'Land of Nod' and the 'Hidden Mirror' that will leave one wanting more. The vocal energy is electrigying and with each song magnifies the talent in this band. 'Tower of Babel' and 'Everyday's a Rapture' displays such soul-searching lyrics only a passionate singer can deliver and deliver is exactly what Chakra Bleu does!"

"We broadcast many cuts from your CD because we are very fond of what you do. The music of Chakra Bleu is very passionate, putting your heart into every song that you sing. With clear, strong harmonious vocals, you deposit in our ears, in our bodies, in our souls and hearts: Bubbles of Musical Poetry."

Chakra Bleu: “Hopelessly In Love” (1746 Records)

Nashville-based recording artist:Chakra Bleu, brings us a very catchy, positive, uptempo Pop tune. It’s all about the spirit and good vibes, while “Hopelessly In Love” serves as a showcase for this very talented singer. The quality is in the music and there’s much quality here.

"The Hidden Mirror CD sounds very good. Audience response is excellent, especially for 'Wild West,' the 'Hidden Mirror' and 'Save the Souls."

"This CD is excellent! At present, our listeners like best, 'I Want to Know', 'Shoulda Coulda Would've', and 'Save the Souls."

Is it me or does it seem that the number of outdoor concert series is exploding this summer? ..Barrister Winery has been doing Wednesday night shows, at the winery from 6 to 9 p.m.  Private events take priority in the winery's garden courtyard. This week, Barrister will be hosting a Spokane native who's now making music in Nashville.

Chakra Bleu plays her brand of pop Americana in Nashville venues such as 12th & Porter, Bluebird Cafe and the Basement, and she's found fans in such far-flung places as Japan and Europe. She's coming home to visit and will make a stop at Barrister for a free show.

(article prefaced with 5x10 inch photo of Chakra Bleu)

Chakra Bleu hits #1; releases new dance single

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By Dave Carew

These are exciting times for beloved pop/rock/Americana artist Chakra Bleu. Her tune “All of Me” just hit #1 on New Music Weekly’s Top 40 Indie Chart, while simultaneously climbing into the Top 10 on the NMW Mainstream Top 40 and Hot 100 Singles Charts.

Released on April 18, the single has been relentlessly edging up the charts, and now has received thousands of radio spins. The hit tune was co-produced by Chakra Bleu and John Billings, a former bass player for the legendary Donna Summer. The accompanying video (check it out on YouTube) was produced by Ray Boone of Music City Video.

If you think “Bleu” is content to do nothing but bask in the glow of a #1, you would be mistaken. She recently released the follow-up to “All of Me,” the dance tune “When We Dance.” A press release from her label described the tune as “a magnetic, pulsing recording that captures the timeless, passionate moment of a couple dancing closely together on the dance floor.”

If you dig that feeling, you’ll likely dig this tune.

For more information, and to download tracks, please visit: http://www.chakrableu.com/

Chakra Bleu's Single 'All of Me' Hits Number One on Top 40 Indie Chart


By Chuck Whiting
MCAU Editor
 
            NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 2015) –Chakra Bleu's rock/pop tune "All of Me" has hit number one on New Music Weekly's Top 40 Indie Chart, while climbing into the top 10 on the NMW mainstream Top 40 and Hot 100 singles charts.
            "All of Me" has been steadily edging up the charts with thousands of spins since its release on April 18. Bleu co-produced the recording in Nashville with legendary musician John Billings, a former bass player for the late Donna Summer. An accompanying video was produced by Ray Boone of Music City Video.
            "It's wonderful to see 'All of Me' climb into the top 10 on various singles charts," said Bleu, who is already writing and recording songs for her next album. "I'm humbled by this stellar progress, as I know I'm a small fish in a big sea. I couldn't accomplish this without the wonderful team of professionals around me."
            "All of Me" is the title track and the second single from her current album. Its number one ranking on the NMW Top 40 Indie Chart for two consecutive weeks placed it above other songs recorded by artists such as Rhianna and Brandy Moss Scott. The song ranked just below Taylor Swift at number four on the Top 40 Main Chart (for two consecutive weeks) and number eight on the Hot 100 Chart.  
            "'All of Me', is a savory treat of pop-rock and R&B -- sweet and sultry with a shake of sass," said Bleu, who recently released a new video and electronic dance single called "When We Dance".
            The song, which was released by 1746 Records, is available for 99 cents. "All of Me" and other songs on multiple albums can be downloaded on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-of-me/id882273855?uo=4 and her website at www.ChakraBleu.com. The song is also available at other major online stores such as CD Baby, Amazon, iHeartRadio and Sony Music Unlimited. A free video download is available at https://youtu.be/OLvBUksVBKc .
            The artist describes "All of Me" as an "electrifying song" that is about moving forward freely and confidently in love. The video shows the artist tearing up a love letter and covering it with daffodils on the floor. She eventually speeds away on a motorbike, leaving her love-lost past behind. A high-energy stageperformance with full band shows off her gritty vocals and elaborate finger work on electric guitar.   
            The single was recorded in Nashville at Funky Tymz Studio. It features Bleu on vocals and electric guitar with contributions from veteran session musicians John Billings on bass, Brice Foster on drums/percussion, Tom Britton lead and slide guitar, Ronnie Godfrey on keyboards and organ, and Dana Robbins on saxophone. The single is being promoted to radio by music industry veteran Gary LefkowithWhiting Publicity and Promotions is handling publicity.
            "All of Me" rocks away the pain with soaring vocals, crying guitar, driving bass and soulful sax. "Nothing's binding me now... There's no baggage dragging me down," Bleu sings with emotion. "I'm open, light, and free as a breeze... It's just you and me." 
            According to Dave Carew, a writer for the blog Underground Nashville, Bleu is "hands down one of the most original and distinctive pop/rock/Americana artists ever to grace the underground Nashville music scene. Inspired by everything from the styling of bands like Heart and the Cowboy Junkies, to transcendent New Age thought, she has forged, over the past decade, some of the most uplifting, eclectic, thought-provoking, and empowering music ever created in Music City USA."
       
            For more information about Chakra Bleu or to hear her music, visit www.ChakraBleu.com. To book the artist for an upcoming event, send an e-mail message to 1746Records@chakrableu.com.   
     

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SONGWRITING ADVENTURES LEAD CHAKRA BLEU TO SUCCESS
Latest Hit Single 'All of Me' Written in the Great Outdoors
 
 

            NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 2015) – Some Nashville songwriters pen songs in their living rooms, others in the cozy writing rooms at ASCAP and BMI.

            But for pop/rock/Americana artist Chakra Bleu, a native of Spokane, Wash., successful songwriting wouldn't be possible without solo excursions into the great outdoors. Her "songwriting adventures" as she calls them are a way to bring "wonder, awe and gratitude" into every song she writes.

            On July 31 (Friday), the East Nashville artist will take her guitar, notebook and pencils to the mountainous Spokane region for what she hopes will be her most inspiring writing sabbatical yet. She will spend almost three weeks alone at a cabin in the rural inland Northwest, writing melodies and crafting lyrics with daily breaks for hiking, roller blading and meditation. This fall, she will do the same thing near Asheville, N.C., in Pisgah National Forest.

            "The utter peace, adventure and wonderment of the great outdoors calls to my heart and inspires me on so many levels," said Bleu, whose latest single "All of Me" has topped New Music Weekly's Top 40 Indie Chart for five consecutive weeks. "I focus completely and solely on writing songs or melodies at those times. Both cabin locations are close to a lot of mountains and natural water, be it a lake, streams and river, and have access to hiking trails and greenways."

            Chakra starts each sabbatical morning with a meditation (her songwriting multi-vitamin) to clear her mind and free up her creative spirit. She eats fresh organic yogurt while reviewing a new lyric or melody she wrote the night before. She then takes a four to five-mile walk with pen and paper in hand, thinking of ways to expand and/or build on her ideas.

            The tunesmith plans to write up to a dozen full song melodies during her Washington sabbatical, recording rough versions with a small, portable tape recorder. She will play the melodies back again and again in Nashville before penning lyrics during her October songwriting adventure in North Carolina.

            "While playing back a melody, I tune into my feelings, asking myself what the song might be about," the artist added. "Before long, I start getting ideas for a particular direction. Sometimes, I just start hearing lyrics, perhaps part of a phrase. Then I start the process of building a story."

            That's just what happened with her latest hit song "All of Me", which currently sits at number one on NMW's Top 40 Indie Chart, number two on NMW's mainstream Top 40 Chart, and number seven on NMW's Hot 100 Chart. The music was written at a lakeside cabin in Washington. She added the lyrics while on a songwriting adventure near Asheville five months later. The melodic theme under the words "I want to know" was inspired from a Chickadee songbird that she heard while on a camping trip in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.

            To watch the "All of Me" video, visit https://youtu.be/OLvBUksVBKc.

            Bleu noted that her song, "Sunflower of My Dreams", was written after she roller bladed through a field of Washington sunflowers.

            "The sunflowers evoked a feeling of joy and happiness in me," Bleu continued with a smile, noting that the song is featured on her fifth album, "You're The One". "I noticed how they were all facing the direction of the sun. Once back at the cabin, I researched the symbology of the sunflower. The next morning, I started hearing the beginnings of a beautiful melody in my head, which I started writing down immediately. I finished the rest of the melody once back in Nashville, whereby I wrote the lyrics several months later in the Blue Ridge Mountains."

            Other songs created during her writing adventures include "Footprints in the Sand", "Hidden Mirror", "Retreat to the Center", "Believe in Me", and "You're What's Missing".

            Bleu will take a short break from writing on Aug. 10 to appear on the "Good Day Spokane" talk show, airing live on Fox 28-TV.

            The artist's passion for hiking, climbing and camping in the great outdoors isn't limited to her two annual songwriting adventures. She set out on her first backpacking trip into the Cumberland Mountains shortly after moving to Nashville in the 1990s. She knew she was addicted soon after she hit the primitive camping trails toting a backpack, cooking gear and flashlights -- although a bad thunderstorm, red ants, ticks and chiggers gave her a few second thoughts.

            "The desire to know how to backpack more efficiently led me to take some classes at REI," Bleu added. "From then on, I've been backpacking in places near Nashville such as Savage Gulf, Fall Creek Falls, Virgin Falls, Frozen Head, Pickett State Park, and Big South Fork."

            Bleu also has taken numerous hiking and climbing adventures in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Washington and other states in the Northwest. During a recent trip to Montana and Idaho, she joined friends for a rugged outdoor adventure that included climbing a three-pitched granite rock called "Cruel Shoes", riding bikes up and down steep mountain roads for miles, and hiking cliff-hanging trails thousands of feet above sea level. She ended her trip by hiking to a mountain-fed lake on Jenny Lake Trail in the Grand Tetons.

            The artist says her backwoods jaunts in the South are just as exciting, although with a few annoyances.

            "You can expect to get a few hitch-hikers, namely ticks and chiggers, and see a copperhead snake or two on the trail or swimming in the water with you," she laughed. "I've been grateful not to encounter a wild boar or angry momma bear. Yet, I hang my food at night and depend on my dog's nose and ears to give me fair warning of uninvited critters coming into my camp."

            Although Chakra doesn't believe her songwriting adventures are for everyone, she encourages creative types to get outdoors. She's run into a few of her peers during day hikes near Nashville, including Percy/Edwin Warner parks, Radner Lake Trail, Long Hunter State Park, and Montgomery Bell State Park.

            "The delicacies of nature are divine and wondrous," said Bleu, who also sidelines as a visual artist. "I actually get into looking at the details of a petal of a wildflower, counting its petals and looking at its unique shape, color and texture."

            Born and raised in Spokane, Wash., Bleu grew up with a passion for music and the outdoors. She started writing songs in middle school and performing with jazz choirs and grunge, rock and country bands in high school and college. On weekends, she headed to the mountains for hiking and camping. After college, she lugged her guitar and synthesizer to Paris, where she taught English at the French/American Language Academy for a year. She spent the next two years back home in Washington working in secondary education. But a trip to Nashville changed her life. Successful performances at the Bluebird Cafe and other venues convinced her to move to Music City to pursue a professional career as a singer-songwriter.

            Bleu's music accomplishments have been substantial since then. Her recent single, "The Shadow", quickly climbed various NMW charts, reaching number four on Top 40, number four on Hot 100 A/C, number five on Top 40 Internet, and number one on Indie Top 40 (where it remained for six consecutive weeks). Her sixth album, "Souvenir", generated five top-40 hit singles on various charts, with the song "Addicted to You" receiving "Spotlight" recognition in Cashbox Magazine. Other hit singles from previous albums include "When I Hold Your Hand" and "Hopelessly in Love".

            According to Dave Carew, a writer for the blog Underground Nashville, Bleu is "hands down one of the most original and distinctive pop/rock/Americana artists ever to grace the underground Nashville music scene. Inspired by everything from the styling of bands like Heart and the Cowboy Junkies, to transcendent New Age thought, she has forged, over the past decade, some of the most uplifting, eclectic, thought-provoking, and empowering music ever created in Music City USA."

            For more information about Chakra Bleu or to hear her music, visit www.ChakraBleu.com. To book the artist for an upcoming event, send an e-mail message to 1746Records@chakrableu.com.       

 
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(Photo of Chakra Bleu rock climbing. Additional "songwriting adventure" camping and hiking photos available.)

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