I love Pandora! For those who don’t know (you’ll be surprised how many there are), Pandora (http://www.pandora.com) is basically Internet-based radio, playing only the music you like by allowing you to create your own program.
Here is not only the music I like; I also discover “new” artists that I’ve never heard of and I LOVE them. When I list “new” names like Evanescence, Missy Higgins, Plumb, Regina Spektor (I’m currently listening to “Soviet Kitsch”), and many more great artists, I can imagine people rolling their eyes.
“What rock are you living under?” they might ask. Well, my excuse is valid: Our local radio station plays only standard music they can actually afford, and that includes “Say what you need to say, say what you need to say, say what you need to say…” Yes, it’s the extraordinary prose of John Mayer, and that’s the maximum level of sophisticated music you get from our local radio station. See also my post Pandora Kills The Radio Star… And I Like It!
Well, talking about Plumb, one of my favorite artists I discovered through Pandora (and never heard on our local radio station)… Who would have thunk I’d listen to Christian Alternative Rock…
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Tiffany Arbuckle Lee (born March 9, 1975, in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter who uses the stage name Plumb. She has performed several different genres of music, including alternative rock and Christian alternative rock and a few of her remixes have appeared on dance charts.
In 1997, Plumb released her self-titled debut album Plumb. In 1999, she released her second studio album “candycoatedwaterdrops”, which won the 2000 Dove Award for “Modern RockAlbum of the Year”. Two tracks from it were hits for other artists; “Stranded” was a hit for Jennifer Paige, and “Damaged” was a big dance hit in 2003 in the United Kingdom for Plummet.
Plumb was marketed as a band during the first three album releases on Essential Records. The band was named after the Suzanne Vega song “My Favorite Plum”.
Plumb wanted to leave the music industry after the 2000 album. Lee received a note from a girl a few hours before what she thought to be her final concert. The letter was about the Plumb song “Damaged” that Tiffany had written and recorded about a girl coping with being molested as a child. The note said “‘Whatever you do, I just want you to never forget that you have changed someone’s life.” The note inspired Tiffany to remain in the music industry. In order to leave Essential Records, Plumb had to fulfill her contract obligations, and this led to The Best of Plumb record in 2000 despite the fact she had only released two albums previously. She signed to Curb Records as a solo artist in 2003, releasing the album Beautiful Lumps of Coal. The lead single from Plumb’s 2003 Beautiful Lumps of Coal, called “Real”, peaked at No. 41 in the UK Singles Chart.
Her album Chaotic Resolve entered the Billboard Top 200 album chart at No. 177 on March 9, 2006. Better reached No. 1 on the U.S. Christian airplay chart. The Bronleewe & Bose remix of her follow-up, “Cut”, hit No. 1 on XM’s dance hits channel BPM, and No. 5 on Billboard’s Dance Charts Hot Dance Airplay.
Her third solo album Blink was released on October 9, 2007. “In My Arms”, the first single off the album, was remixed by Kaskade, Scotty K, Bronleewe & Bose, Gomi, and Bimbo Jones and hit the number one spot on the Billboard Dance Charts.
On May 19, 2009 she announced that she was recording a new album titled Beautiful History due out in the fall. The first single off of Beautiful History, “Hang On” reached number one in US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play in 2009 and additionally became the first single of 2010 to reach the top spot in Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay chart.
Plumb’s music has been heard on major film soundtracks (Bruce Almighty, Just Married, View from the Top, Brokedown Palace, Drive Me Crazy, The Perfect Man, Mom at Sixteen, etc.) and TV series (Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, ER,Roswell, One Tree Hill, The Vampire Diaries, etc.). She has also written songs for artists such as Michelle Branch, Kimberley Locke, and Mandy Moore. Amy Lee (no relation) of Evanescence mentioned that Plumb was one of her inspirations.
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