|Quotes from Venues and Artists|
|Performing Arts Centers|
|Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)||"a beautiful person and a spirited player."|
|Amy Grant||"Lorna Bracewell is a spirited young artist with a lot to say."|
|Bobby Rossi, Entertainment Director, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Florida||"Amy Grant's management had asked us to find a fresh, energetic singer-songwriter to open her January 2005 show here in Clearwater. Without hesitation, we thought of asking Lorna Bracewell to perform with Amy. Minutes after visiting Lorna's website and hearing her music Amy's people said, 'Perfect.' "|
|Colin Bissett, Manager, Largo Cultural Center, Largo, Florida||"Lorna Bracewell was an exceptional opener for Little River Band; she really fit the bill. We were thrilled to have her, and she was a joy to work with."|
|Joy Katzen-Guthrie, Music Director, Unity Center for Today, North Tampa, Florida||"At last night's Unity Center for Today Third Thursday Cafe program in Tampa, this amazing performer
stepped onto the stage and held everyone in rapt attention. With the power, poignancy, and professionalism
of a young Bruce Springsteen, Lorna simply blew everyone away. And to top it off, she is completely genuine,
an artist with a great personality and talent to match. It is our privilege to have experienced her music
up close; we know it is only a short matter of time before she is playing to audiences of enormous scope."
(Thank you letter): "What it privilege it was to have you participate in our Unity Center For Today Third Thursday Cafe program last night! I sense an amazing career ahead for you. You have an outstanding talent, great skill as a performer, music with powerful and poignant messages that deserves to be heard, and a terrific personality. We had a full house at last night's concert, and we could have heard a pin drop during your entire set."
|Civic and Community|
|Bob D. Marsden, Mayor, Jacksonville Beach, Florida||"On behalf of the city of Jacksonville Beach, I wish to express our thanks for your wonderful performance at the Pops at the Beach concert featuring the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra on May 11, 2003. I understand you were not feeling your best and therefore, commend your professionalism. We sincerely wish you the best and hope your career continues its success. Thank you again for the wonderful performance and your support."|
|Brian Aungst, Mayor, Clearwater, Florida||"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for once again providing the entertainment for our annual Paint Your Heart Out Clearwater celebration. It was wonderful to have you as part of this worthwhile event. Your talent was a welcome addition and you were a pleasure to all. On behalf of all of us who were in attendance on March 18th, we are sincerely grateful to you for your participation"|
|Robert E. Jackson, Ph.D., Mayor, Largo, Florida||"I am happy to write a letter of reference for Lorna Bracewell. In addition to being an excellent student, she volunteers her time and talents for many City events. She is very conscientious, is an excellent role model for her peers, and is of admirable character. I am truly impressed with this young lady's accomplishments and have a high regard for her."|
|Lori Collins, Event Coordinator, Board of Directors, Paint Your Heart Out Clearwater, Clearwater, Florida||"Exciting! Talented! Brilliant! Dazzling! These are just a few of the expressions I heard the Paint Your Heart Out volunteers use to describe Lorna's performance at the Volunteer Appreciation Party on Saturday, March 10th. Please express to Lorna the Board's sincere appreciation for the spark she provided to this program the past two years. She is not only incredibly talented but also an absolute delight. It's easy to know why the crowd warms to her."|
|Amy Harcar, Volunteer Coordinator, CASA, St. Petersburg, Florida||"Thanks for an awesome performance last night. You know how to capture an audience and you treat your audience to laughter, thoughts, and reflection...and well, just a great time. I've already (and it's been less than 24 hours) received rave reviews about you and your music. Your partnership with CASA has really helped me to internalize, actualize, realize CASA's tagline, 'It takes a whole community to end domestic violence.' You do your part beautifully, with your heart, with your mind and with a great passion. This is a wonderful time in the life of CASA and I'm so glad that you are a committed partner in our work."|
|Del Suggs, college performing artist and educator||"Lorna was terrific. She totally connected with the audience. We were hanging on every note! She's an amazing performer, with a powerful stage presence. I'm not sure when I've seen an artist combine original songs with the classic rock songs that she covered in her totally unique way. Lorna is original, yet she seems familiar. What a gift!"|
|Heather Elmatti, Student Activities Coordinator, Lake Sumter Community College, Florida||"Lorna did an excellent job, both performing and hosting our open mic. I really appreciate the way she connected with the students. She spent a lot of time hanging out with the students, encouraging them, and talking with them about their performing. Her music is an excellent blend of social commentary and a creative folk sound with a spiritual twist."|
|Jeff Snyder, Student Activities Coordinator, Manatee Community College, Venice Campus, Venice, Florida||"Lorna's music was not only interesting and engaging, but powerful and meaningful."|
|Caroli Genis, Special Events Chair, Central Florida Community College, Ocala Campus, Ocala, Florida||"Lorna is an amazing audience relater. She definitely gets the crowd into her music."|
|Weston Babelay, Campus Activities Assistant, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida||"Lorna has tapped into the Living Heartbeat of Life and thankfully she is willing to share it with the rest of us. Lorna's music connects with a broad range of people in a way that touches the soul to its deepest depth."|
|Jenny Sutorius, Director of Concerts, Palmetto Productions, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida||"Lorna has this certain aura. Aside from her voice which, in itself, carries a beautiful story, her personality and spirit shine brighter than any person I have ever met. She has the power to captivate an audience, to raise spirits with her witty comments and stories, or challenge people to think with her emotion-driven lyrics. Lorna truly has the power to enthrall an entire room of people. Her spirit alone is the epitome of a rising star."|
|Angela Hughes, Staff Writer, The Minaret, University of Tampa, Florida||"Last week, in an SP sponsored set, Lorna Bracewell entertained UT students with songs from her new album. A performing veteran, Lorna Bracewell was energetic, had a great smile, and a gorgeous smoky voice reminiscent of a young Melissa Etheridge or Allanah Myles."|
|Aaron Harding, Student Productions, University of Tampa, Florida||"Everybody really enjoyed her performance; she brought a new sound to campus. My board was very impressed with her; she was great to work with, and we loved meeting her."|
|Educational and Workshops|
|Michelle White, Service Director, and Brian Collier, Artistic Director, Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, Ft Lauderdale, Florida||"On behalf of the youth, staff, and board members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, we would like
to extend a heart-felt thank you for the wonderful music workshop you presented to our youth on May 19, 2005.
Your gift of music is something that will reside within their hearts and their spirits throughout their lives.
You have a natural ability to relate to youth. Even though our Club members come from a wide array of cultural backgrounds, you were able to make a connection with each and every one of them. You immediately grabbed their attention with your easy smile, quirky sense of humor, and child-like openness. You kept their attention as you performed renditions of everything from Bob Dylan to Sheryl Crow to your own original songs.
Your vibrant stage presence, outgoing personality, and remarkable musical talents held their attention for the entire 75 minute workshop. As anyone who works with youth knows, that is not an easy task. In addition, you opened them up to a musical genre that the majority of them might never have taken the opportunity to experience or to appreciate. That, in itself, is a wonderful gift.
Thank you for sharing your many talents with us and touching the lives of our youth. We wish you success in all your endeavors and we look forward to the day when our paths might cross again."
|Joseph Caimano, Services Coordinator, Great Explorations, The Children's Museum, St Petersburg, Florida||Lorna Bracewell performed a one hour concert at Great Explorations, The Children's Museum here in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday 10/30/2004 for our members, guests, and their children. Lorna's interaction and music was a wonderful experience for everyone. We were very impressed with the response of the children to her and we are very appreciative."|
|Dr. Art Vanden Houten, Associate Professor, Flagler College, St Augustine, Florida||
I have taught over 2000 students at Flagler College and at the University of South Carolina, and Lorna Bracewell is simply the finest student that I have had in my years of teaching. She has become an intellectual colleague in the truest sense of the word.
Lorna possesses the love of learning and passion for the world that are critical ingredients for being a gifted teacher and living a life of the mind."
|Clubs, Festivals, etc.|
|Michael Cooley, Arena Audio Engineer, St Petersburg Times Forum, Tampa, Florida||"I just wanted to say that it was a pleasure to have Lorna play our West Plaza Stage. She put on an outstanding show, keeping the audience enthralled with her genuine sense of warmth, and the dynamic emotion in both her songs and performance. Her talents as a musician and songwriter are inspiring to say the least. I see promising things for her in the future. I would be glad to have her back anytime, and am looking forward to it. And congratulations on the first successful sing-a-long on our Plaza. Great rendition of 'Sympathy for the Devil.' :) "|
|Lynn Daugherty, Artist Manager, Halcyon||"Lorna is an incredible talent, and did a tremendous job in capturing the audience. She was able to keep their attention with her wit and charm, not to mention her great music!"|
|Don Oja Dunnaway, Florida folk artist, St. Augustine, Florida||"She's got greatness in her. She has tons of soul. She's an aggressive player; she attacks that guitar."|
|Barbara Cloyd, Host, open mic, Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, Tennessee||"She blew me away with how good she was."|
|Lior Hasan, President, Legends Grill, Clearwater, Florida (Lorna's steady two-nights-a-week high school gig)||"Lorna Bracewell has been an Entertainer here at Legends Grill since December 2000. She is a true professional and our customers love her! Through her singing and her personality she really captured the hearts of our customers who came back over and over just to hear her. We found her a very disciplined and responsible young lady and we will miss her here at Legends Grill."|