Three-time GRAMMY® Nominee 
Critics’ Choice Nominee 

My Own Particular Life

Release Date: 9.24.21

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Musical Credits

Produced by Lorraine Feather and Eddie Arkin  
Lyrics, lead vocals and background vocals: Lorraine Feather 
Mixed by Don Murray
 
Music: Eddie Arkin, Shelly Berg, Russell Ferrante, and Dave Grusin  
Piano: Shelly Berg, Russell Ferrante, Dave Grusin 
Bass: Michael Valerio, Chuck Bergeron 
Drums and percussion: Michael Shapiro, Dafnis Prieto 
Guitar: Eddie Arkin, Grant Geissman 
Violin: Charlie Bisharat
Cello: Jacob Braun


Cover image: Michael Ticcino 
Booklet photography: Natalie Sinisgalli 

Publishing/lyrics representation: Air-Edel 

Publicist for My Own Particular Life: Michael Bloom 

Radio promotion for My Own Particular Life: Michael Carlson 

Hear a sample of each song


One of the most creative and intellectual of today’s songsmiths … [MOPL is] a unique and thought-provoking album.

George Harris, Jazz Weekly

I did not start seriously writing lyrics until I was in my thirties, at which time the endeavor became the centerpiece of my life. Following are a few of the lyrics that are never absent from my head very long. There are probably hundreds more.

Now the 2020s have Lorraine Feather’s My Own Particular Life—an artistic statement about a cultural moment that is part Mary’s monster, part Percy’s demigod, as befits our apocalyptic age. This is thunderous musical performance and masterful collaboration at its highest level, guided by lyrics that are the first real literary appraisal of love in the time of pandemia.

[Lorraine Feather] didn’t let a pandemic get in the way of recording the latest in the series of her artistically consistent, distinctive, professionally produced and wry discography of odd observations and very personal experiences … haunting … remarkable … beautiful.”

Her vocal approach defies tradition, and her new album out today, My Own Particular Life, is no exception. It’s a tapestry of painful and joyous lifetime recollections layered together with engaging music and arranging by her collaborators. She uses a sing-talk narrative style that has a Kurt Weill, storytelling feel. In this regard, the album has the sound of an intimate soundtrack, and in some ways, it is.

My Own Particular Life is singer/songwriter Lorraine Feather’s latest epic addition to her prolific library. Her intricately woven pieces of life are again as engaging as ever, with words and notes working together to create wonderfully original musical short stories … Another truly fantastic recording by Feather and all involved.

QUOTES ABOUT LORRAINE

Zany observations … a conversational ease … suggests Dave Frishberg in double time, mixed with the antic playfulness of Jon Hendricks.
Stephen Holden – The New York Times
Stunning complexities … tricky inner rhymes, offbeat stories … astonishing vocal dexterity.
Don Heckman – The Los Angeles Times
Great jazz lyricists are not easy to find … Feather can turn a phrase with the best of them. Her nimble style does justice to both melody and lyrics.
Howard Reich – Chicago Tribune
Her stuff glitters and gleams and makes you think of Dorothy Parker or Norah Ephron … Feather’s voice is intimate and agile … her words witty, nostalgic, critical, fanciful, bitchy and romantic by turns.
Tony Gieske – The Hollywood Reporter
Energetic, enchanting, and exceptional … She’s utterly comfortable and confident … sings her meticulous, clever poetry in a silvery, light voice.
Carol Sloane – DownBeat
What can be said that hasn’t already been said of Lorraine Feather? A pop and fizz worthy of Annie Ross at the height of her vocalese powers … pure genius.
Christopher Loudon – Jazz Times
Intricate and intelligent … her delivery easy but never facile … Lorraine Feather’s voice, lyrics, and original point of view measure up to her roots.
Elzy Kolb – Jazziz
Easily one of the most creative lyricists of her generation … Feather’s skills as an actress and her infectious, versatile voice add to her appeal.
Ken Dryden – All Music Guide
A natural storyteller … delivering her clever verbal conceits with marvelous clarity.
Russell Davies – BBC
To simply call her a singer, detracts from what truly sets her apart … her ability to put into words the small and profound incongruities of life.
Hugo Kugiya – The Seattle Times
She shares a remarkable skill with Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Ira Gershwin … but Feather goes a different direction with her talents … twisted humor … a nouveau bebop sound …
Bob Karlovits – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
What a joy, what a delight … surprise-filled lyrics …[her songs] seem to shimmer between past and present …
Chip Deffaa – The New York Post
͞Emotional, sardonic, hilariously poignant and piquant …The lyrics are evocative and deeply imbued with her edgy trademarks …
Carl Hager – All About Jazz
Lorraine Feather is that rare artist who can make time stand still … She could very well be the O. Henry of jazz.
Carol Banks Weber – examiner.com
Brooding, dark, mournful and fun … that Feather has hit her full musical maturity is beyond question; that she has hit her peak is still in doubt.
Thomas R. Erdmann – jazzreview.com
Very strange and marvelous … [her] vocal control is breathtaking …Feather passionately shows that what we conceal reveals more than what we display.
Steve Horowitz – PopMatters
Paints imaginative word pictures that are rhythmically complex, yet as clear as her voice.
Bill Falconer – Coda
Fierce wit and literacy … probably the most unusual singer in America, [and] the most underrated musical figure around.
Jeff Simon – Buffalo News
Finds the sweet spot where Kurt Weil, jazz period Joni Mitchell and Dave Frishberg might have collaborated … simply a mind-blower.
Chris Spector – Midwest Record
A hip, happening, very unusual approach to jazz … wonderfully offbeat.
Paul Freeman – San Jose Mercury News
Much more than a mere jazz singer … one of the most exceptional lyric-writers of our day, a sort of hipper, post-modern Lorenz Hart.
Lynn René Bayley – Fanfare
Remarkable. The songs conform abstract thought into song … ingenious vocal acrobatics.
Tom Danna – PM Magazine
She’s one courageous writer. She executes this high-wire act without a net and lands on her feet every time.
Alan Bergman

The most skillful of the new crop of lyricists … her work blooms and stands out from the rest.

Dave Frishberg
More than any other contemporary singer or songwriter, Lorraine Feather has captured the heart and soul of the contemporary “I”.
Will Friedwald

PHOTOS OF LORRAINE

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LF in front of Ludwig's—Rochester, NY

LF in front of Ludwig’s—Rochester, NY (photo by Natalie Sinisgalli)

LF in front of the Dryden Theatre—Rochester, NY

LF in front of the Dryden Theatre—Rochester, NY (photo by Natalie Sinisgalli)

Matt Ramerman—Green Room Audio in Rochester, NY (UL); Eric Astor—The Hideway in Chatsworth, CA (UR); Lorraine Feather; Eddie Arkin

Lorraine Feather and Eddie Arkin (photo by MIkel Healey)