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Kight was born in Dublin, Georgia to a musically engaging family. She
was encompassed by music from the day she entered this world. Her mother
was a gospel singer and her grandmother a guitar player. The music was
intensified by her grandfather, a southern preacher. By four, EG was
singing solo at the church, at 15 she was performing country music at
civic events and festivals. Distraught after a teenage heartbreak she
penned her first song at 16, a pivotal moment that gave birth to a
songwriter. She discovered the ability to grasp the emotion, write about
it, put it to music, and tell the story from the heart. The songstress
was soon performing on stage with some of country music's greats like
George Jones and Jerry Lee Lewis. She was appearing regularly on TNN's
Nashville Now in 1989.
Prior to 1995, EG's exposure to the blues consisted mainly of BB King, Bobby Blue Band, Sonny James, and Elvis Presley. That year, she heard an astonishing voice that would leave a lasting impression. For EG Kight, a window was thrown open and Koko Taylor's voice flew in like a hurricane. As a result EG's music took a dramatic turn towards the blues. Her music now crosses many borders that tastefully incorporate jazz, country, southern rock, gospel and funk, but according to Kight, the blues has become the backbone of her music for the past seven years.
EG considers herself a singer first, but her writing abilities are a vital component of her artistry - sharing her words gathered from inspirations of everyday life with the ears of the listener. She wants to touch a feeling or sentiment in every lyric and in every note.
EG Kight is now well positioned in the blues world, honored with
three prestigious W.C. Handy nominations in 2004. Her song, "Let the
Healing Begin," was selected in the final round of the International
Songwriting Competition (ISC). EG's songs were chosen for two successful
NARM/BMA compilations (Get the Blues! and Get the Blues 2!), each
maintaining Billboard chart positions for more than a year. In addition
to her own live performances (both solo/acoustic and with her band), EG
has shared the stage with such notables as Taj Mahal,
Phoebe Snow, Merle Haggard, and Little Feat during the past year.
Takin' It Easy is the fourth CD release for EG Kight on Blue South Records. Consistent with her previous recordings, Southern Comfort (2003), Trouble (2001), and Come Into the Blues (1997), Takin' It Easy includes a combination of eight thoughtful originals and four carefully selected covers. The predominant use of acoustic instrumentation throughout the project gives the listener an immediate sense of simplicity and calm. Known for her passionate and heartfelt delivery of ballads, EG penned "When You Were Mine," a song that can hold up against any timeless classic. Seven more Kight compositions adorn this project which includes "Nothin' Ever Hurt Me," a tale of universal hurt; "Coming Out of the Pain," about recovery from a breakup; and the pleading "Stay Awhile." The clever "Peach Pickin' Mama" and the title track provide EG's signature glimpse into her Georgia roots. EG shares her jazzy side with the swingin' "I Don't Wanna Start Over" and the Ellington gem, "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues." There is no shortage of energy and sophisticated arrangements as evident in her rendition of the Allman's "Southbound," the sassy "I Ain't Got No Business Doin' Business Today," and the opening track, "I'll Believe It When I Feel It." EG masterfully makes the gospel-infused Marc-Alan Barnett tune, "Can't Blame Nobody But Me," her own. For this release EG has employed the talents of guitarist Chris Hicks (Marshall Tucker Band), tenor sax player Greg Piccolo (ex-Roomful of Blues), and pianist Ann Rabson (Saffire - the Uppity Blues Women).
Looking ahead, EG Kight is already writing new material for her next
project and continues to broaden her fan base by touring nationally and
exploring international opportunities.