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Americana Chanteuse MAUREEN TOTH Issues Illuminating CUT FLOWERS Collection on Feb 19
7-Track Collection Co-Produced by Jim McGorman (Michelle Branch, Kate Voegele, Avril Lavigne) and Carlos Calvo (David Duchovny, Adam Levine, Rob Morrow). Thematic Introspection of Human Condition Incl. Sultry Take on Blondie’s “Call Me"
By: 1888 Media
Co-produced by guitarist Jim McGorman, (Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, Kate Voegele) and Carlos Calvo (David Duchovny, Adam Levine), Cut Flowers is a collection that expresses Toth’s modern vision, which is colored with similarities for the soul-baring songwriting of Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie, and the powerful truth-seeking of Patty Griffin, Ani Difranco and Bob Dylan. Over the course of two years, a myriad of collaborative sessions produced a transformative compilation, with deeply satisfying songs exploring the internal landscape and touching on tough subjects that challenge the human condition.
Each producer brought their respective strengths to her work. McGorman added a meticulous indie pop sensibility to the lush landscapes of “Apocalypse,"
The first song “Soldier,”
Then McGorman and Toth deconstructed the Blondie classic “Call Me,” stripping out the blunt disco-punk, and turning it in to a nuanced and intimate anthem.
Enchanting is the inherent quality in Toth's forthright material that draws comparisons to Jenny Lewis, Shelby Lynne and Lucinda Williams, while her vocals call to mind a more delicate mood akin to that of Beth Orton, Suzanne Vega and Beth Gibbons of Portishead.
Born and raised in Huntington Station, New York, Toth attended Boston University where she studied voice. After getting her degree she attended theatre school in Manhattan and then relocated to the Bay Area, where she continued to pursue her musical interests before transplanting to Los Angeles in 2000. Once in L.A., she stepped into the vibrant singer-songwriter scene and met Bernie Larsen, a renowned touring guitarist for Lucinda Williams, Melissa Etheridge, Rickie Lee Jones, Jackson Browne and a member of David Lindley's El Rayo-X. The two began collaborating and in 2004, Larsen’s Spinout Records released Maureen’s debut album Deven Kay, written and performed with fellow musician and friend, Lora Altounian.
The collaboration with Larsen continued on the 2010 follow-up, Shine, a ten-song master work of nuanced Americana and lyric driven melodies. Review Fix compared Toth’s songs to "charming coffee house concoctions, warm and full of spice” akin to Sara Bareilles, while Yahoo! Voices applauded the "beautiful storytelling”
Aside from her songwriter’s endeavors, Toth owns and runs Eastern Talent, a successful talent agency in downtown L.A. that reps Editors, Cinematographers, Production Designers, and Costume Designers. Her clients' work includes feature films and narrative television projects like Nebraska, 22 Jump Street, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and True Detective.