We Just Need Love EP
  • We Just Need Love
  • Which Side Are You On
  • Meditation
  • Let Go
  • Fade Away
  • We Just Need Love (without drums)
  • Let Go (without drums)
Biography
Efrat believes in the power of music to transform, heal, and evoke change. This belief not only shines through in her powerful performances, but also in her poignantly personal songwriting. Her third release, We Just Need Love (September 2021), is the result of her own transformation as a mother, an artist, and an empathetic soul-searcher looking to connect with the world around her.

She walked into the studio in the spring of 2018 to record her latest album but then life stepped in the way. In early June it was discovered that her sons life was at stake because of a rare heart disorder. The next 18 months became about nothing else except learning everything she could about the disorder, what it would take to get a clear diagnoses, and what her son would need to keep safe from sudden cardiac arrest. During this time her eyes opened up to the silent suffering that is all around us (and the silent and palpable hope) as she met so many other heart warrior families. She quickly learned that life seems to always get in the way of plans and we always hope that there is a “later,” but it may never come. Through this trial, she learned that, “We Just Need Love,” to learn to “Let Go” of expectations, and to embrace what we are given. Most of all, she understood that we need to learn to live boldly with the precious time we have here on earth and to be true to ourselves. This album will tear at your heart strings, make you think about those around you (your friends and hopefully your “foes”), and it will leave you with a sense of hope of what we can achieve if we love one another and our planet… and, most importantly, live boldly.

BIO

Efrat’s journey to becoming a sought after sideman and esteemed singer-songwriter is one that many would envy. In fact, some would say she enjoyed quite an illustrious career before she even ventured out on her own and became known for her songwriting, vocals, and arranging and production prowess. Before receiving a Masters in Music Performance and performing in Orchestras around the world under top conductors, she was already seeking her place as a crossover musician performing with klezmer, bluegrass, rock, irish bands, and more. Her first foray into the folk genre landed her a coveted juried showcase at the North East Regional Folk Alliance Conference in 2015, with no standing room left in a hall for 250. The esteemed composer  David Amram sat in with her band in two of her other showcases,  invited her to perform at his birthday show and he praised her composition Serenade saying, “beautiful, just beautiful, keep writing!” But then again, to a hard-working musician, vocalist and songwriter like Efrat, her journey to where she is now was all part of life’s bigger plan. A plan that would lead her to be named “the quintessential fiddler” Review of Fiddler On The Roof (Cumberland Co. Playhouse, Crossville, TN) by Rob Robbennolt - Crossville Chronicle; “…the consummate musician… comfortable in multiple genres, from jazz to Americana…” (John Platt, WFUV Bronx)

During her tenure as a professional artist, Efrat worked with the “who’s who” of the music industry. And she performed just about every role there was while doing so. She was the concertmaster for Olivia Newton John Orchestras, recorded string parts for pop icon Ashanti, and was even part of the Broadway touring company of Oliver among other pursuits. As a violinist/violist / vocalist she later went on to join Spuyten Duyvil for a stint and has performed onstage as a fiddler and vocalist with top charting Folk Musicians such as Reggie Harris, Joe Jencks, Pat Wictor, Mara Levine, Gathering Time, and David Amram. She has also shared the stage with some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time including Joe Magnarelli (Harry Connick Jr.), and was part of Harry Whitakers’ last band (Miles Davis, Roberta Flack). She even has two co-writes in the dance world of music with Drummer Dennis Davis (David Bowie, Stevie Wonder. Two songs from her premier CD, No Strings Attached (2010), were featured in the movie How To Seduce Difficult Women and the title song has garnered over 10 million Youtube views as part of the official trailer for the movie.

Yet it was with her sophomore release, The Silver Lining, which included folk, jazz, pop, klezmer, swing, and blues where she truly radiated. It debuted at #14 on the International  Folk DJ  Chart for October 2015 and was played on the radio in over ten countries and all across the USA.   

Today, Efrat combines her lyrical talents and sophisticated vocals with her knowledge of violin, viola, piano, and more to create songs a that range from simple melodies to sweeping soundscapes, often involving  the use of her looper to create a symphony behind her soaring violin melodies and improvisations to complement her robust vocals.  
 
About the CD

Efrat believes in the power of music to transform, heal, and evoke change. This belief not only shines through in her powerful performances, but also in her poignantly personal songwriting. Her third release, We Just Need Love (September 2021), is the result of her own transformation as a mother, an artist, and an empathetic soul-searcher looking to connect with the world around her.

She walked into the studio in the spring of 2018 to record her latest album but then life stepped in the way. In early June, it was discovered that her son’s life was at stake because of a rare heart disorder. The next 18 months became about nothing else except learning everything she could about the disorder, what it would take to get a clear diagnoses, and what her son would need to keep safe from sudden cardiac arrest. During this time her eyes opened up to the silent suffering that is all around us (and the silent and palpable hope) as she met so many other heart warrior families. She quickly learned that life seems to always get in the way of plans and and that we hope there is a “later,” but it may never come. Through this trial, she learned that, “We Just Need Love,” to learn to “Let Go” of expectations, and to embrace what we are given. Most of all, she understood that we need to learn to live boldly with the precious time we have here on Earth and to be true to ourselves. This album will tear at your heart strings, make you think about those around you (your friends and hopefully your “foes”), and it will leave you with a sense of hope of what we can achieve if we love one another and our planet… and, most importantly, live boldly.

BIO

Efrat’s journey to becoming a sought after session and tour musician as well as an esteemed singer-songwriter is one that many would envy. In fact, some would say she enjoyed quite an illustrious career before she even ventured out on her own and became known for her songwriting, vocals, and arranging and production prowess. Before receiving a master’s in music and performing in orchestras around the world under top conductors, she was already seeking her place as a crossover musician performing with klezmer, bluegrass, rock, irish bands, and more. Her first foray into the folk genre landed her a coveted juried showcase at the North East Regional Folk Alliance Conference in 2015, with no standing room left in a hall for 250. The esteemed composer  David Amram sat in with her band in two of her other showcases,  invited her to perform at his birthday show and he praised her composition “Serenade” saying, “Beautiful, just beautiful, keep writing!”.

Efrat did just that and continued her journey to where she is now as she believed it was all part of life’s bigger plan. A plan that would lead her to be named “the quintessential fiddler” Review of Fiddler On The Roof (Cumberland Co. Playhouse, Crossville, TN) by Rob Robbennolt from the Crossville Chronicle; and “…the consummate musician… comfortable in multiple genres, from jazz to Americana…” by John Platt from WFUV in the Bronx.

During her tenure as a professional artist, Efrat worked with the “who’s who” of the music industry. And she performed just about every role there was while doing so. She was the concertmaster for Olivia Newton John Orchestras, recorded string parts for pop icon Ashanti, and was even part of the Broadway touring company of Oliver among other pursuits. As a violinist/violist/vocalist she later went on to join Spuyten Duyvil for their Temptation album and has performed onstage as a fiddler and vocalist with top-charting folk musicians such as Reggie Harris, Joe Jencks, Pat Wictor, Mara Levine, Gathering Time, and David Amram. She has also shared the stage with some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time including Joe Magnarelli (Harry Connick Jr.), and was part of Harry Whitakers’ last band (Miles Davis, Roberta Flack). She even has two co-writes in the dance world of music with Drummer Dennis Davis (David Bowie, Stevie Wonder). Two songs from her premier CD, No Strings Attached (2010), were featured in the movie How To Seduce Difficult Women and the title song has garnered over 10 million Youtube views as part of the official trailer for the movie.

Yet it was with her sophomore release, The Silver Lining (2015), which included folk, jazz, pop, klezmer, swing, and blues where she truly radiated. It debuted at #14 on the International  Folk DJ  Chart for October 2015 and was played on the radio in over 10 countries and across the USA.   

Today, Efrat combines her lyrical talents and sophisticated vocals with her knowledge of violin, viola, piano, and more to create songs that range from simple melodies to sweeping soundscapes, often involving  the use of her looper to create a symphony behind her soaring violin melodies and improvisations to complement her robust vocals.  
 
Efrat currently performs as a soloist with her looper and with her folk/pop/jazz band. She also leads a jazz and blues combo, a jewish music group, an all female modern string quartet, as well as an eclectic acoustic pop trio and has three educational shows she performs regularly at pre-schools and primary schools. Additionally, she works regularly as a tour and session musician, composer, arranger, performer, recording artist, videographer and editor, and teacher/lecturer.
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  • Members:
    Efrat (aka Efrath Shapira) w/ various artists (credits in song info)
  • Sounds Like:
    Diana Krall and Amy Winehouse had a baby who took lessons from Carole King and Billie Holiday 🤣🎻
  • Influences:
    Suzanne Vega, Pete Seeger, Bach to Madonna, Imogen Heap, David Bowie to Sara Bareilles, Miles Davis, Louis Prima
  • AirPlay Direct Member Since:
    07/25/21
  • Profile Last Updated:
    10/11/21 16:23:17

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