Kristen Toedtman

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With a voice like "champagne & chocolate," singer/songwriter Kristen Toedtman is equally at home on a rock stage, in the concert hall and in the recording studio. In Los Angeles she is a regular at the Hotel Cafe and Room 5 (solo & with band/choir) at Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl (with the Los Angeles Master Chorale) and in various studios (background vocals & major motion picture scores). Kristen is a founding member of the Baltimore Afrobeat Society and regularly returns to collaborate with Baltimore musicians. In 2004, she drove Route 40 to LA with friend and frequent collaborator Brendan Hines and is featured on both of his releases. She has begun recording music for her 2nd release, a double EP (Balto // LA) scheduled for release this spring.

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Last month at Room 5. A week from tonight I’ll be at it again. Will you?

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Video of last month at Room 5 in Hollywood.
This FRIDAY I’ll have back-up singers besides.
8pm Room 5 Lounge
March 21st

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"Here bring your wounded hearts.
Here tell your anguish.”
Inspired by Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack’s take on this classic hymn, I offer this harmonization and interpretation.

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Found 8mm footage from my grandfather’s office in Buenos Aires.
A bullfight in Pamplona, 1966.
Added a new level of devastation to a heart break song.

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LYRICS: Games We Like to Play

VERSE1 GAMES we like to PLAY

D G D
It wouldn’t be the first time, nor would I be the last
A G D
Claiming occupation in your weapons-laden past
D F# G D
So allow me one confession before our time is through
A G D
I don’t know what I’m fighting for, but I know I wanna fight with you

Pre-CHORUS
b D b E
Taking sides & taking names Making new rules for the games
A - A7
We like to play

VERSE2
And so, if you feel like maybe, you’ve marched this battle ground
Before you run for cover, you might wanna take a better look around
'Cause I've got this idea you just might like these wounds,
So heed my word and don’t you go pulling out too soon.

Pre-CHORUS
Take a side & take a name; Make a new rule for the games
We like to play (and remember that)

CHORUS
G D G D
You can still come over
b D A - A7
Just as long as there are records to put on
G D F# G g#dim
And you’ll forgive me if I can’t decide if you should stay
D/A A G walkdown D
You know my door is always open, and I’m right on your way.
G walkdown D

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Unreleased song, recorded live for broadcast at Studio City Sound in 2011.
“Remember Back”
song, vocals, keyboard - Kristen
guitar - Mike Freas
bass - Dylan Cooper
drums - Chris Lovejoy

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Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is now available to download! Click the image above to get it on iTunes!

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is now available to download! Click the image above to get it on iTunes!

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Click to hear my radio interview/mini-concert with Aaron Henkin at WYPR in Baltimore!

Click to hear my radio interview/mini-concert with Aaron Henkin at WYPR in Baltimore!

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