One of the most shopworn yet substantive showbiz clichés is the “overnight success” who has, in fact, been honing his or her craft for years. Oregon’s Halie Loren is a prime example. Loren’s Heart First has, since its release in March, generated plenty of buzz about her emergence as the next big thing among jazz vocalists. Fact is, Loren has delivered five previous albums and two digital EPs, all equally indicative of her status as an attention-worthy singer and songwriter. Until now, however, her notoriety was limited largely to the environs of Eugene and Japan (where appreciation of both established and budding jazz vocalists has always been keenest).
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