South Florida is home to a wealth of quality independent talent and Debbie Orta is no exception.
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
The pretty girl always thinks she can sing, Debbie Orta can! Let me get right to the criticism, some of the arrangements move dangerously close to easy listening and a couple of the songs have been done to death. Having worked on American Idol, I learned quickly that song selection can be everything. I'm not going to ding her on that as taste is subjective and this may simply be the wheelhouse she works most comfortably in. Having said that, there is a natural almost effortless comfort and warmth that permeates Child's Play.
Orta has spot on phrasing, timing and an innate ability to embrace a lyric. Tunes such as "I've Grown Accustomed To His Face" along with "A Song For You" and "Make Someone Happy" are packed with flavor and are perhaps the highlights of a delightfully solid outing. Latin legend Sammy Figueroa makes a cameo along with Othello Molineaux. Perhaps it is the variety that pushes Child's Play over the top as it moves from standards to a stellar cover of the Joni Mitchell classic "Both Sides Now."
Good songs, a great band and solid production efforts make this an independent release well worth a listen. Debbie credits the fans for their help, especially with her kickstarter campaign. Having long championed the independent artist...
Tracks; The Way Look Tonight; I've Grown Accustomed To His Face; You're Mine, You; You Are My Child; Medley - I'm Through With Love / Down With Love; Bossa Nova Song; Child's Play; A Song For You; Taking A Chance On Love; Jericoacoara; Make Someone Happy; Both Sides Now.