Virginia Wagner | Broken Hearted Angel

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Broken Hearted Angel

by Virginia Wagner

Virginia Wagner projects crystal clear vocals with acoustic guitar. Thought-provoking lyrics creating imagery. Timeless music. This artist illustrates the difference between a folk singer and a gifted singer/songwriter.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Hammer & the Anvil
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2. Till Your Heart Heals Again
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3. Ghosts
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4. Broken Hearted Angel
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5. Early December
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6. Shooting Star
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7. Canal Street
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8. With You All Along
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9. Downtown Paris, Tx
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10. Lay Me Down in Hope
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Virginia Wagner is not an ordinary singer/songwriter – she is a master story teller, weaving verbal landscapes of emotion through melodic threads. Time and again, people remark that when they listen to Wagner’s songs, it as if they were a part of the story.

Born in Jersey City, NJ, in 1958, Wagner taught herself how to play the guitar beginning at the age of eight. During that time, the 60’s were in full bloom, with anti-war demonstrations, and musicians who really believed they could “change the world” with their music. Wagner believed it, too, and began writing songs and performing at coffeehouses in New Jersey at the age of 13. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, and Jefferson Airplane were early influences. Wagner received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Fast forward to 1990. What has been called, “the new folk movement” was percolating and Virginia Wagner joined fellow singer/songwriters such as Jeff Buckley, and Joan Osborne, on the Greenwich Village club circuit in New York City. Sin-é, the Lonestar Roadhouse, The Bitter End, Kenny’s Castaways, and the Cornelia St. Café, were among the clubs she played.
From 1991 to 1993, she aggressively sought a major record deal, and was promised a contract by an A&R person at a major label in exchange for a fully realized MTV-style video. She presented him with “Left-Handed Moon,” an iconic anti-racism statement (which can be viewed on her website, www.virginiawagner.com,) however, the label failed to deliver on their promise. This prompted Wagner to found her own record label, Anvil Records, and release her debut album, Broken Hearted Angel in 1994.

Broken Hearted Angel was produced by Gold Record winner Rahjta Ren, and recorded by Grammy winner, Jeff Jones (the Jedi Master). The album was well received by folk radio programmers, and received extensive airplay and press reviews. Of the 10 songs, three found new homes on other compilation disks, and the song Hammer & the Anvil, was placed in a movie by writer/director, Amos Kollek, called Queenie in Love.
In 1995, Wagner was honored by the State of New Jersey as a songwriter at the New Jersey Folk Festival. She continued to tour until 1997, and then took a break from performing. During this period, she refined her piano skills, and continued writing.

In 2001, Wagner relocated to South Florida and released her second album, Darkness Visible, again produced by Rahjta Ren, with Gregory Galfo as executive producer, in 2007. It is carefully crafted, and a personal statement about surviving in the modern world.

Wagner’s albums and singles are available on CDBaby.com, iTunes, and other music download web sites. She is currently at work writing for her third CD, however, she has already begun releasing singles as they are complete. “I Dream of You” is currently available for purchase.

Virginia Wagner continues to believe she can change the world with her music, and actively seeks to manifest positive change through her songwriting. She and her publishing company, Queen of Swords Music, are affiliated with BMI.

For further information, questions, or comments please contact Artist Management: Gregory Galfo (772) 607-2587...or email: gregorygalfo@gmail.com

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The Chicago Tribune

"Brilliant"
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Megan Latebird

Beautiful voice, exquisitely rendered poetry.
I have been enjoying Virginia Wagner’s music for several years now and am writing this review in the hopes that more music/poetry lovers will discover what a rich treasure we have in her beautiful voice and lovingly rendered poem-songs. Although many of the songs on this album, as the title suggests, speak of loss and longing, the ultimate impression they leave on the listener is one of enduring hope.

The opening track introduces both the brokenness and the hope:

He was born of cold steel
Between the hammer and the anvil.
Fire never warmed him.
Fate never warned him
It would be so hard.

So he poured whiskey in the furnace
To keep the wolves at bay
And he doused scotch among the embers,
You keep your loneliness away from me.

And with words that banged as hard as fists
He taught his children what he knew.
And they learned their lessons well
That green was red and yellow blue.
And he taught them love would come to those
Who embraced the thorn and forgot the rose.

Thus far, listeners have no idea of the relationship between the speaker (not to be confused with the songwriter/poet) and the man described. He could be anyone, a neighbor, someone from the same hometown, or someone she read about in the paper. What we do know is that this man, whoever he is, is passing on a learned dysfunctional pattern of behavior to his children, a pattern of behavior that has been traveling down through the generations. As we listen, we wonder about those children, taught to embrace the thorn and forget the rose. What chance do they have?

But then the poem shifts from third person to first, and we learn that the speaker is/was one of those children:

Daddy, I guess you never knew
The only way out of pain is to go right through.
I’d be glad to teach you all I’ve learned
Since my own space ship overturned.

I was born of cold steel.
Between the hammer and the anvil.
Fire never warmed me.
Fate never warned me
It would be so hard.

But I don’t douse whiskey in the furnace.
anymore.
To keep the wolves at bay
And I stopped pouring scotch among the embers,
But the loneliness won’t go away…

Because we were born of cold steel.

There is no fairy tale ending to this poem, no unrealistic transformation or happily-ever-after. Born of cold steel, the speaker still faces a long, lonely road ahead. But we listeners are none-the-less left with an enduring sense of hope. The dysfunctional pattern of behavior, passed down from generation to generation, is being broken, and the speaker is the one who is breaking it.

The final track of the album “Lay Me Down in Hope” confirms our expectations.

I offer, of course, only one interpretation of a complex poem that like most good poetry lends itself to multiple interpretations.

Virginia Wagner’s voice lends itself beautifully to these poem-songs, accompanied only by her flawless acoustic guitar. As a teacher of literature and poetry, who believes that poetry should be heard, I often introduce my students to Virginia Wagner’s songs. Accustomed to “noise” (oops, my biases are showing), my students can’t always appreciate Virginia’s beautiful vocals and quiet guitar, but they can appreciate the poetry of her words.

If you like beautiful music and exquisitely rendered poetry, you will like this CD. You may also want to check out her second album: Darkness Visible. Rumor has it that a third is in the making. I can only hope that Virginia doesn’t keep us waiting too long.
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Sunday Ferguson

Your music is so well put together.
I enjoyed listening to the entire CD. I found is soothing because of the melody and relaxing because of her voice.
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