"On the strength of Soul on Soul alone, Paloma Dineli Chesky has already attained a standing in the world of music few singers achieve after three or even four decades. This album by an exceptionally talented artist is strongly recommended." -Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journal
"A voice that could stop traffic." - Steve Hart, Just Jazz
"Paloma is the future of music." - LA Music Critic
"Thrilling, exciting, and amazingly attractive force." - Blues 21
"This young lady is only 14 years old, but you can't hear her age in the slightest from her enormous, slightly rough, original soul voice, which has an enormous range." - AUDIO Musik
Paloma at fourteen years of age has a voice that is way beyond her years. On these classic soul and blues standards, her use of dynamics and the way she so deeply feels the music tells such a powerful musical story. She demonstrates she has the necessary grit, powering and phrasing to conjure up the pain and heartache the blues embodies. It’s like all great vocalists, Paloma's vocals are passionate and haunting.
Paloma is the teenage product of two distinct cultures, American and Brazilian, and when she’s singing the blues in spite of her age, she’s an old soul. Her voice is penetrating and coarsened, seemingly bolstered by a lifetime of experience and pain. But in her case this is a natural gift. Paloma’s bluesy swagger, her controlled but dynamic vibrato, and the way she tells her musical stories, is authentic yet has a touch of sentimentality, as well.
No wonder she’s is known as a fourteen year old musical phenomenon.