Raise My Voice

by Kira Small

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Singer/songwriter Kira Small just plain gets modern soul and classic R&B, with a voice that oozes intimacy, playfulness, and vulnerability all at once. But on her third album Raise My Voice [Offrow Records], Small finally got herself, arriving at a personal and musical destination with a newfound power, a deeper confidence, and a sense of personal arrival. From the first groove of “Make Up Your Mind” (fueled by legendary Motown bassist Bob Babbitt), to the gospel-tinged anthem “I Will Raise My Voice,” to the smoldering sass of “Say My Name” and “You Gonna Regret Losing Me,” and even the pugilistic threat of “Hootchie Mama,” Small’s bringing it loud, proud and unafraid. The result is a record that doesn’t just get you moving, but leaves you moved you as well."
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released June 1, 2010

Produced by Bruce Dees
Recorded, mixed, mastered by Bruce Dees at Homework - Bellevue, TN
Additional Engineering: Greg McGinnis

Choir recorded by Kyle Hershman & Greg McGinnis at Studio 19 - Nashville, TN

©2010 Offrow Records

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Kira Small Nashville, Tennessee

Strong. Sexy. Soul.

“...like a neat glass of single malt in a world of Michelob Ultra” - Mike Reid

Kira Small is a nationally touring singer-songwriter & in demand Nashville session vocalist. She also makes lemons out of lemonade. Kira’s June 2016 release 3 AM is one of those albums where an artist, in making sense of a time of personal upheaval, almost accidentally crafts a career masterpiece.
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Track Name: Make Up Your Mind
What are you thinkin’ baby – treatin’ me this way
You’re warm in the nighttime but you’re cold in the light of day
The way that you love me whenever you love me sets my soul on fire
But then you turn around and you put me down leave me hangin’ on a wire

MAKE UP YOUR MIND – do you want me or don’t you
MAKE UP YOUR MIND – will you love me or won’t you
Choose me or lose me – just don’t waste my time
MAKE UP YOUR MIND

I can’t be your part-time lover – at your beck and call
If you don’t want all my love then you ain’t gettin’ none at all
I’ve done all that I know how, it’s your move now so go on and make it
I’m offering up my heart, if you’re not gonna take it, hurry up and break it

Let me off this ride, baby just decide
Cuz I’ve got my pride and I won’t stay on the side
Track Name: I Ain't Never
Last night baby – you really laid it down
I can’t wait ‘til you bring it back around
My head is spinning – and I can’t stop grinning
Make me feel so good, I wanna tell the whole damn town

I ain’t never been loved so fine
You’re sending chills up and down my spine
I’ve felt my share of chemistry
But I ain’t never felt nothing like you and me

Ooo-wee baby – we got it goin’ on
Got that mojo workin’ – til the break of dawn
If it was any hotter – honey, we could boil water
It’s like a supernatural love phenomenon

I’ve felt the pleasure and the pain
I’ve felt the fire and the rain
I’ve felt the bitter taste of pride
I’ve felt my heart open wide
But I ain’t never felt like this
You knocked me out with just one kiss
And now I’m writing down your name
Ain’t never gonna be the same
Track Name: I Will Raise My Voice
I must have heard when I was very young
To be a good girl I must hold my tongue
I’ve been a good girl and it’s served me well
But the woman inside has been screaming like hell
Let me out of this shadow
It ain’t nothing but fear
I was not born to disappear

I will raise my voice – though I may be afraid
I will raise my voice - I will not be ashamed
Mine may only be a simple song but it’s mine to sing
If I don’t sing no one can sing along so I will sing
Whether in pain or in praise
Until the end of my days
With all my heart I will raise
I will raise my voice

Sometimes the world seems so cold and so dark
I think what can I do with one tiny spark
But that’s when I must hold my heart open wide
For to silence my soul is a sin worse than pride
I will not let despair steal this little light of mine
I was born to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

I will no longer be my own worst enemy, not anymore
I know my creator has got something greater in store

So I will raise my voice – even when I am afraid
I will raise my voice – I will not be ashamed
I will raise my voice – for it may be the spark
I will raise my voice – that will light up the dark
Mine may only be a simple song but it’s mine to sing
If I don’t sing no one can sing along so I’ve got to sing
Whether in pain or in praise
Until the end of my days
With all my heart I will raise
I will raise my voice
Track Name: Make Me Wanna
Trouble was my middle name
No one, no one could beat my game
Stirring up stuff all over town
No one, no one could tie me down

But ooh, ooh, ooh – then I found you

You make me wanna be good
You make me wanna do right
You’re doing just what you should
To keep me home every night
You bring that love on so strong
It’s too much for me to fight
Ain’t gonna be doing you wrong
I’m gonna be doing you right

I mean to keep you satisfied
No one can keep me from your side
Never believed I could be true
But no one ever loved me the way you do

And oh, oh, oh – I love you so

Every night all of the things you do keep me wanting you, yeah, yeah
Every day you’ll hear me say that I wanna stay
I wanna show you that I love you
Put no one else above you
I’m gonna do you right, baby
Because you make me wanna
Because you make me wanna
You make me, you make me
Track Name: You Drive Me Crazy
Oh honey, where do I begin – to count the ways you get under my skin?
You drive me crazy – oh, you drive me crazy

Every single little thing you do – got me just about to come unglued
You drive me crazy – oh, you drive me crazy

Crazy in the morning, crazy in the night
Sometimes I want you out of my sight
I send you home and the minute you’re gone
I want you right back here turning me on
Cuz I love, love, love the way you drive me crazy

When you’re getting on my very last nerve - I wanna give you what you deserve
You drive me crazy – oh, you drive me crazy

I mean it, baby, I just might flip - if you give me any more of that lip
You drive me crazy – oh, you drive me crazy

You got me all worked up - about to lose my mind
Just when I think I’ve had enough - of this daily grind
You do just the right thing, pull just the right string
Boy, you amaze me - I must love you baby
You drive me…
Track Name: You Gonna Regret Losing Me
I can’t believe what I’m hearing
You say it’s not worth the fight
You’re telling me you don’t love me
You could have fooled me last night

Cuz baby – wasn’t that love we were making
Weren’t you just calling my name?
Now I feel my heart breaking
Cuz you tell me you don’t feel the same

More than you know – you’re gonna miss me
More than you know – you’ll find that you love me
More than you know – honey it’s gonna hurt you
More than you know – and you know

You gonna regret losing me
You gonna regret letting me go
You think you’ve been using me
But there’s something you need to know
You’re gonna miss more than my kiss
You’re gonna feel it down deep in your soul
You gonna regret losing me

I know you’ll find you another
That is if you haven’t yet
Baby you might even love her
But I’ll still be hard to forget

Don’t say that I didn’t warn you
I nearly begged you to stay
But now there’s nothing I can do for you
You’re gonna be sorry someday
Track Name: Hootchie Mama
Hey now little hootchie mama better get up off of my man
Don’t walk hootchie mama better run while you still can
Cuz if I get me a hold of you
I’m gonna knock you on your hootchie-coo
And you’ll be through – oh hootchie mama

You saw him standing there and thought you’d take your chance
But I know what you was offering when you asked him to dance
Cuz I seen you start to flirt
And if you keep hiking up that skirt
You gon’ get hurt – hootchie mama

He’s mine don’t you forget it
One move you’re gonna regret it
I love that man with all my heart and soul
So I’m on 24/7 - 365 ho patrol

And I ain’t gonna let no hootchie mama go wrecking up my home
I’ll be coming after you if you don’t leave my man alone
And when I catch you you’re going down
And you won’t be shaking that stuff around
Not in my town – hootchie mama
Track Name: Say My Name (Live at Eddie's Attic)
Say my name - say my name when we make love
Say my name - say my name when we make love
Don't call me baby, I gotta know it's me you're thinking of

Look in my eyes, look in my eyes when you're lovin' me
Look in my eyes, look in my eyes when you're lovin' me
I gotta know it's me you're lovin', and not that old used to be

I love you baby, but I won't be made a fool
I want you darlin', but only if you're true
If she's still in your head, you better get up out my bed
And don't come around unless you (can)

Say my name - tell me it belongs to me
Say my name - tell me your love belongs only to me
But if you still love that woman, honey go on home and let me be
Track Name: It's So Good
These days I can’t keep from smiling all the time
People looking, wondering just what’s on my mind
I wanna tell them – oh if you only knew
Honey, you’d be smiling too
But no matter how I try, I can’t explain
So I tell them just one thing

It’s so good – my baby turns me on with just a smile
It’s so good – every kiss he gives me drives me wild
It’s so good – the way our love grows deeper every day
It’s so good – and I’ll never, ever stray
‘Cause - It’s so good

I’ve been searching for a way I can express
How he fills my heart with so much happiness
But how can you tell a blind man about the color blue?
Or stand on a mountain and describe the view?
There may be a way but I just don’t know how
But I’m telling you right now

It’s so good – the way he brings the lover out in me
It’s so good – when he touches me I feel my soul fly free
It’s so good – we make the kind of love that makes me high
It’s so good – makes me wanna testify….’cause
It’s so good

Good as good can be
That’s him loving me
I’m rolling like a wave and he’s my sea
Sweet as summer rain
Joy I can’t contain
When I’m in his arms I feel no pain
Track Name: I Know That's Right
Little Miss Princess of Everything
Answer your phone no matter where it rings
Keep people waiting while you talk in line
Don’t seem to care you’re wasting others’ time
Prancin’ round here like your stuff don’t stink
Acting so rude – what would your mama think?

You think it’s fine to act the way you do
Like the world is spinnin’ round for no one else but you
But then you get busted now ain’t that a sight?
You say you’re sorry – I know that’s right

Hey there mister, who you think you are?
Doin’ 90 in a 50 in your fancy car
I’m sure you’ve got somewhere you need to be
And you’re way more important than someone like me
Keep it up now, you gon’ be worse than late
You might be meeting St. Peter at the gate…and he’ll say

Every single thing you do
Someday gon’ come back on you
Before you take your next step
Remember this ain’t over yet

Now listen here you two-timing man
Trying to get away with everything you can
Leaving me sitting home alone all night
While you’re out chasing every skirt in sight
Come tomorrow your key won’t fit my door
You won’t get my good love no more
Track Name: Hurtin'
You put the hurtin’ on it - you put the hurtin’ on me
You put the hurtin’ on it - you put the hurtin’ on me
But I ain’t complainin’ it’s a good thing you’re bringin’
Every time you put that hurtin’ on me

I’ve had the roses and the fine wine
Sweet talker with the smooth line
I been around the block a time or two
But I never met a man like you

Oh you snuck up on me what a fine surprise
My walls started crumbling right before my eyes
Honey you got the stuff and I can’t get enough of you – oo, oo, oo

The way you want me takes my breath away
I wake up smiling every single day
And when you call me on the telephone
I get the shivers even though I’m alone

Now the world seems brighter than it’s ever been
What kind of cold, dark place have I been living in?
I see the light, honey, everything’s right with you – oo, oo, oo

I’m trying to explain I ain’t feeling no pain
Every time you put that hurtin’ on me
I’ll never complain ‘bout that good thing you bring
Every time you put that hurtin’ on me
Track Name: I Will Not Turn To Stone
One look in the mirror tells me it might be
One of those days when I’m back to square one
I thought it was over, over and done with
All that thinking about you, but there’s heartache to come

But I will not turn to stone
No, I will not turn to stone
Let my tears run like a river ‘til the river overflows
But I will not turn to stone

I could hide in some cold room where no one could find me
Swear that I’d never go near love again
I could prove to the whole world that nothing could touch me
I could build up a wall and let nobody in

But I will not turn to stone
No, I will not turn to stone
Let my tears run like a river ‘til the river overflows
But I will not turn to stone

Now I’m standing in another broken heart
But I’m not coming apart again