Make Me Real

Lulu's Ascent

Make Me Real
Performed By Lulu's Ascent
Album UPC 837101280792
CD Baby Track ID 2377110
Label Lulu's Ascent
Released 2006-01-01
BPM 121
Rated 0
ISRC uscgh0705053
Year 2006
Spotify Plays 1
Writer LuAnn Arena
Pub Co Lulu's Ascent Music
Composer LuAnn Arena
Clearance Sync & All Media Uses
Rights Controlled Master and Publishing Grant
Rights One-Stop: Master + 100% Pub Grant
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country United States - NY - Upstate NY


Jazz Rock Jam


Original sounding music is in short supply these days, so it’s little wonder that Lulu’s Ascent is making a name for itself in the Hudson Valley and NYC area. Crossing the lines between pop, jazz, rock and jam band while maintaining a consistent style is quite a feat; yet, they cannot be labeled “eclectic” because they always sound like themselves---often boldly going where no band has gone before. And they actually write great, singable, memorable songs with interesting changes, textures, and dynamics.

It all started when singer/songwriter LuAnn Arena performed at the Woodstock Guitar Festival in 2004 with drummer Steve Olenski. He was so taken by her voice, songs, and bass playing that he immediately invited her to jam with him and guitarist Tom Desisto. The blend of LuAnn’s sultry voice and funky bass with Tom’s liberal use of jazz harmonies floating over Steve’s unconventional grooves was an immediate revelation for all three players and they committed to forming a band within an hour. The more they perform the more the sound emerges and their excitement snowballs like a team of scientists about to find a cure---they know they’re onto something.

As a solo act, LuAnn Arena traveled the US extensively. She has opened for well-known acts such as Martin Sexton, Tower of Power, Melissa Ferrick, King Missile, Erica Wheeler, Southern Culture on the Skids, Jon&Mary (10,000 Maniacs duo) and the Woggles. LuAnn has been a finalist in the famed Eddies Attic songwriter shootout in Atlanta and a recipient of ASCAP’s Popular Awards panel distributions for independent writer members. Ellen Geisel wrote in Art Times, NY that LuAnn “never ventures into expected territory”. Frank DeBlase of the City Newspaper, Rochester, NY described her as having “the seasoned muscle of a pro....and the seductive lilt of a fallen angel...”.

Guitarist Tom Desisto has played on, composed, and produced every kind of music one could imagine and has enjoyed a multi-faceted career. Jonathan Demme included one of his songs “Hey Natty” on the soundtrack to “The Truth About Charlie”. He co-wrote two songs with the famed Ben E. King for a recent album entitled “I’ve Been Around” . He was twice nominated for Emmy Awards for his compositions used on the CBS soap As the World Turns. Tom has scored films and commercials for such varied clients as NASA, AT&T, Barbie, Bain Du Soleil, and many others (visit for a full resume) and has been the recipient of an Art Director’s award and a Gold Special Jury Award at the 2002 Houston Film Festival.

Drummer/Percussionist Steve Olenski is one of the Hudson Valley’s most popular drummers. He has performed with a variety of acts and has been in the pit for several local performances of Broadway Shows. Steve has also made a name for himself as a drum tech and is often called into recording sessions as a “Drum Doctor”. The original style and sound that he creates is an integral ingredient in Lulu’s Ascent’s musical stew.

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