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Band of the Week: Plumb [Press of Atlantic City (NJ)]

October 9, 2013


Plumb may be the most famous artist you've never heard of, though you've probably heard her songs many times over. With contributions to the "Vampire Diaries," "Bruce Almighty," and various "American Idol" contestants, she's already been heard by millions. On Saturday Oct. 11, she'll perform to a much more intimate crowd of South Jersey residents.

The band Plumb, led by the synonymously named lead singer, is currently embarking on a massive tour for their latest release, "Need You Now." As a songwriter, Plumb's career has undergone a Darwinian evolution.

"I started out as an artist, not a writer," she explains. "Here I am, half a dozen records or so down the road, and things are going better than ever."

One thing the songwriter stresses is that her shows are meant to linger with the audience long after the final chord is struck.

"It's an experience," she says. "It's a journey you go on. An emotional journey. (The performance) should leave you with questions you didn't have before, or leave you inspired. There's an intentional goal for everyone to walk out with more hope than they came in with."

As for the music itself, Plumb describes it as a bit of a crossover, exploring several genres at once.

"I wouldn't say it's poppy," she reveals. "There are pop moments, but I write in minor keys, so everything has a darker mood to it."

This mood is reflected in her lyrics, which often tackle some of the heavier aspects of modern living. "My music is relevant to life," she explains.

A main theme running throughout Plumb's music is her relationship with God, which she says drives her creative process.

"Because my faith is my identity, I'm able to address difficult subjects with hope and confidence," she says. There's a lot of hope in knowing you're not alone. Even though I don't understand it, I know that something greater than myself has control."

Those willing to succumb to this unknown force are welcome to attend the show and decide for themselves.

LEARN MORE: Plumb's music is available on iTunes or go to

COMING UP: Plumb will perform at the Chestnut Assembly of God in Vineland 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

WHO ARE THEY: Plumb: vocals, percussion; James Freshwater: drums; Justin Saunders: various instruments; Justin Carpenter: various instruments.

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