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Atwood, Eden

Atwood, Eden , vocalist; b. Memphis, TN, 11 January 1969. She was raised in Montana

Daughter of musician/arranger Hubbard Atwood who was born in 6/14/1918 Died 1989 and arranged and composed for Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Stan Kenton, Harry James and more. Sister of James Atwood, timpanist with the New Orleans Symphony, sometimes called the Louisiana Symphony. Helen Guthrie Miller is her mother (born 1939). Her maternal grandfather is A.B. Guthrie Jr. who wrote The Big Sky and The Way West (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1950). He was also nominated for an Academy Award for the Screenplay to Shane. Eden's siblings are a brother, James Atwood (born 1953) and two sisters, Kitty Atwood (born 1957) and Sonnie Atwood (born 1982).

Atwood began singing jazz in Memphis, TN, at Shakey's Pizza Parlor at age three years old. When Eden was five years old, divorce split the Atwood family and Eden moved to Montana with her mother. Eden's mother kept her love of music alive by encouraging her participation in musicals. At 15, Eden was fronting a busy band of musicians twice her age in her hometown. Eden left two years later to attend the University of Montana's drama department. At 19, Eden's father died and Eden, keenly feeling the loss, set out for Chicago.

In Chicago, Eden attended the American Conservatory of Music. Eight years of classical piano had provided her with a solid musical foundation but Eden wanted to able to write and arrange her own material. She produced a demo tape that caught the attention of Bill Allen at Chicago's legendary, now defunct, Gold Star Sardine Bar, co-owned by Bobby Short. At 21, Eden became the headliner. She would stay for eight years with breaks to accommodate her acting and modeling jobs in New York, Los Angeles and Paris.

In 1992, Eden was tapped for recurring role on ABC's, "The Commish" and that same year she starred for nine months on the ABC daytime drama, "LOVING". It was during this time that Eden made her Manhattan singing debut in the famed Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel. Engagements at Tavern on the Green and Michael's Pub soon followed. A guest star role on Paramount's, "The Untouchables" brought Eden back to Chicago where she resumed her duties as headliner at the Gold Star Sardine Bar.

In 1993, Marian McPartland of Piano Jazz fame heard Eden's self-produced CD, "Today" and forwarded it to Concord Records President, Carl Jefferson. He signed Eden immediately to a three record deal. Eden remains the youngest artist ever signed to the Concord label.

Eden has performed all over the world sharing bills with Gene Harris, Joshua Redman and Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band. She has been featured on NPR's Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. Starbucks Coffee, Eddie Bauer and Brooks Brothers have all put tracks of Eden's on their compilation CD's along side Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson.

Most recently, Eden has been touring Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand performing for an ever-growing legion of fans worldwide. Eden headlined the first ever Bangkok Jazz Festival, performing some of His Majesty, The King of Thailand's compositions. Mostly recently, Eden was in Shanghai, China performing at the Ritz Carlton for two months.

Eden now makes her home in Missoula, MT teaching private vocal students, working with attachment disordered children and touring.

Today (1991); No One Ever Tells You (1992); Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1993); There Again (1994); A Night In The Life (1995); Waves, the Bossa Nova Session (2002)

Contact information:
Website: www.edenatwood.com

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