Newcomer Delilah Harris has obviously been studying new recordings by such artists as Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, as well as classics by such artists as Minnie Riperton.

Newcomer Delilah Harris has obviously been studying new recordings by such artists as Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, as well as classics by such artists as Minnie Riperton. Make no mistake, Harris doesn't wholly emulate or imitate such singers, but she does possess a similar soul-stirring vision. On the appropriately titled "Lessons in Life," Harris sings of life's journey: "A little pony-tailed girl/ Dreams of whirling around the world/ And it's all that she knows/Never give up/When the salt in her eye/Was too much she stayed up/She's got it all in her sight, her melody and her flight." Perhaps autobiographical, "Lessons in Life" and such songs as "Don't Be Sad" reveal a singer/songwriter who's not afraid to keep pressing on. Conversely, such tracks as "Slow but Sweet" wouldn't sound out of place alongside the more sensual (and racy) fare of Janet Jackson. Contact: Papernotesrecords@onebox.com—MP