Big plans for her first CD, Wind At Your Back, got sidelined by her move to Kalamazoo. You can here two songs from that CD on the Bob's Retirement Video (posted January 26, 2008). She came from Austin, TX, to WMU's theater department in 2002. Downey became a regular performer at the Kraftbrau Brewery, which is where I first heard her, and The Union.
When she's herself, Downey shows influences of the Indigo Girls, Natalie Merchant, Joni Mitchell, and James Taylor. Songs range from country to folk-pop and piano ballads, intimate songs you could find on a Sarah McLachlan or Nora Jones album. Austin with a six-string electric bass, works in more groove than one would expect in folk.
The new CD includes "Almost" and "All That Matters," Downey's songs that won the People's Choice Award at the 2007 Wildflower Arts & Music Festival.
A wonderful concert on a cold January evening.