‘Fire Woman’ Helps Out Disaster-Related Charities

Santa Barbara musician, songwriter and soul and indie rocker David Segall is raising funds for disaster-relief charities with his newest, original recordings.  

“Fire Woman” is the latest release from  Segall, who is a UCSB graduate. To hear “Fire Woman, visit www.davidsegall.bandcamp.com/track/fire-woman or see www.davidsegall.com

The song was finished just before the Thomas fire slammed Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. In response to the fire’s devastation and subsequent debris flow, Segall said he was inspired to raise funds for the Santa Barbara Chapter of Habitat for Humanity by donating half the proceeds from every download of “Fire Woman.” Habitat for Humanity will help rebuild the scores of homes destroyed or damaged in the disaster.

Later this year, other charities will benefit from his new songs. 

Segall said the title of the song came when he met British author Josephine Reynolds, her county‘s first female firefighter, through a friend in Santa Barbara in 2017 

Reynolds told him she was going to release a memoir about her life as a firefighter in the early 1980s, entitled “Fire Woman.” So, Segall offered to write its theme song 

“I had already begun writing a song about the transformative power of fire to purge and renew,” he said. 

After he met Reynolds and heard some of her stories as a firefighter, Segall knew what the title of the song had to be.  “The image of a brave and empowered ‘Fire Woman’ is what informed the rest of my lyrics,” he said. 

Written and recorded in Santa Barbara, “Fire Woman” features international and local musicians. 

Australian-born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Jones, a longtime Santa Barbara bandmate of Segall’s, produced the song and played bass guitar with vocal harmonies.  

Iranian-born singer Mandana Mirabrishami also harmonized. The song includes violinist Ilaria Gianfagna of Italy, who recorded remotely from her studio in Sicily, and Austin Beede on drumsAngus Cooke on cello, and Philippo Franchini on guitar

A Santa Barbara High School alum, Segall also teaches yoga and organizes retreats for music in Costa Rica.

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