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Listen…its Plumb season. From confessional intimacies to passionate intensities, feminine yet strong, the voice is a pure and perfect rock & roll instrument. And on Chaotic Resolve, her new Curb release, this remarkable artist uses it to deliver her most personal album to date. Its songs follow Plumb's tradition of tackling sensitive issues and pointing the way toward resolution. Her lyrics embrace those who suffer to the point of damaging themselves ("Cut"), or celebrate the simplicity ("Blush") and complexity ("Jekyll and Hyde") of romance, or dance in playful rhymes that mask more serious insights into life ("Motion"). Every word on Chaotic Resolve offers hope for the hopeless and love to the lonely. Chaotic Resolve will be released on February 28th.

As Plumb herself puts it, Chaotic Resolve is "sophisticated, modern, rock & roll. The sophistication comes from the strings. The various loops and programming let us modernize the feel. But the main point to be heard is rock & roll."

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Plumb's music has been heard on major film soundtracks (Bruce Almighty, Just Married, View from the Top, Brokedown Palace, Drive Me Crazy, The Perfect Man etc.) and TV series (Dawson's Creek, Felicity, ER, Roswell, etc.). Major artists -- Michelle Branch, Mandy Moore, Kimberly Locke, Jennifer Paige -- have recorded her songs.

Now don’t miss the awaited release of Chaotic Resolve: It's the dance of life. It's "sophisticated rock." It's Plumb -- sublime, fine, and not to be forgotten.


1999 – Brokedown Palace (Twentieth Century Fox)
Drama directed by Jonathan Kaplan and starring Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale about two friends imprisoned in Thailand for carrying heroin into the country unbeknownst to them. Plumb’s “Damaged is featured in both the movie and on the soundtrack. Soundtrack has sold 190,000 units to date.

Featured Song: Damaged

1999 – Drive Me Crazy (Twentieth Century Fox)
Teen comedy directed by John Schultz and starring Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina The Teenage Witch) and Adrien Grenier about a popular girl who turns her next-door neighbor into a dream date. Plumb’s “Stranded is featured in both the movie and on the soundtrack. Soundtrack has sold 245,000 units to date.

Featured Song: Stranded

1999 – The Story Of Us (Universal Studios)
Drama directed by Rob Reiner and starring Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfieffer about a relationship possibly coming to an end. Plumb’s “Here With Me” was used in the trailer for the international release of the movie.

Featured Song: Here With Me

2000 – Loser (Columbia Tri-Star)
Teen comedy directed by Amy Heckerling and starring Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari about a farm-town boy who’s gotten himself a scholarship to a fancy Manhattan college. Plumb’s “Stranded” is featured in the trailer.

Featured Song: Stranded

2000 – Center Stage (Columbia Tri-Star)
Teen drama/dance movie directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Amanda Schull and Ethan Stiefel about the arduous task of becoming a professional ballet dancer. Mandy Moore’s hit single “I Wanna Be With You”, co-written by Plumb, is featured in both the movie and on the soundtrack. Soundtrack has sold 377,000 units to date.

Featured Song: I Wanna Be With You

2001 – Inspiracion (Illusion Films)
Foreign film starring Arath de la Torre and Barbara Mori about a sensitive and carefree adolescent who leads a normal life until the day he meets a beautiful and spirited girl. A Spanish cover of Plumb’s “Here With Me” recorded by Paloma Marquez is featured in the movie.

Featured Song: Here With Me

2003 – Just Married (Twentieth Century Fox)
Romantic comedy directed by Shawn Levy and starring Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher about newlyweds who haplessly stumble thru the honeymoon to end all honeymoons. Plumb’s “Here With Me” is featured in the movie.

Featured Song: Here With Me

2003 – Bruce Almighty (Universal Pictures)
Comedy directed by Tom Shadyac and starring Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston about guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world. Plumb’s “God-shaped Hole” is featured in the movie.

Featured Song: God-shaped Hole

2004 – View from the Top
Comedy starring Gwenyth Paltrow, Mike Meyers and Christina Applegate, Plumb’s song was featured in the movie and on the soundtrack.

Featured Song: Boys Don’t Cry

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2005 – The Perfect Man
Comedy starring Hilary Duff, Plumb’s song was featured on the end credits and on the soundtrack.

Featured Song: Real Life Fairytale


Plumb’s music has been featured in the television programs Dawson Creek, Felicity, ER and several others.



“I make records that are honest, about the high and low points in my life and experiences that I think are worth noting in a song. But I also want to tackle the difficult subjects in life, because I want people to know that the hard times, just like a piece of coal, can be turned into a diamond.” So confesses singer/ songwriter Plumb, an artist whose provocative, intoxicating music blends the complex, feminine poignancy of Suzanne Vega with the sophisticated, modern Rock ‘n’ Roll of Garbage to create something timeless yet cutting-edge. While her voice frequently draws comparison to Amy Lee of Evanescence, Lee’s own citation of Plumb as a primary vocal influence is further evidence that Plumb is an artist who innovates rather than imitates. With a catalog of her songs already covered by Platinum-selling artists, featured in popular television programs and nearly a dozen major motion pictures, Plumb has put the finishing touches on her fourth album, Chaotic Resolve (Curb Records). The result is a refreshing blend of haunting melodies, edgy lyrics, piercing imagery, sublime textures and serious pop hooks. Plumb’s Chaotic Resolve marks the re-emergence of an unmistakably important voice in pop music.

In many ways, Chaotic Resolve is a career-defining album from an artist who never intended to enter the music business at all. Born in Indianapolis and raised Atlanta, Plumb (aka Tiffany Arbuckle Lee) was nineteen and saving money to attend nursing school when she took a job as a back-up vocalist for an established artist. “I had a great passion for music,” she explains, “and I had sung in church and school choirs. My thought was that singing would be a great way to earn money for school, but I had no intention whatsoever of making music my career.” As she padded her resume with back-up singing jobs, Lee’s name began coming up in small circles around the music industry. She soon crossed over into doing studio work for various artists. “I was on tour buses and I loved every minute of it,” she remembers, “but as time went by, I still wasn’t in college. Suddenly, several years had passed.”

By now, Lee had relocated to Nashville, where her exceptional voice caught the ear of an A&R representative at a small local label. “Out of nowhere, I got a phone call from this guy saying that he had heard my voice and wanted to sign me as a solo artist,” she remembers. “I was so excited, I signed the deal a month before my 21st birthday.” Once signed, Lee was surprised to discover her new label expected her to write all of her own material. “I thought, What have I gotten myself into? I didn’t know anything about writing songs.” It was Lee’s search for a guitar to assist her with songwriting that led to a fortuitous meeting with a neighbor who just happened to be selling a guitar. The neighbor turned out to be Matt Bronleewe, an original member of the band Jars of Clay (also signed to the same label as Lee). The two struck up a fast friendship and started writing songs together. “It was perfection,” she remembers. “His rule was that there were no rules. If I thought something sounded interesting, then that was my signature. When it was time to make a record, every song the label chose was one I had written with Matt.”

The label wanted to market Lee in the context of a band, so she chose the band name Plumb from the Suzanne Vega song “My Favorite Plumb.” When the producer dropped off the project, Matt took over as producer of her 1997 self-titled debut album, and produced its successor, Candycoated Water Drops (1999) as well. “What I discovered is that the sound of Plumb is not just me,” she explains. “It’s me with Matt as my writing partner and producer. We have a creative chemistry that’s just invaluable. Matt really taught me how to be a songwriter and an artist, and I gave him the opportunity to be a producer and have his songs recorded.” Since first working with Plumb, Bronleewe has produced a roster of notable artists including Natalie Imbruglia and many others.

In 1999, Plumb parted ways with her first label and seriously considered leaving the music industry, when she received an offer from Curb Records that was “too good to resist. That time in my life was very confusing and frustrating,” she offers. “But I knew I would be stronger because of it. I wanted to live the message that I’d been trying to communicate to my fans, that when bad things happen to you, don’t let them break you, let them make you better.” Recorded in 2003, Plumb called her third album Beautiful Lumps of Coal. With a new label, a new husband and a new baby son, Plumb began to write the songs that would create the story of her most accomplished album to date.

Recorded in Nashville, with sweeping, orchestral strings recorded in Prague, Chaotic Resolve is lush and luminous with the intuitive production talents of Matt Bronleewe. “It's been exciting to witness the evolution of such an impressive artist as Plumb,” says Bronleewe. “In some respects, this album goes back to the foundations of what makes Plumb unique: raw, lyrically introspective vocals floating across an epic soundscape. I hope people respond to Chaotic Resolve with the same amount of enthusiasm we had while making it.”

As with her previous albums, Plumb chose a title that would communicate a thematic feel of the album as a whole. “The title Chaotic Resolve came about because by the time I made this album I had resolved much of the discord in my life,” Plumb explains. “To me, ‘resolve’ does not always mean ‘fix.’ It may mean that I’ve resolved to accept a certain situation as it is, or I have resolved to change my expectations of a person. I wrote the song “Manic” about someone in my life whose behavior I wished would change. There was so much chaos in our relationship before I resolved to love them for who they are. Every song on the album relates to that philosophy. My objective was to communicate the message of chaos and resolve together.”

The songs of Chaotic Resolve move effortlessly between genres, capturing varied moods and moments – from the panicked Industrial undertones of “I Can’t Do This” to the modern metal juggernaut of “Good Behavior” through the New Romantic dance vibe of “Motion,” all while maintaining a cohesive feel. Staying authentic to the sound fans know as Plumb, she conveys a range of nuanced emotions by foregoing superficial emoting. “I think I can do that because that’s really how I am,” says the singer. “I’m not always sad, happy, confused or frustrated, but I am all of that at different times – and sometimes all in one day! Obviously every song addresses different topics, but there is a common thread running through them that is resonant of where I was when I wrote the song.” In this way, Plumb refers to Chaotic Resolve as “an everyday” album.

Perhaps the album’s most compelling, intimate song is “Cut,” which strikes tender chords while speaking to the serious and topical subject of a form of self- abuse known as cutting. Inspired by a young female fan’s post on Plumb’s website, “Cut” also ties in thematically to songs on her previous albums such as “Unforgivable” (addressing verbal and emotional abuse) and “Damaged” (about sexual abuse). Says Plumb, “Those songs opened the floodgates for abuse victims to have conversations about what they were going through, and helped to define my mission as an artist. I decided to dedicate one song on each album to people who are hurting, because these songs have let people know they’re not alone, which is the first step to healing. “Cut” was born for that very reason.”

Consistent with her message of moving from darkness into the light, Chaotic Resolve also has an upbeat, celebratory side, embodied by irresistible pop love songs like the hook-sharp “Real Life Fairytale” and the album’s buoyant lead track, “Blush.” “I don’t want to put ten love songs on an album,” Plumb laughs. “But I am madly in love with my husband, and to me, there’s so much romance in the familiar. When I wrote “Blush” I was really feeling that lyric, ‘I want to be in love with only you.’ I want to have bad days with him because I know there’s going to be blue skies again and we can appreciate them together. In the moments of total chaos there is resolve that our relationship is forever. That’s reassuring and beautiful. That’s romantic.”

Plumb has found an extension of her voice by writing songs with and for other artists, including Michelle Branch and Mandy Moore. Jennifer Page has also covered “Stranded” and “Here With Me” from Candycoated Water Drops, and Plumb has written songs recorded by Kimberly Locke and James Ingram. A techno-dance remix of Plumb’s song “Damaged” – recorded by the UK band Plummet (who named themselves after Plumb) – held the number one chart position in the UK for thirteen weeks. Plummet’s version of “Damaged” was also featured in the 1999 film Brokedown Palace. Additionally, Plumb's music has been included in films such as Bruce Almighty, Just Married, The Story of Us, Loser, View from the Top, Drive Me Crazy and The Perfect Man, as well as many popular television series. She has performed both nationally and internationally, including tours of Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, the Netherlands and the Philippines.

With the release of Chaotic Resolve, Plumb feels deeply grateful for what she has accomplished in her brief career. “Fame and fortune are fleeting,” she offers, “but making a difference in people’s lives lasts for eternity. I was signed so young that I had to figure out who I was as an artist in front of everyone. But I was lucky because that forced me to be real. It means everything to have a fan approach me after a show and say, ‘I bought your first album in 1997 and I’ve bought every one of them since. I’m proud of the direction you’ve taken with your sound.’ When you wonder if you’re doing something worthwhile, there’s a bit of validation just to make eye contact with someone who says, “Yeah, you are.”