Andra Day “Strange Fruit” and Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday and Andra Day were recently discussed at AmericaOnCoffee, and defined as two eccentric female vocalists who sound intimately different, but whose styles are so similar.… Read more “Andra Day “Strange Fruit” and Billie Holiday”

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Norah Jones | Come Away With Me

The song was released on February 26, 2002 by American recording artist Norah Jones, and peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200, receiving Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Come Away with Me is an acoustic pop album that features Jones supported by jazz musicians: Kevin Breit, Bill Frisell, Adam Levy, Adam Rogers, and Tony Scherr on guitar; Sam Yahel on organ; Jenny Scheinman on violin; Rob Burger on accordion; and Brian Blade, Dan Rieser, and Kenny Wollesen on drums. Jones wrote the title song. Guitarist Jesse Harris wrote the hit “Don’t Know Why”. The album includes Jones’ versions of “The Nearness of You” by Hoagy Carmichael and “Cold, Cold Heart” by Hank Williams.

Come Away with Me incorporates blues, jazz, and folk music. Bobby Dodd of All About Jazz writes that although the album features jazz standards, jazz purists and academics “may deny [Jones] jazz credibility for her folk infusion”.

Patti LaBelle – If Only You Knew

“If Only You Knew” was a single written and produced primarily by Dexter Wansel and Cynthia Biggs for American singer Patti LaBelle’s sixth solo album, I’m in Love Again. It was released as the album’s official first single in 1983, spending four weeks at #1 on the U.S. R&B chart during January and February 1984; it reached #46 on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] marking her first crossover pop hit. Wiki

Tell Him | Ricki Lee

Following her departure from Australian Idol in 2004, Coulter was offered recording contracts by record labels including the show’s sponsor Sony BMG, but she signed with Australia’s biggest independent label Shock Records. Coulter explained, “I’d met with a number of labels and Shock were the only one that asked me what I wanted to do and what kind of album I wanted to make and who I wanted to work with”. She recorded her debut album in Melbourne. Ricki-Lee was released on 3 October 2005, as both digital download and CD formats.

Matthew Chisling of Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars, and was critical of its musical direction. He added that “the album never truly solidifies Coulter enough to warrant her immediate approval by a widespread audience, since she is divided so heavily between styles and influences that don’t always suit her”. Guy Blackman of The Age stated that the album is “an infectious collection of R&B-tinged pop tunes that takes a step beyond the usual Idol fodder”. At the 2006 Australian and New Zealand Urban Music Awards, Ricki-Lee was nominated for Best R&B Album. Ricki-Lee debuted and peaked on the ARIA Albums Chart at number 30 on 10 October 2005. The album performed better on the ARIA Urban Albums Chart, where it peaked at number six.