Juno award winner Eddie Bullen produces jazzy new album
Love songs are only as potent as the performers who sing them. Without a gifted vocalist they remain words on a page or, worse, ear-damaging poesy. Canada-based singer Jenny James is among that small group of vocalists who can really convey each plaintive confession or joyful revelation in tunes about the heart. Furthermore, on her debut album Aspiring 2 B Me, James unveils startling versatility, effortlessly transitioning from fast to slow tempos while also juggling a number of different musical styles. It's the kind of eye-opening introduction that creates an immediate buzz while paving the way for a spectacularly bright future.
James cannot be categorized by a single genre; she belongs to a younger generation wherein labels are irrelevant and stylistic boundaries do not exist. Aspiring 2 B Me connects elements of smooth jazz, R&B, Adult Contemporary, pop, and electronica, unified by James' silky smooth delivery. On "Part of You," James gradually builds up from soulful crooning to a dazzling, soaring chorus; she can certainly hit the high notes but is also keenly aware of not going overboard. She isn't just a nicely talented singer; she is also a disciplined one.
The soothing jazz of "Love 101" finds James at her most soulful. There is a dreaminess to her performance here that captures the warm sensuality of romance. It's no surprise that the song has become a radio hit in the U.K. The compelling piano drama of "Forgive Me" and the orchestral sweep of "Love Was In Your Heart" further displays the depth of her emotional range. Juno award-winning producer Eddie Bullen perfectly captures the raw power and subtle beauty of James' voice without any unnecessary studio gloss. They form a stainless bond, one that will eventually reach beyond Canada's frosty geography.
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