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Featured Artist.....07/July/2017......

"In today's female vocalist market, the competition is steep. In the jazz vocalist genre, it's simply overwhelming with the number of female jazz vocalist entries attempting to gain public favour. Often times the gatekeepers of music reviews, airplay and promotion are tabling these CDs they receive for another day and the stack continues to grow. And, that continual glut makes the ascendancy of Lyn Stanley all the more impressive. She's gone from an unknown to now selling over 34,000 albums worldwide since her first release, earning her title as International Recording Artist.

To this challenging market in 2013, enters Lyn Stanley with her debut album, Lost In Romance. Lyn was a retiring corporate marketing executive and adjunct college professor with no music background. But, as luck would have it, her first introduction to the music world was through Ella Fitzgerald's conductor and accompanist for 25 years, jazz pianist, Paul Smith. Smith heard Stanley's voice and knew she was unique. He had her on stage with him and his trio four months after their first encounter. This was a jump start the fast paced musical journey Lyn Stanley now enjoys.

Lyn is about to release her 5th album, The Moonlight Sessions Volume Two (Volume One released on May 30, 2017) since 2013 and has released an additional holiday single in 2014, Little Drummer Boy. She's been a regular on the CDBaby.com #1 jazz vocal position on all her releases to date. And reviews of her work are worldwide in the audio world for pristine sound recordings. What may be intriguing about this story, is this relative newcomer to music has been accompanied by some of the all time music greats in today's jazz arena. These players have encircled Lyn Stanley with not only their wonderful playing but also invested arrangements they conjured up to meet her creative objectives.

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Interludes (2015) pays tribute to the song sirens who were sexually assured, yet never gauche: Peggy Lee, Julie London, Rosemary Clooney and Doris Day.  "You don't have to take your clothes off," Stanley wryly notes, "to present yourself as sensual."

Pianist Mike Garson, David Bowie's musical director, plays on Interludes.  "Lyn captivates audiences," he notes, "and brings them a real feeling of nostalgia." Music was always part of Stanley's life.  Her mother was a spirited jitterbug dancer, her father was an enthusiastic amateur jazz pianist and her grandfather was a trained opera singer.  Despite the grounding, Stanley's mother steered her toward a corporate profession.  College, a communications degree, a Ph.D. program, marriage, and a career as a successful businesswoman took her elsewhere.

Lyn rediscovered music through dance.  She earned three first places in USA Championship DanceSport in 2010, and she placed third in a World title Pro/Am event.  She then sought out the late pianist Paul Smith, and asked for a hearing.  Vocal coach Annette Warren Smith, his widow, describes their reaction:  "We couldn't get over how good she was.  She knew she was a great dancer but she didn't know how good she was as a singer."

Stanley didn't take on professional singing as a lark.  She formulated a game plan that included recording herself in the best possible settings.  Her musicians include the best in the Hollywood studios: Wrecking Crew veterans bassist Chuck Berghofer and pianists Mike Lang and Tom Ranier; renowned pianist-arranger-musical directors Mike Garson, Tamir Hendelmen and Bill Cunliffe; great jazz soloists like saxophonists Rickey Woodard and Bob Sheppard, trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos and trombonist Bob McChesney; Gold Standard drummers Joe LaBarbera, Jeff Hamilton and Paul Kriebich among them.  New York virtuosos like pianist Kenny Werner (also her producer for Potions [from the 50s] and harmonica player, Hendrik Meurkens grace her albums with their insightful performances.

One of her arrangers trained under veteran Sammy Nestico, whose charts for Basie and Sinatra are legend.  After listening to Interludes, Nestico wrote in an email: "She is excellent…what a thrill to work with great talent."

Stanley has cannily directed her music toward the worldwide audiophile demographic.  Her albums are sensations as much for the high-grade sound as for the music and the A-list players.  Unlike many singers, she'll never have to live down inferior early recordings.  Potions was released as a vinyl album, SACD stereo hybrid (for Blu Ray and CD players), as a 180-gram double-45 vinyl, a reel-to-reel tape, and on CDBaby.com as downloads.

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Her latest projects, Interludes and The Moonlight Sessions Volumes One and Two, have Mike Garson (David Bowe’s pianist and conductor for 35 years), John Chiodini (Peggy Lee’s guitarist for 25 years), Joe LaBarbara (Bill Evan’s drummer) are among the players Lyn hires who virtually meet the “who’s who” list of extraordinary musicians. Lyn’s recordings have garnered Global Music Awards for Best Album and Best Female Vocalist for Interludes and The Moonlight Sessions projects.

Radio airplay for artists can also be an even greater challenge for both promoters and station programmers as they whittle through the sea of music passing their desks. Lyn has managed to gain momentum with each release in this area.

Her latest project, The Moonlight Sessions, got nearly every track of Volume One added to the largest radio audience (600,000) for one station, KKjz, a Global Jazz, Inc. station based in Los Angeles. KKjz owner, Saul Levine, proclaims Lyn to now be one of the “most outstanding vocalists” in today’s jazz. Arranger/composer Sammy Nestico calls Lyn “a great talent” with a beautiful voice and winning style. She’s quickly earning the critic title of “sultry jazz” diva of the decade with her deep, rich tones and emotive lyric delivery. Lyn was in the vanguard of the return to vinyl craze we are currently experiencing.

She sells about twice as many vinyl records as she does CDs. She chooses her songs experientially. “I’ve been through a lot, “ she states, and if I don’t have it in my background, I can’t sing it. When singing, I try to see in my mind where I was at a time in my life.” I think jazz singers have to have love tire treading to sing these songs in the American songbook with honesty—it’s the icing on the singing jazz cake when aging benefits you.

Lyn Stanley’s discography includes: Lost In Romance (debut), Potions [from the 50s}, Interludes, The Moonlight Sessions Volume One and soon to be released, Volume Two (August 15, 2017 release date). A single, Little Drummer Boy is also available on CdBaby.com. Her distribution is through CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, ElusiveDisc.com, Target.com and fine audio websites."

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