Diane Nalini’s new album, 'Kiss Me Like That,' is a collection of 13 songs celebrating humanity's fascination with the sky. From the title track's infectious rhythms, to ‘Cuando sale la luna’ - Diane’s sultry ode to the moon, her original compositions on this album are all influenced by the wonders of the sky and stars. Her six original songs are perfectly complemented by classic jazz standards chosen carefully for this project, like "Stardust", "Skylark", "They All Laughed", as well as her intimate interpretations of folk & pop songs such as James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James" and Sting's "Valparaiso."
Songs from Kiss Me Like That have already attracted considerable interest in the media, being previewed nationally on CBC Radio's "The Sunday Edition", "Fresh Air", "As It Happens", "Metro Morning" and CBC Radio Two's documentary programme, "Inside the music." It has also garnered praise and airplay on Radio-Canada's "Espace Musique." Maclean’s Magazine, Canada's national news magazine, also did a full-page article on her recently.
Singer/songwriter Diane Nalini's previous album put a uniquely modern spin on the words of William Shakespeare. Her latest CD "Songs of Sweet Fire" is a collection of fifteen sonnets and songs from the plays set to her original jazz, funk, and blues music. "It was very important to me to let the phrasing of the words dictate the style of music I wrote for each song. I decided to set only those songs which were in more modern sounding English, to highlight the timelessness of Shakespeare's words," says the singer of her compositions. "Songs of Sweet Fire" is Diane's third album.
In a review of Diane's recent performance at the Guelph River Run Center, the Kitchener-Waterloo Record wrote: "A gifted arranger and vocalist... Nalini made an auspicious Guelph concert debut... the highlights were three passages from literature she set to jazz - "Sigh No More" from Much Ado About Nothing, and "The Lover and His Lass" from As You Like It, as well as Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Cradle Song."
Diane started singing at the age of three. She was born in Montreal, Canada, and is of Belgian and Goan descent. "She captures jazz at its most sophisticated and joyous level," writes Elle Magazine Canada.
In a recent review of "Tales... My Mama Told Me", Irwin Block of the Montreal Gazette wrote: "Diane Nalini has the voice, the phrasing, confidence, clarity and control to make a tune her own and turn it into a nuanced thing of beauty."