Lili Añel

Lili Añel considers music a calling. This six-foot tall singer-songwriter grew up in New York City, where she discovered her passion for music. As a child Añel remembers, singing along to her mother’s Cuban, jazz and pop standard albums. It was also her mother who supported Lili’s desire to join the church choir. However, it was her grandfather’s recognition of how much joy singing brought to her being, which served to set her feet firmly on the path of a career in music. “My grandfather was very influential and instrumental,” says Lili. “When I sang in the church choir, he would sneak in to the Mass without telling me. I would ask him later, after letting him know that I saw him in the back, why he came to church at all and then left before it was over. His response was: “To hear you sing. I can hear your voice above the others.”

Defying categorization she calls her music a hybrid of “jazz/folk/soul/pop” combined with powerful vocals bringing her to the forefront. Lili continues to win over audiences with her vocal stylings, guitar playing and songs, that while often recalling her many influences (Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Janis Ian, Joan Armatrading) prove her own unique style. She has supported The Holmes Brothers, Boz Scaggs, B.B. King, Raul Midon, Robert Cray to name a few. Palmetto Records released her first CD “Laughed Last” (1994), following with “Hi-Octane Coffee” (2002), “Dream Again” (2007) and “Every Second In Between” (2009) all self-released

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“Better Days…the best song on Lili Añel’s new album…what you get on [this] release, is pure, pure feeling over pristine chops on nine heartfelt tracks…her voice rapturous and confessional…” – Carol Banks Weber/Festival Peak-Medium

“…sings with soul and vulnerability while also playing a richly textured guitar…all of the tunes, are intimate and vulnerable, with her vocal flexibility bringing you into her biographical lyrics…she wears her heart on her sleeve, bringing you into the deep recesses of her soul. Not easy in this day of feelings with no emotions” – Jazz Weekly-George W

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voice / vocals
Michael Brecker
saxophone, tenor
John Coltrane
saxophone
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voice / vocals
Mike Mainieri
vibraphone
Pat Metheny
guitar
Joni Mitchell
voice / vocals
Anita O'Day
voice / vocals

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Better Days

Winding Way Records
2019

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In Spirit

Winding Way Records
2018

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Another Place,...

Wall-I Records
2017

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I Can See Bliss From...

Wall-I Records
2013

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Every Second In...

Wall-I Records
2009

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Dream Again

Wall-I Records
2007

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Another Place, Another Time

From: Another Place, Another Time
By Lili Añel

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