Janet Staley is an artist who immediately appeals to listeners for her great personality and for her personal approach to songwriting and performing. Her new release, Whisper to the Wind
, is a vivid example of the hard work and passion that fuels her creative vision.
The album features 11 stunning tracks that offer really great melodies, a crisp and elegant production, and more importantly, a smooth vocal flow that fully showcases Staley's incredible vocal prowess and performance skills. As a versatile and charismatic singer, Staley truly has the ability to interpret songs in ways that are catchy, direct, and easy to relate to. On songs such as a cover of the Carpenters' "Superstar," one of the album's highlights, Staley offers a striking performance with a retro taste and flavorful arrangement.
The opening number, "The Nearness Of You," begins with a touching string session that makes me think of Tom Waits
' "Somewhere." On the other hand, while Waits' tune is brought to life through an intense string arrangement and the singer's gravelly voice, Staley counteracts with a smooth, classy and soft-spoken vocal tone with a lot of warmth. Whisper to the Wind
is ultimately a classy, engaging and sophisticated record with jazz overtones and a veiled hint of pop appeal that still retains a lot of elegance.
Track Listing: Nearness of You; Can't Help Lovin' That Man; Medley: Blackbird/In My Life; When October Goes; Everything; Till There Was You; Here's To Life; More Than You Know; Superstar; Garden in the Rain; Willow Weep for Me.
Personnel: Janet Staley: vocals; Pat Kelly: piano and keyboards; Mike Sharfe: bass; Jim Leslie: drums and percussion; Steve Hoskins: tenor saxophone and flute; Kim Pensyl: trumpet and flugelhorn; Ted Karas: guitar; Ron Cooley: guitar; Susie Thorne and Pat Kelly: background vocals; strings: Pattingham Studio Strings.
Title: Whisper to the Wind
| Year Released: 2017
| Record Label: Self Produced