We have known about Halie Loren for years. The Sitka, AK native is probably the most famous jazz singer you have never heard of, which is a total shame. But it is time to correct that gross oversight and pick up her tenth album, From The Wild Sky, that features 10 original track and one exception which is an amazing cover of Roberto Livi‘s “A Mi Manera”. The 33-year old University of Oregon alumni has been wowing fan around the world for over a decade including being one of the top grossing jazz artists in Japan.
With the Kickstarter campaign completed, the talented Eugene-based artist has been promoting the finished project and will probably begin her aggressive touring schedule throughout North America and Asia soon. Halie Loren‘s brand of jazz-pop is unbelievably gentle and sweet. It invokes a sense of calm that rides the waves of her poetic, tender lyrics and sweeping and flowing vocals. From The Wild Sky is one of the most complete albums I have come across in years. Working with renowned producer Troy Miller (Amy Winehouse, Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum), Halie Loren found a partner that tapped into her uniqueness and brilliant mind to produce an album that is filled with joy and complexity without losing focus.
Interestingly, like a lot of artists recently, she is throwing off the single genre tag by blending her love for blues and soul with her jazz-pop influence. In addition to spicing up the stylized music, Halie Loren has found a truth and depth to her songwriting.
“For the past few years, I have felt more and more drawn to the idea of putting my songwriter self out there in a much bigger way, as a 100% personal form of expression,” stated the Alaska-native. “When I write, it’s all about the story and the feelings behind, but never about the particular style in which it takes shape.”
If you only pick up one album that is outside of hip-hop or electro-pop, please let it be From The Wild Sky. You will not be disappointed.
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