Kevyn Lettau

Bye-Bye-Blackbird

Bye Bye Blackbird

  • Release Date: 28 Jun 2005
  • MCGJ1019

Bye Bye Blackbird, singer/songwriter Kevyn Lettau’s debut for MCG JAZZ, will be a highlight in a career that has taken her across the globe. It’s her first-ever all-standards set, featuring tunes such as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Love You Madly," "Let's Fall In Love," "Gone With The Wind," and the title track.

The rich orchestrations were arranged and conducted by the legendary Dori Caymmi and provide a lush backdrop for Lettau&… MORE

ABOUT KEVYN LETTAU

 

Kevyn is on a journey. Her life and career have always been about movement and a refusal to accept boundaries, confinement or stereotypes.

At the age of 14, Kevyn left her native Germany for the United States, where she finished high school while supporting herself cleaning houses and studying dance on the side. By seventeen the singing bug had gripped her and she was ready to make the full time commitment to becoming a singer. She started working with Peter Sprague singing Jazz, R&B and Brazilian music on the streets of Del Mar, California.

Kevyn sang with local San Diego groups until she was discovered by the famous Brazilian legend, Sergio Mendes. She toured and recorded with Sergio for eight years, as she developed her own very personal vocal style.

Kevyn's first two solo releases were on Nova records entitled Kevyn Lettau and Braziljazz, respectively. She immediately garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following both in the U.S. and abroad, particularly in Japan and the Philippines, where she achieved near superstar status. She was a spokesmodel for a San Miguel soft drink, with multiple television commercials and print ads running there for years.

In 1992, Kevyn signed with JVC Music, where she continued her journey of musical and personal exploration. She recorded four albums for JVC including Simple Life in 1992, Another Season in 1994, Universal Language in 1995 and The Language of Flowers in 1998. 1999 brought the release of her greatest hits collection entitled Miracle Voice: The Best of Kevyn Lettau. In 2000, Universal Music released Kevyn's Police recording, which was Kevyn's exploration of the music from the pop/rock genre-bending group, The Police. She followed in 2001, with another Universal Music release entitled Little Things. In 2003, she released The Color of Love in which Kevyn wrote about hope for a brighter future. This CD covers a large range of musical styles. When asked why so much variety, Kevyn says “It’s all music, some lyrics demand a certain kind of harmonic tension and others are calling out to be a bit aggressive rhythmically. I love what Duke Ellington said about music, ‘There are only 2 kinds of music, good and bad!’ I hope people can hear through the variety and feel the good in the music, the stories, and the messages!

"...I feel like music has to grow and change as I do the same. I hate to have to categorize my music as one style or another. It seems impossible to put it into one small box with a neat bow wrapped around it! My hope is just to make good music one song at a time!"