VOICES Notes and news on Contemporary Jazz releases
06 MAY 08 JONATHAN WIDRAN
Mindi Abair's Stars, her Peak Records debut, showcases her trademark hip and edgy instrumental sound and includes more original vocal tracks than ever before.
Over half a decade after Abair broke onto the smooth jazz scene with her hit debut It Just Happens That Way, she's still an A-lister for summer and winter tours, festivals and cruises, has her own syndicated radio show "Chill With Mindi Abair" and recently went international with her first concerts in Istanbul and Romania.
Fans across the country can't get enough of her jamming stage show or the way she textures those cool "da da" vocals with her blazing sax on the #1 airplay hits that established her, "Lucy's" and "True Blue." (Download the free song "On and On" and see for yourself.) Stars offers that vibe on the first instrumental single "Smile," but Peak is simultaneously promoting her powerful vocal title track to AC radio. While keeping her core fans excited as ever, this cool two-fisted marketing approach is aimed at establishing as a distinctive new voice in a new generation of singer-songwriters.
She's been working towards this breakthrough a long time, doing pop tours with Adam Sandler, Duran Duran, Josh Groban and even The Backstreet Boys on their famed Millennium tour back in 1999-2000. Before immersing herself in contemporary jazz and becoming one of its true icons, she was even shopping demos of pop songs, aiming for a deal as a singer-songwriter. With her new album, she no longer has to reach for the stars. She's got the best of both worlds.