INTRODUCING JAZZ VOCALIST ROBIN McKELLE
Debut CD from the
International Jazz Competition Finalist
on Cheap Lullaby Records
On May 2, Venice, CA based independent label Cheap Lullaby Records released "Introducing Robin McKelle," the label debut of the young gifted jazz vocalist, reminscent of the great singers of the forties. The response has been so remarkable we thought you might like to see and hear (if you haven't already) what all the buzz is about!
Introducing Robin McKelle--an extraordinary new talent with a remarkable voice -- a soul-infused alto tinged with haunting echoes of the postwar jazz greats. And, appropriately, this gifted young vocalist's debut CD, Introducing Robin McKelle being released May 2 on Cheap Lullaby evokes the jazzy spirit of 1940's America, while retaining a contemporary edge that speaks of a new wartime. With its well-struck balance of potent swing and fearlessly sentimental balladry, the album heralds the arrival of a peerless interpretive artist.
Introducing Robin McKelle finds McKelle, a 2004 finalist in the esteemed Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, breathing fresh life into classics many listeners thought they knew intimately. She transforms the Andrews Sisters' jaunty 1938 hit, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen," into an insinuating Latin jazz tune, replete with lip-puckering tango and salsa rhythms. McKelle's hard-swinging take on Dinah Shore's breakthrough 1940 hit "Yes, My Darling Daughter" is no less miraculous, its sassy vocals and Lindy-Hopping rhythms offset by a come-hither rumba break. The irresistible tandem of McKelle's voice and Murillo's arrangements combine on the after-midnight ballads "Come Rain Or Come Shine" and "For All We Know," while timeless swing numbers like "Something's Gotta Give" and "Sunny Side of the Street" are notable for their authoritative vocals, punchy big band arrangements and driving instrumental performances.
The experiences that shaped Robin McKelle's own life began in her hometown of Rochester, NY. The daughter of a liturgical singer, McKelle started her musical journey as classical piano student, then switched to playing keys in her high school jazz band. After attending the University of Miami and receiving her Bachelors of Music degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she moved to LA and toured as a backup singer. Moving back to Boston, McKelle started her own trio, joined the Voice Dept. at her Berklee alma mater and was offered a featured soloist spot with the Boston Pops Orchestra, following the Thelonius Monk Jazz Competition.
Towards her goal of maintaining creative control, McKelle financed the initial sessions for Introducing Robin McKelle out-of-pocket. She found a permanent home for the CD at the ambitious Los Angeles indie label, Cheap Lullaby Records, who upon hearing what she had recorded, immediately got on board and financed it to completion. Now, with her debut CD being released, the world can be introduced to Robin McKelle's rich, prismatic voice and her star-gazing jazz sound. As its euphoric title suggests, Introducing Robin McKelle is nothing short of a yearning desire fulfilled!