Breast Cancer Awareness Month has an entirely new meaning this year for jazz singer Anna Danes (www.AnnaDanes.com). As the positive-minded chanteuse plotted with her team for the release of her empowering “Find Your Wings” album, an intimate acoustic jazz collection of standards and original love songs that will be released on October 28, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Turning to her own encouraging messages of hope and inspiration, she has not missed a beat and is using her health challenge to educate others by journaling her experience on a cancer blog and as source material for her upcoming book, motivational speaking engagements and personal growth products.
Danes’ second album, produced by Dave Darling, is about breaking free of whatever is holding you back from doing what you love. It’s her own story as the San Diego-based former lawyer and stay-at-home mother who escaped communist Poland with her family as a child only began singing three years ago. By believing in herself, she has completely transformed her life. Unimaginably, Danes found herself in the iconic Capitol Records Studios recording “Find Your Wings” where two of her role models, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, recorded.
Influenced by the starkly-produced vocal jazz albums made by Tony Bennett and Bill Evans, Darling adorned Danes’ grand and expressive voice with sparse accompaniment from an astute jazz trio consisting of piano, upright bass and drums. Half of the date is composed of five gems from the Great American Songbook plus a mesmerizing, emotionally-baring tune from blues singer Janiva Magness (“When You Were My King”). The other half is songs co-authored by Danes: the uplifting title track and five songs chronicling her most recent relationship, including its painful conclusion.
In addition to her recording career, Danes created a production company to bring live jazz events to the San Diego market. She produces the area’s popular Jazz on Cedros series that will host her album release concert on the release date. Have you listened to “Find Your Wings” and considered Danes for an interview, feature, performance, record review or an appropriate roundup piece? Please let me know if you need anything on our end. Thanks for your open ears.
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