British Jamaican singer Alexia Gardner shares her deep interpretation of Ben E. King’s 1961hit “Stand By Me,” led by her full-bodied vocals that lend to the richness of the original.
The fourth single from her new album Feeling the Love, Songs of My Mother, Songs of My Father, the track comes alive with equal parts of joy and gravity as we’re drawn into a tale of being able to face whatever challenges life throws at you as long as you have someone at your side.
With Hyuna Park on piano, Martin Pizzarelli on bass, George Gray on drums, and Linus Wyrsch on tenor saxophone, the track gives us astunning glimpse of the genre-spanning 10-track collection that moves through jazz, soul, and gospel.
Packed with excellent interpretations of familiar and obscure songs like Burt Bacharach’s“Alfie,” Lauryn Hill’s“Tell Him,” and Billie Holiday’s“God Bless The Child,” the album showcases Gardner’s diversity as an artist.
Having begun her career performing with her sister Paula and earning acclaim, Gardner eventually found her niche in singing jazz music with her impressive vocals pulling us into luxuriant yet personal sonic world.
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