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“Let Me Be There For You” co-written by Dwayna Litz and Jayne Olderman, recorded by Patti Labelle on her Grammy nominated MCA album, Flame http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rDFLfh-cX4
“She’s Slowly Slippin’ Away” co-written by Dwayna Litz and Craig Karp, recorded by Kimber Clayton (RCA)
“I’ve Got A Feeling About You” co-written by Dwayna Litz and Jayne Olderman, recorded by Jayne Olderman on In The Moment CD (2011); Red Warrior Records; used for animal adoption shelters and Humane Society infomercial http://gsroc.blogspot.com/2011/09/jayne-olderman-ive-got-feeling-animal.html ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GVQPrS79ec
“When I Don’t Call Your Name” co written by Dwayna Litz, Mike Wells and Tony Harrell; recorded by LuLu Roman; single on album Seven Times http://www.cbn.com/media/player/index.aspx?s=/vod/MUS43v3_WS
“My Prize”—Contemporary Christian CD by Dwayna Litz (2009)
“Counting Your Blessings” Jazz album by Dwayna Litz with Harlem Speakeasy Orchestra, NYC
Jingles: Sony (Japan) Chevrolet (Regional, USA)
Dwayna Litz – Counting Your Blessings (CD) / 2012 Self / 13 Tracks / http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dwaynalitz4
The ability of Litz to crossover from jazz to pop and soul is simply unsurpassed; Counting Your Blessings is a perfect introduction to her eclectic style. Old Friends is able to immediately ensnare fans, with Litz’s vocals bolstered considerably by the backing band. This is not a static relationship – Litz’s vocals pull double-duty as early as during Someone To Watch Over Me. While she still provides the track’s narration, the harmonies achieved during this track could not be possible without Litz’s inimitable vocals.
Counting Your Blessing is one of those rare albums that increase its momentum throughout; late-disc tracks like Litz’s version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow and What A Wonderful World breathe new life into these classics. The title settles with a one-two punch; listeners are borne on Litz’s vocals through Cross Over The Bridge, while He Looked Beyond My Fault showcases the reality that no one person can make it alone. Dwayna Litz has a great sound on Counting Your Blessings, and I believe it is primarily due to the intersections of vocal and musical that are present here. I like the production of this album, but would honestly like to hear how Litz could light up a room; I’m sure there is soul and passion abound whenever she starts a set.
Make sure to pick up a copy of Counting Your Blessings today and see how Litz is able to evolve through the course of her next recordings. I know I will be spinning Anything Goes and Counting Your Blessings for the summer and beyond; you can do the same just as soon as you pick this up.
Top Tracks: Someone To Watch Over Me, I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
- James McQuiston
Editor, NeuFutur Magazine (Print)
Editor, NeuFutur Online ( http://www.neufutur.com )
Artist Development Production Deals:
Warner Brothers, Arista, Jack’s Tracks Music (Nashville)
FL State (Musical Theatre) Renee Grant Williams (private vocal couching) and Singer’s Forum NYC
ASCAP and APAP (Association of Performers and Arts Presenters)
Buddy Killen Music
Cal 4 Music
Founder and president of non-profit organization, Lighting the Way Worldwide
www.lightingthewayworldwide.org (2002 to present)
Understanding the Times with Jan Markell “Lighting the Way (Part 1 and 2)”:
Dwayna Litz grew up singing Gospel music as a soloist in Baptist churches as a child, traveling throughout the Southeast in America and abroad in India, Korea and Haiti (age 10-15). She was awarded “Best in Show” for state of FL in musical theatre at age 16 and moved to Nashville at age 17 to work as a singer for jingles and demos. Dwayna wrote her first song at age 20 and got her first publishing deal wih Buddy Killen Music signed as a writer/artist. A production deal with Arista and Warner Brothers followed the next year. Dwayna was discovered by Mark Miller who worked with famed producer Allen Reynolds at Jack's Tracks Studios where he produced a master session on her of songs from the top writers in Nashville recorded by the best musicians at the place all of the Garth Brooks hits were recorded. Dwayna began writing to pop and R&B tracks and moved to NYC at age 24 where she learned 100 songs from the Great American Songbook and sang musical theater and Jazz around NYC. Her genres are gospel, country, adult contemporary pop, bluegrass, Jazz ,musical theater, and easy listening. Dwayna recorded with a full orchestra new arrangements from the Great American Songbook in "Counting Your Blessings," released in 2012. Her latest compilation "Still" (with March 15, 2013 as the release date) is an authentic surprise for Christian music.
Dwayna began her nonprofit organization Lighting the Way Worldwide in 2003 in Venice Beach, CA, and the work has spread internationally. Dwayna Litz now lives in NYC where she records and writes inspirational music and leads her Christian nonprofit organization.
Web site: www.DwaynaLitz.com