Lyn Stanley is fast becoming one of the most talked about jazz vocalists in the recording industry. Former ballroom dance amateur champion-she has reinvented jazz vocals and taken a new perspective on jazz standards, pop and rock songs that have given her international status selling about 30,000 records all over the world since her debut album in 2013. Her one of a kind sultry voice is described as beautiful, smooth and amazing in tone, phrasing and rhythm. She is known for the top level Los Angeles and New York musicians she works with both on stage and in her recordings.
Lyn Stanley has had a unique singing career that has given her International Recording Artist status. Now at 26,000 album sales in two years with three album releases worldwide and in the jazz vocal genre space--a difficult market to capture. She has taken over the audiophile market as the leading female jazz vocalist in their favor worldwide. Her debut recording, 2013’s Lost in Romance was an overnight international success and she achieved recognition and critical reviews from the gatekeepers of high quality sound in all parts of the audio world. Her albums have been Indie successes, as both of her releases have been #1 Jazz Vocal albums on CDBaby.com. Lyn’s renditions of swing songs and timeless ballads at her shows have proven to be atmospheric and uplifting. Her alto voice is beautiful, sultry, unique and not to be like any other. The release of her second album, Potions [from the 50s], Lyn Stanley performs her very personal versions of some of the greatest songs of the 1950s with some of the greatest jazz musicians currently on the scene in NYC and Los Angeles. She uses only the best engineers available, including Al Schmitt and Bernie Grundman for recording, mixing and mastering her projects.
Lyn Stanley's singing career began less than five years ago. She had no prior background, but was first heard publicly in 2011 accompanied by her mentor of four months, the world class jazz pianist, Paul Smith, known best for his 20 plus year association as Ella Fitzgerald's accompanist and conductor. Her performance background came from six years as an amateur competitive ballroom dancer, and she became a USA Pro/AM ballroom dancer by winning three first place USA Championship DanceSport titles in 2010, and placing third in a World title Pro/Am event.
Lyn's recordings and live performances utilize some of Los Angeles’ top jazz musicians (including pianists Tamir Hendelman, Mike Garson, Bill Cunliffe, Llew Matthews and Mike Lang), Lyn Stanley sang one classic song after another, all having to do with love. Each performance was purposely taken at danceable ballroom tempos that would be ideal to be used at ballroom dancing competitions, or for romantic couples everywhere. Her versions of such songs as “Change Partners,” “Fever,” “That Old Black Magic,” Willie Dixon’s “I Just Want To Make Love To You,” “Watch What Happens” and “The Last Dance” are quietly emotional, honest, and filled with an infectious swing. It was quite a debut.
The release of Lost In Romance made Lyn Stanley an immediate international success. Among the many accolades and awards that her debut received, Lost In Romance was named by Chinese/Taiwan reviewer Jack Lui in his 2014 book All About Vinyl as #6 on his list of the top 100 audiophile vinyl albums of all time. International music critic Michael Fremer called Lyn the “Chanteuse Extraordinaire.”
Lyn Stanley’sophomore recording, Potions [from the 50s], produced by the jazz pianist Kenny Werner, is a tribute to the composers of music from the 1950s. It is filled with gems by the jazz and pop songwriters of the era. For this special project, Lyn surrounded herself with some of the most talented musicians in the world including pianists Kenny Werner, Mike Lang and Bill Cunliffe, bassists Mike Valerio and Johannes Weidermeuller, drummers Joe La Barbera, Ari Hoenig, and John Robinson, guitarist Thom Rotella, tenor-saxophonist Rickey Woodard, percussionist Luis Conte, trumpeter Glenn Drewes, and Tom Ranier on clarinet, using the arrangements of Steve Rawlins, Tamir Hendelman, Mike Lang and Bill Cunliffe. Lyn gives her own personal interpretations to such classics of the 1950s as “Lullaby Of Birdland, ” “Misty” “Cry Me A River, ” “You Don’t Know Me,” “Love Potion #9,” “Teach Me Tonight” and the bluesy “After The Lights Go Down Low.”
The sessions were recorded on analog tape just like the recordings of the 1950s. Potions [from the 50s] is being released not only as a SACD stereo hybrid (which plays on Blu Ray and CD players) and as downloads on CDBaby.com but as a 180 gram double-45 RPM vinyl album, a reel-to-reel tape and as a vinyl record. Audiophiles have adopted Lyn Stanley as their new star due to her wonderful low tones and the quality of her recordings. Her renditions of the Great American Songbook are particularly enjoyed in Japan and throughout Asia. Lyn has/will performed in Europe, Japan, Australia and USA since her career began in 2011.
Lyn Stanley loves to create entertaining concept albums and engages the best jazz arrangers to see her album visions. Her third project called, Interludes, was released in November 2015. This new album, and Potions [from the 50s] have already receive “Best 12 Albums of 2015” by All About Jazz and Don Grigware’s Encore Best Album of 2015. Again, she utilized engineering by Grammy Award winner, Al Schmitt and Bernie Grundman to continue her mission to created albums from analog mixed and mastered tape. The musicians include Bill Cunliffe, Mike Garson, Ray Brinker, award winning bassist Chuck Berghofer, harmonica by Hendrick Meurkens, cellist Cecilia Tsan, Bob McChesney on trombome, percussionist Brad Dutz and guitarist John Chiodini. All albums to date have at least 14 tracks, and she sells almost twice as many vinyl albums for her titles than she does CDs. She recognized the resurgence of vinyl before the current two year wave riding the vinyl format currently in favor with several music lovers.
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