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"Lost In Romance" or "Little Drummer Boy"

Lyn Stanley


Lyn Stanley's album "Lost In Romance" has received critical acclaim and has received international and national airplay. Djs are thrilled with the album and their audiences are "thrilled" with the tracks. KKJZ radio, the second largest jazz radio station in the US, picked seven tracks from this album for airplay--this is extraordinary for a new album. Bubba Jackson, KKJZ radio personality, states of Lyn Stanley, "Thanks for bringing the songstress back to jazz. You make the lyrics come alive as the original composers intended." Don Grigware, of Broadway World, states Lost In Romance album is " of the greatest tributes to the great age of jazz I have ever heard."

Discovered in 2010 by world class jazz pianist and legend, Paul Smith, Lyn Stanley entered singing with the world’s most famous accompanist, Paul Smith and his trio, four months after meeting her.

Lyn was born in Tacoma Washington, the same birth town as singers Diane Schuur and Janis Paige. Her dad played piano by ear in the style of Erroll Garner, and Lyn was an attentive listener at an early age, but not encouraged to enter show business by her cautious family. Lyn's dad's father, an immigrant from Bulgaria, was an opera singer in Sophia, and her mother's brother, of Irish decent, sang tenor roles in local theater groups in Long Beach, CA. Lyn spent her formative years in California, spent a brief time in Orlando Florida to complete her undergraduate degree in communications, moved back to California for a master's degree, and then to East Lansing, Michigan where she attended a doctoral degree program in mass media. Eventually moved to Atlanta Georgia where she remained for many years. She returned to California in 2006 to care for her then ailing mother and also pursue her goal to become a national ballroom dance champion and train with professional Ballroom International Standard USA Champions and World Finalists.

Lyn Stanley entered the singing world through a side door—ballroom dancing. She began dancing in 2004 and took a fast study track to becoming a Pro/AM champion in ballroom dancing’s International Standard style and won three events and two national titles in 2010. She also placed 3rd in a World Title event the same year in the same style. Her dancing background leads her rhythm-making her singing style stand out, especially when added to her unique vocal tone.

Following her stage debut on February 13, 2011 with accompanist/composer/arranger, Paul Smith, Lyn was accepted into an international open call for a singer training program at Yale University. It was there Lyn learned how to prepare a one-woman show training with some of the greatest performers working in the industry.

Her first show, “Makin’ Whoopee” performed at Sterlings Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City (Los Angeles jazz club) and the Joslyn Center of Performing Arts in Palm Desert, California, was well-received by audiences and critics creating a call for an album from her fans. The birth of her debut album “Lost In Romance” came from her idea to present ballroom dancing rhythms and tempos into jazz interpretations. After all, jazz was first heard in the dance halls and then navigated to the instrumental solos popular today.

Lost In Romance is a unique album that combines 13 of Los Angeles’ best jazz musicians performing in four different trios along with soloists. The album is organized as a tale of love’s in’s and out’s, trials and tribulations, joys and disappointments—in a sequence that is best appreciated when heard in song order. The songs include traditional Great American Songbook tunes, but also step into blues and even Broadway-with “Losing My Mind” performed from a dancer’s perspective in a jazz arrangement. The album’s musicians and stellar arrangements, created by Tamir Hendelman, Steve Rawlins and Llew Matthews, all who have worked with some of the greatest singers in America including Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and Nancy Wilson.

On August 27, 2013, one week after her album release, Lyn Stanley's Lost In Romance album release party at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood received critical acclaim by jazz critic, Don Heckman, who also wrote the album's liner notes. The release party included seven players from her album, including Tamir Hendelman, Mike Lang and Llew Matthers, Jim DeJulio, Bernie Dresel, Bob McChesney, Steve Rawlins--along with Rickey Woodard, Domenic Genova and Grant Geissman. The show packed the house and also featured professional Latin ballroom champions to dance for the audience while Lyn sang songs from her album. Also in attendance was jazz critic and author, Scott Yanow, a big supporter of Stanley's work.

Paul Smith listened to Lost In Romance shortly before his death on June 29, 2013. As Lyn’s mentor, he told her he was very pleased with the album and rated it “A++.” Those who knew Paul can attest that his accolades were sparse and his expectations high from every musician and singer he encountered. Prior to his death, he confided to Lyn that he “hoped to be around for her 10th album” and he believed others would appreciate her work as much as he did.