Barbie Anaka's third album, "Speechless" is an original, sultry blend of smooth, contemporary jazz vocals over r&b, hip hop and latin grooves. The album features multi-intrumentalist and producer Donyea Goodman (co-producer), as well as Kenny G's guitarist John Raymond, sax man Jon Goforth, bassist Garey Shelton and keyboardist Eugene Bien.
Barbie penned 7 of the 10 tunes, rounding out the album with 3 covers: Sade's "The Sweetest Taboo", John Clayton's "That Night" (Barbie's long time teacher), and the song "Star" by the late Carly Henley (one of Barbie's students).
The recording illustrates the artist's growth over the past several years since her last release, as she's kept a busy performance schedule throughout the Northwest since release of her first album, "in Love With a Memory".
The single, "Speechless" is enjoying airplay on smoothinseattle.com and on internet radio in the UK. Recently, Barbie capped off the album's release with a standing room only show featuring her 10 piece band at Seattle's Triple Door.