WINNER 2009 MAC Award for Best Jazz Recording for Charmed Life
WINNER 2008 MAC Award for Best Original Song for 'I Remember' (featured on 'Charmed Life' music Russ Garcia/Lyrics Shaynee Rainbolt & Russ Garcia)
Charmed Life named Top 10 Vocal CD's 2008 (talkinbroadway.com)
'Charmed Life' TOP Selling Pop-Jazz Albums CDBaby.com
Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times wrote in the Charmed Life Liner Notes:
"The first thing that grabs you about Shaynee Rainbolt is her voice-a warm, rich, multi-hued sound that can range from the intimacy of a sensuous whisper in your ear to a sexy strut down Fifth Avenue. It’s a voice that one can imagine caressing a ballad, or scatting briskly through the changes of “I Got Rhythm” backed by a bop-driven jazz quintet. And that’s just for starters. She is, in other words, a singer for all seasons, underscoring her constant musical eclecticism with the subtleties of jazz-inflected phrasing and a sumptuous tone."
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It is not often that you can reach out to someone and know you are touching nearly a century of musical history. Legendary composer, arranger, conductor, Russ Garcia is that someone, and at 93 years young continues to work, write arrange and even tour. His collaboration with singer Shaynee Rainbolt resulted in this spectacular, historic recording of 16 Russ Garcia originals, featuring the Russ Garcia Four-Trombone Band, arranged and conducted by Garcia himself.
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING.....
"One of the tracks included on this great vocal tribute to the music of Russell Garcia... is entitled “Warm and Wonderful," [and] provides an ideal description of Shaynee Rainbolt’s voice, sweet as jasmine and honeysuckle, bold as brass and yet as seductive as a candlelit boudoir."
Jazz Times Magazine, Christopher Louden
"Rainbolt breathes joyful new life into his oeuvre...her interpretations plugging straight into the core of Garcia's artistry. Beautifuly sung...remarkable..."
Peter Quinn, Jazzwise Magazine (UK)
"This happy collaboration features Shaynee Rainbolt in inspired form...The music includes lush ballads, some fine scat-singing on the hotter tracks and an excellent variety of moods and tempos. Singers who wish to find fresh material would be advised to check out this CD, along with those of us who want to hear the magical combination of Shaynee Rainbolt and Russ Garcia."
Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
“Charmed Life harkens back to the glory days of swing and singer-fronted big bands with a mix of warm nostalgia and present-day adventurousness that’s sure to excite...The classic sounds of Garcia are alive and well in the capable hands of Rainbolt and should remain there for a long time.”
Jazz Improv Magazine
"Garcia has written for and worked with Julie London, Anita O'Day, Frances Fay and Ella Fitzgerald, so the bar is set high for anyone who sings his stuff. Miss Rainbolt is up to the task, and works extremely well with this fine band...she nails the ballads and the romantic...she can swing...or [be] flirty. The title track [Charmed Life] has rarely been recorded as a vocal, and I dare say that Shaynee's version in now the standard against which others will be judged." Jeffery Siegel, Straight No Chasser
"She [Shaynee] triumphs. Her voice is simply sensational...Often, listening to the album feels like hearing a long-lost jazz-pop masterpiece from the 1950s, the great album you never heard of, bursting to thawed, awed life from a well-preserved time capsule. In fact, the album feels modern in a way and certainly not entrenched in nostalgia to feel at all out of date or like a relic. But it embraces the past as much as it embraces the talent of itsmusical icon....This CD is something to revel in, and repeated listenings over time suggest it's going to be one of those that will be pulled out often and pull you in to an atmosphere that is, to quote a title of one of its many marvelous cuts, "Warm and Wonderful." Rob Lester, Talkin Broadway
"When Shaynee Rainbolt navigates the shoals of Russ Garcia's Tombone-laden arrangements, a beautiful artistic union forms -- that of an emerging voice and an orchestral master." Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat
"Shaynee Rainbolt's charm and beautiful, warm voice captures the essence of Garcia's music...exhilarating. A terrific collaboration!" Bob Comden, LA Jazz Scene
"When Shaynee sings "When I First Saw You," the love theme from Atlantis: The Lost Continent, she phrases like the great Cleo Laine and soars all over the octaves. "Flyin' Free" is a song that Garcia wrote at Count Basie's request. With great piano work by O'Rourke, Shaynee scats and bops with the trombones of Kaplan, Holtman, and Otto with jazz chops that remind you of O'Day and Christy and Chris Connor at their peaks with Kenton. The musical direction and arrangements by Garcia and the superb vocal work by Rainbolt make this pop jazz album of the year." Joe Regan, Jr., Cabaret Scenes Magazine
"Charmed Life" is an exquisite recording from start to finish. From the sensuous elegance of "I Remember" to the ironic coolness of "Soft, Warm Lips", and from the evocative "Sounds In The Night" to the swinging "What To Do", Shaynee Rainbolt demonstrates a delicate mastery of all of the intricate nuances of the jazz vocalist's art. The arrangements showcase her beautifully melodic voice, and that voice in turn brings out the very best in each of these songs. And even better is the fact that Miss Rainbolt handles the lyrics with just as much sensitivity and care as she does the music. This is especially apparent in her lessons in love in the seductively instructive "Go Slow" and the tenderly intimate "When I Go, I Go All The Way". If these two songs fail to raise your blood pressure, then it's time to call your undertaker, because your heart has already stopped beating."
John Segers, Music Director, WUCF-FM 89.9 "Jazz And More"
Shaynee Rainbolt’s musical curiosity has paid off big-time with her latest release, Charmed Life. She has not only authentically recreated the classic era of 1950s and 60s pop/jazz albums by bringing into the studio one of the great arrangers of that era, Russell Garcia. She has also brought to light the Garcia songbook, which has been waiting for just this moment to be discovered by a new generation of vocalists. Rainbolt, with her vocal ability and appreciation, becomes the perfect conduit to introduce in one package these soon to be classic songs.Michael Anthony, WHPC 90.3 FM