Barbie Anaka | Speechless

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by Barbie Anaka

Contemporary, smooth jazz/pop with melodic vocals; latin, R&B and hip hop influences. Think Sade meets Teena Marie and The Brand New Heavies.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Did You Love
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4:35 $0.99
2. Like the Fourth of July
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5:00 $0.99
3. Speechless
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4:02 $0.99
4. Star
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4:20 $0.99
5. The Sweetest Taboo
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4:22 $0.99
6. That Night
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4:15 $0.99
7. Lavender Sky
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4:13 $0.99
8. Broken
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3:58 $0.99
9. The Lesson
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4:30 $0.99
10. Second Skin
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5:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
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 Al Green's cousin, 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, as she's kept a busy performance schedule throughout the Northwest since her first and second releases, "in Love With a Memory" and "Ballads Through the Night."
The title track single, "Speechless," reached #35 on the USA Today/Mediabase Smooth Jazz Radio Charts for the U.S. and is being played on over 60 radio stations nationwide. The album also remained at #15 on the U.K. Top 30 Soul Chart for over two months. Barbie capped off the album's release with a standing room only show featuring her 10 piece band at Seattle's Triple Door.


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