Dana Lauren | Stairway to the Stars, Featuring Arturo Sandoval

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Stairway to the Stars, Featuring Arturo Sandoval

by Dana Lauren

Dana Lauren's debut cd showcases her full, smooth, sultry vocals and features Arturo Sandoval on 4 tracks. "She don't push, don't pretend, she feels like a natural singer." Arturo Sandoval, Miami Herald
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Mean to Me
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2. But Beautiful
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3. If I Were a Bell
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4. Sometimes I'm Happy
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5. I've Grown Accustomed to His Face
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6. Devil May Care
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7. I Thought About You
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8. I Could Write a Book
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9. You Hit the Spot
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10. How High the Moon
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11. Corcovado
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12. Stairway to the Stars
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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“Hear us now, believe us later: the freakishly gifted young singer DANA LAUREN is still studying at New England Conservatory, but with her plush vocals and acute phrasing, she already has a captivating personal sound” – ThePheonix.com

“Lauren, 19, proved to be not only a sassy, silken vocalist, but an effective bandleader as well.” – The Hartford Advocate


Being at the right place at the right time is certainly relevant for Dana Lauren. On August 12, 2006, Dana attended the Newport Jazz Festival where Arturo Sandoval was performing. As luck would have it, Dana bumped into Mr. Sandoval as he was headed back to the stage in between performances. During a brief conversation, Mr. Sandoval found out that Dana was a jazz vocalist and getting ready to begin her first year at New England Conservatory as a jazz vocal performance major. He invited Dana to join him on stage at Sculler’s Jazz Club in Boston that following November. Since that time, Dana has had the honor of performing with Arturo at the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club in Miami, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Birdland in NYC to mention a few. This CD is the result of that meeting in Newport. Dana will always be thankful to Arturo for giving her this amazing opportunity and considers him not only her mentor but also a very good friend. Meeting Arturo Sandoval on the day of her 18th birthday was a life changing experience.

Dana has loved music for as long as she can remember. Her parents knew she had a passion and love of music when she was playing songs by ear on her keyboard at 6 years old. Shortly after that, she began taking classical piano lessons. While she was always singing, it didn’t dawn on anyone that her “gift” was her voice. While Dana’s mother loved to listen to jazz, Dana did not discover her passion for jazz until she arrived at high school and was chosen as the piano player for her high school jazz ensemble. Through her high school years, Dana was a member of the jazz band, jazz choir and women’s choir. She also directed an a cappella jazz quartet. Dana added jazz piano instruction as well as voice lessons to her schedule knowing that she would be majoring in jazz performance in college. Dana was thrilled to receive the Outstanding Vocal Soloist Award at the 2006 Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival and the Judge’s Choice Award for her piano and choir performance. Dana is completing her sophomore year at New England Conservatory as a jazz vocal performance major. She is excited to be transferring to Berklee College of Music on scholarship for the fall 2008 semester where she will continue her jazz vocal training and get back to seriously working on her jazz piano chops.

Dana continues to perform with her own band in venues along the East Coast.


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Dan (Middletown, CT)

You can take THIS ONE to THE BANK!
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! This young artist is a "sure bet" to go places AND FAST! I ONLY had to hear ONE of her songs on the radio and WAS SOLD on her!! AND when I saw her pic.....need I say...DONE DEAL!!!

dennis


having encountered so many new alleged jazz singers, it was a pleasant surprise to find that dana lauren is the real thing, and having arturo sandoval in her corner was no small feat, hopefully i, and all the others who took time to write reviews, won't have to wait very long for a new cd, cmon, lauren, get with it. dennis

GERRIT DIEPERING

STAIRWAYS TO THESTARS
DANA'S VOICE SHOWS HER MANY YEARS OF CULTIVATING A BEAUTIFUL TONE IN HER SONGS AND SHARES HER ARTISTIC JAZZ WITH HER AUDIENCE LOOKING FORWARD TO HEAR MORE CD WITH HER NAME ON IT.GERRIT

George F. Haskins

Tremendous talent
There is no doubt that Dana Lauren is on her way to a stellar career. Although she is still a very young woman, as a singer she has qualities that can't be taught, instincts that spontaneously surface when performing that are innate to some of the best female jazz singers we've had. There is an art, also, to choosing the right songs in your repertoire and so far so good. As great as she is now she is only going to get better. I can't wait to see the next phase of her development. She is an absolute joy to listen to.

Shaul Praver

Superb Artist!
Dana Lauren: Stairway to the Stars with Arturo Sandoval.

What an absolute treasure and delight to discover
Dana Lauren's superb voice and artistry. That is the kind of Jazz singing I love-- so natural so personal and so real. Dana is a magnificent artist and is always welcome on my TV show!
www.Rabbrock.org
Rabbi Shaul Praver

Shaul Praver

Superb Artist!
Dana Lauren:

What a delight to have discovered Dana Lauren's
superb voice and artistry. This is the kind of Jazz singing I like-- so smooth, so real and so personal. Dana Lauren can sing on my TV show anytime. www.rabbirock.org

Rabbi Shaul Praver

m pearse

stairway to the stars
I have been listening to and collecting girl singers in this genre for some 60 odd years and never have I been so instantly captivated by a new singer. She has an amazing voice and I can't wait to hear from her again. This CD has a definite and rightful place in my personal top five jazz vocal albums. Thank you Dana.

Ron Chervinski

Stairways to the stars
Dana's voice is wonderful! Her talent is at the top of the genre.Thank you Dana so much for the joy you've given your audience and me....one of your devoted fans!

Robert Sbriglio MD

Stairway to the Stars
This album is stunning and captivating. Dana Lauren is a young & rare talent. She has made a great start in a very promising career.


Stairway to the Stars
A brilliant album that removes Diana Krall from the top of this genre. An album to be shared with someone special over supper, cigars and port. I canot wait for her next release.