DWAYNA LITZ "COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS' ALBUM REVIEW BY JAZZ LIVES: http://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/dwayna-litz-can-sing/
Dwayna Litz – Counting Your Blessings (CD) / 2012 Self / 13 Tracks / http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dwaynalitz4
The ability of Litz to crossover from jazz to pop and soul is simply unsurpassed; Counting Your Blessings is a perfect introduction to her eclectic style. Old Friends is able to immediately ensnare fans, with Litz’s vocals bolstered considerably by the backing band. This is not a static relationship – Litz’s vocals pull double-duty as early as during Someone To Watch Over Me. While she still provides the track’s narration, the harmonies achieved during this track could not be possible without Litz’s inimitable vocals.
Counting Your Blessing is one of those rare albums that increase its momentum throughout; late-disc tracks like Litz’s version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow and What A Wonderful World breathe new life into these classics. The title settles with a one-two punch; listeners are borne on Litz’s vocals through Cross Over The Bridge, while He Looked Beyond My Fault showcases the reality that no one person can make it alone. Dwayna Litz has a great sound on Counting Your Blessings, and I believe it is primarily due to the intersections of vocal and musical that are present here. I like the production of this album, but would honestly like to hear how Litz could light up a room; I’m sure there is soul and passion abound whenever she starts a set.
Make sure to pick up a copy of Counting Your Blessings today and see how Litz is able to evolve through the course of her next recordings. I know I will be spinning Anything Goes and Counting Your Blessings for the summer and beyond; you can do the same just as soon as you pick this up.
Top Tracks: Someone To Watch Over Me, I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
- James McQuiston
Editor, NeuFutur Magazine (Print)
Editor, NeuFutur Online ( http://www.neufutur.com )
DWAYNA LITZ BRINGING BACK THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK IN A FRESH, NEW WAY
Dwayna Litz is bringing back "The Great American Songbook" to the concert halls with fresh, new arrangements of the most beautiful music ever created! Her singing and unique charismatic stage presence will warm your heart and transport you to another place and time. Her performance style has been likened to that of Judy Garland and Rosemary Clooney, yet, her delivery is contemporary and distinctively "Dwayna".
In addition to her stellar vocal ability, Dwayna is an accomplished songwriter including songs featured on Patti LaBelle's Grammy nominated Gold CD, "Flame," Chris Willis' performance on "The Journey" (Red Warrior Records), "I've Got a Feeling" aka "The Animal Rescue Song" and her latest timely song and video entitled "America Come Home" which is rapidly becoming a YouTube sensation.
She has been included in Who's Who in America for her artistic abilities and was awarded "Best in Show" in musical theater at the young age of 17 at FL State University. She has entertained audiences across America, the UK, India, Haiti and Korea. She has studied voice and musical theater at the Singer's Forum in NYC and has been coached by top vocal coaches in Nashville, TN.
She is presently living in NYC where she recently recorded her latest album "Counting Your Blessings" bringing back the popular songs of the 40s and 50s with a compilation of romantic standards from writers such as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Steven Sondheim and Marilyn Bergman. She is currently performing these songs around NYC and concerts worldwide. Dwayna's recordings and concerts will make you want to count your blessings, no matter the situation, by replacing worries and sadness with a smile.
Come join Dwayna Litz as she reminds you that "Counting Your Blessings" will lift you "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" to "What A Wonderful World" with "Pennies From Heaven," even when it rains. She brings an exciting arena of love and happiness to fill up any concert hall and leave people wanting more.
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