They are all inherent things that are undoubtedly ingrained in our everyday approach to life. But exhibiting any one of these on cue is not so easy. Only a select few artists can effectively incorporate these elements into their work. Jan Shapiro is one of those few. Armed with a pristine, instantly recognizable vocal style all her own, she dives into every song with pure feeling, energy and emotion. It;s a natural gift, but also the result of years of training and experience.
On her debut album, Read Between the Lines, Jan meshes element of Jazz, R&B and Pop into a refreshing contemporary jazz sound that is simultaneously entertaining and varied. From the groovy nostalgic flavor of the title track to the breathtaking ballad "Between Hello and Goodbye", destined to become a classic, all the way to the downright funky, irresistible soul of "I Get Arrested", one knows on first listen that Jan is a versatile singer with broad musical knowledge.
Working with producer-arranger, 5 time Grammy winner/nominee Richard Evans, the set include songs by songwriting teams, Michael O'Hara and Denise Rich, Alex Brown and Rex Salas as well as several contributions from Grammy nominee Donna McElroy.