His premier album, The Very Thought Of You, unleashes the talented young singer Rory Partin on the wider world. But don’t be fooled into thinking this debut artist is some new kid on the block. Partin has been leading the Rory Partin Big Band since 2000, and their highly entertaining live show, professional approach and superb repertoire have made them a popular choice for society parties, governors’ balls, corporate events and sell out concerts.
Partin has been performing from San Francisco to New York and Toronto to Baton Rouge – always leaving audiences wanting more. Partin’s debut album only shows off one small part of his vast talents. Hailing from Louisiana, and drawing on musical influences as varied as Ray Charles, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and The Doobie Brothers, his blue-eyed soul voice is convincing whether he is pulling every ounce of emotion from a classic soul set or swinging with his big band on The Very Thought Of You.
From the album’s opening cut, “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home,” this emotion is immediately evident. Critics have already been wowed by the way in which Partin tackles the material. “The extraordinary thing is the way in which Partin is simultaneously soulful and yet unashamedly swings. His phrasing is superb,” writes British music critic Mike Rimmer.
The Very Thought Of You is destined to introduce Partin to a wider audience than just those who have seen his excellent big band’s live performance. Bringing his own unique personality to these familiar songs, a new generation is discovering these fresh interpretations of timeless classics. Partin delivers them in a voice that is both knowing and passionate, and with a romantic flair that melts hearts.
THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU
The album features classics that were often on the family stereo when Rory was growing up in southern Louisiana. From the opening cut, "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," his musical roots are immediately evident. From his jazzy stylings on "Route 66," to his velvety delivery of "The Way You Look Tonight," Rory breathes new life into classic standards.
On the title track, "The Very Thought Of You," Rory evokes a tender, romantic mood. When you hear the seductive power of the song, you're hearing it exactly as he intended. At the other extreme is the swinging show stopper, "Luck Be A Lady," where Rory comes through in full Vegas style. With the driving band behind him, great horns and a climactic finish, he's never sounded better. Rarely does an album capture the excitement and romance of live performance, but Partin's debut, The Very Thought Of You, is on the money.
1. Walkin' My Baby Back Home 2:43
2. Mack The Knife 3:15
3. Route 66 3:13
4. It Had To Be You 3:32
5. Nice Work (If You Can Get It) 2:06
6. The Very Thought Of You 4:34
7. The Way You Look Tonight 3:21
8. Let's Fall In Love 2:06
9. On The Street Where You Live 4:44
10. Luck Be A Lady 4:44
“As a kid, I remember listening to Satchmo, Ray Charles, André Crouch, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole...There was something magical about the way they sang a song that grabbed me - I had to stop and listen. They inspired me to sing songs that capture my emotions. When people listen to The Very Thought Of You, they’re hearing some of those songs, and it’s my hope they’ll experience that same magic and inspiration. "
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For information on booking Rory for your concert event, visit: www.rorypartin.com