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Never Do Without You by Julie Mahendran

The title of Toronto, Canada, resident Julie Mahendran's project, "Never Do Without You" is taken from the lyric of Janet Jackson's song, "Love Will Never Do."

Mahendran describes her 10-track album as "a kind of obsession that we've all felt at some point in your lives, whatever the object of that affection may have been." The jazz vocalist unleashes a variety of tunes from head intoxication ("Freddie Freeloader") to quiet desperation ("Now or Never"). She explores her musical style as a songwriter, blending together pop, jazz and R&B influences.

Mahedran compares her talent to that of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday to contemporary jazz vocalists Natalie Cole and Diane Schuur to pop and R&B icons such as Annie Lennox and Whitney Houston. Her vocals are both soulful and intriguing. She explores the depthness of a love affair, from beginning to end. Listen to the haunting vocals of "Calling You" to a sense of regret in "Killing a Fool."

Mahendran seeks to win an audience, not only in Canada but in the U.S. "Never Do Without You" just may be the ticket.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Julie Mahendran
  • CD Title: Never Do Without You
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: JazzBaby Music
  • Tracks: On the Street Whare You Live, Freddie Freeloader, Like a Lover, La Costa, Calling You, Now or Never, Killer, Since I Fell For You, Kissing A Fool, Whatll I Do?I'll Be Seeing You'
  • Musicians: Julie Mahendran (vocals), Daniel Skakun (drums), John Taylor (acoustic bass)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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