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Musician/Vocalist/Composer Gigi MacKenzie
SKYLARK TAKES FLIGHT AFTER TRAGIC FIRE
Los Angeles, CA October 19, 2006
Gigi MacKenzie, daughter of famous television and recording artist Gisele MacKenzie, releases debut CD on Morpheus Music label after tragic fire.
"This CD literally came up from the ashes of disaster," said Gigi MacKenzie. After having recorded the entire CD, Gigi received a call one night that the studio, which contained all of the masters for the CD and all her instruments, had been destroyed by a fire. "The whole record was gone" said the vocalist. Yet, she still managed to "resurrect" it in seven months. "You can quit or push on. We chose to keep going."
This venturesome vocalist has recorded and performed all over the world with many celebrity artists including Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, Nigel Olssen, Davey Johnstone, Dave Koz, Karla Bonoff, David Crosby, Gladys Knight, Marilyn & Alan Bergman, Tom Scott, Sandy West and many more.
You have no doubt heard Gigi on CDs, the radio, TV and in the movies. Having been a top LA studio singer for over ten years, Gigi has recorded national commercials for IBM, Ford and Toyota, major movie soundtracks including "Mr. Holland’s Opus" and the main theme to the hit police drama series, "Nash Bridges."
"Amazing, sultry, sexy and cool", best describes Gigi MacKenzie's debut album Skylark on the Morpheus Music label. An extremely talented multi-instrumentalist, the singer has a smooth magnetic style with a sultry alto range that has been compared to Sade and the late great Karen Carpenter.
Gigi brings a fresh style to beautiful jazz standards in this electrifying solo album. Her captivating sound that melds sprinkles of R&B with a good dose of modern jazz makes these songs breathe new life. Not only is her voice deliciously magnetic with a huge range, but a sense of intimacy unfolds as she accompanies herself on guitar, drums and percussion as well. These imaginative arrangements will make it feel as if you're hearing these great songs for the very first time.
Skylark is a loving tribute to her mother, the late Gisele MacKenzie, star of both stage and screen. She attained huge popularity in the 1950's when she appeared in such hit TV shows as: "The Gisele MacKenzie Show," "Your Hit Parade" and as a regular on "The Jack Benny Show." Gisele, a major recording artist on Capitol and RCA/Victor Records enjoyed a #1 hit of her own called "Hard to Get" in 1957.
As a tribute to her mother Gigi has, through the power of technology, produced a wonderful heart-warming duet with her mother (a la Natalie and Nat King Cole) from a recording Gisele made in 1956 of "Stranger in Paradise."
Gigi’s voice soars with a collection of fifteen fresh arrangements of her favorite standards and one original. "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Cry Me a River," "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Good Morning Heartache," "Embraceable You" highlights the eclectic stylings of this dynamic performer. Listeners will enjoy Gigi’s charming duet with Christopher Cross on "That’s All." In the tradition of the jazz standards of yesterday, "Let’s Make a Go of It" was written and arranged by Gigi.
Skylark will be released on December 12th, 2006 and will be available at online retailers and music stores across the United States. Please visit the official Gigi MacKenzie website at www.gigimackenzie.com for more information.