“Recently, we brought the news , in which the new album “Wake Up” by the singer / songwriter Jennifer Saran was announced and now the disc is on the table.
Jennifer Saran aka Jennifer Hill , who was born in the USA, lives in Hong Kong and began her singing career there. In 1992, she joined a women’s choir and took the mezzosopran with her voice. Five years later, together with other members, she left this choir and founded The Hong Kong Women’s Choir , whose main goal is to make money for charity. Under the name Nova and supported by the A cappella group Gracenotes is a preferred charity for the disadvantaged.
In 2015, she made her debut with the Christmas album “Merry Christmas – You Are Loved”, and a year later, “Walk With Me”. Her career as a singer runs well, yes, more than well, because radio stations, video portals and social networks ensure enormous distribution. This is also a good thing, because a large part of their income goes to the needy of this world. Examples are the ‘Kuldeep’ Saran Memorial Trust ‘(a foundation established after the death of their husband Kuldeep Saran ), who takes care of the education and welfare of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong. Then there is still support for the Hong Kong Women’s Choir , Who is celebrating the 20th anniversary this year and Jennifer is the only remaining founding member. ‘Arts and Education for Women’ supports refugee women and asylum seekers in Hong Kong and the revenue of the single “Wake Up” goes to the ‘Desmond Tutu Foundation’ in South Africa.
The woman is doing well and did so now with this album also for herself, because beside own songs, there are also cover pieces of musicians, which are dear to your heart. This naturally results in a kind of hodgepodge, because there next to Bill Withers or George Michael z. For example, a Doris Day . Jennifer’s versions, or her vocal abilities, however, make this an easy one, because it sounds perfect. Yes, actually this voice is almost too perfect for me. There is no corner or edge place, but this is now critique at the highest level. However, if one likes singing and music from a rather rocky environment, one has to fight first with the beauty of the voice.
Also Santana’s guitar playing in the title track is rather subtly adapted to the well-arranged arrangements of the album. Like the South African Grammy winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo , Carlos is on board as a guest musician. The covers I know are very close to the original and especially the “Me And Mrs. Jones”, known by Billy Paul, underline the fact that Jennifer has also made a massive change to the song name. Because of the Mrs. became a Mr. and therefore also the lyrics had to be changed in the affected places.
Produced was the album by Narada Michael Walden , who not only drums on “Wake Up”, but also stands next to Jennifer at the Micro. Stylistically, the album moves in a melange of pop for adults, singer / songwriter, soul as well as R & B. Hard to grasp but actually on the common denominator, the great voice, there is nothing to shake.
In Rockhaushalt it will surely have “Wake Up” hard to get rotation. But if there is desire for adult contemporary music, what is fitting in the house.
Line-up Jennifer Saran:
Ladysmith Black Mambazo (vocals)
Carlos Santana (guitar)
Narada Michael Walden (drums, keys, brushes, synth, vocals)
Matt Heulitt (guitar)
Troy ‘Booda’ Lampkin (bass)
Tai Morris (guitar)
Kevin Wong (keys)
Cornell Carter (Backing vocals)
Sandy Griffith (backing vocals)
Liane Berube (violin)
Stephanie Bibbo (violin)
Natasha Makhijani (violin)
Heather Powell violin
Jennifer Hunt (flute)
Gary Brown (bass)
Jamil Wallace (vocals)
Tammy Hall (keys,Piano)
Nate Soulsangar (backing vocals)
Ray Clement (saxophone)
Rich Amstrong (trumpet)
Frank Martin (synth)
James Henry (talking drums)
Jim Reitzel (guitar)
Jennifer Saran (vocals)
Tracklist “Wake Up”:
- Wake Up ( Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Narada Michael Walden )
- Jesus To A Child (Tribute to George Michael )
- Really ( Jamil Wallis )
- Me and Mr. Jones (Tribute to Billy Paul )
- You Are My Star (feat Ladysmith Black Mambazo )
- Too Young To Know
- Better Than Me – “To Anjali”
- Look At Me Fly (feat. Narada Michael Walden )
- Old Cape Cod (Tribute to Patti Page )
- Try To Forgive [But I Can not Forget]
- Lean On Me (feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Tribute to Bill Withers )
- Grace Is the Champion
- I Will Always Be Your Home
- My Love and Devotion
- Aad Guray
Total playing time: 63:38, year of publication: 2017″