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Contemporary Fusion Reviews FEATURE: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

5 Sep

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“Jennifer Saran prolific singer Jennifer Saran – WAKE UP:  What an absolutely tasty set of music to arise to in my Great Northwest abode… one word of advice before I go any further… listen to this with the volume WAY up, or (better yet) with your headphones on!

Jennifer is based in Hong-Kong, but she must have connections… the title track/opener, “Wake Up“, features Carlos (YES, Santana), and it’s a song we NEED in these days of political babble and blab… LOVED the energy on this excellent song, and it will most assuredly help you to spread the message that needs to be sounded ’round the globe – WAKE-UP, people! One of the reasons I opted for pushing this to a FEATURED slot is the video Jennifer & friends made, which you can watch below:

The driving percussion wafting under Jennifer’s vocal on “Too Young to Know” will have you up & moving ’round the room in the immediate moment!  This definitely isn’t in the “jazz” arena, but longtime readers here know that genre doesn’t figure into my selections for review… only the ENERGY… you will become a fan of Jennifer’s RIGHT NOW when you listen to my personal favorite of the fifteen songs offered up… “Look at Me Fly” features Narada Michael Walden in a full celebration of how great life will be when your spirit is free!  I give Jennifer a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99!  Get more information at Jennifer’s website.      Rotcod Zzaj”

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Via Nocturna Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up” (translated)

31 Aug

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Jennifer Saran is a very prolific artist. After her debut with a Christmas album, Merry Christmas You Are Loved (2015), she released Walk With Me in 2016 and already has a new album on the market. Named Wake Up, the Hong Kong-based American singer returns to work with respected Narada Michael Walden to present 15 tracks where she joins versions of her favorite artists (Patty Page , Doris Day , Bill Withers and George Michael) to a set of original pop Alternative and contemporary adult music. Highlights for the collaborations are with the South African choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the legendary Carlos Santana.

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RONNIE SPECTOR will be performing in Asbury Park, NJ tomorrow, August 26th!

25 Aug

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Look out, Asbury Park: Ronnie Spector is back.

“Spector, the iconic 1960s hit-maker, has reunited with her longtime group the Ronettes, and they’ll be headlining at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 26, for Cruisin’ the Circuit.

The concert, Spector’s first performance in the city in 15 years, benefits the homeless animal support organization the Asbury Park Boardwalk Rescue.

Co-sponsored by the Asbury Park Press, Saturday’s event also will feature Shirley Alston Reeves of the Shirelles, The Crystals, the Coasters, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Nicky Addeo and Pat Guadagno’s Big Band, hosted by local radio personality Big Joe Henry.

Fresh off releasing the single “Love Power” earlier this month, Spector recently took some time to chat via email about her connection with Asbury Park, her bond with Bruce Springsteen and the decision to reunite the Ronettes.

Q: Aug. 26 will be your first time in Asbury Park in 15 years. How are you feeling about getting back to the city, and do you have any particularly fond memories of playing the city in the past?

A: Are you kidding me? I can’t wait to get back there! Those were great times for me. You know I came back east in ’74 and really needed to make music. People may not know it, but I never wanted to leave rock ‘n’ roll.

Let me tell you (a) little story of how I got to Asbury Park in the first place. I am walking down the street in New York City, mid-’70s and I hear this voice yell out, “Hey Ronnie, Ronnie Ronette,” so I turn around and it’s John Lennon. I actually met John the first night we landed in the U.K. in January ’64. Anyway, John asked me how am I doing, and I tell him, “Not good, I need to make music.” John said he was busy being a house husband taking care of his son, but introduced me to his engineer, Jimmy Iovine.

That night, Jimmy invited me down to the Record Plant where he was working with a band from Jersey. When I walked into the studio, I met Little Steven (Van Zandt), who was producing Southside Johnny. And (Bruce) Springsteen was there, too, and right on spot Bruce re-wrote a song for me and Johnny to sing as a duet, “You Mean So Much to Me Baby.” They were all excited when I showed up, and more excited when I started to sing. I was surprised they knew me.

After that I started hanging out in Asbury Park with the guys, doing shows at the Stone Pony and all over the place. The second part of my career really started in Asbury Park. Those guys treated me like a sister and really helped me get back to what I loved doing, rock ‘n’ roll. They always looked out for me, and would never let me get into any trouble!

Q: You are once again making music with the Ronettes. How does it feel to have the group back together, and what made now the right time to reunite?

A: I was performing over at the Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. last year. There’s more than a hundred thousand people at the festival, everyone is there from Adele on down. And we get out on stage and start into “Baby I Love You” and the crowd goes nuts. All these kids are screaming, and I look over to my girls … and they are doing the routines, and right then it was back to the beginning. It hit me, boom! It was just about having FUN!

I have had lots of high points in my career, but those times from ’63 to ’66 remain magical to me. That’s before all the craziness, the ripoffs, the lawsuits. There was an innocence back then that I miss. And that’s why I am back as Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes.

Q: I love your new single, “Love Power.” What was the inspiration behind such an uplifting track?

A: At first I wanted to change the title to “Girl Power,” but Narada Michael Walden, my producer, and I were talking about it, and we both felt the same. Right now we need “Love Power.” I see people marching with Nazi flags carrying torches. What is going on in our country, in our world?

Anyway I had bumped into Narada last December at Carnegie Hall when we were both doing Sting’s “Rainforest Benefit” and we got talking, and the next thing I know I fly out to San Francisco and we recorded it. And I love it, love the sound, love the arrangement, love the production. I told Narada just what I wanted, and he gave it to me. I do believe love power is the greatest power of them all, and like the song says, “Together we can’t fall.”

Q: Is “Love Power” the first glimpse at a new LP from you and the Ronettes?

A: I honestly don’t know. I made my first record in 1961, and the business has changed so much. I have to pinch myself ’cause I can’t believe I am still here doing it. Of course I would love to make a new Ronettes album.

But I am so proud of “Love Power.” We are here to spread love. That’s what the Ronettes always sang about, “Baby I Love You,” “Do I Love You,” “Why Don’t They Let Us Fall in Love,” “Chapel of Love” and of course “Be My Baby” and so on. It was always about love for the Ronettes, and I feel we delivered that message again.

Q: On both the new single and your last album, 2016’s “English Heart,” your voice is in terrific shape. What’s your secret to preserving your instrument after all of these years of singing?

A: I don’t go out much and I don’t talk much either. I stay away from parties, and I try and eat right, lots of pineapple. And very important, lots of sleep. I have been very lucky. It’s probably in my genes. I do drink coffee every morning, and still smoke cigarettes, which I started in my late teens.

Q: Forty years ago, you partnered with the E Street Band for “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.” What are your memories of working with the band on that classic single?

A: I was going back and forth to L.A., so the times in the studio with Bruce and the boys were great. The times in L.A. were very difficult for me. Everyone was working hard to find the right song for us to record. And of course Billy Joel, who wrote “Hollywood,” used to open up for the Ronettes on Long Island in the ’60s when he was in the Hassles.

I also loved the ‘B’ side which Little Steven wrote for me. Those guys were like big brothers to me. It’s the only record outside of their work with Bruce where they are credited as the E Street Band. I look back and really appreciate those days. Not one memory, lots and lots of them, so much fun and a sense of freedom for me which I desperately needed. The guys were great and exactly what I needed at that moment in my life.”

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CRUISIN’ THE CIRCUIT

WITH: Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, Shirley Alston Reeves, The Crystals, The Coasters, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Nicky Addeo and Pat Guadagno’s Big Band

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26

WHERE: The Paramount Theatre, 1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park

TICKETS: $27 to $77

INFO: www.apboardwalk.com/event/cruisin-the-circuit

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To Order LOVE POWER on iTunes please visit:  http://smarturl.it/lovepower

For more information on Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes please visit her website at: http://www.ronniespector.com/

For more information on Narada Michael Walden please visit: http://www.naradamichaelwalden.com/

For Narada Interview Requests please contact: Michael Jensen & Erin Cook / Jensen Communications MJ@jensencom.com Erin@jensencom.com Phone 626-585-9575

For Ronnie Interview Requests please contact: Seth Cohen at Seth Cohen PR sethcohenpr@earthlink.net 917-969-2019

Let It Rock Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

24 Aug

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“It’s no coincidence there’s an imperative shift between 2016’s “Walk With Me” and “Wake Up”: while Jennifer Saran’s sophomore album felt like an inspired invitation to try many a route, its follow-up finds the singer take wing and take her listener way up high. That the mesmerizing “Look At Me Fly” – a duet with producer Narada Michael Walden – is this record’s centerpiece is rather telling, although such a placement can’t distract anyone from the artist’s fully-fledged ability to own not only the little gems she co-wrote but also pop classics inhabited here with, if to quote one of them, love and devotion.

To gender-bend Billy Paul’s “Me & Mrs. Jones” and swing to a strings backdrop or to reveal new emotional layer in Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me” may require a lot of self-confidence, and Saran is truly possessed with assertiveness now, easily outshining the sensual backing provided by LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO on a few numbers – first of all, on the title track where Carlos Santana’s soulful licks kick in to elevate the opener’s vibrancy. With the same rapturous throb filling the translucent “Too Young To Know” whose arrangement ebbs and flows under its melody, and with a wide-eyed delight in “Really” which rides a funky groove, Jennifer doesn’t shy away from the moonlight serenade in “Old Cape Cod”; more so her delicately passionate treatment of “Jesus To A Child” can make Sade blush.

On the opposite side of a rhythmical spectrum, silvery spiritual yet dance-inducing, “Grace Is The Champion” has the potential to become a riff-spiced mantra for an experienced party-goer, one that will deem Saran’s reading of “Aad Guray” too entrancing. But when the orchestra and choir flock into “I Will Always Be Your Home” to warm its welcome, it’s impossible not walk there with the singer and then wake up each morning with a smile and faith in the future.”

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WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.

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IDC is honored to be working with legendary artist Ronnie Spector, and legendary producer Narada Michael Walden!

11 Aug

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Iconic Singer RONNIE SPECTOR Partners with Legendary Producer NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN for the New Ronnie and the Ronettes Single “LOVE POWER”

Iconic singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee RONNIE SPECTOR along with her RONETTES, partner with the legendary producer Narada Michael Walden, to create the brand-new single “LOVE POWER”. The first new Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes recording in decades, the single will be released through Walden’s Tarpan Records in association with Spector’s Bad Girl Sounds this August 18, 2017, worldwide on all digital platforms.

The story of Ronnie and Narada goes back to the early 1980s. The two met and talked about the possibility of working together, exchanging calls and speaking a few times, but it wasn’t until Narada (and Preston Glass) penned the track Tonight You’re Mine, Baby,” performed by Ronnie for the film “Just One Of The Guys” in 1985, that they finally worked together.

Fast forward to 2017, and the two have now reunited to create an anthemic single just in time for the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. The single, aptly titled “LOVE POWER,” features Spector on lead vocals with her group The Ronettes, together with the world class production of Narada Michael Walden. “LOVE POWER” is reminiscent of many of the hits Walden has created in the past for other female icons like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Aretha Franklin.

The heart, soul and passion of female Rock & Roll in the 1960’s, Ronnie Spector—as lead singer of the ultimate girl group, The Ronettes—recorded a long string of classic pop hits: powerful, poignant teen anthems like the Grammy Award-winning “Walking in the Rain,” “Do I Love You,” “Baby I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breaking Up,” “I Can Hear Music,” and the international Number One smash “Be My Baby.” In fact, last month, Billboard Magazine ranked “Be My Baby” as their Number One Greatest Girl Group Song of All-Time.

Among a handful of the most innovative, original and influential artists of our time, Narada Michael Walden’s stature as an authentic musical renaissance man is a matter of record. Producing hits for Artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin (including the platinum “Freeway of Love”), Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Sting, Elton John, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, Lionel Ritchie, Lisa Fischer, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Gladys Knight, and The Temptations, the EMMY and multi-GRAMMY winner (Producer, Album and Song of The Year) has been at the helm of hit music that spans decades.

Narada started his storied career as a drummer, with John McLaughlin and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Narada’s music flows freely from pop, rock and soul, to the rarified realms of jazz, fusion and world music. With Jeff Beck, Narada wrote and played drums on the seminal album “Wired” that earned them both their first Gold Album. Walden was an integral part of introducing Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to millions of fans worldwide, producing and writing their breakthrough hits. Billboard Magazine honored him as one of the Top Ten Producers of all time.

The new “LOVE POWER” collaboration features a song written by Teddy Vann many years ago, with initial tracking done at Walden’s Tarpan Studios in San Rafael, California. The Ronettes’ background vocals were recorded at John Kilgore Sound and Recording in Manhattan. Spector recorded all the lead vocals during a visit to Tarpan Studios in early June 2017, and the track was mixed by Narada and Tarpan lead engineer Jim Reitzel. Cover art for the single was created by David Calderley at Graphic Therapy in New York.

“LOVE POWER” is an anthem for a new era of music and the next generation, while reaching the heart and soul of generations past. This single will uplift and inspire anyone who hears it.

To Pre-Order LOVE POWER on iTunes please visit:  http://smarturl.it/lovepower

For more information on Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes please visit her website at: http://www.ronniespector.com/

For more information on Narada Michael Walden please visit: http://www.naradamichaelwalden.com/

For Narada Interview Requests please contact: Michael Jensen & Erin Cook / Jensen Communications MJ@jensencom.com Erin@jensencom.com Phone 626-585-9575

For Ronnie Interview Requests please contact: Seth Cohen at Seth Cohen PR sethcohenpr@earthlink.net 917-969-2019

Rootstime.be Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up” (translated)

2 Aug

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“The roots of singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran are in North America, but she has been living in Hong Kong for over 25 years since her marriage. Two years ago, she debuted in the music world with a Christmas album and in the middle of last year we could welcome her first official studio album “Walk With Me”. These albums are mainly socially engaged and engage in a variety of charities that they also support financially. As a result, she comes into contact with a few big names from the world of music, art and politics. She sees social commitment as a kind of mission to help her to a better world.

The American top producer Narada Michael Walden took care of Jennifer Saran’s musical activities and compiled songs for her album “Walk With Me” and also took on the role of producer. Also for her new “Wake Up” CD, the close collaboration with him continued, and the recording of the 15 tracks took place in the Tarpan Studios of Narada Michael Walden in San Rafael, California.

For the recording of the album title track “Wake Up”, Jennifer Saran could count on the musical support of guitar legend Carlos Santana and the South African formation ‘Ladysmith Black Mambazo’. The proceeds from the sale of this single go in full to the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, an organization around the South African archbishop and Nobel laureate winner of human rights and combating the suppression of all the weak in the world.

Most of the songs on this album belong to the smoothly heard alternative pop genre. Nine of these songs were composed by Jennifer Saran and Narada Michael Walden, and next to a version of the traditional “Aad Guray”, this singer also brings five covers of songs that are close to her for some reason.

While George Micheal died last year on Christmas day, Saran creates a tribute and brings her own version of his hit “Jesus To A Child”. Also soul-classic “Me And Mrs. Jones “of the singer Billy Paul, who died in April 2016, receives a personalized dress and the ‘Mrs. Jones ‘was appropriately amended to’ Mr. Jones’. Patti Page was an American singer of traditional pop songs who sold more than 100 million albums in her long career. Jennifer Saran selected her song “Old Cape Cod” from 1957 for a tasteful cover version on this album.

In addition, there is also a musical tribute to two artists who Jennifer Saran admires for their successful career and who wants to put them on the record by releasing one of their biggest hits. From American soul and R & B singer Bill Withers, she selected “Lean On Me”, one of his best-known songs, and the present-day 95-year-old singer and actress Doris Day is blown with a cover of her song “My Love And Devotion “, a song she sang in 1952 for her movie” Lullaby Of Broadway “.

Jennifer ‘Hill’ Saran is a single mother of three children after her husband Kuldeep Saran’s death, but she also wants to be a mother for all disadvantaged children in the world. She is committed to creating a better world and doing so with enormous dynamism and positivism; Features that are also found in her music and in her songs. Such a lady deserves our full support in achieving her noble goals and the promotion of her latest, very beautiful record can be seen as a small contribution of ‘Rootstime’.”

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WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.
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The Aquarian Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

31 Jul

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“Singer/songwriter Jennifer Saran doesn’t rap, she sings in a most delectable way, always in service to the song. The title track of her self-released Wake Up features Ladysmith Black Mambazo and some guitarist named Santana as produced by Narada Michael Walden. It’s a clarion call for the enlightened. Saran is based in Hong Kong and has the kind of eclectic musical worldview to the point where she takes George Michael’s “Jesus To A Child”—with Walden on drums—and wraps it in the gauzy haze of four violins, two violas, cello and flute with her voice emanating out from within the middle. Similarly, when she tackles the Billy Paul hit “Me And Mrs. Jones,” changing the gender and leaking body fluids all over the mix, one can feel the danger of falling in love with someone when you’re already married to someone else. Most impressive, though, is her complete overhaul of the 1957 Patti Page hit “Old Cape Cod” and the 1952 Doris Day hit “My Love And Devotion” which sent me scurrying to YouTube to hear the originals. Her “Lean On Me” does Bill Withers proud and her originals beg to be interpreted in other genres. Welcome to the big stage, Jennifer Saran! You deserve it.”

By Mike Greenblatt at www.theaquarian.com

WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.
Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp
 
More information about JENNIFER SARAN or WAKE UP can be found at:

 

Watch The “Wake Up” Music Video

 https://youtu.be/WAzK3mAlmrA

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