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Exclusive Magazine Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

20 Jun

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“Narada Michael Walden’s music and Jennifer’s lyrics and vocals combine to create a soulful, heartfelt record that is, yet again, sure to captivate a worldwide audience.”

“For those not in the know, Jennifer Saran is a North American alt-pop/adult contemporary artist, songwriter and vocalist based in Hong Kong. Her first full-length album, Merry Christmas, You Are Loved (2015), was a worldwide smash and quickly put Saran on the map; let alone on the radar of some very big names within the business.

Indeed, that debut album was created with legendary producer Narada Michael Walden, and released through his very own uber successful label, Tarpan Records. Luckily for us all, that partnership continued onward with her sophomore album, Walk With Me (2016), and now into her quite stunning new album, Wake Up.

Narada Michael Walden’s music and Jennifer’s lyrics and vocals combine to create a soulful, heartfelt record that is, yet again, sure to captivate a worldwide audience. Featuring an expansive 15 tracks, Wake Up is a mix of alt-pop and adult contemporary covers and originals that allow Saran’s unique vocals styling to emanate perfectly.

1. ‘Wake Up’ (Feat. Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
2. ‘Jesus to a Child’ (Tribute to George Michael)
3. ‘Really’ (Feat. Jamil Wallis)
4. ‘Me and Mr. Jones’ (Tribute to Billy Paul)
5. ‘You Are My Star’ (Feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
6. ‘Too Young to Know’
7. ‘Better Than Me’ (“To Anjali”)
8. ‘Look at Me Fly’ (Feat. Narada Michael Walden)
9. ‘Old Cape Cod’ (Tribute to Patti Page)
10. ‘Try to Forgive (But I Cannot Forget)’
11. ‘Lean on Me’ (Feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Tribute to Bill Withers)
12. ‘Grace Is the Champion’
13. ‘I Will Always Be Your Home’
14. ‘My Love and Devotion’
15. ‘Aad Guray’

Musically, Wake Up is a beautifully soulful, heartfelt collection of songs that evoke Saran’s passion for beautiful melodies throughout. Indeed, Saran creates moving, thought-provoking music track after track here, and with each one drawing from her unique and powerful experiences of life, they all manage to take on her experiences musically to perfection.

Add to all that an album that also features guest appearances by multiple Grammy-winning artist Carlos Santana and South African Grammy-winning male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Wake Up (in stores and online worldwide on July 7th, 2017) is an album you simply must have in your collection the day it is released.

Personally, it’s Saran’s covers of some classic, beloved hit songs that resonate the most for me here. Here tributes to George Michael (‘Jesus To A Child’, Bill Withers (‘Lean on Me’), and both Patti Page (‘Old Cape Cod’) and ‘Me and Mr. Jones’ for Billy Paul, add some serious musical distinction to this album.

For a woman who records so frequently now, sings like her shoulders bear none of life’s worries, and whose recordings are engaging, uplifting and empowering via her own evolution within the business, Saran (who also has a few other external-to-music businesses she is more than a little involved with) is as beautiful, as talented, and as highly a productive lady as I think I have ever had the pleasure to know (via her music, of course). And once you listen to this new album, and journey through her back catalog yourselves, I think you’ll wholeheartedly agree with me.”

Review by Russell A. Trunk at annecarlini.com

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Singer/Songwriter Jennifer Saran to Release New Album ‘Wake Up’

14 Jun

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To say the very least, JENNIFER SARAN is a prolific artist. After releasing her debut holiday-themed album Merry Christmas, You Are Loved in 2015, followed shortly thereafter by Walk With Me in 2016, Saran is now finalizing her new 15-track album WAKE UP. A mix of alt-pop and adult contemporary covers and originals produced by the legendary Narada Michael Walden at his Tarpan Studios in San Rafael, CA, WAKE UP features guest appearances by multiple Grammy-winning guitar legend Carlos Santana and South African Grammy-winning male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. WAKE UP will release in stores & online worldwide on July 7th, 2017.

JENNIFER SARAN is a North American artist, songwriter, and vocalist based in Hong Kong. In 2016, Jennifer teamed up with Narada Michael Walden (they obviously love working together) and Ladysmith Black Mambazo to create her new album’s titular single “Wake Up.” Also, making a special guest appearance on the track is multiple Grammy-winning legend Carlos Santana. This stunning collaboration is a heartfelt appeal to recognize and address worldwide inequality and impoverishment, a cause incredibly important to each of these amazing artists involved. Jennifer travelled to South Africa to record with Ladysmith and to film scenes for the song’s music video, released with the single on November 11, 2016.

WAKE UP features Jennifer’s versions of classic hits from artists such as Patty Page, Doris Day, Bill Withers, and George Michael, each of whom holds a special place in her heart. Jennifer’s original songs and conscious messages have resonated with fans and media alike, and her music has been released to many great reviews and widespread radio exposure around the world, including interviews on syndicated radio stations in the US and the UK. The “Wake Up” single was reviewed or mentioned in magazines and websites including Songwriting Magazine, Women Talking, and Clare Balding conducted a wonderful in-depth interview with Jennifer on BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday. The “Wake Up” music video aired on over 100 broadcast video outlets in the past several months across the US, including rotation on California Music Channel, PC Music Pool, and The Sound Chamber, reaching millions of viewers. On social media, the video has had almost 100,000 views across Facebook and YouTube.

Jennifer Saran, aka Jennifer Hill, was born in Washington DC to a Canadian mother and American father. Years later she stumbled upon a women’s choir with the American Women’s Association (AWA) in Hong Kong in 1992, which she joined as a Mezzo (second soprano/first alto). She and members of that choir broke away in 1997 and formed The Hong Kong Women’s Choir, where the group performed to raise money for local charities. Under the brand name ‘NOVA,’ and with an additional a cappella subgroup named ‘Grace Notes,’ the choir’s aim was to perform more contemporary music and raise money for the disadvantaged in Hong Kong.
THKWC has performed for multiple events over the last 20 years, including charity functions and public performances, and while many wonderful local and international women have joined and departed over the years, Jennifer is the sole remaining founding member. This year is the Choir’s 20th anniversary, to be celebrated at Hong Kong’s historically famous Western Market.
In 2007, Jennifer also established a memorial trust in the name of her late husband, Kuldeep Saran, at the time of his death. She is involved in many charitable efforts, including The Kuldeep Saran Memorial Trust, whose objective is to support the education and well-being of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong, through education programs, and a ‘bricks and mortar’ renovation to a local Hong Kong school that educates minority children.
KSMT Ventures, which manages donations from other organizations that fund charitable projects, one of which is AnEW, Arts and Education for Women, a Christian-Action program supporting refugee women and asylum seekers in Hong Kong.
Proceeds from her musical endeavors will go to the Kuldeep Saran Memorial Trust and the Hong Kong Women’s Choir, for the educational support of disadvantaged children. Proceeds from the single, “Wake Up” will go to the Desmond Tutu foundation in South Africa.
Jennifer is the mother of 3 children, Paul, Phillip, and Anjali. She continues to write new songs and travels the world, trying to uplift and engage, educate and empower, our future generations.
Pre-Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp
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The Daily Country: Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Narada Michael Walden Join Jennifer Saran in an Inspiring World Peace Anthem “Wake Up”

30 Nov

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All Proceeds from Sale of New Track to Benefit the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

“A beautiful mission of sound and healing” – Carlos Santana (Featured Guitarist)

Alt-pop/adult contemporary singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran has teamed up with South African Grammy-winning male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Grammy and Emmy-winning producer, drummer, singer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden (Producer/Co-writer), known for his work with Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Mariah Carey, to create her newest single, “Wake Up.” Making a special guest appearance on the track is Grammy-winner and legend Carlos Santana (Featured Guitarist), whose guitar licks generate inspiring vibes. The stunning collaboration is a heartfelt appeal to the world to recognize and address inequality and impoverishment, a cause incredibly personal and important to all the amazing artists involved. “Wake Up” will be featured on Saran’s third album, produced and co-written by Narada Michael Walden, which will be released in early 2017.

“Wake Up” is a rousing and uplifting anthem for the world at large. Saran takes meaningful action through her lyrics to encourage change – “It’s time to Wake Up!” This worldly, heartfelt, and thought-provoking singer has been dazzling listeners with her message of positivity and encouraging them to stand up to the world’s struggles and incite change, first on her debut album Walk With Me (2016), and now on this new song.

Each of the legendary guest artists joining her on the song believe strongly in her cause. Carlos Santana, whose searing guitar work is featured on the track, says Saran’s song is “a beautiful mission of sound and healing.” Saran adds, “’Wake Up’ is the second inspirational song that Narada and I have written. Eighteen months ago we were inspired to write ‘Rise Up Time,’ which came from an inspired jam session. We had put aside time to experiment with a new idea in the wake of so much hate and violence in America and what came from that time together was this song.”

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who won a Grammy for “Best World Music” in 2015 for their album Live: Singing For Peace Around The World, was brought in through Walden, whose goal was “to make a new sound for the world and inspire a new consciousness in the world – that of waking up.”  It was Walden’s responsibility to create a space between these artists – passionate about the same worldly concerns – with the intention of inspiring a global movement of like-minded people with a single goal in mind: peace.

Proceeds from sales of the song, which is available now on iTunes, will go directly to the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. As an outspoken defender of human rights and campaigner for the oppressed, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is one of the world’s most revered peacemakers. The mission of his US-based nonprofit is to support and promote the creation of a culture of peace throughout the world.
Saran created an accompanying web-based video that was released on the Archbishop’s 85th birthday.  Watch it here: https://youtu.be/rWRljsgvUQY

Help spread the word of peace with “Wake Up” – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wake-up-feat.-ladysmith-black/id1161862170
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More info can be found:
http://jennifersaran.com
https://www.facebook.com/jennifersaranmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/jennifersaranmusic/
For more information about The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation please visit:  http://www.tutufoundationusa.org

More incredible support coming directly from Carlos Santana for the new inspiring world peace anthem “Wake Up” from Jennifer Saran, Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Narada Michael Walden

15 Nov

 

 

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From Team Santana:
We invite you to check out Jennifer Saran’s new “Wake Up” single and music video featuring Carlos, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Narada Michael Walden. All proceeds of this release go to The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

Watch the video now: https://youtu.be/WAzK3mAlmrA

iTunes link:
https://itunes.apple.com/…/wake-up-feat.-ladys…/id1161862170

Del Equipo Santana:
Te invitamos a escuchar “Wake up”, el nuevo single y vídeo musical de Jennifer Saran, acompañada por Carlos, Ladysmith Black Mambazo y Narada Michael Walden. Todas las ganancias de este lanzamiento se destinarán a The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

Mira el vídeo ahora: https://youtu.be/WAzK3mAlmrA

Enlace de Itunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/…/wake-up-feat.-ladys…/id1161862170

 

 

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Incredible support coming from Sting on his website for the new inspiring world peace anthem “Wake Up” from Jennifer Saran, Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Narada Michael Walden

14 Nov

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Jennifer Saran, Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, And Narada Michael Walden’s Inspiring World Peace Anthem “Wake Up” – Watch Now

11 Nov

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“Wake Up” Available on iTunes on Nov. 11

All Proceeds from Sale of New Track to Benefit the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

“A beautiful mission of sound and healing” – Carlos Santana (Featured Guitarist)

 

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Alt-pop/adult contemporary singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran has teamed up with South African Grammy-winning male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Grammy and Emmy-winning producer, drummer, singer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden (Producer/Co-writer), known for his work with Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Mariah Carey, to create her newest single, “Wake Up.” The song releases Friday, November 11. Making a special guest appearance on the track is Grammy-winner and legend Carlos Santana (Featured Guitarist), whose guitar licks generate inspiring vibes.

Watch the video now: https://youtu.be/WAzK3mAlmrA

Buy the song:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wake-up-feat.-ladysmith-black/id1161862170

The stunning collaboration is a heartfelt appeal to the world to recognize and address inequality and impoverishment, a cause incredibly personal and important to all the amazing artists involved. “Wake Up” will be featured on Saran’s third album, produced and co-written by Narada Michael Walden, which will be released in early 2017.

Each of the legendary guest artists joining her on the song believe strongly in the cause. Carlos Santana, whose searing guitar work is featured on the track, says Saran’s song is “a beautiful mission of sound and healing.”

Proceeds from sales of the song, which is available now on iTunes, will go directly to the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. As an outspoken defender of human rights and campaigner for the oppressed, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is one of the world’s most revered peacemakers. The mission of his US-based nonprofit is to support and promote the creation of a culture of peace throughout the world.

This holiday season, Saran re-releases, “Merry Christmas, You Are Loved,” another collaboration with Narada Michael Walden. Last year the two released “Christmas Is Really My Thang” – https://youtu.be/T-D0Dp0rMhA.

Buy “Merry Christmas, You are Loved” here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/merry-christmas-you-are-loved/id1061239668

More info can be found:
http://jennifersaran.com
https://www.facebook.com/jennifersaranmusic/
https://twitter.com/jennsaranmusic
https://www.instagram.com/jennifersaranmusic/

For more information about The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation please visit: http://www.tutufoundationusa.org

 

For more information about JENNIFER SARAN:

 

Publicity Contact for Jennifer Saran

Michael Jensen & Erin Cook / Jensen Communications

MJ@jensencom.com / Erin@jensencom.com

1-626-585-9575

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