Grammy-winning American vocalist Cassandra Wilson has signed with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Enterainment, according to a Nov. 2014 announcement by Adam Block, President, Legacy Recordings. Wilson's first album for Legacy, paying homage to legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday, is slated for a spring, 2015 release.
Wilson's tribute to legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915) celebrates the 100th anniversary of Holiday's birth. The story of Billie Holiday, nicknamed Lady Day, was told in the autobiography "Lady Sings the Blues" and the movie of the same name, starring Diana Ross.
Coming Forth By Day is described as Cassandra Wilson's moody, soulful showcase for contemporary yet timeless interpretations of standards associated with her musical inspiration, according to information from Legacy Recordings.
“Cassandra Wilson is one of the world's most elegant and tasteful artists. Her decision to channel the spirit of Billie Holiday on her new album is a perfect complement to Legacy's plans for celebrating Lady Day's centennial," said Adam Block of Legacy Recordings. ”It's an absolute treat to work with Cassandra in the realization of this unexpected and sublimely beautiful music."
Cassandra Wilson is closing out her 2014 performances with her tour in Norway, Germany, Slovakia and Italy. She will will embark on a highly-anticipated world tour in February 2015 and is slated to make her headlining debut at Harlem's fabled Apollo Theater on Friday, April 10, 2015.
"A dream of mine is happening,” enthused Cassandra Wilson on her website, "I’ve been in love with Billie Holiday’s voice since the moment I heard it, and she has inspired me throughout my career.
Wilson wrote about her association with Legacy on her Facebook page, "I am delighted to be a part of the Legacy family and can’t wait for you all to hear my upcoming album Coming Forth By Day this spring!"
Coming Forth By Day was produced by Nick Launay, known as Nick Cave's producer for the last decade among many other adventurous credits. Wilson recorded the music at Seedy Underbelly studios in Los Angeles at Seedy Underbelly studios, accompanied by an A list musical team including producer Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Arcade Fire), guitarists T Bone Burnett and Nick Zinner of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, string arranger Van Dyke Parks and rhythm section The Bad Seeds (drummer Thomas Wydler and bassist Martyn P. Casey).
Wilson is a leading American jazz vocalist/musician/songwriter/producer who has received many awards and accolades, including: two Grammys (1996, Best Jazz Vocal Performance for New Moon Daughter; 2009, Best Jazz Vocal Album for Loverly);Down Beat's Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year (1994-1996); the Montreal International Jazz Festival's Miles Davis Prize (1999); named "America's Best Singer" in Time magazine (2001); honorary doctorate in the Arts from Millsaps College (2003); added to the Mississippi Blues Trail (2010); and taken home the BET Soul Train Award (2011, Best Traditional Jazz Album for Silver Pony).
Cassandra Wilson performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis' "Blood on the Fields," the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.
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