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“Luminous...shimmering...stimulating...pure intoxicating jazz!”

The Ethereal Soraya Shaw

Breeeeeeathe!   Breathe deep.   It’s easier to do while taking in the sounds of vocalist Soraya Shaw’s debut CD “Daydreams.”  In today’s hectic world, this soothing collection of jazz standards beautifully sets the mood for relaxation and romance.

Shaw’s crystalline and ethereal vocals envelop timeless tunes such as “Night and Day,” “Body and Soul,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,” and “I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart.”   Her convincing and sensual delivery defines her as a modern-day diva of classic love songs.

“The words to these songs are so relatable and they all have an element of romance,” said Shaw.  “They have strong melodies and beautiful chord structures behind them.  I think people always appreciate a great melody with words that strike a chord in their own experiences.”

Before Shaw set foot in the studio to record “Daydreams,” she spent a great deal of time contemplating the stylistic elements of the project. The Missouri native wanted to put a new and exciting spin on the old tunes, while staying true to their original spirit.

When the timing felt right, Soraya approached several acclaimed jazz musicians to assist her in putting the songs together.  She also hired engineer / producer Wayne Cook, who is a former member of the 1970s rock group Player.  In the studio, Cook has engineered projects for groups such as Manhattan Transfer and Yellow Jackets.

“I had a lot of confidence in everyone that worked on my record,” said Shaw, a resident of Los Angeles.  “Even though I was making all the final decisions, I felt as though I could still lean on them for support.  I knew that whatever suggestions they would make would be good.”

Since childhood, Shaw has had a passion for Latin Music.  That influence is brilliantly displayed on her CD.  Tunes such as “Body and Soul,” and the title track, “Daydream,” combine traditional jazz arrangement with strains of sambas and bossa novas.

Shaw also is influenced by her training in classical music.   After graduating from Saint Louis University in the mid-1990s with a bachelor’s degree in fine and performing arts, she considered a career as an opera singer.

During that time, Shaw showcased her 3 ½ octave range by singing in classical music recitals.  There, she performed pieces by composers such as Schubert,   Brahms, Bach,  Mozart,   Puccini  and   Duparc.   She was also featured in productions under the direction of internationally renowned opera director Colin Graham.

As Shaw forges ahead with a clear idea of her artistic identity, she plans to continue to uniquely re-create the music of the 1930s and ’40s.  She says she not only desires to keep the tradition of classic tunes alive, but also wants to set a new standard for ingenuity and creativity in her genre.

“As I was working on “Daydreams,” I was thinking ahead about the next CD,” said Shaw, who has studied under the same instructor as famed opera singer Jessye Norman.  “It will definitely be another album of standards.”

“I enjoy performing and recording music that is worthwhile to listen to.  These classic songs have held up remarkably over time and never seem to go out of style.”


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Last updated: 3/5/2006.

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