Born: June 8
On her upcoming CD release I Can See Bliss From Here, (Wall-I Records), Lili Añel donned yet another hat, as co-producer and teamed up with Dale Melton (“The Melton Brothers) a friend and fellow musician who’d played in her rhythm section for over a year. The collaboration as co-producers has proven fruitful, delivering a profoundly honest and diverse recording. The songwriting on this, her 6th CD, is more musically diverse than any of her previous. The multi-tasking singer/songwriter states “these are the songs I want to put out to the world at this time. They reflect where I am right now”. And reflect they do, musically drawing from Latin, Jazz, Folk, Blues and Pop, as much a hybrid as Lili herself, a New York-born Cuban-African American. The distance between Añel’s new release and her previous, the award-winning 2009 “Every Second In Between”, has been a long one. Añel’s story is commonplace in the current U.S. recession. “Except for when I was on a label and was on tour in the mid-90s”, says Añel, “I’ve always had a day-job while I worked on my music and burned the candle at both ends”. In 2008 after the firm where Añel worked closed its doors, she found herself at a crossroads. “Unemployment eventually ran out and I could not find work in my field or any field for that matter”. With no money coming in, Añel utilized the options available to her to survive. “I gave back my car, filed for bankruptcy, moved to a cheaper apartment, and sold a high-end guitar I loved and worked hard to afford. It’s just material and besides you can only play one guitar at a time. That’s what I told myself to not feel badly. I’m lucky to have food, a roof over my head and a comfortable bed, and besides, I’m not alone. There are people going through much, much worse.” The CD’s single, Climb The Wall, with its bata-styled rhythm, accurately depicts this situation stating “it can all be gone forever/in the blink of an eye/lose your job/lose your car/lose your house/lose your mind/lose your time”. Says Lili “I didn’t lose my mind, but I sure came close”. ...
Awards2014 Nominee, Tri State Indie Music Awards - "Indie Jazz/Blues Band/Artist"
NY Music Award - 2010 - Best Female Singer-Songwriter-Female
NY Music Award - 2010 - Best Jazz Album “Every Second In Between”
NY Music Award - 2010 - Best Female Jazz Vocalist
NY Music Award - 1989 - Best Unsigned Artist
“[I Can See Bliss From Here]…a gem…powerful, indeed…” –Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes
“'I CanSee Bliss From Here' is the album every artist hopes for” –Robbie Woliver, Dir. of NY Music Hall of Fame
... an exciting, fresh sounding album...one can hear 'bliss' -Kent Manthie, Reviewer Magazine
of Every Second In Between Superbly crafted CD... proceeds to blow your mind at first listen...her songs are consistently excellent” —JazzTimes
“The Playlist: # 2 Most Intriguing Tune, September 16, 2009. The jazz chanteuse/guitarist refuses to surrender her identity on (Supposed to Be) this ballad from Every Second In Between.” —Steve Jones, USA Today
“This one has been exercising in my CD player for a week - and doesn’t want to leave the musical gym. My favorites: all 11 tracks.” —Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes
“…overall response after hearing her perform for the first time was more, please. —Bob Kellagher, PhillyBlurbs.com
“Her fifth album as a leader is a gem…hints of Cassandra Wilson and Nina Simone but Añel has her own voice.” —O's Place Jazz Magazine
“One of the most powerful singers in the Delaware Valley.” “Every Second In Between” —Mary Armstrong, Philadelphia City Paper’s Critic’s Choice 2009
A performer to watch [for]….a velvet voiced, vocal powerhouse whose earthy, jazz-laced tunes stretch the boundaries of traditional singer-songwriter turf.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
I Can See Bliss From HereSelf Produced
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