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Lili Anel

Born: June 8    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Lili Anel

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”. ...
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Awards:

2014 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] One of the Top 13 Albums from 2013”...It’s very rare when an artist can immediately convey who they are in the first few stanzas of a song they’ve written and performed—without cheap theatrics, emotional blackmail, or panhandling for sainthood.” - Carol Banks Weber, JazzExaminer

“[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

As a Leader (singer/songwriter/performer)

Lili Añel, Album Title
I Can See Bliss From HereAlbum
Record Label: Wall-I Records (Independent, Self-Released)
Year Released: 2013
Produced by Lili Añel and Dale Melton
Tracks: Climb The Wall, Something To Do, Blindsided, Living For Today, The Best Part of Me (Song For Joey), Go Home, Losing My Faith, Got Me Thinking, Out Of Control, This Love Is Over, Blindsided #2, Today
Personnel:Lili Anel - lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar (rhythm), electric guitar (rhythm)
Dale Melton – grand piano, Hammond organ, Telecaster guitar
Bill Zinno – upright bass
Mike Kurman – bass
Chico Huff – bass
Charlie Patierno – drums
Fred Berman – drums
Ben Wittman – drums, percussion
Yasuyo Kimura – congas, bongos, guiro
Victor Rendon – timbales
Tom Hampton – Fender Jaguar Baritone Custom guitar, Resonator
Kevin Hanson – nylon string guitar
Charlie Alletto – Cuban Tres guitar
Patrick Hughes – trumpet
David Fishkin – alto saxophone
Steven Gokh – tenor saxophone
Larry Toft – trombone
Horn Arrangement on “Something To Do” – Joe Manozzi
Recorded at The Sandbox at Buck Hollow Barn, East Fallowfield, PA
All Songs ©2013 Lili Añel Wall-I Records TwinTwo Music, BMI
Mastered by Alan Silverman at Arf! Mastering, New York
℗Lili Añel-Laughing Bull Music and Dale Melton-Melton Communications
Except:
“This Love Is Over” – Ray LaMontagne, ©2010 Stone Dwarf LLC Sweet, ASCAP
“Today” – Jef Lee Johnson, ©2003 Malinda Davora Music, ASCAP All Rights Reserved
Every Second In Between
Record Label: Wall-I Records (Independent, Self-Released)
Year Released: 2009
Tracks: I Don't Need You This Way
; One More Night
; Supposed To Be; That's All I Want From You
; So Far Away; Can't Fall Out Of Love; Much To My Surprise; George Bailey's Lament; Won't You Stay
; Voyager; Goodbye
Personnel: Lili Anel - lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar (rhythm), electric guitar (rhythm)
John Conahan – piano, background vocals, string arrangements
Chico Huff - electric bass, electric fretless bass, upright bass
Jef Lee Johnson – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin
Grant Macavoy – drums
Mayra Casales – percussion
Glenn Barratt – electric guitar, Nashville strung acoustic guitar
Erik Mitchell – background vocals on “Much To My Surprise”
Joel Bryant – Hammond B3, Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes Piano
Gary Schreiner – Chromatic harmonica on “Can’t Fall Out of Love”

Life or Death
Record Label: ESC Records
Year Released: 2008
Tracks: Thin Line
; Nothing In Common
; If; Lay Down Play Dead
; 2 Much Better
; Life Or Death
*; Dream Again*; The Way Out; Won't You Stay
; Down To Zero*; No Matter What Love; Between Me*
; Over You*; Land On My Feet*
; I'm Sorry*
Personnel: Lili Anel - lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar (rhythm), electric guitar (rhythm)
Cooke Harvey - electric 6-string bass, electric fretless bass, upright bass, piano, percussion, textures
John DiGiovanni - drums, percussion
Dave Bozenhard - guitars (acoustic, electric) rhythm and lead
Drew Zingg: rhythm and lead guitar, electric and acoustic guitar
Johnny Gale: rhythm and lead guitar
Seth Glassman: bass
Frank Vilardi: drums
Andy Burton: piano and hammond b3
John Ward: percussion
*Produced by Lili Anel and Cooke Harvey
Produced by JB Moore

Dream Again
Record Label: Wall-I Records
Year Released: 2007
Tracks:Try Again; Over You; Between Me; Dream Again; Down To Zero; I'm Sorry; Temporary Amnesia; If; I Pretend; Nothing in Common; It's You Again; If God Had a Wallet; Life or Death; Land on My Feet.
Personnel: Lili Anel - lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar (rhythm), electric (rhythm)
Cooke Harvey - electric 6-string bass, electric fretless bass, upright bass, piano, percussion, textures
John DiGiovanni - drums, percussion
Dave Bozenhard - guitars (acoustic, electric) rhythm and lead
Produced by Lili Anel and Cooke Harvey

Hi-Octane Coffee
Record Label: OJB Records
Year Released: 2002
Tracks: The Way Out; No Matter What Love; Lay Down, Play Dead; Down By The Water; Nothing in Common; See My Way; Not A Tear; Thin Line; Won't You Stay; 2 Much Better; If; Zora.
Personnel: Lili Anel: electric and acoustic guitar, vocals.
Drew Zingg: rhythm and lead guitar, electric and acoustic guitar
Johnny Gale: rhythm and lead guitar
Seth Glassman: bass
Frank Vilardi: drums
Andy Burton: piano and hammond b3
John Ward: percussion
produced by: JB Moore

Laughed Last
Lili Anel
Record Label: Palmetto Records (re-release on Wall-I Records)
Year Released: 1994; re-release 2006
Tracks: Laughed Last; The Wrong Time; On the Run; Never Ever Say It; Love Is It; Dance The Life Away; Baby When?; Let Her Go; Say It Isn't True; I Still Have You
Laughed Last reissue includes 3 live bonus tracks (recorded at Tin Angel, Philadelphia) "The Wrong Time", "Over Your", "The Way Out"
Personnel: Lili Anel: lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bacground vocals
Barbara Anel: background vocals
Matt Balitsaris: synth guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion
Jeff Berman: vibes, percussion, drums
Paul Adamy: bass
Mark Egan: bass on "Love Is It"
Cornelius Bumpus: saxophone
Produced by: Matt Balitsaris and Jeff Berman

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