Jazz siren Rana Farhan proclaims on her web site: “Jazz is peace.” She’s not just borrowing 60s flower child rhetoric. She knows firsthand.
Born in Iran, Rana grew up listening to any albums she could get her hands on, fostering a love for American blues artists like Brownie McGhee, Leadbelly, and Johnny Winter; while rockin’ to Jimmy Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Soon she was begging her older brother to teach her guitar and singing through a microphone she had plugged into an old radio in her families living room.
Rana left Iran after the religious revolution made her artistic pursuits nearly impossible and she soon found herself in New York City, exploring her talents in lacquer paintings, restoring antique furniture, and soaking in the sounds and music of Manhattan. Discovering a love of jazz, Farhan got hooked after hearing a Billie Holiday record one day while strolling through the rich cultural district of Harlem. She decided then and there that this is what she wanted to do.
In her first full-length CD “The Blues Are Brewin’”, Rana set her sights on American standards, mixing jazz with blues and even a bit of funk, making it accessible to Top 40 fans. Her delicate yet sultry voice gave each song a sensual, earthy vibe, turning each song into a musical swoon. Soon the album was picked up by independent radio stations and added to the playlists of The Upper Room with Joe Kelley WVOF 88.5 FM in Fairfield CT, “Persian Hour” KYRS 92.3 FM in Spokane Washington, and Buenos Aires’ “Goodtime Blues Show” in Argentina.
I have been listening to this CD non stop since I opened it. Very smooth and silky, yet powerful and innovative. I can't say enough good things about it! - Babak Khiavchi, Bamahang Productions.com
“I am very picky and I hardly ever choose more than one track from any CD to play on my show. But I love every song on Rana’s new album and can’t wait to play them all!” - Shahrokh Nikfar, The Persian Hour - KYRS Thin Air Radio
Seductive, exotic, and absolutely gorgeous, this Persian-born artists voice could melt a blizzard. - Jennifer Layton, IndieMusic.com