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Skylark by Gigi MacKenzie

Gigi MacKenzie’s debut solo CD Skylark is a sexy, romantic and intoxicating journey through some of the greatest standards in music from the 1940’s to the present. MacKenzie’s tremendous vocal range throughout this 16-track masterpiece is inspired and uplifting and will undoubtedly be played over and over. Gigi MacKenzie is a truly gifted vocalist, arranger and instrumentalist who has performed with many artists such as Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, and Gladys Knight to name a few. MacKenzie is also an accomplished studio singer and has recorded for movie soundtracks, television themes and national commercials over the past ten years.

Skylark is a tribute to her late mother Giselle MacKenzie, a popular and gifted star of the 1950’s. One of the highlights from this amazing collection is the loving duet with her mother "Stranger In Paradise." Technology allows mother and daughter to perform together and it is nothing short of sensational. It will leave you breathless. MacKenzie is a songstress in the truest sense of the word.

One listen to "Moonlight In Vermont," "The Shadow Of Your Smile," "Embraceable You," "Blue Moon" and so much more will have you fall in love with this talented artist. There are so many wonderful classics on Skylark that it’s hard to pick a favorite. "Cry Me A River’s" energy and backing vocals are irresistible. "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Tenderly" and "That’s All" are all stunningly captured by MacKenzie. The title track "Skylark" is sultry and soulful, you can feel the desire through her words and enticing alto vocals. And her captivating take on "Good Morning Heartache" is another of the many highlights on this CD.

"That’s All" pairs MacKenzie with Christopher Cross to create a lovely duet. The one original on this CD, "Let’s Make A Go Of It," written and arranged by MacKenzie, is a true love song from the haunting vocals to the moody sounds of the tenor sax. Skylark ends where it began with the instrumental version this time of "Moonlight In Vermont," creating a lively, fun and fresh finish for this impressive collection of standards.

Skylark is a brilliant first solo venture for MacKenzie. It delivers on all levels, so pop it in anywhere or anytime for a little romance, to relax and unwind after a not so relaxing day or to simply hear one of the most beautiful and enchanting voices out there.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Gigi MacKenzie
  • CD Title: Skylark
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Morpheus Music
  • Musicians: Gigi Mackenzie (vocals, acoustic guitar and percussion), Robert Kyle (flute, tenor and soprano saxophone), John Lewis (drums), Steve Lawrence (acoustic and electric bass guitar), Llew Matthews (acoustic piano and keyboards), Mike Miller (acoustic and electric guitar), Bruce Watson (guitar), Bobby Zee (keyboards), Carmen Carter, Angie Jaree, Carlos Rios, Terry Wood (background vocals)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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