Angelyna Martinez’s 2005 debut album titled Labor of Love could be misleading. Martinez flows through her chosen songs with grace and poise that there could not have been much labor to it at all.
Her interpretation of "Stormy Weather" is wonderful. Martinez really takes the time to make sure that it is done right; close to Billie or Ella but making sure it is a Martinez.
When song track nine starts, it sounds familiar. Labor of Love is filled with ballads and traditionals but this is different. "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka, a great choice and possibly the standout song on the album loses nothing of its appeal from the original.
Angelyna Martinez has an excellent voice. Born in San Antonio, Texas. She began performing on television, commercials in and theatre at the age of six and by the age of nine she turned professional and was offered her first recording contract at the age of thirteen.
When artists choose to do their own takes on standards, they must choose them carefully. Some versions come off listless and uninspired. This song has been covered very often to some successes and some failures - "What a Wonderful World." She does not sound like Armstrong but imagine a young Ella or Billie or even an outside chance of Vaughan singing this in a smoky club somewhere.
Angelyna Martinez has a great voice. It does not over power any of the songs. Her strengths are the ballads. Her phrasing is outstanding and this album may be titled Labor of Love, which it might have been, but to the listener, it is just purely love.