December 30, 2012
Anaka Debuts Album at Triple Door
: Album art courtesy Barbie Anaka. Photo by Cheryl Jones.
Seattle jazz songstress Barbie Anaka [MU ’92] debuts new album Speechless with Triple Door performance and release party January 6.
PICTURED: Album cover art for Speechless; photo by Cheryl Jones.
Seattle’s own Barbie Anaka performs at The Triple Door on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 7:30pm in celebration of the release of her third album, entitled Speechless. Anaka, who graduated in music from Cornish, is a triple threat as a contemporary jazz singer, songwriter and producer. The CD release performance at the Triple Door will feature a 10-piece band with, notably, percussionist Tony Gable, who has played with Kenny G and 206.
Anaka enjoyed success with her first two recordings, In Love With a Memory and Ballads Through the Night, and things are looking good for her third album: “The radio station smoothinseattle.com has been playing the single, the title track Speechless from the album,” Anaka says, “And it’s currently being played in the UK as well.”
Speechless is her third recording after taking a 10 year break to produce and work with other artists. “There are a lot of stories associated with this CD,” Barbie says. “It features the song That Night, written by acclaimed jazz bassist/composer John Clayton, whom I met at Cornish during his artist-in-residence when I was in school.”
“John became one of my most valued mentors,” Anaka continues. “I recorded his song as a means to give back just a little for what I could never repay him. He co-wrote the song with Arthur Hamilton, writer of the famous standard Cry Me a River. The song Star is a tribute to the late Carly Henley … my promising 20-year old-singer/songwriter who tragically killed herself in 2010. Carly wrote the song and I recorded it for her.”
Barbie has been playing dates or producing steadily since leaving Cornish but she has new projects. “I split my time between performing, producing and teaching,” she says. “I coach aspiring singers, teach piano privately, and teach courses on the music business.”
Tickets are avaiable in advance or at the door. Fans shouldn’t put off the purchase — the show is nearly sold out. TICKET INFORMATION.
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