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Carol Albert – Stronger Now

Jazz pianist and vocalist Carol Albert has always Georgia in her mind, when she tours numerous countries worldwide. Her albums Love In Your Eyes (1992), Tides Of Change (1993), Christmas Impressions for the Piano (1995), Night Music (2006), Morning Music (2006), Christmas Mystique (2015), Fly Away Butterfly (2017) cover a broad spectrum ranging from easy listening, New Age, world music to smooth Jazz.

With her upcoming album Stronger Now (2020) she consolidates her position in the field of smooth jazz. Carol plays on this album piano, synth, keys, programming, bass, strings and more. She has written and arranged all songs. The well known guitarist and producer Paul Brown has made a significant contribution to this album as producer, arranger and mixer. He also performs guitar and percussion.

The following prolific musicians have added their personal accents: Lew Laing (drum programming, additional synths), Ben Babylon (strings and French horn arrangements), Sam Sims, Joseph Patrick Moore, Nathaniel Kearney, Roberto Vally (bass), Lil John Roberts (drums, percussion), Lee Thornberg (horn arrangement, flugel and valve trombone), Jay Williams, Gordon Campbell (drums), Curtis McCain (percussion), Ragan Whiteside (flute), Magdalena Chovancova (sax),  Dennis Johnson (drum programming), Daniel Baraszu (acoustic guitar), Raheem Amlani (electric guitar).

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Carol Albert – Stronger Now

Embarking on a fresh new chapter in her life musically, emotionally and spiritually, Carol Albert builds upon the inspiring career-shifting momentum of her recent Billboard Top Ten chart successes with her perfectly titled new full-length album Stronger Now. Featuring all original songs written and arranged by the prolific composer and pianist, the stylistically eclectic, 10 track collection – follow up to her 2017 breakthrough album Fly Away Butterfly – is set for release on Cahara Records January 31, 2020.

Stronger Now includes two tracks previously released as singles that lit up terrestrial, internet and satellite stations. The Atlanta based artist scored her biggest success to date early in 2019 with the Brazilian flavored “Femme Flight,” which hit #4 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart. Produced by Carol, mixed by two-time Grammy winning hitmaker Paul Brown and featuring flutist Ragan Whiteside and saxophonist Magdalena Chovancova, the track also earned Albert a new legion of fans via airplay on SiriusXM’s Watercolors.

Also featured on Stronger Now is Carol’s latest single “Sun’s Out,” a Latin tinged track produced and mixed by Brown that is currently in the Top Ten on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart as well as MediaBase, Smooth Jazz Top 20 at #5, Radiowave at #3 and GrooveJazz Chart at #2. Her earlier chart hits include “Chasing Waterfalls” (which reached #15), “Fly Away Butterfly” (#5) and “One Way.”

Stronger Now is the first of Carol’s albums to predominantly feature production by Brown, who has scored over 60 #1 chart smashes for genre greats Peter White, Larry Carlton, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Euge Groove, the late Al Jarreau and many others. In addition to the five tracks he produced (“Stronger Now,” “Love Again,” “Perfect Sunday,” “Sun’s Out,” “I Am Fine”), Carol helmed “For The Moment” (which features Brown on guitar), “Femme Flight” and “Moon on the Water” and co-produced (with Brown’s longtime associate Lew Laing) “Winter Rain” and “’Til We Meet Again.”
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Carol Albert – Fly Away Butterfly

After paving the way with a handful of popular radio singles over the past year, Billboard Artist, Carol Albert brings out a full array of rich jazz and global fusion artistry on her unique concept album Fly Away Butterfly. The versatile Atlanta-based composer, keyboardist and vocalist takes the listener on deeply soulful, exotic journey that artfully blends spirited, jazzy piano melodies, dreamy vocals, punchy percussion textures and hypnotic ambiances featuring the soaring, inspirational twist on Al Jarreau’s classic song “One Way,” a contemporary homage to one of her jazz heroes offering up the powerhouse saxophone of Sam Skelton. Fly Away Butterfly will take your musical imagination to many beautiful destinations!.

Carol’s style on her work has been described as Smooth Jazz, World and New Age rolled into one package. Her album Fly Away Butterfly lived up to that description with smooth vocals and piano, lush arrangements, synthesizers and world class players.

Get the album on CDBaby.