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Lovelight

Julie Mahendran

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Corinne Bailey Rae and Sade arm-wrestling at Chaka Khan's pool party- smooth soul-jazz with a pop flair.

Personnel: Joanna Borromeo on Rhodes piano, Michael Herring on upright bass, Brennan Louw on electric guitar, Giampaolo Scatozza on drum kit

Engineered by Bernie Cisternas at Number 9 Audio Group, Toronto Mastered by Andy Krehm at SilverBirch Productions, Toronto Design by Will Skol Photography by Anthony Toderian Makeup by Wanda MacRae Produced by Julie Mahendran

I dedicate this album to my grandmothers, Marie-Ange and Annalakshumi- both women of incredible strength, character and spirit whose life stories will always be a source of great inspiration to me.

You never know where inspiration will come from, and the sources were varied when it came to writing the 4 new original songs included on this album. Thank you to everyone who heard something promising in my earlier songs and encouraged me to create more- and to those who provided lyrical nuggets, however unintentional! I’ve also included songs from some of my favourite artists and eras- starting with a more upbeat arrangement of Rich Girl by Hall & Oates, which benefited by contributions from the whole band. I did the opposite with Lewis Taylor’s Lovelight, stripping the song down to a slow groove.

Annie Lennox’s cover version of Bob Marley’s Waiting in Vain gave me the inspiration to pair it with You have place a Chill in my Heart by the Eurythmics. I knew many of Bill Withers’ hits but had never heard Use Me until recently- it was love at first listen. Sheila Jordan first inspired me to sing Dat Dere, then Lee Morgan’s trumpet solo from the Art Blakey Ensemble’s 1960 recording inspired me to write a vocalese lyric, and now I dedicate it to my sister and her 2 wonderfully inquisitive little men.

Sade’s Love is Stronger than Pride has a hypnotic groove that somehow invites me to improvise endlessly. I first performed I Remember Clifford for composer Benny Golson as a Berklee student, and it is still one of my favourite standards. Ever since I heard the Nylons perform the Supremes hit Up the Ladder to the Roof, I knew I also wanted to make it my own. And finally, I dug beneath the sweet 80s sheen on Cyndi Lauper’s Change of Heart to showcase the gorgeous tune and clever lyric within.

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Never Do Without You

Julie Mahendran

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Classic vocal jazz with a few modern twists in a sparse, intimate chordless trio setting.

This 10-song collection of jazz, blues and pop standards was recorded in an exposed, intimate format with just acoustic bass and drums. Vocal overdubs were used to add harmonic layers on some of the tracks, including Julie's own composition, "Killer".

Personnel: Daniel Skakun drums, John Taylor acoustic bass

Recorded, mixed and mastered by John Blerot at Wolf Willow Sound, Edmonton, Photography by Geoff George, Design by Ared Arzumanian, Produced by Julie Mahendran

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Mar28

POSTPONED: Classic Albums Live presents Eagles: Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)

The Grand, 818 N. Market St, Wilmington, DE

Julie recreates the harmony vocals of Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit along with keys in this live performance of the best-selling Eagles album Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975).