The time is long overdue to hear a fresh voice that actually tells a compelling story by way of interpreting a great lyric—so welcome to the rich and engaging world of Jazz singer Marky Quayle! This San Francisco native is a compelling singer with a refreshingly velvet vocal sound who has absorbed what all great Jazz vocalists know in their souls: the importance of ‘owning’ a song and delivering its poignant story. Her tasteful and agile interpretive skills and natural sense of what it means to get inside of a lyric captivate her audience at every live performance and these qualities are amply demonstrated on her latest CD release So Lucky . . . to Be Loved by You.
“ . . . she has that rare quality of being able to sing to, as opposed to sing at, you. Quayle's warm, husky voice . . . holds notes and phrases . . . to exquisite effect. Quayle is obviously comfortable in her own skin and her ease is palpable. You feel relaxed listening to her, as if she were an old friend.”
—George Harris, of Jazz Weekly, 93.5 FM KFOX, for All About Jazz
Marky remembers, “The earliest live music that I recall hearing was the Mary Kay Trio singing in my father's living room when I was six years old. It was unforgettable the impression their beautiful voices made on me! I knew from then on that I wanted to be a singer.” Marky's father was a great music lover and counted among his close friends George Shearing and Les Brown, who were his regular houseguests, with Shearing often playing on the home piano. With her Dad playing vocal recordings around the house whenever he was home, Marky recounts that she learned three-quarters of her repertoire by the time she was nine. Although as a teenager she listened to the rock bands that were active in San Francisco during that era, when a neighbor gave her an LP titled The Divine One by Miss Sarah Vaughan, it turned her musical life around.
“[Quayle] lets the lyrics of each song speak for itself . . . and she is particularly skilled on ballads, so one enjoys hearing her bring out the warmth and timelessness of each song.”
—Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene, Jazz Historian and Journalist
So Lucky . . . to Be Loved by You reveals new perspectives on familiar material and shines an elegant light on lesser known songs of the classic Jazz repertoire, much like her previous successful CD release, One December Day. The new CD features sixteen songs that showcase Quayle’s rich and sultry phrasing which she delivers with eloquent candor. Her lightness of touch and vocal agility on the familiar up-tempo “How About You” and “Just In Time” nicely complement the heart-felt and dreamy ballads “Cry Me a River,” “Estate” (Italian for summer), and “Why Did I Choose You?”.
“Her good taste in picking out superb songs matches her sensitivity in interpreting the timeless lyrics.”—Scott Yanow
So Lucky . . . to Be Loved by You is a must for an intimate evening or a sophisticated social gathering, but seeing this talented and subtle performer live demonstrates just how transcendent a live performance can be. In the meantime, visit Marky Quayle on her website at www.markyquayle.com and be sure to treat yourself to the marvelous sounds of One December Day, and her newest impressive outing So Lucky . . . to Be Love by You.
Contact: Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment, Inc. (212) 543-9998
Neil w Young
5/27/2011 10:21:51 PM
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