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Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians.
With her new album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald—the first to be released on her own Emerald City Records—the Long Island native has surprised even herself with her artistic leap. Monheit had thought about recording an Ella tribute for a long time. Fitzgerald’s beloved songbook albums held biblical importance for her when she was growing up and have never lost their hold on her.
Jane Monheit was born on November 3, 1977. She was raised in Oakdale, New York, on Long Island’s South Shore. Her aunt and grandmother were professional singers. Her mother performed in musical theater and currently performs in local choirs, and her father plays banjo and guitar. His love of bluegrass, folk, and acoustic blues (Bonnie Raitt and Maura O’Connell were among his favorites) shaped her musical sensibility. “It all came down to storytelling,” she says.
A voice of phenomenal beauty
—New York Times
Monheit decorates a melody, lights up a lyric, but never loses the essential thread of the song itself.
— Guardian (London)
Jane Monheit has established herself as a dynamic and expressive vocalist.
—Los Angeles Review of Books