Donna Singer is reviewed by Take Effect with her new album Set Your Heart Free

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Donna Singer

TAKE EFFECT

Donna Singer

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Set Your Heart Free

Emerald Baby, 2020

8/10

Listen to Set Your Heart Free

An artist with a very appropriate name, Donna Singer has already traveled the globe with her exceptional singing prowess and vibrant energy. Here, Singer is aligned with Roy Singer and Mitchell Uscher, who handle songwriting duties on the bulk of these rich and timeless songs.

“Destination Jazz” gets the album off to a playful start where frisky keys from Brad Keller, soulful brass and punchy percussion complement Singer’s flawless and expressive pipes, and this continues to the rhythmic and swift classic jazz of “When You Have A Dream”, as well as the gentle and moving spirit of “Donna’s Lullaby”.

The back half of the listen glows, too, with the percussively strong “Spread Your Wings”, where Adolfo Herrera’s skills behind the drum kit shine, while “My Dear” benefit from bare instrumentation as Singer’s vocals shine bright while Ranses Colon’s bass and finger snapping support her. Singer ends the listen with “We Can Make A Stand”, where a punchy, full setting unfolds with plenty of melody entering the dance friendly setting.

A record with a very thoughtful approach that embraces independence, empathy and love, Singer and company have crafted an exceptional effort that is as relative today as it will be 20 years from now, and will musically age just as well.

Travels well with: Linda PurlTaking A Chance On Love; Jenny Davis Rearranged

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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