One of the most successful and talented artists in pop music history is back, and back like you’ve never heard her before.
On October 27th 2014, Annie Lennox releases her seventh solo album. Nostalgia is a collection of the iconic singer’s impassioned takes on standards primarily from the 1930s and 1940s, many of them popularized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Jo Stafford and Louis Armstrong.
Nostalgia is the result of hours Lennox spent perusing vintage recordings and video performances of songs from the Great American Songbook, particularly those rooted in the blues. ‘I was just curious,’ says the songwriter and singer of Summertime, I Put a Spell On You and Strange Fruit and other, less-widely known songs such Mood Indigo and September in the Rain, ‘I thought, ‘I wonder what my voice would be like. Would these songs suit my voice?’ It was like a little challenge. I just sort of got to know them, became friends with them really and had a great deal of joy in the process.”
The music on the album was mostly played by Annie alongside her long-time collaborator and co-producer, Mike Stevens and was recorded in his West London studio. Finding Lennox at her most soulful, Nostalgia brings levels of depth and warmth to songs that primarily originated from the civil-rights era.
Nostalgia will be released by Island Records in the UK and internationally, and by Blue Note Recordings in the US.
Nostalgia Track Listing
Memphis in June
Georgia on my Mind
I Put a Spell on You
I Cover the Waterfront
God Bless the Child
You Belong to Me
September in the Rain
I Can Dream, Can’t I?
The Nearness of You
Eurythmics will be doing it for The Beatles and for the CBS/Grammy special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles.
Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart will reunite as Eurythmics for the one-night only event.
The program will commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most historic moments in music and television. Featuring today’s top artists covering songs performed by the Fab Four that momentous evening in 1964 and other Beatles classics through the years, the show also will include footage from that landmark Sunday night, as well as other archival material. In addition, various presenters will help highlight and contextualize the musical, cultural and historical impact of the group and this legendary performance.
Lennox and Stewart first split in 1990 but have reunited to record their 1999 album Peace and in 2005 to record a new track for a Eurythmics hits set.
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles airs on Sunday, February 9 at 8 PM, fifty years to the day after the Beatles’ U.S. premier on the Ed Sullivan Show. The show will be taped on Monday, January 27, the day after the Grammy awards, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Also appearing will be Alicia Keys, John Legend, Maroon 5, John Mayer, Keith Urban and more artists to be announced soon.
The @GlossBosss from Sydney has been rubbing a bit of vinyl together… Take a listen to this… Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Gotye, Madonna, Carly Rae Jepsen, Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, George Michael and more… Starships were meant to TimeBomb at a Payphone so why don’t you Call Me Maybe?