Written by Brenda Lorenz
c/o Beat Atlanta Online Magazine
Carol Albert, a Paulding County native, is a force of majestic musical nature! Her music takes you on a vibrant journey. It speaks to you. Just listen. I heard it for the first time a few days ago and was captivated!
Mostly instrumental, it could be described as a sublime consciousness – being brought into an awareness. Awareness of what, you ask? That’s up to you, the listener, because it’s just that soulfully poetic, without all the words. Her music is contemporary smooth jazz that is ALIVE! A magnificent composer, as well as an accomplished keyboardist and vocalist, her blending melodies take you to whatever dream world you want to be in – from floating on a cloud, or sailing the ocean, to sitting on a sun-drenched beach. Close your eyes and let Carol’s musical genius stimulate your emotions and thoughts, and be taken away. Inhale the spirit of the melodies in “Across the Sky”. One of my favorites , this one features her graceful and stunning voice that adds to the depth of this song. “Chasing Waterfalls” brings to mind the word “tranquility” because this song literally shows you a serene waterfall. You feel it, you see it, you smell it – it’s THAT alive, THAT profound!
Her latest single, “Sun’s Out” will give you a vision of an exotic beach with that perfect coastal breeze. Yes, I’ll have a Pina Colada!
She’s an amazing local talent gone world wide!
Fast Emerging Pianist/Composer Carol Albert follows her two consecutive Top 5 Billboard Hits with the vibrant latin spiced track, produced by mega hitmaker Paul Brown.
The Multi-Talented Atlanta based artist has been a force on the Smooth Jazz Airplay Chart since 2017, scoring her biggest single ever earlier this year with "Femme Flight," which featured Ragan Whiteside and Magdalena Chovancova.
Keeping the vibrant energy of her recent Billboard Top Ten chart successes flowing, multi-talented pianist/composer Carol Albert penned her breezy, infectious and soulfully optimistic new track “Sun’s Out” – going for radio adds July 15 - as a way to combat the blues of a long, rainy winter in her hometown of Atlanta.
Creating the perfect lighthearted soundtrack to summer, the free-flowing, slightly Latin-tinged song is the first of Albert’s to be produced by guitarist and smooth jazz hit maker Paul Brown, who has scored over 60 #1 chart smashes for genre greats Peter White, Larry Carlton, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Euge Groove, the late Al Jarreau and many others. With Carol playing all keys and synth and providing her trademark wordless vocal textures, the track features Brown on guitar and percussion, Roberto Vally on bass and Gorden Campbell on drums.
A dynamic rising force in the genre since her song “Mas Que Nada” – from her album Fly Away Butterfly – hit the National Smooth Jazz Airplay charts in 2017, Albert scored her biggest success to date earlier in 2019 with “Femme Flight,” which hit #4 on the Billboard chart. Mixed by Brown and featuring Ragan Whiteside and Magdalena Chovancova, the track also earned Carol a new legion of fans via airplay on SiriusXM’s Watercolors. Earlier Billboard chart hits include “Chasing Waterfalls” (which rose to #15) and “Fly Away Butterfly,” which hit #5 in 2018, and “One Way” in 2017.
“Sun’s Out makes me feel like I’m riding in a convertible with the top down, totally in synch wit the carefree joys of summer,” says Carol, whose multi-faceted career includes eight albums dating back to the 90s, including the new age-oriented releases Morning Music and Night Music. “It’s carefree, fun and bright, and every time I’ve played it live with my band, audiences really connected with it. I remember working on it on a Sunday morning when it was overcast, but I couldn’t think of the right title. Then the sun came out and I went for a walk in the park on what became a gorgeous day. The title came from that exhilarating feeling of experiencing sunlight after a long period of gray skies.”
Carol recently performed at the Smith Center in Las Vegas, City Winery in Atlanta and the Jazz in the Park series in Birmingham. Among other dates she has scheduled is an upcoming appearance on Saturday, July 6 at Brass City Jazz Fest in Waterbury CT with Marion Meadows and Adam Hawley.
The National Women Pen’s League Association awarded the Georgia Composer of the Year to Carol in 2018. Smooth Jazz Network nominated her as the Best New Artist 2017. The track “Transition” from Fly Away Butterfly was nominated in the HMMA (Hollywood Music Media) 2017 Awards in Best Contemporary Instrumental. Carol was also chosen as a Winner in the New Age Music category of the Global Peace Song Awards, 2016. She received an Alkahest Award for her Video “Mas Que Nada” in 2016. Carol also celebrated being on the Grammy Ballot 1st Round in Contemporary Instrumental in 2016 for the 1st time in her career and 2017 as well. Her composition “Lovely Time For A Child’ won a first place award in the Professional Jazz Category from the Atlanta Songwriter’s Association
“Sun’s Out” will be one of the tracks on her currently in progress follow-up album to Fly Away Butterfly.
A Jazzy upbeat Brazilian-tinged high-spirited Carol Albert Composition & Piano Performance w/featured Ragan Whiteside on Flute and Magdalena Chovancova on Saxophone
A bright and high spirited, Brazilian-tinged celebration of creative freedom, the track features Carol on piano and wordless vocals in an ensemble featuring two of the genre’s most acclaimed emerging female artists, flutist Ragan Whiteside and saxophonist Magdalena Chovancova from the chart-topping German band Threestyle. Produced, written and arranged by Carol and mixed by Paul Brown, the track features the dynamic rhythm section of Nathaniel Kearney (Bass) , drummer Jay Williams and Curtis McCain (Percussion).
Carol’s most recent chart success was “Chasing Waterfalls,” which stayed on the Billboard National Smooth Jazz Airplay chart and Smooth Jazz Songs chart for 10 weeks, peaking at #15. It also was #1 on Groove Jazz for two weeks, reached #4 on the Smooth Jazz Top 20 and also reached the Top 20 on the SmoothJazz.com chart. Her previous single, the title track to her album Fly Away Butterfly, stayed on the Billboard charts for 18 weeks, peaking at #5. The collection’s first single “One Way,” reached the Top 30 on the Billboard charts
"A versatile Emmy nominated musician, composer and educator, Carol emerged from a period of successful new age recordings to become one of the most exciting new artists on the Billboard airplay charts with a whole new approach fusing colorful melodies, exciting grooves and world rhythms, gorgeous wordless vocals and Latin/Brazilian leanings. Her extraordinary new track “Femme Flight” is the perfect follow-up to the optimism, vibe and vibrancy of her songs on Fly Away Butterfly. It has all the elements of a sure-fire breakaway hit – an infectious melody, explosive Brazilian-flavored rhythms, a sparkling lead piano melody, graceful wordless vocals - and exciting guest performances by two other fast emerging female artists in the genre, Ragan Whiteside and Magdalena Chovancova that combine with Carol’s magic touch to create a truly inspiring ensemble.” Jonathan Widran, Jazziz Magazine, The JW Vibe
Piano, Vocals: Carol Albert
Flute: Ragan Whiteside
Saxophone: Magdalena Chovancova
Bass: Nathaniel Kearney
Drums: Jay Williams
Percussion: Curtis McCain
Produced, Written, Arranged: Carol Albert
Mixed: Paul Brown, The Funky Joint, CA
Mastering: Sienna Digital, CA
Engineering Piano Recording: Thom (TK) Kidd, Silent Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA
Engineering Vocals & Flute: Dennis Johnson, The Uppa Room South, GA
Engineering MIDI programming: Carol Albert, Carol Albert Music, GA
Photography: Mil cannon
Album Design: Darren English
Gorov Music Marketing (Radio Promotion)