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)
Carol Albert celebrates three song's from her album, "Fly Away Butterfly" making it to the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts and Beyond.
Carol's Album was reviewed in the Jan/Feb 2018 Australian Magazine, "Rhythms (est. 1992)".
Despite having its roots in Carol's having to come to terms with the passing of her husband in 2014 and therefore an exploration of her journey from loss, through recovery to new beginnings, Fly Away Butterfly is a remarkably upbeat and celebratory album. The Georgia-born Atlanta-based keyboards player, singer and composer certainly knows how to get the very best out of a tune with truly masterful arragnements delivered by a great collection of hot-shot musicians, including bass player Sam Sims, who really cooks on 'On My Way', keyboards and bass player Trammell Starks, who also provides additional horn arrangements, saxophonist Sam Skelton, guitarist Chris Blackwell and percussionist Rafael Pereira (Royal Southern Brotherhood, James Southwell). The inclusion of her interpretation of the classic Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 hit, 'Mas Que Nada', acknowledges the most obvious influence on the album, that smooth Latin thing Mendes made his own back in the day - and why not? It still moves and certainly grooves, and if music is meant to uplift as well as heal the worst of hurts, I can't think of a better genre in which to occasionally immerse oneself. - Michael Smith c/o Rhythms
We celebrate Carol's album, "Fly Away Butterfly" as it makes its mark for 15 straight weeks Topping the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts , Top 5 Smooth Jazz Top 20 and #1 Groove Music 3 weeks.
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