Anna Wilson and Connie Smith on NPR

April 8th, 2011

MUSIC ROW Magazine - April 8, 2011

Jazz chanteuse Anna Wilson and country singer Connie Smith pictured at Spotlight Studios in Nashville where they taped NPR’s Weekend Edition, scheduled to air this weekend. Smith appears on Wilson’s new album Countrypolitan Duets, produced by Wilson’s husband Monty Powell. Guests on the project which was released this week include Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Ray Price, and Billy Dean. The album offers country standards like Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight,” Price’s “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” recorded with jazz flair.

(L-R): Anna Wilson and Connie Smith 


CANADA AM – ANNA Performs Duet with Matt Dusk!

April 7th, 2011

Anna Wilson Matt Dusk

Anna Wilson & Matt Dusk


Jazz Gal Anna Wilson Shakes Up Country Standards With Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, More

April 5th, 2011

YAHOO MUSIC BLOG
Posted Tue Apr 5, 2011
by Wendy Geller in Our Country

READ FULL REVIEW and Watch Anna and Matt Giraud's Video

...Here's something a bit different, however. The artist I'm profiling today is rooted pretty firmly in the world of jazz--indeed, she is being called the "new Norah Jones" by some, and she topped the iTunes jazz chart last December with a collaboration featuring 2009 American Idol finalist Matt Giraud.


GAC Album Review:Countrypolitan Duets

April 5th, 2011

Anna Wilson & Friends
Countrypolitan Duets

Review By Daryl Addison
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Drawing inspiration from “That Nashville Sound” of the late 1950s and 60s when country music began incorporating the sounds of mainstream pop, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Anna Wilson’s latest project blends classic country and jazz through duets with stars from both genres.


Anna and Matt Dusk on Good Day New York – April 5, 2011

April 5th, 2011

Anna Wilson & Matt Dusk: MyFoxNY.com


Anna Wilson wrangles top country stars for jazzy new CD “Countrypolitan Duets”

April 4th, 2011

MICHAEL McCALL
For The Associated Press
Updated: April 04, 2011 - 3:13 pm

Anna Wilson & Friends, "Countrypolitan Duets" (Transfer)

No matter how far contemporary country music wanders from its traditional roots, its leading stars almost always cherish a chance to sing an old-time country standard. Anna Wilson, a popular jazz-influenced vocalist based in Nashville, offers a new twist on that classic theme: She and several Nashville stars, and a few legendary figures, team up for jazzed-up takes on well-known tunes.

Wilson's "Countrypolitan Duets" highlights tasteful, lounge-style arrangements, lush with strings, tinkling piano keys, brushed drums, and the occasional brassy, Ray Charles-style finger-snapper. The members of Lady Antebellum provide harmonies on a swinging "Walkin' After Midnight"; a B3-organ and fat-note guitar set a smoky atmosphere for Keith Urban's duet on "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues"; and Kenny Rogers trades verses on a playful version of "For The Good Times," which slides from a piano-and-guitar ballad to a strings-and-brass show stopper.

Wilson has a full-toned, honeyed voice reminiscent of a 1950s pop-jazz singer like Rosemary Clooney, and she toys with tempo and phrasing like the superb pros of yesteryear. Nothing here is as challenging as Cassandra Wilson's artful deconstructions of classic American songs; but for those who miss Bing, Frank and Ella and the debonair way they could swing a well-written composition, Wilson has gift-wrapped a Southern-styled present for you.

CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: Of all of country music's Hall of Fame-level legends, Ray Price has always owned the greatest jazz chops, in his range, his well-tempered tone and his masterful phrasing. His duet with Wilson on his hit, "You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me," is the album's standout track, uplifted by harmonies from the members of Rascal Flatts; the band members sound like they would fit on a Mel Torme album.


Tour: Anna Wilson at 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN on May 9, 2011

April 3rd, 2011

May 9 2011 - 7pm
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Anna Wilson joins Canadian Crooner Matt Dusk’s “Back From Las Vegas” Tour

April 3rd, 2011

Anna Wilson opens for Matt Dusk

Anna Wilson opens for Matt Dusk on North American Tour

Jazz Country Crossover Sensation Anna Wilson joins Canadian Crooner Matt Dusk’s “Back From Las Vegas” Tour

WILSON to tour in support of Highly Anticipated CD, COUNTRYPOLITAN DUETS

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Slant Magazine highlights Countrypolitan Duets

April 3rd, 2011

Anna Wilson & Friends: Countrypolitan Duets

Anna Wilson & Friends
Countrypolitan Duets

by Jonathan Keefe on April 3, 2011
Buy at:Amazon

Countrypolitan Duets finds pop-country songwriter and occasional jazz singer Anna Wilson joined by an all-star roster of current country A-listers and genre legends, along with some big-name jazz performers, covering some classic country songs in the context of lush, gently swinging arrangements. Wilson is a fine vocalist, with a smooth, perfectly controlled soprano that lends itself well to performing pop standards. While many of the best country singers are those with distinctive, soulful senses of phrasing, Wilson's voice is crisp and pretty, and it's well-suited to the big-band and smooth-jazz arrangements she's crafted here.

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Utah Songwriter finds a kinship between Country and Jazz

April 2nd, 2011

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By David Burger
The Salt Lake Tribune

...With Powell co-producing, Wilson has spent the past six months or so finishing up work — and skiing on breaks, of course — readying one of the year’s best albums. “Countrypolitan Duets” blends traditional country with jazz, featuring Wilson singing with modern country heavyweights such as Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts. Other duet partners include legendary country crooners Ray Price, Kenny Rogers and Connie Smith.

“It’s been a labor of love,” Wilson said. “It shines a light on how country music and jazz have a kinship.”