Anna Wilson Marries Country and Pop on ‘Countrypolitan Duets’

June 25th, 2011

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Anna Wilson Voice of America Interview

Wilson taps into Nashville’s so-called “Countrypolitan” era with the help of past and present country stars and two contemporary jazz giants.  She gives a big band treatment to “Walkin’ After Midnight,” featuring the Grammy-winning trio Lady Antebellum. Wilson explains that Countrypolitan is rooted in “The Nashville Sound,” a style introduced in the late 1950s by artists like Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline and Eddie Arnold. Read full article

Country Music People – CD REVIEW!

June 21st, 2011

This is an album of huge cross-over potential.  Anna Wilson's vocals are spot-on and entirely suited to the style, the arrangements are terrific, and if you've ever heard a Dinah Shore record you should like this.....Lady Antebellum sounds even more Manhatten Transfer on the Patsy Cline classic 'Walkin' After Midnight'...Keith Urban joins Anna Wilson on the much recorded 'Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues,' and for me, it's his finest work since being with The Ranch..." ---- DUNCAN WARWICK  

WSJ: Jazz Finds a Country Home

April 27th, 2011

    Wall Street Journal By WILL FRIEDWALD posted 4/27/11 Even today, the singer-songwriter Anna Wilson says, "There are two kinds of people out there: Those who believe that there could never be any common ground between jazz and country music, and those who know that they've shaken hands, at least, in the past." Ms. Wilson's new album, "Countrypolitan Duets," is one of five recently released records that aim for common ground between the two venerable American music traditions. The most high-profile of these is "Here We Go Again," the second recorded meeting between two dominant figures in each medium, Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis. But Ms. Wilson's album also boasts a pantheon of Nashville stars both classic (Ray Price, Kenny Rogers) and contemporary (Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts). Also new on shelves are two mostly instrumental sets by musicians on the east (Bucky Pizzarelli's "Back in the Saddle Again") and west coasts (Cow Bop's "Too Hick for the Room") that are deeply inspired by the Western Swing of the 1940s. And the most unlikely of them all, "Pretend It's the End of the World," by saxophonist Bryan Murray, explores the conjunction of Merle Haggard and Ornette Coleman. READ REVIEW

Anna Wilson Mines Nashville Gold for “Countrypolitan Duets”

April 26th, 2011

Posted Apr 25th 2011 1:00PM by Lorie Hollabaugh The Boot LogoAnna Wilson's name may be new to country fans, but her songs aren't. As the writer behind songs such as Chuck Wicks' 'All I Ever Wanted' and Lady Antebellum's 'If I Knew Then,' she's enjoyed plenty of success behind the scenes, but she's also made a name for herself vocally as part of the jazz world. CONTINUE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Nashville Country Club gives Countrypolitan Duets 4 Stars

April 21st, 2011

Music Reviews by: Megan Grindle: 4/19/11 Anna Wilson's Countrypolitan Duets mixes the styles of country, jazz, and blues with every song as famous country stars join her track by track. Anna features Matt Giraud in a song that comes to terms with the fact of being friends instead of lovers, called "You Don't Know Me." The bluesy feel from that track follows through to the next, featuring Lady Antebellum, where Anna sings the main vocals and Lady A supports with amazing harmonies. Other songs have a saloon type of feel, or a ballroom performance style, like "Just for What I Am" with Connie Smith, and "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" featuring Rascal Flatts and Ray Price. Keith Urban is another big name that joins Anna; it is a slower feel than most of his songs, but most of the CD has that vibe. Lloyd Green, Rick Braun, and Billy Dean are other artists that you may recognize on this CD, and though the style of the album isn't strictly country, if you enjoy them as singers then you will enjoy their work with Anna. Anna Wilson does a good job at combining country with old time jazz and blues styles, and her music is great for a night in or a calm evening. Her vocals are soft, yet rich, and she takes some country classics and makes them her own! For more on Anna go to annawilson.com

FAB FUSION: Anna Wilson mixes Country, Pop and –yes–Jazz on an acclaimed new album, with some super friends on board

April 18th, 2011

Country Weekly Published 4/25/11 By Bob Paxman Read Article

Anna Wilson’s Nashville gamble hits the trifecta

April 10th, 2011

ToledoBlade.com BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES 4/7/11 Published in ToledoBlade.com COUNTRYPOLITAN DUETS Anna Wilson & Friends (Music World Music/Transfer Records) Released Tuesday, this disc is a fascinating experiment: Can a Nashville-based jazz singer such as Anna Wilson successfully create an unlikely marriage between country, jazz, and pop? The answer is a resounding yes, a testament to Wilson's immense capabilities as a diva and music visionary/interpreter. There's a lot of good ol', down-home swing, but it's mostly a collection of lush duets and ballad-like covers in which Wilson is paired with some equally fine singers and groups, from American Idol finalist Matt Giraud to Ray Price, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Ray Price, Rascal Flatts, Rick Braun, and Kenny Rogers. You can hear the sultry jazz, the impassioned country -- but, by whatever name, the common denominator is romance and lots of it. Songs covered include hits from Patsy Cline, Price, and others. -- TOM HENRY

A Jazz Singer Teams With Nashville’s Finest-NPR

April 9th, 2011

Anna Wilson and Connie Smith on NPR

Anna Wilson and Connie Smith are interviewed on NPR Weekend Edition, April 9, 2011 Visit the NPR Site to hear this interview and select songs from Countrypolitan Duets. Read Full Article Here by NPR Staff Patsy Cline probably never imagined that "Walkin' After Midnight" could sound quite like it does on a new CD called Countrypolitan Duets. Jazz singer Anna Wilson, working in collaboration with country group Lady Antebellum, twists Cline's original from a bouncy country ballad into a full-throated swing number. Wilson has brought together an A-list roster of other country music performers to reinterpret classic songs with a touch of jazz.

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