March 31st, 2012
BY JIM MISUNAS
Singer Anna Wilson from Nashville and pianist Jeff Franzel from Manhattan, N.Y. warm up Tuesday at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium.
…When jazz artist Anna Wilson was searching for the right songwriter, Franzel’s name was mentioned. It’s been a match made in heaven ever since they met….
March 29th, 2012
March 22, 2012
By Georgia Temple
Singer Anna Wilson found her place in music by merging her present with her past.
“I grew up with my mom playing piano in the house, and her repertoire was largely the Great American Songbook and road tunes so I really got that sense of melody and style,” Wilson said in a telephone interview with the Reporter-Telegram. “As I got older and pursued other genres, I moved to Nashville to be a songwriter and a country artist, I thought. By being around that world and doing it for a while, I realized that wasn’t what suited me best.” READ ARTICLE
October 5th, 2011
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by Chuck Dauphin, Nashville | October 05, 2011 3:30 EDT
…”Easy” was not the only collaboration from Rascal Flatts in 2011. They also were a part of Anna Wilson’s Countrypolitan Duets release, adding their harmonies to “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me,” with Ray Price.
“We’re huge fans of Ray Price to begin with, but Anna Wilson is a dear friend,” Jay says. Her husband and I write together all the time. He told me ‘We’re doing this project,’ and we love in Anna and believe in what she’s doing. It was a wonderful idea to meld jazz and Country together. We were excited to be a part of it.”…
September 22nd, 2011
Country Music People reviews Anna’s new CD, Countrypolitan Duets and gives it a four-star rating!
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September 21st, 2011
Nashville Arts & Entertainment
Mention Anna Wilson’s name around town and you will likely hear, “THE Jazz singer.” Arguably Nashville’s most acclaimed jazz singer, Wilson has produced a unique musical offering this year fusing a little bit of country and a whole lot of Jazz in her new project, Countrypolitan Duets. The word “countrypolitan” originated as a Nashville sound–a type of country music engineered by Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley incorporating string sections instead of banjos and fiddles. It was revolutionary then and remains so now.
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June 25th, 2011
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.
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April 27th, 2011
Wall Street Journal
By WILL FRIEDWALD
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.
April 26th, 2011
Posted Apr 25th 2011 1:00PM by Lorie Hollabaugh
Anna 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.
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