While You’re Young
When I Close My Eyes
Prelude to a Kiss
Third Time Is the Charm
Give Me the Simple Life
About The Album
With Songs Were Made to Sing, jazz vocalist Mary Stallings has crafted an exquisite collection of classic songs that reflect on a life well and passionately lived.
Although Mary Stallings didn’t write any of the lyrics on her moving new album, Songs Were Made to Sing, each one represents a chapter in her life and a piece of her soul. On this new album, the incomparable vocalist puts her distinctive stamp on a diverse set of 13 songs, using her gift for interpreting a lyric to transform familiar melodies into profoundly personal and captivating stories.
“It’s amazing how you can feel things in your heart and in your mind but not find the words to say them,” Stallings says. “So I pick tunes that seem to apply to me personally, and a story grows out of that.”
The soulful Bay Area chanteuse worked closely with master pianist David Hazeltine, who tailored the album’s vibrant arrangements to Stalling’s singular voice and to the stellar band that was assembled for the date, which brings together such greats as trumpeter Eddie Henderson, alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, bassist David “Happy” Williams, and drummer Joe Farnsworth. Percussionist Daniel Sadownick is added to the mix for Latin-tinged takes on “Lover Man” and “Lady Bird.”
“I’m going to be 80 years old and I’m very proud of it,” she announces. “I’m the product of everything that I’ve been through in my life, and that comes through in my music. My joy is getting on that stage and having people listen to my stories.”
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