Jennifer Warnes’ First We Take Manhattan from her Famous Blue Raincoat record.
Whether the audience numbers fifty or five thousand, an “Evening with Jennifer Warnes” in concert is an experience that touches each in the audience in a very personal way. Last appearing in concert in sold-out venues in 2009, Jennifer has spent her time since then, in the recording studio working on a solo album of all new songs, writing, working with Leonard Cohen, recording a fund raising documentary for the New York YMCA Youth Orchestra and performing with Jackson Browne and Friends in a fund raising concert.
As satisfying as the past year’s projects were, it seemed to be time to get back “on the road,” Warnes says. “For the upcoming concerts, I am singing songs that I truly love, the ones that I honestly enjoy singing. With the help of two superb musicians, blues guitarist Billy Watts, and bassist Taras Prodaniuk, this time around there will nothing to hold on to, except our love for the music and for the listener. There is an element of free falling in this music that makes me feel alive, liberated and excited.”
Jennifer Warnes may be best known to most of the world for the Oscar and Grammy winning duets with Bill Medley “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and with Joe Cocker on “Up Where We Belong.” She also performed solo on another Oscar winner “It Goes Like it Goes” from the movie “Norma Rae.” A fourth song, Randy Newman’s “One More Hour” from the movie “Ragtime,” also received an Oscar nomination. With those four distinguished songs, Warnes holds the record for singing more Oscar nominated movie songs than any other performer alive today.
Warnes has also earned the reputation as one of the most sensitive and selfless vocalists in modern song. She has consistently performed successfully as a soloist, duet partner and vocal guest in partnership with many of the world’s most well known music creators, creating a vibrant legacy in film, television, video and recordings.
It is through those recordings that her devoted following all over the world has come to know her best as an artist. Warnes is widely recognized for the use of technologically advanced engineering on her critically acclaimed recordings of Famous Blue Raincoat, The Hunter and The Well. (Reissued by Impex Records). The albums continue to represent the best of the best in music combining great songwriting, stellar arrangements, sonic excellence and musical beauty.
Concert audiences recognize that they are infor something special at one of her all too few concerts. Warnes sings straight from the heart. Her voice is pure. The emotions it conveys are pure, too. “To this day, I’m not as interested in music as people think,” says Warnes. “I’m more interested in how close we can get through the music.”
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