Los Angeles, CA: Lost In Romance, the debut album by singer Lyn Stanley featuring 13 of jazz’s finest musicians, was released August 20th to widespread critical acclaim and airplay both across the country and internationally. A passionate ode to the music and romance of another era, Lost In Romance is also a tribute to Stanley’s friend and mentor, the late legendary world-class jazz pianist Paul Smith, whom she credits with launching her career as a singer.
Featuring 15 songs that trace the arc of romance, the idea behind the selections, said Stanley, “Is to create a storyline via the song list and integrate elements of my background as a ballroom dancer through rhythms, tempos and lyrical themes. Beginning with Irving Berlins’ classic “Change Partners” which sets the stage and ending with “The Last Dance” by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, almost every song on the album has a related dance rhythm and tempo for dancers. In fact, a special “remix” of the CD on vinyl for the ballroom dance market, is slated to be released later this Fall. Entitled “Jazz In the Ballroom-Lost In Romance,” it will be marketed to the international ballroom dance community for social, competitive and Latin-style dancers.
Lyn Stanley’s story is unique. First “discovered” by Paul Smith in 2010 with no previous singing experience, during the same timeframe she also competed and won two Pro/Am USA Open Gold International Standard Dance Sport titles and placed third in a World Title Pro/Am event. Four months after meeting Stanley, Smith invited her to perform onstage with his trio for her singing debut, and in 2011 she was one of 27 students accepted in a worldwide open call for a singer training program at Yale University. Stanley began working with top-tier arranger-pianist Tamir Hendelman (Barbra Streisand) and arranger-producer Steve Rawlins (Bette Midler), and her critically-acclaimed one-woman show, “Makin’ Whoopee,” soon followed at Vitello’s in Los Angeles and the Joslyn Center For Performing Arts in Palm Desert, CA.
Featured players on Lost In Romance include Kevin Axt, Gilbert Castellanos, Jim DeJulio, Bernie Dresel, Jeff Hamilton, Tamir Hendelman, Trey Henry, Paul Kreibich, Mike Lang, Llew Matthews, Bob McChesney, Thom Rotella and Bob Sheppard – all of whom perform in various configurations on the album in line with the artist’s belief that the songs would benefit from an ever-changing combination of different player’s interpretations. Lost In Romance was engineered by Tommy Vacari, mixed by 22-time Grammy Award-winner Al Schmitt and mastered by the legendary Grammy-winning Bernie Grundman. In fact, it was Grundman who suggested the 180gram/45RPM LP vinyl pressing which ensued at Pallas in Germany.
The release of Lost In Romance was accompanied by a party at Catalina’s Jazz Club in Los Angeles. Before a packed house, the performance featured ten of Stanley’s album’s musicians as well as a tribute to Paul Smith, who passed away recently but had been scheduled to perform at the release party with Stanley. Local Jazz celebrity DJ Bubba Jackson (KKJZ) emceed the show and tribute to Smith, introducing Stanley with lavish praise for her debut album. Stanley also donated a portion of the evening’s proceeds to benefit the Musicians Union Foundation-Local 47 in honor of Smith.
Lost In Romance will be available in both CD and 45-rpm LP versions through Amazon.com, CdBaby, iTunes and lynstanley.com.