However, Keep It To Yourself is about much more than just one inspired moment. In fact, the whole album is among the year's most consistently engaging jazz releases, performed with class and heartfelt passion. On Midnight Sun," Ainsworth's gorgeously fragile singing soars atop the dreamy piano melodies; Personality," on the other hand, displays her playful side.
Ainsworth is based in Dallas, Texas, an area not known for any notable jazz scenes; nevertheless, jazz has been a large part of her life since childhood. I grew up in the family of a Big Band musicianmy dad was jazz saxophone/clarinetist Billy Ainsworth," Ainsworth revealed. I got to hear great singers from an early age. Our house would resonate with the voices of Nat "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Jack Jones. and many more. I got to see some of them live, too; my mom would take me on 'comp nights' when my dad was playing in the house band at the Fairmont Venetian Room."
In addition to singing jazz, Ainsworth writes one-liners and song parodies for her own prep service, the Comedy Wire. As with jazz, Ainsworth's talent for humor is rooted in her youth. It was the same with comedy songs; my dad used to bring home every silly or satirical novelty record, from Stan Freberg to Ray Stevens, and I'm sure that's what inspired me later on to write and perform song parodies," Ainsworth recalled. It has been said that if Julie Andrews and Weird 'Al' Yankovic had a child, it would be me. So, really, just being around my dad as a child filled me with a kind of music-and-comedy 'essence.' DNA must've played a part, too."