Few artists possess the ability to enchant their audience. Isabella Lundgren does this with an incredible presence and a voice that seems to hold a lifetime.
Now Sweden’s most interesting jazz singer is releasing a new album:
Look for the silver lining, an album with timeless songs from the American songbook.
It’s a record of grief and hope. About the uncertainty and suffering that a human life contains, but with a confidence in human kindness.
”He who has a why to live, can bare almost any how”, wrote the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
I have stood in a lot of hows that were so painful I wondered if I would ever make it to the other side.
But I did, every time.
Even though I have stood dangerously close to gaping abyss, like so many before me.
For humanity is a resilient species, which can rise from the ashes and turn the ugly into something beautiful.
Isabella, Dec 2020, Stockholm
Look for the silver lining contains classics such as “Smile”, “The Folks that live on the Hills”, and “Fly me to the moon”. The timeless songs are given new life in the hands of Isabella and Carl Bagge (piano), Niklas Fernqvist (bass), Daniel Fredriksson (drums) and Daniel Migdal’s string quartet.
Lock for the silver lining will be released on March 26 via NAXOS/Ladybird.
She is one of Sweden’s foremost jazz singers, with a unique ability to enthrall an audience.
Isabella Lundgren debuted in 2012 with the album It Had to Be You, and she has since then received numerous awards, scholarships and been nominated for a Swedish Grammy, twice.
As a Swedish music journalist once said: “If the 20th century belonged to Monica Zetterlund, the 21th century belongs to Isabella Lundgren ”.
2014 she released Somehow life got in the way, it was named one of the 100 most influential albums in Swedish jazz history. In 2016 Where is home, containing her original songs was released and also Grammy nominated. The Swedish Daily news then called her “one of the greatest things to ever happen to the Swedish jazz scene”.
Isabella Lundgren has a great love for the American Songbook and American folk & blues tradition. This showed in Out of the Bell Jar, her 2019 album where she interpreted the works of Bob Dylan, and this year she continues on the theme with a bunch of timeless classics.
Her new album, Look for the silver lining is out spring 2021.
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