We tend to be mostly about foreign music at this corner of the internet: Korean House, Italian electro-clash, German rap, whatever shape Eurovision takes in a given year. So let’s switch gears for a moment and talk about *GASP* American music and artists.
KJ Denhert describes her music as Urban Folk & Jazz, which is a fusion I have never heard before, and apparently is not one I’ve really come across in other artists. She sounds somewhat like a cross between Sade (a Sade that allows herself to be happy) and Swing Out Sister with lyrical oomph.
Her latest release is a live recording from the Umbria Jazz festival, where she opened for Alicia Keys. (Controversal opinion: I personally find Denhert more accessible than Keys, not to knock Ms. Alicia, but lyrically I get Denhert’s easier.) One of the strongest tracks on it is actually the opener (intro aside), I Got Time which becomes rather poignant after a rousing start. Fortunately, the album keeps the momentum going. Hearing her sing He’s Not Coming Home live has a certain punch to it for me. (The song itself has strong meanings to me recently with the whole move to Australia.)
You can buy Dal Vivo a Umbria Jazz and Lucky 7 (her latest studio album) here. (She runs her own label, so I’ll do my bit to steer traffc her way.)