With the release of her acclaimed third album "New Vintage," an audiophile vinyl best-of LP "Top Shelf," and her New York solo debut at the Metropolitan Room , Texas songbird Laura Ainsworth is breathing fresh new life into the growing retro jazz/lounge genre.
As a child, Dallas-based retro jazz singer Laura Ainsworth sat in elegant showrooms, watching her dad, renowned big band sax master Billy Ainsworth, back such icons as Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald, and dreamed of doing that herself one day. She didn't realize it was a dying genre, but now, she's earning international acclaim by helping bring it back to exciting new life. August brings the release of her acclaimed third album, "New Vintage"; an audiophile vinyl best-of LP, "Top Shelf (both available through www.lauraainsworth.com, CD Baby, Amazon and other music sites); a flurry of interviews on shows catering to the newly-hip lounge/bachelor pad/vinyl revival scene; and her New York solo debut on August 24th at Manhattan’s premier showroom, the Metropolitan Room.
No wonder David Gaston, producer of the popular "This Is Vintage Now" CD series (Laura is featured on the latest release, also arriving in August) declared, "As excellent as her first two albums were, 'New Vintage' looks to be Laura Ainsworth's breakthrough." As always, the album features her satiny, three-octave voice that critics have called "sublime," "impossibly old-fashioned," and a throwback to the great girl singer days of Rosemary Clooney and Julie London. She's again joined by her loyal team of top Texas jazz musicians, as she puts fresh twists on standards and long-overlooked gems, including "lost" songs by Frank Loesser and Johnny Mercer that haven't been recorded in decades. To keep the "new vintage" theme ever-expanding, she includes a brand new song she co-wrote, "The Man I Love Is Gone," about which she says, "My dearest hope is that listeners will mistake it for a buried treasure from 1949."
While her dad didn't live to see her sing professionally, Laura is sure he'll be with her in spirit as she steps on stage at the Metropolitan Room to continue the family legacy. She says, "All my albums are dedicated to him because everything I do is built on a foundation of great mid-century lounge, jazz and big band that he handed down to me."
Texas retro-jazz singer Laura Ainsworth is poised for a major breakout with the August releases of her critically-acclaimed third album "New Vintage" and best-of audiophile vinyl LP "Top Shelf," plus her New York City solo debut on August 24th at the famed Metropolitan Room.
For show tickets, links to CDs and the vinyl LP, videos, photos and more, visit http://www.lauraainsworth.com