Grammy Award winner Melissa Manchester releases her first album of new music in ten years today with the jazz-inflected You Gotta Love The Life.
With You Gotta Love the Life, singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester celebrates not only 40 years as a Grammy-winning performer and songwriter, but a renewed artistic freedom. Funded through crowd-sourcing, Manchester extols the opportunity to make the album she wanted to make:
“This is an adventure I would not have wanted to miss. The album is my testimony of what I know to be true – not anyone else’s version of what a good idea would be – my own hard-won sense of who I am, what I have been through and what I have learned.”
The album features special guests Al Jarreau, Dave Koz, Keb’ Mo’, Joe Sample (in one of his last recordings), Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder.
Highlights include a lovely cover of the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby;” an excellent mash-up of “Let’s Face The Music And Dance/From This Moment On;” and the title song, “You Gotta Love The Life,” where Manchester ruminates on the ups and downs of a life in music – something she knows very well having enjoyed 40+ successful years in entertainment.
“Feelin’ for You”, (#2 debut on the smooth jazz charts last month), displays excellent chemistry & musicality with Keb’ Mo’. You can listen to the track below.
The production is top-notch, and Manchester’s voice is in excellent form.
The album is currently available on Amazon and all other major music outlets.
For more info on the album and upcoming tour dates, be sure to check Manchester’s official website here.