(London 18th August 2014) One of the most successful and talented artists in pop music history is back – and back like you’ve never heard her before. On October 27th 2014, Annie Lennox releases her seventh solo album. Nostalgia (on Island / Blue Note) is a collection of the iconic singer’s impassioned takes on standards primarily from the 1930s and 1940s, many of them popularized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Jo Stafford and Louis Armstrong.
Nostalgia is the result of hours Lennox spent perusing vintage recordings and video performances of songs from the Great American Songbook, particularly those rooted in the blues. “I was just curious,” says the songwriter and singer of Summertime, I Put a Spell On You and Strange Fruit and other, less-widely known songs such Mood Indigo and September in the Rain, “I thought, ‘I wonder what my voice would be like. Would these songs suit my voice?’ It was like a little challenge. I just sort of got to know them, became friends with them really and had a great deal of joy in the process.”
The music on the album was mostly played by Annie alongside her long-time collaborator and co-producer, Mike Stevens and was recorded in his West London studio. Finding Lennox at her most soulful, Nostalgia brings levels of depth and warmth to songs that primarily originated from the civil-rights era.
Nostalgia will be released by Island Records in the UK and internationally, and by Blue Note Recordings in the US.
Annie Lennox is managed by Simon Fuller.
Memphis in June
Georgia on my Mind
I Put a Spell on You
I Cover the Waterfront
God Bless the Child
You Belong to Me
September in the Rain
I Can Dream, Can’t I?
The Nearness of You
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ABOUT ANNIE LENNOX
Singer songwriter, activist, and iconoclast, Annie Lennox is one of the most universally renowned artists in pop music history. Named one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone, Lennox has won more Brit Awards than any other female artist in history (8 in total), plus 4 Grammys, 4 Ivor Novellos, an Academy award, a Golden Globe and a Billboard Century Award. Including her work within Eurythmics, Annie Lennox has released 13 studio albums and sold over 80 million records worldwide, contributed to the soundtracks of a plethora of films, and performed at a string of seminal global events – including Live 8, the inaugural concert for Nelson Mandela’s HIV/AIDS Campaign 46664 and the 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony – over and above completing numerous worldwide tours.
In addition to her artistic achievements, Annie Lennox is a celebrated humanitarian and activist. A UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, who has worked with other organisations such as Oxfam, and Amnesty International among many in regard to the issue, she has received a Nobel Peace Laureates for services to humanity and a Red Cross Services to Humanity Award. In 2009 The Economist named SING – the campaign Lennox founded which is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for women and children affected by HIV – their charity of choice. In 2011 she received an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of her humanitarian work.