Her voice can envelop a room. Whether it is booming from a concert stage on a live-wire Friday night or vaulting sky high over a subdued sanctuary on a Sunday morning, her effortless, sugary tones wrap audiences up tight and never let go. Even still, Baton Rouge jazz singer and songwriter Quiana Lynell believes the loudest voice a creative can have is the one inside her own head. So we’d all better be careful what that voice is saying.
A Little Love, the striking debut album from vocalist extraordinaire Quiana Lynell, will be released by Concord Jazz on April 5th, 2019.
A feast of soul, gospel, r&b, groove and jazz, A Little Love blooms with songs about searching, trying times, buoyant love, deep reflection and social action. Lynell sings with the voice of authority and the takeaway from the album as a whole is honesty
The finals of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition often emphasize jazz standards. The five promising jazz vocalists who vie for cash prizes and a recording contract at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark perform material from the Great American Songbook—tunes that Vaughan herself infused with operatic richness over a career that lasted nearly a half century.
While New Orleans has started celebrating its tricentennial, singer Quiana Lynell is making sure the city marks a centennial before year's end: Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday."
Vocalist, songwriter, teacher and storyteller Quiana Lynell‘s career is a testament to her belief in the positive and unifying power of music, combined with a hearty dose of diligence and preparation. The LSU School of Music graduate operates with the tagline “I trained for this” and whether she’s referring to her role as founder of the health and wellness group Musicians Run or her ability to leverage her classically trained voice to perform in multiple genres, Quiana demonstrates exactly that. Quiana arranges, performs and composes a variety of musical styles including jazz, soul, blues and funk. She can be found throughout the region and nationally collaborating on cross-genre performances. The former band director currently finds time between collaborations to teach prospective vocalists at Loyola University, cultivating students’ understanding of process and technical components to more effectively serve the potential of their art and instrument.
It’s a six-track CD, Quiana Lynell’s first as a professional musician. It’s called “Loving Me.” The bluesy, soulful sextet encourages listeners to find their self-worth while reminding them to put their needs first.
Quiana Lynell’s commanding voice radiates from the microphone, from start to finish, sometimes as an outpouring of lyrics or an unpredictable freestyle bop that runs circles around the brain. Her vocals and personality are at the forefront of each song, bringing a modern flair to the jazz covers in which she and her band, the Lush Life, are rooted. However, the range of tempo and tone make Lynell and the Lush Life hard to place firmly in one genre. Lynell’s soulful vocals extend through the rhythm and blues spectrum, jazz and blues, pop and funk—even opera.