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Title - Out Of A Dream
Artist - Laura Stilwell

For those not in the know, jazz vocalist Laura Stilwell captivates audiences with her vibrant energy, and soulful storytelling.

From her haunting clarity in each phrase, to the smile you can feel through her voice, her commanding stage presence in dance is equally matched by a powerful authenticity and love for singing.

In New York City, Laura performed and recorded with Tommy James, Musical Director, arranger and pianist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and she has also performed and recorded with virtuoso guitarist and Grammy winner, Diego Garcia, El Twanguero.

Laura has performed at notable NYC jazz clubs, Cleopatraís Needle, St. Markís Church in the Bowery, Harai Mong, and the Ella Lounge. Portland jazz clubs, Wilfís Restaurant & Bar, Camellia Lounge, Jo Bar, and Vie De Boheme, Tokyo jazz clubs, the Black & White Lounge, the Bottom Line, and the Nidaba Theatre in Milan.

Indeed, Laura recently performed with world renowned Bossa Nova guitarist, Luiz Claudio Sousa, and Milton Nascimentoís bass player, Mauricio Biazzi at the Associacao Zona Franca in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Laura has been featured in several musical theater productions. She performed the role of Abuela Claudia in the Stumptown Stages production of In The Heights with NYC director/choreographer, David Marquez and in February, 2018, Laura was featured in a tribute to Motown with stars from The Platters, The Coasters, and The Temptations at the Knight Concert Hall in Miami.

Thusly, and having performed at so many venues, alongside so many people, she was long overdue to record her own album, Out Of A Dream (due out March 1st, 2022).

Out Of A Dream was the happy result of all that time spent learning her craft, a showcase that will delight listeners who enjoy hearing a superior singer in prime form.

1. Day In, Day Out
2. Out Of Nowhere
3. If I Should Lose You
4. Inutil Paisagem (If You Never Come to Me)
5. Donít Be That Way
6. If You Could See Me Now
7. You Stepped out of a Dream
8. A Time for Love

Opening on the vibrancy of Day In, Day Out and the smooth dancefloor, subtlety Brazilian twirl of Out Of Nowhere, those are seamlessly followed by the dulcet, breathy If I Should Lose You, and then comes the mid-tempo balladry of her simply divine, if not dramatic rendition of Antonio Carlos Jobimís Inutil Paisagem (If You Never Come to Me).

Up next is the gentle finger-snapping, foot-tapping melodies of the Benny Goodman hit Donít Be That Way which is itself backed by the smokey yearn of Tadd Dameronís If You Could See Me Now, the album rounding out on the upbeat and perky, quietly samba-imbed rhythms of You Stepped out of a Dream, coming to a close on the heartfelt gossamer stillness of A Time for Love.

Out Of A Dream features Laura Stilwell accompanied by a tasteful, complementary, and swinging rhythm section comprised of pianist Tommy James, either Perry Thoorsell or Dennis Calazza on bass, and drummer Ron Steen with Dave Evans playing tenor or clarinet on three of the selections.

In conclusion, the release of Out Of A Dream shows that Laura Stilwell is a jazz and ballad singer who demands oneís attention and deserves to be widely heard and enjoyed.

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