Clare Teal releases Get Happy in February
Clare Teal is to release her new album, Get Happy on 25th February.
She is the winner of numerous awards including British Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2005 & 2007 and BBC Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2006 and jazz connoisseur Michael Parkinson touted her as "One of the best vocal talents to emerge from the UK in a long, long while."
Below we have the cover art and press release...
Album Release - February 25th 2008
On W14 Music
“Making this record has been terrific fun and a fabulous experience. The album is called ‘Get Happy’ because as a rule I think we should.” Clare Teal, January 2008
Clare Teal embraces return to her first love – jazz – with the release of her eighth album ‘Get Happy’ on February 25th.
Newly signed to the Universal imprint W14 Music (Alison Moyet, Siouxsie Sioux, The Proclaimers), the first lady of jazz brings her magical touch to some of the greatest songs ever written - including ‘Cheek To Cheek’; ‘Begin The Beguine’; ‘Love For Sale’; ‘The Very Thought Of You’; ‘Time After Time’ and ‘Get Happy’ and innovative interpretations of more modern standards ‘Love Hurts’ and ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’ – and adds to the catalogue of future classics with three new self-penned compositions.
“Some singers sing standards, some sing their own material, but very few do both and even fewer do it well. Clare Teal is one of those rarities” - The Observer
A unique singer, songwriter, broadcaster and live performer Clare Teal is an extraordinary talent and one of Britain’s most exciting entertainers. As John Williams, MD of W14 Music and co-producer (with Clare) of ‘Get Happy’ commented: ‘Clare is such a special singer – one of the UK greats – and working with her in the studio producing ‘Get Happy!’ has been an education and joy. The album is a masterclass of her song interpretation and vocal prowess.’
Recorded in just a matter of days with her five piece band ‘Get Happy’ bears testimony to Clare’s enjoyment of the recording process and the way she wholeheartedly embraces the challenger. On the familiar songs Clare has that rare, and almost unique, ability of making you feel that you suddenly hear the lyric as if for the very first time. On the original songs, ‘High Love’, ‘Get On It Sam’ and ‘All For Love’ Clare demonstrates her understanding of and passion for classic songwriting as she draws from the likes of Esquivel, Bacharach and the sounds of yesteryear and marries them with the lyrics that are inspired by her own life experiences
Winner of numerous awards including British Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2005 & 2007 and BBC Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2006, Clare is also a seasoned Radio 2 broadcaster. Having previously presented ‘Clare Teal’s Jazz Divas’ and deputised for Sarah Kennedy Clare is currently presenting both ‘The Big Band Special’ and ‘Al Bowlly - Britain's First Pop Star’, a series profiling the 1930’s singer.