I listened to Madeleine's new album over the weekend, and it's a hit with me.  I love her smooth, jazzy, vintage sounding voice. She has been compared to the sound of Billie Holiday. Her songs make me want to grab a glass-or two of wine and sit down for some me time. Of course you can share her music with everyone, but after listening to teenage music all day, I claim some grown up music now and then. Madeleine Peyroux's voice is soft, calming, and just the kind of music I like.

Madeleine and longtime collaborator / legendary producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), re-examine Ray Charles’ classic, and one of his most controversial albums, Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music

But instead of replicating the album, Madeleine and Larry represented the artistic freedom Ray exhibited, using imagination to break down musical categories and barriers.What Madeleine and Larry created is a sophisticated album rich in strings, pushing the power of Madeleine’s vocal capabilities – her melody changes, choices of tone and phrasing.

The Blue Room explores new ground, showing that like jazz itself, Madeleine is willing to take new chances – reinterpreting songs with an emotion and depth that can’t help but touch the soul.“I didn’t want to just do a straight forward covers album,” says Madeleine. “When Larry first brought this project to me, I was so moved by what I heard that it truly inspired me to both reinterpret these songs while also merging them with others that I thought fit perfectly.”“Ray’s ‘cultural landmark’ album has always been a part of me,” says Klein. “Madeleine naturally came to mind with this project. Much like Charles who in 1962 jelled R & B, Gospel, Country and Jazz, Madeleine is at a nexus of styles.

Don't you love her video, the Bel Air is so cool. I love how she drives through the city singing in her car all by herself. I bet we all do that-right?
It's definitely a CD I'd listen to over and over. The other day when I was in the car with my husband, I heard a song I liked, and said who is this? I looked at the radio screen to see who it was, and it was Madeleine Peyroux-imagine my surprise since I had not even written this post at that time!

She comes from the same places, blending Jazz, Blues, Country and Pop.”Wisely, Madeleine felt that the infusion of newer but like-minded material was essential to this project. Gems like Randy Newman's “Guilty,” Warren Zevon's “Desperadoes Under The Eaves” and John Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mind,” prove Madeleine to be an uncannily insightful ‘interpreter’ with her impeccable choice of material.On March 20th, Madeleine will kick off a world tour that includes two nights at Lincoln Center in New York City. Tour dates below. More dates to be added.

Two chances to win a copy Madeleine Peyoux's new CD, The Blue Room
Feel free to enter both, or just the one you want to enter.

1.Send an e-card to someone from Madeleine Peyroux Facebook app and enter to win a signed copy of The Blue Room at the same time. Just fill out the quick form with your personal message and hit submit!


2. Closed: Giveaway: To win  Madeleine Peyroux's CD, The Blue Room, leave a comment on this post telling me what you like about her new CD. Open to residents of the contiguous USA and Canada.  Winner will be chosen by and will be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email, if not another winner will be chosen.

Pre-Order The Blue Roomfrom Amazon

The release date is March 5, 2013.

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March 20 - Tarrytown Music Hall - Tarrytown, NY
March 22 - Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Allen Room - New York, NY
March 23 - Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Allen Room - New York, NY
March 24 - The Birchmere Music Hall - Alexandria, VA
April 2 - Dakota Jazz Club - Minneapolis, MN
April 4 - Northern Lights Theater (Potawatomi Casino) - Milwaukee, WI
April 3 - Dakota Jazz Club - Minneapolis, MN
April 5 - Old Town - Chicago, IL
May 31 - Enwave Theatre & Harbourfront Center - Toronto, ON
June 1 - Enwave Theatre & Harbourfront Center - Toronto, ON

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