Selina Albright is the daughter of superstar saxophonist Gerald Albright. So, it wasn’t surprising when she tried to play the sax once. She got dizzy and decided then and there that the sax wasn’t for her.
No matter. Selina Albright has developed her own powerful singing voice.
That powerful voice is coming to the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest as presented by Berks Council when Selina throws a CD Release Party for Conversations on Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading amphitheater.
Albright will perform selections from Conversations, backed by musical tracks.
Conversations is a richly poetic account of her personal journey through joy, betrayal, liberation and hope.
Albright writes from experience. She doesn’t hold back. Intimate and thoughtful, Conversations rides a fine but intentional line between R&B and jazz.
Albright euphorically interweaves her soulful vocal melodies with a contemporary R&B production that gives away her Southern California roots, adorning the resulting sound with guest performances by her father and guitarist Peter White.
Whether it be a playful song about culinary indulgence, or a tender expression of love, this distinguished collection of music is a blueprint into her heart.
Selina’s new single “Eat Something,” is on the Conversations CD.
With a last name associated with musical excellence, Selina is a soulful singer-songwriter with versatility that comes from years of listening to many origins and languages of music. Her angelic tone adds character and emotion to any ballad, yet her powerful wailing and energetic stage presence commands attention.
Albright developed her onstage charisma and vocal technique from being exposed to legendary artists such as Whitney Houston, Take Six, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Beyonce, Lalah Hathaway, and Tina Turner.
Her intimate, connective writing style comes from experiences and aspirations from her own life, so that when you listen to her music, you are introduced to a private piece of who Albright is, has been, or is becoming.
Selina sang on her several of her father’s Grammy-nominated projects dating back to 1997. She wrote and performed the lyrics for the title track of Gerald’s Grammy-nominated collaboration with Norman Brown, entitled 24/7.
Her R&B/soul 2013 CD Brighter topped the UK Soul Chart for four weeks. Her 2016 release Sun Comes Up outperformed all her previous releases.
Aside from her R&B/jazz releases, the artist has also joined forces with electronic dance music artists, demonstrating yet another facet of her creativity. The world has responded strongly to her collaborations with the internationally revered DJ duo Manufactured Superstars. A major highlight of her career was their performance of “Serious” for the Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival in 2011. Her creative relationship with Manufactured Superstars continues.
Selina’s CD Release Party on April 6 is scheduled between a Gerald Albright Fan Club event in the DoubleTree small ballroom from noon to 3 p.m. and the Berks All-Star Jazz Jam in the DoubleTree grand ballroom at 8 p.m.
Gerald Albright is performing in the All-Star Jam that evening. He, vocalist Patti Austin and singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler are performing in the festival’s Opening Night Celebration on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m.at the Santander Performing Arts Center. Gerald also is part of Berks Bop Night on Wednesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Building 24 Live.