soulful grooves and smooth, sexy Spanish lyrics combine it has an
irresistible effect on the ear. This is indeed the case when you
hit play and journey through Si Me Quieres/If You Love Me, the highly-anticipated
recording from Gemma Genazzano. This beautiful woman beckons the
listener to journey with her through songs of love, sensuality,
and romance. As her seductive vocals float with ease over the band
one cannot help but feel that Gemma Genazzano is very comfortable
exploring her passions. Her band plays soulfully with her, grooving
intensely and steady as she sings her lyrics so sweetly as though
we are lying right there beside her. Just check out the first track,
“Enamorada,” in case you need convincing.
Background vocals soar,
strings intoxicate and horns accentuate while making you feel as
though you’ve been transported back to a ‘70s Black
movie soundtrack. The beauty of Gemma’s recording is that
the music and her voice sound completely natural together. This
is due in part to producer Marlon Saunders, whose work has been
rooted in the soul scene since his days with jazz/soul group Jazzhole.
Saunders, whose own recordings, Enter My Mind and A Groove So Deep:The
Live Sessions have had critical acclaim has also been on the scene
touring and recording as a vocalist with such artists as Sting,
Bobby McFerrin, Shania Twain, Nine Inch Nails and even an appearance
in the recent Disney film, Enchanted. So there is no denying that
Gemma is in good hands!
Genazzano, who lives between Barcelona and New York, has been captivating
audiences with her irresistible rhythms, exotic melodies, and sensual
lyrics from the festivals of Europe to New York’s Blue Note
and Madison Square Garden. She is the daughter of late Italian actor,
Oswaldo Genazzano and the granddaughter of the Italian actress Gemma
Genazzano who worked with the legendary Federico Fellini.
At an early age, Gemma
was drawn to jazz and gospel music and loved the classic American
films she saw on television. She would sit for hours listening and
dreaming of some day performing on stage for huge audiences. While
studying piano at the Liceu Conservatory, Gemma was constantly searching
for new sounds and ways to express her music. Gemma left her classical
studies behind and began singing jazz and performing at clubs and
festivals throughout Spain. Gemma later earned a scholarship to
study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
where she first met Marlon Saunders.
After moving to New York,
she reconnected with Saunders and began writing with him and guitarist/songwriter
Greg Dayton. Searching for a unique sound for this fiery artist,
Saunders spent more than nine months writing and creating tracks
with Gemma and Greg that would later become Si Me Quieres/If You
So, relax with a glass
of wine, light a candle, get cozy with that special someone and
let Gemma Genazzano sweep you away into a world where romance is
always in the song.