If you scroll back several months, you'll find that one of my 2016 highlight Wave Faves was Lindsey Webster. There is just something about this girl's voice that grabs me (gently) and then holds on ... and on. It's a feather, laced with velvet, coated in brandy and then propelled by rocket fuel - absolutely, uniquely, perfectly perfect.
Turns out I was not the only one enamored. That album You Change and its hit single "Fool Me Once" earned the honour of being the only vocally driven song to hit #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart for four weeks (beating out Sade’s previous record of three weeks). Ms. Webster was also named Billboard's 2016 Artist of the Year.
Lindsey says “This honor has changed the game for me. Once a dream comes into fruition, it really lights a fire."
Girl, your fire is blazing hot enough to warm the coldest Canadian night! Her Shanachie Entertainment debut Back To Your Heart turns the heat up yet another notch with a sizzling selection of feather-velvet-brandy-coated grooves, augmented by the occasional blast to the stars. The kickoff single (and title track) sets the mood with an elegant, sensual dynamic. "Those Three Words" continues the warm and sexy vibe while "Fast and Slow" kicks things up a notch with some pretty cool vocal variations and some pretty hot lyrics. And then there's "One At A Time" featuring the incomparable Kirk Whalum on sax. Soft, ethereal, gauzy and delectable.
Lindsey comes by her music honestly, considering herself “very, very lucky” to have grown up in Woodstock, NY. Her grade school offered a progressive music program where Lindsey took up the cello. After playing for 10 years, often in first chair, she moved to NYC to attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia School for the Music, Art & Performing Arts. It was there that she transitioned from strings to voice and the rest is, as they say, history. Well...her-story.
Lindsey met her musical partner, Keith Slattery, in 2009 and married him last fall. Following them both on social media has been a whirlwind of travel, gigs, love and fun. "On Our Way" spotlights this incredible journey with the purest groove. And that's what I like most about Lindsey Webster - her groove is pure. Never show-offy while still impressive, real and accessible while demonstrating big chops, smooth jazz meets smooth pop meets smooth R&B ... my favourite kind of music. Lindsey says “It is an accurate representation of who I am as an artist.” My guess is also who she is as a person - down to earth, honest, authentic, sexy, soulful and warm.
One of my favourite tracks on Back To My Heart is "Where Do You Want To Go." For Lindsey and Keith I reckon that would be back to the top of every chart in every country where smooth, jazzy, poppy, soul-filled groove is revered.
Come to Canada anytime, folks!
Vickie van Dyke