West Seattle jazz vocalist Barbie Anaka has released a new recording that is doing well on both local and national charts. She appears regularly at Salty's at Alki and Redondo and will perform at 13 Coins Nov. 15.
West Seattle's Barbie Anaka has released a new recording; She performs often at Salty's at Alki
West Seattle’s Barbie Anaka has released a new recording entitled “Speechless”. The album offers ten tracks with seven songs penned by the artist, and three songs by others, including a version of Sade’s “The Sweetest Taboo”.
Anaka recently performed to a packed house in celebration of the disc’s release at The Triple Door in Seattle. Anaka is a contemporary jazz/pop singer, songwriter and producer with her own record label.
Barbie’s music charted at #1 on the reverbnation.com jazz charts for Seattle, a site driven by social media in early November, 2013. This comes on the heels of a successful radio campaign, where the title track, “Speechless”, attained #35 on the USA Today/Mediabase Smooth Jazz Chart nationwide. The album also registered in Europe at #15 on the UK Soul Chart Top 30 for over two months.
Guest musicians include John Raymond (guitarist with Kenny G) and multi-instrumentalist Donyea Goodman (cousin of soul balladeer Al Green). Carol Handley, program director for smoothinseattle.com (formerly with KWJZ-FM, “Smooth Jazz”) said, “The long awaited new Barbie Anaka project sounds fantastic. The title track, Speechless, is a favorite on Smooth in Seattle. Great production values and fits right into the Smooth Jazz vibe. Nice to have a new vocalist to share with the format.”
Barbie Anaka performs regularly at Salty's at Alki and Redondo and throughout the northwest with her band. Her next performance is Friday, November 15th at 13 Coins Seattle. For more information about the artist, visit www.barbieanaka.com.