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Barbie Anaka / Bio

A clear, fresh voice: smooth jazz, seductive soul, sophisticated songwriting, deep emotions and pure pop perfection…that’s the sound of contemporary vocalist/songwriter Barbie Anaka. Mixing eclectic influences like Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Sade and Prince; her style blends meaningful lyrics, solid grooves and catchy melodies. Seattle radio host Cedric James of KWJZ-FM says, “Barbie Anaka is a jazz vocalist well on her way to earning national recognition.” Los Angeles’ New Music Weekly magazine writes, “Were we ever impressed… this artist combines brains with beauty… and has excellent material that is very radio ready.” Her debut CD, In Love With a Memory, was released with a sold-out show at Dimintriou’s Jazz Alley, granting a busy performance schedule and live television news performance. Weekendenvironments.com
Says, “I like every song on this wonderful disc… there is not a single song you will want to skip,” and New Age Retailer magazine, “Anaka’s voice is pure and fresh…. the musicians are excellent and the arrangements sing with originality and gentle passion.” The title track (In Love With a Memory) received Honorable Mention in the Billboard Songwriting Competition. “Humanity” from the same disc, won a slot on the “Future Hits” CD, volume 13, released to radio stations nationwide. The follow-up to the first CD, Ballads Through the Night, returned the singer to her jazz roots, showcasing a pristine tone. Indie-Music.com writes, “This is moonlight over a quiet ocean. A romantic dinner by candlelight. Barbie Anaka is a more angelic Streisand with a sultry, resonant, rich voice that turns old-fashioned, classic jazz into living magic.” Indiemusicreview.com raves, “One thing is certain – this girl can sing! Her rich vocal tones shine with unwavering beauty as she carefully pushes out each syllable.” Weekendenvironments.com says, “You want sultry and seductive, powerful and inspiring, tender and romantic it is all here!”

General Info

Band Members
Ed Weber - Keyboard, Marty McGehee - Bass/Backup Vocals, Steve Banks - Drums, John Raymond - Guitar
Artist Name
Barbie Anaka
Home Page
Jazz / Pop / R&B

Contact Info

Seattle, WA

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