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Sounds Like: Joss Stone, The Official Smokey Robinson Page, P!nk, Marvin Gaye
Bio: Cassandre McKinley has a vocal style that walks the line between jazz and soul – a voice that is commanding, vibrant and rich – with “chops” to spare. But, she’s no diva – though she can confidently and easily weave her way through The American Songbook and Soul Classics alike, singing with the m...See Full Bio
“Perhaps that was the greater task for this clearly gifted jazz vocalist—maintaining her own voice—her own sound and style—while seeking to approach the work of one of the greatest singers of all time. What she does with “I Want You” is just magical—it’s the heart of Gaye but with the vocal inflections of Dinah (Washington) or perhaps Nancy (Wilson). There are two cuts that you don’t want to miss on this CD. The first is “If This World Were Mine”. The second is one which only the most ardent Gaye fan will even remember, “Til Tomorrow”—a beautiful and moving song which “Cass” makes her own. Sometimes McKinley interprets the music in such a manner that you think you’re in a Louisiana speakeasy while at other times it’s almost like a song made for an old-fashioned hoe down in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky. And yet the spirit of Marvin Gaye is still present. “You done good sister.” Listen for yourself, but from this writer’s perspective, Brother Mar”
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