Platinum-selling vocalist Basia and her collaborator Danny White have always drawn from timeless influences: the rhythms and styles of Latin music, the sound of classic American soul and R&B, and the polish of ’50s and ’60s jazz; yet the sound is undeniably fresh. After spending most of the late 1980s and 90s high on the Adult Contemporary charts, Basia returns with her global pop sound, fusing stick-in-your-head-for-days melodies with complex arrangements that don’t overshadow the heartfelt lyrics or stunning instrumentation.
Born in Poland, Basia’s first exposure to a wide European audience came in London as the vocalist for jazz-pop group Matt Bianco. Their 1984 album Whose Side Are You On? sold 1.5 million copies in Europe and featured two hits on the UK singles charts. She launched her solo career in 1987, crossing over to American audiences in a big way with her double platinum album Time and Tide. 1989 saw her second album, London Warsaw New York, go platinum and win a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. More acclaim was to come: her 1994 album The Sweetest Illusion landed high on the Billboard Dance Charts, and 1995’s Basia on Broadway was a live record made in New York City. After 1998’s Clear Horizon-the Best of Basia, she withdrew from the music industry.
In 2009 Basia returned with her fourth studio album, It’s That Girl Again, and she hasn’t lost a step. It is perhaps her strongest work yet, an album that brings her trademark global pop/jazz sound into today.
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“sophisticated and tuneful… a contemporary European descendant of “The Girl From Ipanema.”” New York Times