Vanessa Rubin Biography

14 March 1957, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Jazz singer Vanessa Rubin has built her reputation on a gruelling schedule of live appearances that have seen her tour from coast to coast in America. However, despite a strong following and a popular back catalogue, in 1997 her record label, RCA Records, attempted to launch her in the mainstream market. New Horizons featured some jazz standards, including a version of Phyllis Hyman’s classic ‘Here’s That Rainy Day’, but also included contemporary pop and R&B tracks. As Rubin herself admitted, this was part of a process of ‘getting some of my other voices out.’ She described the transition from working in jazz to working on more contemporary material as difficult: ‘It was like having a vocabulary of 1, 000, then going in and using only 400 words’. The album was produced by Andre Fischer, and was promoted by further touring with long-standing musical collaborators Harvey Mason, Patrice Rushen and Dave Carpenter.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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