Interrobang Records

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
59TH GRAMMY® SUBMISSIONS for
"HARD TO IMAGINE" - the beautiful debut album of Jazz Vocalist
ALEMAY FERNANDEZ

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First Ballot Confirmed Category:
BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

First Ballots are due on November 4th, 2016.
Official Nominees on the Second Ballot will be announced on December 6th, 2016.

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RECORDING ACADEMY MEMBERS: 

Request a free promotional CD of "Hard to Imagine" by emailing:
info@interrobangrecords.com


Don't forget to include your mailing address!
Promotional FYC material may be mailed to Interrobang Records:
P.O. Box 230969, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 02123

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PURCHASE LINKS:

CDBABY - https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/alemayfernandez1

ITUNES - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hard-to-imagine/id1129439319

SPOTIFY (account required) - https://open.spotify.com/album/5Y3UgU0sgLV4fKOVqgFW7s

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Alemay’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/alemayf
FB Fanpage: www.facebook.com/alemayfernandez
Alemay’s Website: www.alemayfernandez.com

Dave D’aranjo’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/darangatang
(Promoter @ Interrobang Records, Voting Member)

CLICK HERE to download the liner notes (PDF file, 1.5MB)

CLICK HERE to download the complete album audio to your computer (m4a files, 86.1MB) - identical to an iTunes purchase

CLICK HERE to stream the album via SoundCloud in a new window:
https://soundcloud.com/interrobangrecords/sets/hard-to-imagine

Album artwork for the CD.

Interview on "FirstLook" (Channel News Asia), July 28th, 2016
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/tv/tvshows/firstlook/get-jazzy-with-alemay/2993166.html

BIOGRAPHY:
Hailed by TimeOut magazine as one of Singapore's "best ­loved entertainers", Alemay Fernandez is a rising star in the Asian jazz scene.

She has performed with the likes of The Count Basie Orchestra, David Foster, Bobby Soul (The Platters), William Close & The Earth Harp Collective, and opened for Laura Fygi & Incognito. In 2013, Alemay shared the lineup with Natalie Cole, Jamie Callum, & India Arie in the region's premiere jazz festival, Java Jazz, and has sung for A-­listers like Kevin Spacey, Ethan Hawke, Joss Stone, Kurt Elling, Lea Salonga, Paloma Picasso, Serena Williams, as well as Presidents & Prime Ministers.

Alemay is known for her sultry tone, powerhouse vocals and an onstage presence that keeps the audience eating out of the palm of her hand. In 2012, The Esplanade Theatres on The Bay (Singapore) gave her the award for "Biggest Lungs" at their 10th anniversary award ceremony.

A stage veteran, she performed lead roles in the musicals "Ah Kong's Birthday Party" (1998/99), "Beauty World" (2008), and "Fried Rice Paradise" (2010). When she's not on stage, she helps shape the next generation of Singaporean musicians teaching vocal and performance technique at Singapore's LaSalle College of the Arts.

"Hard to Imagine" comprises 10 jazz tracks with a touch of soul, gospel and blues and is Alemay's first foray into writing, arranging and producing. It features nine original tracks - with six of them written by Alemay - in collaboration with her co-producer, musician and songwriter Shawn Letts, bassist William Gathright, and pianist, organist, & arranger Kerong Chok. Other originals on the album were written by Sara Wee and Alemay's sister, Sabina. The album was mixed by Grammy-nominated producer, Michael C. Ross, and mastered at the famed Bernie Grundman studio in Los Angeles.

The album features a total of 20 musicians, including Drummers Erik Hargrove (who toured with James Brown and Bootsy Collins) and Pablo Calzado (who performed with Buena Vista Social Club); Bassist William Gathright (who studied with Ron Carter); and Organist Oliver von Essen (who recorded with Shirley Horn).

Alemay Fernandez said that "Hard to Imagine" was inspired by a series of life-changing events. “It is hard to imagine how much my life has changed in the last five years", she remarks from her home in Singapore. "I am thankful for all the ups and downs. While my father’s passing was a turning point, I put all the life lessons he taught me into my music. Together with my life-partner, Richard [Jackson]'s encouragement, this led to the discovery that I could touch people with my songs. From the melody down to the lyrics, music has the ability to heal and help us walk through what life throws at us.”

The "Hard To Imagine" CD release concert was held on July 9th, 2016 at the Esplanade Recital Studio in Singapore, and featured a stellar eight-piece band - including Kerong Chok (piano/organ), Munir Alsagoff (guitar), Pablo Calzado (drums) Ben Poh and Will Gathright (Bass) and a three- piece horn section. Guest performers include Richard Jackson, Michaela Therese and Alemay's cousin, Vanessa Fernandez.

PRAISE for ALEMAY FERNANDEZ:
"A very beautiful voice with great control..." - Terence Blanchard

"I'm knocked out by how wonderful she sounds..." - Dennis Mackrel (Count Basie Orchestra)

"One of Singapore's smoothest voices..." - TODAY Online

"I just had to take a moment to express the moving experience Alemay's voice brought me. I loved and enjoyed her so much!" - Carmen Bradford (Count Basie Orchestra)

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