Retro jazz singer Laura Ainsworth signs with Music Island for South Korea and prepares the next album
With his fourth album of new material, You asked for it, Dallas-based singer Laura Ainsworth is expanding audiences for her unique style of award-winning retro jazz all the way to Asia.
Ainsworth said, “I am delighted to announce that my label Eclectus Records and Swing City Productions have signed with South Korean music distribution giant Music Island to introduce my music to the South Korean market.” A spokesperson for Music Island described Ainsworth as “a great artist” and said they believed she would help develop Korea’s market for traditional American-style vocal jazz.
you asked for it features songs requested by Ainsworth fans and is produced by Ainsworth and her longtime pianist/producer/arranger Brian Piper and mastered by Jessica Thompson, who was Grammy® nominated for her work on Errol Garner’s The complete concert by the sea. The digital release in South Korea on May 27 will be followed by a July 15 release in Japan and the United States on MP3 and streaming, as well as a deluxe Japanese mini-CD which will contain an additional track not available on the American version. The Japanese CD edition of you asked for it will be available for import via Bandwear.com and www.lauraainsworth.com.
you asked for it is a bit of a departure for it, with less of a studio feel and more of an intimate, laid-back vibe. Ainsworth said: “After being stuck at home for so long due to the pandemic, I wanted to celebrate by bringing my amazing band together in the studio.” She was looking for a spontaneous “private party” vibe inspired by her idol Julie London’s classic Julia at home LP which was recorded in the singer’s living room. Ainsworth’s tracklist comes from fan requests at live concerts and via social media, so it’s heavy on standards like “Cry Me A River”, “All The Things You Are” and “Someone to Watch Over Me”, only with his. unique twists.
But Ainsworth promises some curve balls. She said, “Sometimes people take you by surprise with a request out of left field that turns out surprisingly well!” Most notable is his version of the James Bond theme “Goldfinger,” which reworks the explosive original into a haunting jazz piano ballad punctuated by sultry saxophone solos. Instead of portraying a supervillain, Ainsworth seems to be warning other women about a rich, toxic ex-boyfriend.
The release in Japan and the United States of you asked for it will also be accompanied by Jessica Thompson remastering her first three studio albums Keep that for you (2011), Necessarily wrong (2013), and New vintage (2017) which bring vinyl warmth to Laura Ainsworth’s catalogue. The remastered studio albums will be available in MP3 and streaming formats in both countries.
Ainsworth first caught the attention of the Asian market in 2019 when his best-of vinyl LP Upper shelf was picked up by Japanese record store giant Disk Union and received rave reviews in the Japanese jazz press. This convinced Japanese jazz distributor Ratspack Records to take over their full catalog, starting with the release of their first three CDs in Japan in early 2020. In September 2021, Ratspack released a deluxe reissue of the Upper shelf vinyl compilation in mini-LP CD format. The remastered Japanese version by Thompson includes six additional tracks, including the otherwise unavailable release “You’d Be Surprised”, along with detailed liner notes and never-before-seen photos. in addition, Ratspack distributes the Swing City Productions compilation, This is Vintage Now Vol.2: Happiness is a way of life, which kicks off with Ainsworth’s exotic-inspired version of “An Occasional Man.”
Ainsworth grew up with the Great American Songbook, as the daughter of sax/clarinet prodigy Billy Ainsworth who played with big name bands and showroom icons such as Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett. She is known for her soft, satin vocals and her throwback style reminiscent of pre-bop singers such as Rosemary Clooney and Peggy Lee; his band of top-flight Texas jazz musicians; and his musicological bent, unearthing and breathing new life into great, long-forgotten songs. It earned him a profile in Downbeat, rave reviews, and numerous awards and nominations, including an unprecedented triple sweep of the Artists Music Guild Awards for Album, Video and Female Vocalist of the Year for New Vintage.
Now she hopes her music will receive as warm a reception in South Korea as it does in Japan so she can sing for fans there. She said, “I’m ready to fly again, and I’ve already picked out my dresses and my elbow-length gloves!”
To find Laura’s albums and videos, learn more, and follow her on social media, visit http://www.lauraainsworth.com.
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Laura Ainsworth is a multi-award winning independent retro jazz singer from Dallas. She is known for her soft, sultry voice and elegant pre-bop vocal style; his band of top-flight Texas jazz musicians; put a unique spin on the standards and find and revitalize long-forgotten gems. It’s a style she calls “New Vintage”, which was the name of her third album which won an unprecedented sweep of the Artists Music Guild Awards for album, video and female vocalist of the year. This sophisticated retro style and the Great American Songbook are in her DNA: she grew up watching her late father, big band saxophone/clarinet prodigy Billy Ainsworth, revisit showroom legends such as Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald. His label Eclectus Records recently signed deals to distribute his music in Japan and South Korea. A deluxe LP and CD titled “Top Shelf” was recently released. His next album of new material, “You Asked For It”, will be released in the United States and Japan in July 2022.