“With her alluring mix of jazz and 1970’s soul, and slow-jam R&B, the 25-year-old Gage is in the process of honing a sophisticated sound that belies her age.” – Andrew Gilbert
First Orbit Sounds proudly announces the March 15, 2016 release of “Siren Songs”, the debut album from vocalist and composer Jackie Gage. Channeling torch singers of decades past, the San Jose native marks her arrival with a refined blend of sultry originals alongside newly arranged classic torch songs that showcases her dynamic range with hints of R&B, soul and jazz.
Produced by Gage, “Siren Songs” features Bay Area mainstays including pianist Timothy Wat, marimbist Dillon Vado, bassist John Shifflett and drummer Jason Lewis. Also accompanying Gage on three tracks is a string section featuring violinists Ilana Thomas and Kristina Dutton, violist Su Buchignani and cellist Freya Seeburger.
Based on the concept on the ancient idea of a siren; the womanly figure who lures desperate sailors into treacherous waters, “Siren Songs” takes listeners on an emotive journey of love and loss, and passion and intrigue over the course of nine songs that range from pining love stories to haunting ballads. In her native San Jose, Gage was the self-described “designated torch singer” adding, “that identity fueled this debut.”
Gage, who recently relocated to New York City, has firmly made her mark in her home state with annual tours from Sacramento to San Diego. As a 2014 Jazz Search West finalist, she was awarded performances at nationally recognized venues Yoshi’s Oakland, the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley and the Sound Room in Oakland. In addition, she has performed at the Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Jose Summer Fest and Berkeley Juneteeth, among others.
The release of “Siren Songs” will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 15 at Yoshi’s Oakland in Oakland, California. Reservations for the evening, which will be a joint release show with fellow vocalist Lilan Kane, can be made by visiting yoshis.com.