By: Eric Lee & Mikey Adam Cohen
Selina is a great friend, as well as an extraordinary artist. She is a superb communicator and I admire the passion and the power that she puts into each title. Her original songs are introspective and they explore both the joys and disappointments of love.
Last year, Albright primed the marketplace for “Conversations” by releasing the uplifting single “Sun Comes Up,” which outpaced her previous singles.
Selina pushes the envelope with Lyrics you have to think about. The kind of song with a powerful yet angelic tone and admirable phrasing that wins hands down over her R and B music counterparts. She has range and I love that Selina pushes the envelope in R and B with a stylish nod to jazz with a really identifiable vocal sound, and the kind of performance.
With your album, Conversations you really fresh and current approach in recording it. Your songs have strong, engaging melodies, with catchy hooks, clean bass lines, and sultry electric and acoustic guitar riffs.
Your vocal performance on this album feels very diverse, without confusion in the lyrics. Like yourself, your lyrics portray a confident woman, beautiful with her a great head on her shoulders with plenty of personality and attitude, much like having a engaging conversation with you.
1. What was the first tune(s) you learned?
“Singing At The Cross” – It’s a church hymn my mother sang to me before bed when I was a baby.
2. Which other famous musicians do you admire? Why?
I admire any artist who is dedicated to musicianship, originality, and honesty in musical expression. I love music by Billie Holiday, Eric Roberson, Nina Simone, Lalah Hathaway, Ella Fitzgerald, Algebra Blessett, Phil Perry… Call me “Old School,” but there’s something about a seasoned voice and years of life’s experiences that holds such freedom!
3. What are your fondest memories in your house?
Education was really important to my Mom, and I just loved when she would do research a country’s culture and food, and then make us a themed, costumed dinner event, just for the four of us.
That’s how I started becoming excited about traveling the world! My favorite themed night was Japanese Night; Dad had just traveled there on tour, so he brought back kimonos for all of us. We dressed up for the occasion, threw some floor pillows down, and ate a home-cooked Japanese meal on the floor in proper form with hot green tea with full-on tea presentation!
4. What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
There are many mottos that I live by, depending on what chapter I’m in and what mindset it requires of me, but my favorite one is this: “Either pray or worry…. but don’t do both at the same time.”
5. For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:
Vocally-Prominent, Candid, Sultry Expression
6. So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?
That’s easy – I love to cook and eat!
BONUS QUESTION: What’s next for Selina Albright?
I always strive to make my music and performances stronger, and to reach a wider audience, so next I’ll be studying more music, while I start my *CONVERSATIONS TOUR*!
I’m also reflecting on my life since completing this project and starting to write for the next record already – can you believe it? I believe I’m ready to open up even more on the next project than on “Conversations,” so get ready…. 😉 The story continues!
Our Overall impressions:
-sultry and smooth voice – maistry
-full command of her instrument
-a vocals-driven album with inspired instrumentals and repeat listenability
“Conversations” contains the following songs:
“Eat Something” (featuring Kay-Ta Matsuno) -an unconventionally-irreverent anthem to the type of love that fosters self-acceptance and confidence featuring Kay-Ta Matsuno right away it puts you in your funky, & soothing mix of funky, yet super sophisticated, carefully plucked guitar strings to set the mood out of the starting gate! Great choice and super friend of mine.
“Possible”- the kind of songwriting that you wish you encountered more often – so catchy that you’re singing along after the first chorus
“If I Were A Boy” (featuring Randy Ellis)- Selina treats us to a haunting and unexpectedly beautiful remake of A Beyonce’ Hit Song. Dad got the goosebumps from your version.
“Talk To Her”
“Highest High“- What is your highest high?
“Wifey Anthem (You Don’t Have To Fight At Home)” (featuring David P. Stevens)- You featured David P. Stevens on this track we were wondering why? David P. Stevens was on Smooth Saturdays with us during NAMM this year. Great choice btw,his chill vibe really set the song out for us.
“Search My Name”
“Let Go” (featuring Gerald Albright)- The energy of this song is calm and it puts us in out happy place and it features a rare glimpse of Gerald Albright’s genius at work on the flute
“Conversations” It’s my very first full-length CD, ten songs – nine of which I wrote, based on conversations I’ve had with people in my life at some point or R&B/Soul record coming out on March 17th called “Conversations.” It’s my very first full-length CD, ten songs – nine of which I wrote, based on conversations I’ve had with people in my life at some point or another.
R&B/Soul record coming out on March 17th called “Conversations.” It’s my very first full-length CD, ten songs – nine of which I wrote, based on conversations I’ve had with people in my life at some point or another.”- Selina Albright
Selena Albright defies genres and sterotypes – as summed up perfectly by her lyrices in “Search My Name” – “I don’t fit into a category, “I’m just me. Started out in jazz, did a little EDM, and now i’m R&B”
(this track is begging for a dance remix)
You can purchase the album on ITUNES at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/conversations/id1200540234