Sylvia Bennett, the Grammy-nominated pop-jazz singer-songwriter visits Jim to celebrate her new holiday single “Baby It’s Cold Outside!” Listen to her interview with Jim below.
Jim Brickman: One of the best things about Christmas on the Jim Brickman show is sharing music with you during the holiday season, and today is no exception! We are talking to our Artist Spotlight with Sylvia Bennett, who is a grammy-nominated recording artist and songwriter! You’ve had so many hits and so many great collaborations, Barry Gibb and David Brenner, Dizzy Gillespie, wow! And you were discovered by Lionel Hampton, that’s amazing.
Sylvia Bennett: It really is amazing, I think it was a lifesaving experience when Lionel took me under his wing and kinda validated who I was as a performer.
Jim Brickman: You’ve got a brand new single out, a duet with Paul Brown called “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” you decided to do your jazz-pop version of that classic, so this is part of a way to celebrate the holidays through music for you.
Sylvia Bennett: Absolutely. First of all, I’ve got to tell you that Christmastime is one of my favorite times of the whole year, I think that if he had the love and joy of christmastime around the whole year we’d be much better off as people, don’t you think?
Jim Brickman: Peace and love and joy, why is it only November to December that we share that with people? So tell me a bit about your experiences with music at the holiday time and why it’s so special for you.
Sylvia Bennett: I have to tell you that we always look for new holiday music, and a friend of mine, Sandy Shore, who’s the founder and president of smoothjazz.com, thought that “baby it’s cold outside” would be a great duet for me and Paul Brown to record together. This is an unusual song for me to do during Christmas, I usually do things, you know, the traditional ones like The Christmas Song, Jingle Bells, songs that are more into the classic Christmas song. But what I like about this Christmas song is that we’ve taken a standard and put it in this beautiful new modern setting.
More from Spotlight Artist Sylvia Bennett
“Man, the lady can sing! Her magic gets to the ears and the hearts of the audience.” – Lionel Hampton
She’s one part jazz, one part pop, and one part sultry. If you like Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, and Rosemary Clooney, you’ll LOVE Sylvia Bennett.
Italian born and American raised Sylvia Bennett is a Grammy nominated international recording artist and song–writer who has performed at Presidential Inaugurations and opened for such renowned artists as Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jackie Mason, Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Gibb and David Brenner. Discovered by the legendary Lionel Hampton, she has since captivated audiences and critics alike with her sultry, honeyed tones and seductive blend of jazz and pop. She’s the inimitable, unforgettable Sylvia Bennett.
Sylvia and Lionel Hampton’s first recording project was the Grammy nominated Sentimental Journey. A second project, There Will Never Be Another You, was a CD/DVD tribute she dedicated to her beloved mentor and would be followed by eight more CDs: Songs From the Heart, It’s Christmas Time, Smile, Sonríe, C’est Si Bon, Best Love Songs, It’s All About Love and For You.
It’s All About Love, was Sylvia’s first all original, contemporary jazz album. The project produced three hits before its release date in April 2016 reaching #24 on the 2016 SmoothJazz.com Year–End Chart. Sylvia continues her journey into smooth original music with the brand–new album FOR YOU which delivers another successful set of contemporary, sensuous songs from the Miami–based vocalist and songwriter. It features the successful collaborative combo with Ms. Bennett’s longtime producer and writing partner, Hal S. Batt. The renowned Miami producer and Afterhours Music studio owner has worked with some of the biggest names in Miami recording history including Ricky Martin, Julio Iglesias, Regina Belle and many more. Hungarian violinist and bandleader Peter Ferencz, from the Smooth Jazz Pop ensemble, Peet Project, joins Sylvia in a romantic duet on Two Hearts One Soul with a dreamy melody that sweeps you off your feet. Modern love songs, jazzy chilled arrangements, heart string-tugging vocals and sophisticated musicianship… FOR YOU is for all of us!
In addition to recording and creating new products for the Sylvia Bennett Gift Collection, she loves to perform in front of a live audience and has created a range of shows that cover everything from Broadway to pop and from swing to international. She sings in English, Spanish, and French – but regardless of the language her goal remains the same: to bring people joy through music and song!
For more information, to order products or book Sylvia Bennett for one of your events, contact Management at Info@SylviaBennett.com or call (305) 361–2311.
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