Zoe Scott Reimagines 12 Pop and Bossa Nova Classics on Shades Of Love, October 2
Produced by Bossa Nova Legend Moogie Canazio, Shades of Love
Recounts Established Rock Artist’s Journey of Self-Discovery and Love with New Arrangements, Classic Instrumentation
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2020) — International recording artist Zoe Scott will release her 12-song Bossa Nova debut Shades of Love on October 2, 2020. Produced by Moogie Canazio, known for his all-analog recording style, which earned him 10 GRAMMY and two Emmy Awards, this meticulously curated collection of reimagined songs made famous by legendary artists and set to Bossa Nova arrangements sets a tone for romance and love.
Zoe moved away from her family in London for Rome at 18, leaving behind a loving mother and an alcoholic father for the life of an actress, songwriter, and singer. After years starring on stage and in films, the love of music drew her to Los Angeles, where her name became synonymous with Rock ‘n’ Roll.
“I remember the hard edges of performing rock music and the rock scene in general. I loved it at first — the angst, the power, the energy — but simultaneously, I recall how boxed in I felt,” says Zoe as she settles into a camel-colored, buttery soft chair in her Malibu home’s living room — the Pacific Ocean as her backdrop.
“That day, I started a journey of self-discovery and healing. With that came new artistic expressions and new ways to feel and receive love. One day I came across Antonio Carlos Jobim’s music, and I was swept away. I felt his soul through every note, and in that moment, I knew I had to make this album.”
Zoe plunged heart first on a mission to express the freedom, sensuality, and romance she was drawn to through Bossa Nova. Each of the 12 songs on Shades of Love reflects a chapter in her life’s book and an expression of what she calls, “feeling in.”
“I was always looking outward for answers, but I found true joy and peace when I turned my attention inward. Something magical happened: I not only found answers, I realized love was all around me this entire time. It's this love I want to share with the world.”
After years spent honing a hard-edged rock voice, Zoe knew mastering Bossa Nova’s understated sensuality was a journey she couldn’t make on her own. She reached out to Moogie Canazio, who ultimately helped Zoe feel her way into the silky, hushed vocal qualities she shares on this album.
“Moogie coached me on how to get to that place, and it felt quite vulnerable,” Zoe recalls. “As a rock singer, it was more about putting on a show. Bossa Nova is more a process of undressing.” With Moogie by her side, Zoe learned to “get behind the lyric and express from her heart.”
Like Bossa Nova itself — born from a marriage of Jazz and Samba, and sometimes called “Brazilian Jazz” — Shades of Love represents a cross-cultural creative melding that connects artist and producer, LA and Rio, past and present, emotion and craft.
Zoe also chose to honor the authentic style and original sound cultivated by Bossa Nova originators João Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim, enlisting the talents of Bossa Nova legends: guitarist-arranger Torcuato Mariano and Daniel Jobim, grandson of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Daniel is a featured performer on two of his grandfather's most iconic songs, playing piano on "Quiet Nights" (the lead track off Shades of Love, available Friday, Sept. 18 — pre-save HERE), and scatting in the style of his grandfather on "Wave."
"There was total silence from all of the musicians in the studio because they could feel Daniel's grandfather coming right down and going through him," Zoe shares. "I cried when I heard it mixed."
Along with these two Bossa Nova classics, Zoe also reimagined iconic songs originally recorded by Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, The Beatles and more, including “I'll Stand By You,” made famous by Chrissie Hynde; “This Girl’s In Love With You” written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, recorded by Herb Alpert; “7 Lives,” an intimate anniversary gift written by Brazilan Zé Ricardo to his wife.
Zoe continued her thoughtful curation with “The More I See You,” part of the famous club scene in Roman Polanski's "Frantic," starring Harrison Ford; “Baby It’s You,” written by Burt Bacharach was recorded by The Shirelles and The Beatles; “Once I Loved,” made famous by Frank Sinatra; “My Cherie Amour,” by Stevie Wonder; “In My Life,” recorded by The Beatles; and “Triste,” written by Jobim in 1966 at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles. The album closes with “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse.
“I chose each song for personal and artistic reasons. I related to them and each is a snapshot of a part of my journey I wanted to share,” says Zoe.
In her journey from performing original indie rock to Bossa Nova covers, Zoe has embraced an expansive, openhearted vulnerability she'd never experienced before. In the process, she connected her craft with who she was becoming as a person. “Bossa Nova taught me that there is life in the quiet spaces. I find peace, love, and joy there. It’s my hope this album opens the doors to the hearts of anyone who listens.”
Shades of Love Track Listing
1. Quiet Nights
2. I'll Stand By You
3. This Girl's In Love
4. 7 Lives
6. The More I See You
7. Baby It's You
8. Once I Loved
9. My Cherie Amour
10. In My Life
12. You Know I'm No Good
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