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Bringing back Jazzy Sophistication with Delilah's New EP - 24Our Music

"Delilah Sings Sarah +1 EP" Review

With production by Academy Award winner Joe Renzetti and mixing by Bobby Brooks (Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli), this record has been put in safe hands to say the least. Spicing things up with a Latin, bossa nova feel in ‘Whatever Lola Wants’, Delilah gives a fresh lift to the American standard before sinking into ‘Just Friends’, a horn and brass laced ballad that flows with languid grace. Closing track ‘Smile’ (the “+1” of the EP) is the highlight of this record. The famous Charlie Chaplin number - which has been performed by Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and Barbara Streisand to name a few - is done tremendous justice here. From the gorgeously swelling orchestra to Delilah’s velvety smooth timbre, the recording is brimming with emotion.

Call It A Tribute Album If You Must

Delilah is not trying to imitate anyone nor is she attempting to recreate Vaughan’s style. She puts her own spin on these classic standards and brings her own interpretation to the material. In fact, rather than a tribute to Vaughan, I see this record as more being inspired by the greats of the past, Vaughan in particular, and bringing the material to a modern audience. She worked on this record with Jim Peterik of Ides of March (‘Vehicle’) and Survivor (‘Eye of the Tiger’) fame and he has certainly brought out her best here. Those classic standards from the Golden age of jazz will not be forgotten and it is great to see young artists embrace the material and bring it to a modern audience. If you must call it a tribute album, go ahead, but I think it’s just a clever excuse to bring songs you love back to life.

Just Friends by Delilah

In this fast paced world we now live in, how hard is it take a moment and notice the wind blowing or the first little beads of green at the mark of Spring? With deadlines, bills, constant changes to technology and more, it’s difficult to just breathe and notice yourself breathing. The smooth, gracious sounds of Ms. Delilah can bring one back to oneself. Her tribute to Jazz artist Sarah Vaughan is the perfect recipe for relaxation. Delilah’s cover of “Just Friends” is magic. It’s a soothing, tranquil lullaby where her voice moves the soul to dance lightly in place. For anyone listening, the unmistakable romanticity of the track will make you question how anyone can just be her friend. Take a deep breath and listen to this delightful melody below.

Delilah - Just Friends

Delilah - 'Sarah +1: A Tribute to Sarah Vaughan'

A talented jazz diva's voice can take listeners back to a smoky 1950s nightclub where women in diamond-studded dresses sipped on chilled margaritas next to gentlemen in all-black suits begging for a dance. Toronto-based singer Delilah does that and more on her new EP, Sarah + 1: A Tribute to Sarah Vaughan. ... Interestingly, the best example of Delilah's talent on this EP comes on "Smile", the track that signifies the "+1" in the album's title. It's a song taken from Charlie Chaplin's 1936 movie "Modern Times" covered by countless numbers of jazz performers over the years. Delilah's inclusion of "Smile" is a welcome addition that doesn't feel tacked on, but is a bonus bit of sweetness that fits the EP's tone nicely.

JUN.24.2015

EP Review On PureM Magazine

“Whatever Lola Wants” gives things a hint of bossa nova and her vocals have a hint of danger in them. Hearing her showcase her vocal versatility is a real treat and because of that, this song is the highlight of the release.
by Will White

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JUN.19.2015

“Relaxing, enveloping, and delicately articulated”

“The EP opens with “September in the Rain,” featuring bright horns, soft keys, and classic tumbling jazz drums. Delilah’s voice floats over the music with a sultry air. The poetic lyricism of the song is enforced by her delivery. “Just Friends” has a more relaxed, vocally led delivery. The piano ornamentation cascades at the ends of phrases, accentuating Delilah’s voice.”
by Anna Alger

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JUN.24.2015

Bringing back Jazzy Sophistication with Delilah’s New EP

“Whatever Lola Wants” gives things a hint of bossa nova and her vocals have a hint of danger in them. Hearing her showcase her vocal versatility is a real treat and because of that, this song is the highlight of the release.
by Will White

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JUN.19.2015

“Relaxing, enveloping, and delicately articulated”

“The EP opens with “September in the Rain,” featuring bright horns, soft keys, and classic tumbling jazz drums. Delilah’s voice floats over the music with a sultry air. The poetic lyricism of the song is enforced by her delivery. “Just Friends” has a more relaxed, vocally led delivery. The piano ornamentation cascades at the ends of phrases, accentuating Delilah’s voice.”
by Anna Alger

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APR.3.2015

Praise to ”Smile” by Ralph Greco

“Beginning with “September in the Rain,” we are treated to much of the dark control of this lady’s voice as the stellar backing from the musicians (especially notable are drums and piano…wow!). The strut to “Whatever Lola Wants” again sees the snare rim hits and piano roiling around perfectly under Delilah’s snap and her rangy naughtiness here. The lady is certainly on top of her game on this standard.” 

“The extra track here though is what does it for me especially, a swirling, lush cover of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” one of my personal favorites. Delilah is so present, letting notes tickle away, purposely not enunciating ends of certain phrases while rounding out others; this is a supreme performance of vocal control and phrasing understanding.

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MAR.25.2015

Delilah's Single ‘Whatever Lola Wants’ Reviewed

Toronto singer Delilah has been working at reviving the jazz standards she loves for over a decade. With her new EP, Delilah Sings Sarah +1 released in February, she’s even going so far as to name names. This mini-album is a tribute dedicated to the late and legendary jazz singer, Sarah Vaughan.” 
- TheMusicNewsSite.com

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MAR.24.2015

A Fitting Tribute to Sarah Vaughan 

“The vocals on each track on Delilah Sings Sarah +1 are perfectly balanced between good classic technique and the smoky, emotive quality which is endemic in smooth, 40s-style jazz and blues. Smile is definitely the highlight this talented vocalist hoped it would be. In this song her vocals take on a lighter, less smoky and sexy timbre while her accompanying musicians delicately carry her mellifluous voice. The more positive and light-hearted tone of the vocals on this song show not only her range but her desire to put the proper spin on every song she chooses to perform.” 
by Layla Klamt

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MAR.5.2015

Reviews on MusicEmissions

“Whatever Lola Wants” sounds like it could be a part of a James Bond film. The tempo shifts are solid, and the  flirtatious quality she brings to the song is irresistible. She's charming without sounding forced." 

“I'm impressed by her musical taste. It's got a lot of quality. Her musical vision is strong. I look forward to hearing full albums. The more tracks, the better for an artist with this level of talent. The scat singing puts her in a category approaching Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald.”

MAR.4.2015

Huffington Post Review

“When Delilah's sultry, breathy voice enters, a slight reassurance sets in, and as the song goes on and she starts scatting with her vocals, a la Ella Fitzgerald, the answer is apparent: Delilah's got talent."
by Brandi Andres

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MAR.3.2015

Delilah's Single ‘Whatever Lola Wants’ – Reviewed

“With “Whatever Lola Wants,” rather than trying to imitate Sarah Vaughan’s classic version of the song, Delilah makes it her own with her smoky and silky voice, changing certain elements here and there. With this tactic Delilah uses her voice to connote the feelings she has when singing the song while also paying homage to one of her best-loved forbears.”
by Layla Marino

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JAN.28.2015

Dalilah’s new EP is taking over the radio waves

The 4 track EP “Sarah + 1, A Tribute To Sarah Vaughan” features Delilah’s favorite Vaughan covers of “Whatever Lola Wants”, “September Song” and “Just Friends”. The “+1” track is “Smile” the famous song written by Charlie Chaplin as an instrumental in 1936 for his movie Modern Times. The lyrics are based on lines and the theme from the film that everything will be ok, as long as they smile. The song has been performed by dozens of greats including Nat King Cole, Diana Ross and a duet with Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand.

JAN.17.2015

A tribute to Sarah Vaughan

As Delilah’s voice continues to mature so has her love of Sarah Vaughan. While Vaughan was best known as an extraordinary Jazz singer, earlier in her career in the 40’s she performed American Standards while touring the country with the Earl Hines’ big band. Like Vaughan the synergy of Delilah’s style moving from Jazz to American Standards – and for Vaughan, from American Standards to Jazz are no surprise as both their voices can carry both genres with ultimate crystalline clarity.

JAN.10.2015

New EP Release 
“Delilah Sings Sarah +1”

Delilah has just released today her latest “Sarah + 1, A Tribute To Sarah Vaughan”. The EP was produced and arranged by Academy Award Winner Joe Renzetti (The Buddy Holly Story, etc.) and mixed by Bobby Brooks (Stevie Wonder, Liza Manelli, Michael Jackson, etc.). Listen and download it here:

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SEPT.25.2014

Playing at Warmdaddy's In Philly

Catch Delilah's next performance this Thursday (Sept 25, 2014) at the classic Philadelphia live music venue Warmdaddy's!

SEPT.24.2014

Working with Oscar Winner Joe Renzetti

Delilah is currently working with Joe Renzetti, an american film composer who won an Academy Award for Best Adaptation Score for his work on The Buddy Holly Story.They are currently in studio in Philadelphia to create a jazz standards tribute to Sarah Vaughn.

SEPT.21.2014

New Song
“Beats For You”

Delilah has just released her latest single “Beats For You”, written by mupltiple Grammy Award winner and Oscar Nominee Jim Peterik. Listen and download it here:

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Biography

With timeless vocals reminiscent of greats like Natalie Cole and Nancy Wilson, passion is the hallmark of extraordinary vocalist Delilah.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Delilah inherited her gift of music from her parents, who immersed her in performing from an early age. By the age of 10, she was singing and dancing with her family in a 20-member touring ensemble with one of Hungary's noted Roma performers, Bongo Margit, throughout Europe. By the time she was 16, she and her older brother Paul Lakatos, a guitar virtuoso, were performing with violinist Sonny Walker, another Roma legend, who jammed regularly with her father and family at impromptu gatherings in her home.   Unfortunately, the joy of music was overshadowed by politics and in order to escape racial tension in Hungary, Delilah's family moved to Toronto, Canada in 1998. Never one to be without a song, this beautiful singer had earned a reputation as a professional songstress in the Toronto area by the age of 19. She has continued to pursue her dream of sharing her music with a worldwide audience ever since.

Currently, Delilah is choosing new music and making plans for her next album. The chance to work on these four songs with Jim Peterik was been an incredible adventure for this artist. "It has been an amazing opportunity to work with one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Jim Peterik! His songs are so alive and ring true to my heart. The melodies and the sentiment of the songs are one with my soul. Thanks, Jim, for having the faith to let me sing and bring life to your incredible masterpieces. Your kind support and encouragement let me be myself and truly represent who I am as an artist," said Delilah.   Delilah is also grateful for all of those that have shared her journey, "I would also like to thank all the musicians and engineers who made this possible. I especially thank my son, Jason Sereny, who laid down the amazing drum tracks. I love you more than words can explain and your incredible musicality brought new light to these songs," she said.

“What would life be without music? No other art form can capture ones imagination like music. The vibrations that travel through our ears to our brains, inspiring us, soothing us, and moving us.“

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