On her debut CD, Shannon Forsell’s vocals capture the essence of the songs of one of America’s finest composers and quintessential Hoosier, Hoagy Carmichael. With the perfect blend of sophistication and authenticity, Forsell keenly interprets Hoagy’s most well known songs (The Nearness of You, Skylark, Stardust, Georgia On My Mind) along with a few less-recorded musical gems.
Forsell’s lush vocals and superb lyric interpretation, backed by critically acclaimed jazz musicians, make this top-notch recording a sure bet for jazz and cabaret lovers alike. The Nearness of You is a pleasure, a cool trip through wonderful chapter in the great American songbook.
— The Sunday Morning Jazz Show, WTPI
“Shannon Forsell has the vocal range and versatility to easily make the transition from one style to another…a great singer of cabaret, standards, and jazz. I don’t know what she doesn’t do, (she’s) just outstanding… a lady who sings, who just knocks one out.”
— The Arts Examiner
“Forsell is a loving interpreter of classics from the American Songbook and a pivotal force in making the Cabaret art form and its music, relevant today.”
— Indianapolis Star
“Forsell makes art from simplicity…a voice worth listening to anytime.”
— O's Place Jazz
“The music is warm and presented with fresh arrangements. Forsell is out in front and justifies the position with her rich, beautiful voice. Backed by a tight band, including pianist Zach Lapidus and arranger Rob Dixon(sax), Shannon recreates the magic of Hoagy in a delightful way.”
Shannon Forsell is Managing and Artistic Director for the acclaimed Cabaret at the Columbia Club. The Cabaret presents world-class national and local performers in an intimate, sophisticated setting. Cabaret and Broadway stars such as Jane Monheit, “Wicked’s“ David Burnham, and…