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Showcase Artist - Carol Albert, Atlanta, Georgia

Carol Albert is a native of Hiram, Georgia who began playing the piano at the age of five and learned to play by ear by duetting with her grandmother.

She studied classical music all throughout her childhood and majored in classical at Georgia State, she enjoyed a vast array of influences including jazz legends Chick Corea. McCoy Tyner and Quincy Jones to Michael Franks, Sade, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.

A multi-faceted, stylistically eclectic talent and true musical citizen of the world who has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe Carol is currently enjoying a whirlwind of success and accolades in the Smooth Jazz genre with an array of Billboard charting singles from her albums Fly Away Butterfly and Stronger Now.

Before breaking through to the greatest commercial success of her career with a high energy twist on the classic Mas Que Nada in 2017 the classically trained pianist, composer and producer received an Emmy nomination for her acclaimed work composing for television and released a multitude of recordings whose vibes range from singer/songwriter to solo piano and new age.

While she could never have predicted it when she released her debut album Love in Your Eyes back in 1992, the Atlanta based artist’s elegant, free flowing piano style and passion for R&B grooves and global rhythms is a perfect fit for the urban contemporary vibe at the foundation of today’s Smooth Jazz.

She scored her two biggest chart hits with the Top 5 singles Femme Flight a Brazilian flavoured song that featured flutist Ragan Whiteside and saxophonist Magdalena Chovancova, and Perfect Sunday featuring renowned hit maker and producer Paul Brown on guitar. Femme Flight also earned Carol a new legion of fans via extensive airplay on SiriusXM’s Watercolors.

Her other radio hits include the Top 5 single Fly Away Butterfly the Latin tinged Top Ten track Sun’s Out, Chasing Waterfalls and her first Billboard charting single One Way.

Sun’s Out stayed on the chart for 23 weeks and hit #1 on the Recurrent Chart. The track also reached the pole position on the Mediabase Smooth AC, Radiowave and GrooveJazz charts and hit #2 on the Smooth Jazz Top 20.

The track is one of five from Stronger Now that were produced by Brown, who has scored over 60 #1 smashes for genre greats Peter White, Larry Carlton, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Euge Groove, the late Al Jarreau and many others.

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Showcase Artist - Carol Albert, Atlanta, Georgia

Beyond the impressive chart stats Carol has earned numerous accolades by a wide variety of prominent organizations in the music industry and beyond. Her 2019 and 2020 nominations for Artist of the Year by the Smooth Jazz Network (alongside genre luminaries like Dave Koz and Brian Culbertson) cap a dynamic roll over the past few years. These include an HMMA (Hollywood Music in Media Award) nomination for Best Jazz Song (“Femme Flight”); designation as Georgia Composer of the Year by the National Women Pen's League Association in 2018; a nomination for Best New Artist 2017 by Smooth Jazz Network; and an HMMA Best Contemporary Instrumental nomination for Transition; and an Alkahest Award for her Mas Que Nada video in 2016.

In addition her composition Lovely Time for a Child won a first place award in the Professional Jazz category from the Atlanta Songwriter’s Association, and she won in the New Age Category of the 2016 Global Peace Song Awards for Dreamer, a song from her 2015 album Christmas Mystique.

Her decision to become a Smooth Jazz artist is rooted in the airplay success she had in the format with We Three Kings from that collection. Her promoters at Gorov Music Marketing suggested that she follow up with a non-holiday single, resulting in her recording of Mas Que Nada and the launch of the latest phrase of Carol’s career.

“I feel fortunate to enjoy a musician’s lifestyle over the years while also being a wife and mom,” says Carol. “One of the things I’ve loved most about my success as a Smooth Jazz artist is the opportunity to make meaningful connections with the fans who tell me how much my music means to them. It’s been very rewarding to see how my music has resonated, and the radio airplay and appreciation from listeners are a wonderful confirmation that I’m on a strong creative path and achieving my goals on this very personal quest.”.

Listen to Sound Samples from Carol Albert.

* Mas Que Nada (2017)
* Sun's Out (2020)
* Fire And Water (2021)

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