When Vanessa Williams began her singing career, she was known chiefly as the Miss America pageant winner who'd been forced to renounce her title for posing in Penthouse magazine. Williams not only put the scandal behind her, she all but obliterated it, turning out a series of slick, sophisticated hits that made her one of the most popular adult contemporary R&B singers of her time. In addition to her broad crossover appeal, she established a parallel acting career in both film and television, and became a highly successful all-around entertainer…
Nia Roberts presents a portrait of one of Wales' most celebrated composers. As the composer from Penclawdd, Karl Jenkins, celebrates his 70th birthday, we find out more about his background and his unique music. There will be extracts from some of his most popular works, including the 'Adiemus' series and his choral masterpiece, the 'Mass for Peace'.
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The sweet voiced Polish girl continues to set the standard by which other, less inventive adult contemporary vocalists should be measured. Her tender yet powerful feelings take listeners' hearts to places with fascinating, sometimes surreal imagery. Basia and partner/producer Danny White's real gift is rhythmic diversity, and the tandem take the artsy route on a big, brassy tour through Brazil and Latin America, employing jazzy touches that keep even the most staid tune hopping. The ballads are sweet as well. Nobody in this crowded genre outclassed or outperformed Basia, but as welcome as this comeback after four years was, the singer never followed up with another full-length studio project.
When Elvis Costello, poet laureate of the post-punk generation, joined forces with '60s pop king Burt Bacharach for an album of new material, an immediate air of artistic importance was established. So much so that as soon as the songs were written, even before they were recorded, guitarist Bill Frisell began working on jazzy instrumental arrangements of them for a separate album.