Anna Lyman is a jazz singer working on having an international career. Living on Texada Island, she performs locally in Powell River and commutes to Vancouver to perform and promote.
Anna is now receiving airplay on CBC and is working hard on airplay across the country. Her voice is lush with finely tuned dynamics and rhythmic sensuality. She actually lost her singing voice for a lengthy time due to a passing virus and had to undergo vocal therapy with Shelagh Davies in Vancouver, with great results.
Her first jazz CD "It's Lush" was released in Powell River Nov. 23, 2002 with Producer Rick Kilburn in attendance along with internationally renowned drummer, Keith Copeland and with local pianist and trumpet player Walter Martella.
Anna and Walter are available to be hired for local performances and are working on a festival tours over the summer. Anna gives guitar and singing lessons on Texada Island and teaches a combined voice/guitar accompaniement course in private lessons. The CD is available locally at River City and Paperworks
The MOST EXCITING NEW VOICE IN YEARS -- Anna has been described by Producer Rick Kilburn as "just like the old Masters", but wait -- no one sings like Anna: Her lush and sensual rhythms and genuine delivery touch her listeners to the HEARTBEAT.
Wow, what a voice! Anna has been described by renowned Jazz Drummer, Keith Copeland as a "tremendous talent". Juno Award winner Rick Kilburn described her vocal ability as "just like the old masters". But no one sings like Anna! With a distinct retro quality, Anna brings a new dimension to modern jazz vocals. Anna's lush vocals go straight to the heart whether she swings or broods over a ballad. She touches listeners to the HEARTBEAT.
There are a lot of singers out there, Shirley Horn, Blossom Dearie... (long list) Some of them have phrasing, some of them have tone, some can swing, YOU HAVE IT ALL! (Keith Copeland, 2003)
She is that rare creature -- a singer who is completely comfortable with her own voice and knows exactly what to do with it. Anna Lyman was born to a Latin American Father and a Scotch/Irish/English Mother in Michigan. She studied guitar and writes both vocal and instrumental music. One of her newest songs "If You'll Turn Back" appears on "It's Lush".
Being Latin, she also writes and performs a lot of Latin jazz. Club Audiences don't want to leave the club while she is singing! And she's visually appealing onstage... She commutes to performances from her home on a small island on British Columbia's West Coast in Canada, where the lonely beaches and tides serve as inspiration.