I recently had the chance to listen to some tracks from two new Sony albums, Two Hearts by Jackie Evancho and Petite Afrique by Somi.
I know a lot of people who really like Jackie Evancho, and it's easy to see why. She has a beautiful voice that is easy to listen to and really sings with a lot of feeling. In Two Hearts, she continues to build on her reputation as an artist who skillfully sings classical crossover songs, but also adds some new sounds with a pop style. It's great to hear an artist with an ability to sing a variety of genres. I love the crossover side of her, and she does the pop style quite well.
Petite Afrique has a very different sound. It's inspired by the story of African immigrants in Harlem, and takes listeners through a song story that describes their experiences. The band plays with a powerful sound, a rhythmic beat that gives the songs energy. The lyrics aren't afraid to shy away from political insights and the pros and cons of assimilating cultures.
Both albums from sonymasterworks.com are definitely worth listening to, especially if you're a fan of Jackie Evancho or jazz music!