Japanese American singer Karuna Shinsho releases second single “O Pato” 8/24

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Scott H. Thompson

Japanese American singer Karuna Shinsho releases second single "O Pato" 8/24


 
Japanese American singer Karuna Shinsho, known for her smooth and soothing vocal interpretations of jazz standards and bossa nova songs, released her second single “O Pato” on major streaming platforms - May 15th, 2021. She released her first single "Smile" in collaboration with jazz singer Dani Assis on November 16, 2020.
 
After seeing the late Nancy Wilson sing in Tokyo in her youth, jazz has been a constant companion throughout Shinsho’s life. She started her career as an award-winning international broadcast journalist, but immersed herself in the world of music as a way to heal from a challenging period later in life. During that time, she also met world-renowned Brazilian musician/composer Nanny Assis who, recognizing her passion, agreed to produce her first album of bossa nova songs and standards from the Great American Songbook. 

Shinsho’s latest single “O Pato'' is a special rendition of a bossa nova classic that will, in her words, “make you want to dance!” Her joyful singing and mastery of the Portuguese lyrics are accompanied by the best in the Brazilian music scene, including song arranger Marcelo Kimura on guitar, Leonardo Lucini on bass, and Assis on percussion.
 
“O Pato'' follows Shinsho’s well received first single “Smile.” Both songs are on her upcoming debut album “To Love Again” slated for a 2021 release date, a culmination of three years of her dedicated work. Shinsho says, “This was only possible because my producer Nanny believed in me, when I didn’t even believe in myself. I hope that listeners will feel the love and passion I put into this album and that my music will bring them joy.”

 

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About the Author / Scott H. Thompson

About Scott Thompson Thompson served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for almost a decade. With a background in broadcast journalism, Thompson’s voice and work has been heard on the Associated Press Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting network and NBC-AM New York, on The Morning Show. His experience spans radio, television, print and the internet. Thompson co-produced the New Haven Jazz Festival from 1994-2000. A prolific writer, Thompson has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, and the All Music Guide. He penned the CD liner notes to Herbie Hancock Head Hunters, Weather Report 8:30, George Duke Brazilian Love, Stan Getz The New Collection, The Essence of Maynard Ferguson, and The Essence of Al DiMeola. Scott is one of the original members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Editor’s note: Style Quarterly is very pleased to make the connection with Scott and values his enthusiastic support of Jazz.

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