Alana Davis, Tochter des verstorbenen Jazzpianisten Walter Davis Jr. und der Jazzvokalistin Ann Marie Schonfield, wird in Amerika zu den wichtigsten neuen Singer / Songwritern gezählt.
Auf ihrem dritten Album mischt sie folkloristische, jazzige und rockige Einflüsse auf eine wunderbar eigene Weise. Unterstützt von einer großartig besetzten Crew – die Begleitband besteht aus Gitarrist Adam Rogers (Norah Jones), Bassist Jack Daley (Joss Stone, Lenny Kravitz) und Drummer Nir Z, der Toningenieur heißt Ryan Freeland (Aimee Mann, Christina Aguilera) – schafft sie dabei das Kunststück, zehn eigene Songs und »The reaper« (Blue Oyster Cult) nachdrücklich und immer spannend in Szene zu setzen.
Alana Davis’ hotly anticipated new album, Surrender Dorothy, is her third recording since TIME magazine ranked her debut Elektra release the #3 Album of the Year. Alana recently turned down several offers from major labels, independent labels and major independent distributors to instead launch her own company, Tigress Records. With an overwhelming swell of grassroots support combined with allies among some top brass in the music industry, she is poised to release her first self produced album and strives to create a new model for the music industry.
Surrender Dorothy came together with the help of world-class musicians: guitarist Adam Rogers (Norah Jones), bassist Jack Daley (Joss Stone, Lenny Kravitz) and drummer Nir Z (John Mayer). Ryan Freeland (Aimee Mann, Christina Aguilera), one of the most in-demand engineers today, lent assistance at his studio in Culver City, California. The album features nine new songs written by Davis, along with a cover of the Blue Oyster Cult classic, “Don’t Fear The Reaper” and a Bob Marley cover still to be determined.
“Recording this record has been a tremendously rewarding experience in my life – both challenging and liberating at the same time. It was my first time producing entirely on my own,” says Davis. “Isn’t that what it’s really about? There was no one interfering with my creativity. There's more than enough helpful feedback from supportive people I make music with, my favorite musician friends suggesting a spice I didn't have in my kitchen. But I got to throw the ingredients I wanted into the pot – how refreshing!”
In the late summer of 2004, after exploring numerous creative options, Alana locked arms with Telarc International, the 27-year-old full-service music company / distributor based in Cleveland, Ohio. With Telarc’s help, Tigress Records strives to combine the best “traditional” marketing plans with cutting-edge “guerilla promotion” strategies.
The Tigress Records-Telarc partnership gets under way in October with an extensive marketing campaign and will intensify as the February 22, 2005 street date of Surrender Dorothy approaches. A national tour is in the works beginning in the spring with a few special showcases in advance of those dates.