“Some vocal recording debuts are tentative and readily sound as such. Not so, for Philadelphia born singer Angie Wells. On her newly minted Love and Mischief, she spins out eleven (including one bonus track)mostly standards (with two originals) that are burn-the-barn smoldering with a centripetal swing. ”
— All About Jazz
LOVE AND MISCHIEF (new release)
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Angie Wells grew up in a home filled with great music. Her mother sang and played gospel piano. Her father was a devoted jazz and blues fan. The music of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Muddy Waters and B.B. King to name a few could be heard on any day in her childhood home. When she was just five years of age Count Basie came to her school and played for her kindergarten class. The seed was planted.
Wells began her singing career in an intimate little supper club in St. Germain des Pres in Paris when she joined the trio playing that night for a few tunes. The audience's explosive applause encouraged her to begin training to sing professionally. She won the New Talent Competition at the final Sweet n' Hot Jazz Festival in Los Angeles and qualified as a semifinalist for the 1st Annual Indaba Music Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.
Angie's smokey well rounded voice can give listeners goosebumps on a ballad or blues and then turn around to have them tapping their feet when she swings. She "gives a show" in the true sense of the phrase with glamorous costume changes, humorous banter, and the desire to show her audience how much she appreciates them by giving everything she has during her performances.