Anna Wilson Jazzes Up “Countrypolitan Duets”

Nashville jazz chanteuse Anna Wilson paired with some of country’s biggest stars for her upcoming release Countrypolitan Duets. Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Ray Price, and Connie Smith all make appearances on the project, which is scheduled for release Feb. 1, 2011.

For the album, Wilson and husband/producer Monty Powell chose to record country classics such as Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight” and Price’s “You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me.” They also recruited top players like steel guitar great Lloyd Green, and famed jazz musicians Rick Braun and Larry Carlton.

MusicRow contributor Robert Oermann is already raving about the album, “Wilson is not just shaking hands with two Nashville traditions. She is embracing them both. Brilliantly.”

Wilson and Powell (best known as Keith Urban’s frequent collaborator), started their own Transfer Records in 2000. Countrypolitan Duets will be the first release via a joint venture between Transfer and Mathew Knowles’ Music World Music.

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, Wilson will make her Grand Ole Opry debut at the Ryman Auditorium, along with several guests from her album including Connie Smith, Billy Dean, Larry Carlton and American Idol finalist Matt Giraud.

Wilson is an award-winning songwriter, who has penned tracks recorded by Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Cagle, Lady Antebellum, and Chuck Wicks.

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