A new project, Whispers and Sighs, the final studio album by the late David Olney, beloved folk songwriter’s songwriter, in collaboration with Anana Kaye, a young Eastern European powerhouse, is set for release on March 26 on Schoolkids Records.
On Whispers and Sighs, the pair create a unique, sonic landscape that blends the haunting sensuality of European music with the intimacy of Americana, weaving raw rock anthems like “Lie to Me, Angel” and “Last Days of Rome” with sparse, introspective ballads such as “Tennessee Moon” and the record’s title track. All of the songs were written by the trio of Olney, Kaye, and Kaye’s husband and musical partner Irakli Gabriel, with a few co-written by longtime Olney collaborator and songwriter John Hadley.
The project features an impressive array of Nashville musicians and vocalists including Olney’s long-time musical collaborator Daniel Seymour, and bassist Chris Donohue, who has worked with such artists as Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, and Elvis Costello.
Regarded as one of the finest songwriters in Music City, Olney tragically passed on stage during a performance in early 2020.