The Deep End

by Jamila Ford

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about

Jamila Ford is an award-winning singer and songwriter from Los Angeles. Her timeless music draws inspiration from jazz, classic soul, and R’n’B. She has performed around the world as a solo artist and as a backing vocalist, lending her talent to the projects of artists such as multi-platinum selling jazz artist Melody Gardot, Spiritualized, and Bonnie Pointer.

Ford’s latest EP, The Deep End, is a collection of reinterpreted standards and an original composition. Ford’s smoky, sophisticated, and self-assured vocals breathe new life into “All Blues,” “Gentle Rain,” “Sugar,” and “Wild Is the Wind.” Her original composition, “Silencio,” is a strutting Latin-jazz tinged ode to the unspoken connection between lovers.

Says Jamila: "I love music and I love to sing. Music is my genuine path in life. It is the best way for me to give of myself to this world. I sacrifice for it in a way that I do for nothing else. I feel most whole and most connected when I’m on stage singing."

Jamila released her debut EP, the breezy Traces of the Day in January of 2001, the funky, 70’s R&B inspired Fabulous EP in 2003 and her first full-length album, the soulful and revealing Enough, in October 2010. Ford’s latest EP, The Deep End, is slated for a September 2014 release.

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released September 9, 2014

All Blues -
(Davis/Brown)
Vocal - Jamila Ford
Guitar - Mitchell Long
Piano - Pete Kuzma
Bass - Leslie King
Drums - Chuck Staab

Gentle Rain -
(Bonfa)
Arranged by Mitchell Long
Vocal - Jamila Ford
Guitar - Mitchell Long
Piano - Pete Kuzma
Bass - Leslie King
Drums/Percussion - Chuck Staab
Trumpet - Anthony Bonsera

*Silencio -
(Ford/Crerie)
Produced and arranged by Jamila Ford and Jeff Crerie
Lead and Backing Vocal - Jamila Ford
Guitar - Mitchell Long
Piano - Pete Kuzma
Bass - Leslie King
Drums - Chuck Staab
**Percussion - Pete Korpela
Flugelhorn - Anthony Bonsera

Sugar -
(Turrentine)
Arranged by Mitchell Long
Vocal - Jamila Ford
Guitar - Mitchell Long
Piano - Pete Kuzma
Bass - Leslie King
Drums - Chuck Staab

Wild Is the Wind -
(Tiomkin/Washington)
Arranged by Mitchell Long and Jamila Ford
Vocal - Jamila Ford
Guitar - Mitchell Long
**Percussion - Pete Korpela

Produced by Jamila Ford
Recorded at Stagg Street Studios by Thomas Hornig
Mixed at Tomcat On The Prowl Productions by Thomas Hornig
Mastered at Anisound by Matt Forger
Assistant Engineer: Josh Franks
Trumpet/Flugelhorn recorded at Veneto West by Diego Lopez
*Vocals for ‘Silencio’ Recorded and Produced at Utmosis Studios with Jeff Crerie, Utmosis Music
** All percussion recorded by Pete Korpela in a hotel room in Idaho :)

Photography courtesy of PK Images
Make-up courtesy of Anne Hieronymous

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Award-winning jazz/soul singer/songwriter Jamila Ford has garnered attention for her sizable singing chops. Her slight frame belies her bewitchingly powerful voice. She gets your attention. Or more accurately, the Los Angeles-based singer's smooth mezzo-soprano makes you turn your head to give her a second listen. ... more

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Track Name: All Blues
The sea, the sky and you and I
Sea and sky and you and I
They're all blue, all shades, all hues, all blues

Some blues are sad and some are glad
Dark and sad or bright and glad
They're all hues
All shades, all hues, all blues

Color, a color
Sugar the blues is more than a color
They are a moan of pain
A taste of strife
A sad refrain against which life
Against which life is playing
The blues can be the living dues we're all paying here

The Sea, the sky and you and I
Sea and Sky and you and I
We're all blue, all shades, all hues, all blues
Track Name: Gentle Rain
We both are lost
And alone in the world
Walk with me
In the gentle rain
Don't be afraid, I've a hand
For your hand and I
Will be your love for a while

I feel your tears as they fall
On my cheek
They are warm like gentle rain
Come little one you have me in the
World and our love will be sweet
Very sweet

Our love will
Be sweet very sad
Very sweet like gentle rain
Like the gentle rain
Like the gentle rain
Track Name: Silencio
Silencio (Ford, Crerie)

It is the blue behind an April cloudy sky
It’s the trust that makes us never question why
The gentle whispering wind between the leaves
Inspires the flower to blossom faithfully though sunlight can't be seen

Feel the silencio between you and me
The dance between the dreamer and the dream
Silencio between you and me
Your tender breath beneath the melody that's making my heart sing

Oh, oh…

It is the hope on which all best intentions lie
It's the twinkle in the darkest midnight sky
The force that brings all life from seed to green
Sweet soul that stirs the sun to dawn
And shakes me from my sleep

Silencio between you and me
The dance between the dreamer and the dream
Silencio between you and me
Your tender breath beneath the melody that's making my heart sing

Oh, oh…

Trumpet Solo

Silencio between you and me
The dance between the dreamer and the dream
Silencio between you and me
Your tender breath beneath the melody that's making my heart sing

Silencio between you and me
The dance between the dreamer and the dream
Silencio between you and me
Your tender breath beneath the melody that's making my heart sing

Oh, oh...
Track Name: Sugar
Sweet sugar drips, from his sweet lips, the sugar is mine
You bet your life sweet man like this would be hard to find
He picks me up
Makes me feel nice
Makes me think twice about paradise
Like sugar and spice
And everything nice
He's sugar to me

Sweet sounds of joy come into my ear when sugar is near
He sounds so sweet my heart skips a beat when my sugar's near
He picks me up
Makes me feel nice
Makes me think twice about paradise
Like sugar and spice
And everything nice
He's sugar to me
Track Name: Wild is the Wind
Love me, love me, love me, say you do
Let me fly away with you
For my love is like the wind
And wild is the wind

Give me more than one caress
Satisfy this hungriness
Let the wind blow through your heart
For wild is the wind

You touch me
I hear the sound of mandolins
You kiss me
With your kiss my life begins
You're spring to me
All things to me

Don't you know you're life itself
Like a leaf clings to a tree
Oh my darling, cling to me
For we're creatures of the wind
And wild is the wind
So wild is the wind

You touch me
I hear the sound of mandolins
You kiss me
With your kiss my life begins
Dady, you're spring to me
All things to me

Don't you know you're life itself
Like a leaf clings to a tree
Oh my darling, cling to me
For we're creatures of the wind
And wild is the wind
So wild is the wind

Wild is the wind
Wild is the wind
Wild is the wind