Updated: Aug 15
The beautiful and soulful new single collaboration stemmed from a world tour with Jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti. Smith and Eckroth have been guests on each other’s live shows and/or solo albums, but this is their first single released as a duo of sorts.
“Rachel had planted the seeds for this song for a while ago. But the shelter-in-place order gave us both the opportunity to really sit with it, tend to it, and watch it fully grow into something we think is kinda stunning. It’s like a lush garden full of color and sounds, and I love it,” mentions Sy. “Perfect Love started as a simple song and became a beautiful collaboration with musicians I highly admire. As a producer, I wanted to present something with colorful sonic ideas and groove textures. These guys helped make my ideas a reality," adds Rachel.
Sy Smith an Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter has been dubbed by her peers as the "queen of underground soul” and is considered one of the leaders of the indie soul movement (having released 5 CDs/3 EPs/1 DVD). She’s also recorded and/or toured with some of the biggest names in R&B, hip-hop, and jazz (Whitney Houston, Meshell Ndegeocello, The Foreign Exchange, Sheila E., and Pete Escovedo to name a few). In 2018 she released her 5th studio project - "Sometimes A Rose Will Grow In Concrete" - which she wrote & produced entirely herself. Some of her most recent notable collaborations include Sy’s co-writing and feature on Chris Dave & The Drumhedz’ 2019 Grammy-nominated self-titled album and providing vocal arrangements for John Legend’s Grammy-nominated LP “A Legendary Christmas”.
Singer and Keyboardist Rachel Eckroth’s most recent work as a sideman includes world tours with Rufus Wainwright, Chris Botti, KT Tunstall, and Donny McCaslin. In 2018-2019 she performed as a solo artist on the Rufus Wainwright’s ‘All These Poses’ Tour with her 2018 album When It Falls. This acclaimed album has been described as, “A lush soundscape of incredibleness from start to finish...her writing abilities are surpassed only by her amazing voice.”
Perfect Love also features special guest keyboardist Nick Semrad (Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles), and Pittsburgh keyboardist/producer Orlando ‘Buscrates’ Marshall.
Stream the new single below!
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CONNECT WITH RACHEL ECKROTH: website: www.RachelEckroth.com Instagram: @Rachel_Eckroth Twitter: @RachelEckroth