Kate Vikstrom & David Rhys-Johnson | Grown-Up Lullabies

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Grown-Up Lullabies

by Kate Vikstrom & David Rhys-Johnson

An album of soft jazz and ballads, many with lyrics about the moon, dreams, night -- "Grown-up" that is, not without heartbreak; "Lullabies," as in soothing, gentle.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Never Never Land
3:21 $0.99
2. One Note Samba
2:25 $0.99
3. Can't Help Lovin' That Man
2:46 $0.99
4. Grapefruit Moon
3:27 $0.99
5. Nature Boy
3:15 $0.99
6. The Waters of March
4:11 $0.99
7. The July Tree
2:47 $0.99
8. When I Look in Your Eyes
3:41 $0.99
9. I Have Dreamed
3:04 $0.99
10. Marble Halls
3:13 $0.99
11. Feeling Good
2:49 $0.99
12. The Nearness of You
3:44 $0.99
13. I'll Be Seeing You
3:10 $0.99
14. If I Had Words - Moon River - When I Grow Too Old To Dream
4:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
One day, after hearing me share my music, one of my friends remarked, “I bet you sang your kids to sleep at night.” When I answered “Sure,” she replied, “NO FAIR! There should be lullabies for grown-ups!”

So the theme of this collection was born. Listen for lyrics about the moon, night, dreams. Mostly soft jazz, ballads, and a few Broadway pieces, many of these songs evoke the comfort and familiarity of our parents’ and grandparents’ record collections.

Grown-up — that is, not without heartbreak.
Lullabies — as in soothing, gentle.
We need that sometimes.
Sweet dreams!

Kate Vikstrom is a vocalist, artist and graphic designer living in the Hudson River Valley, New York state . A lifelong watercolor artist, one of her paintings appears on the album cover.

David Rhys-Johnson has been a professional pianist for over thirty years. His repertoire represents a wide range of genres, and includes numerous original compositions. He can be heard on Whisperings Solo Piano Radio. David lives in Olympia, Washington.

Vocals: Kate Vikstrom
Piano, Synthesizer: David Rhys-Johnson
Saxophone, Pennywhistle: Fred LaMotte
Accordion: David Lange

Recorded and mixed at David Lange Studios, Edgewood, Washington
Art and design: Kate Vikstrom
Photos: Charles Barrett Studios, Kate Vikstrom

"You have a beautiful voice, and such a wide vocal range. The songs created a sense of mood and place. Sometimes I felt as if I were in a smoky nightclub in the 40's. One song had me in a Paris nightclub."

"Wow, baby you have improved on something i thought was already about perfect. "

"It is stellar & professionally done, torch singing with the sweetness of a May thrush. And your artwork is exciting! "



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Sharon Watts

Musical Elixir
Kate's voice soars—clear and clean—into a Never Neverland for grownups like me, who might still love rock & roll, but find the need, more and more, to replenish the soul. Kate delivers, in silver goblets. I love the artwork, arrangements~ everything.


Lovely song selection, vocals, band, and cover art; and the concept of grown-up lullabies captured my heart.

Heath Andrews

Kate Vikstrom’s voice is nigh impossible to resist ...
It is not often the case that an album's ability to put one to sleep could actually be considered a good thing. To Kate Vikstrom and David Rhys-Johnson's credit, this lovely 14-song collection is perfectly capable of sending someone to the world of dreams. The debut album for Vikstrom, Grown-up Lullabies, is an elegantly simple concept built primarily around Vikstrom's voice and Rhys-Johnson's piano. All of the songs are covers, generally of old show tunes or light jazz standards, and though the arrangements are incredibly simple Vikstrom's voice makes this album such a pleasure.

With the exception of a couple tracks featuring saxophone, penny whistle, accordion, or some sort of synthesized percussion, the only instruments here are vocals and piano/keyboards. Pianist David Rhys-Johnson is the foundation of these songs. His playing is essentially that of an accompanist, sacrificing complexity, ornamentation, and soloing to allow his vocalist to stand in the limelight. This is not to marginalize Rhys-Johnson's role by any means. A vocalist needs a strong accompanist to succeed, and Vikstrom is in good hands here.

Vikstrom's voice positively soars over the songs that it graces. Her pitch, tone, and control are all excellent, and there is a wonderful soothing quality to her voice, perfect for the songs she sings. Her control is very clear on "One Note Samba", which, as the title suggests, revolves around a melody line of one note. Not only does Vikstrom repeatedly strike the note with authority, but also when the song calls for her to quickly ascend the scale, she does so effortlessly.

To select a stand out performance from amongst the songs is difficult. Vikstrom sings with such consistency that each song is its own delight ...The closest thing to a mainstream song on here is Tom Waits' "Grapefruit Moon,” which Vikstrom sings beautifully, capturing the emotion, power, and inherent sadness of the lyric. And of course, Rhys-Johnson plays the gorgeous piano melody excellently ...

The album closes with a unique medley, which is also partially recognizable. The medley begins with "If I Had Words", a song made popular in the UK by Scott Fitzgerald and was also featured in the movie Babe (though that version was performed by James Cromwell and later, a trio of mice). The song then segues into the Henry Mancini classic, "Moon River". Finally, the medley closes with with "When I Grow Too Old To Dream", a Hammerstein and Sigmund Romberg song, with one of the most notable performances of it being by Linda Ronstadt. Rhys-Johnson makes the transitions natural, and hearing Vikstrom sing "Moon River" is a delight given her voice.

Kate Vikstrom's voice is nigh impossible to resist whether she's singing "Can't Help Lovin' That Man" from Show Boat or "Never Never Land" from Peter Pan. The simple formula of her vocals soaring over David Rhys-Johnson's exquisitely played piano is magical. The beauty of Grown-up Lullabies is enough to lull one into a sound sleep or at the very least, wind down with after a long day ... If you fall asleep to these lullabies it won't be out of boredom, but out of comfort and bliss.

Harold Sanditen

More than sweet dreams
Kate's CD is so wonderfully lyric, and full of emotion. Her voice soars on so many songs, but what struck me the most, is that your low, and very low registers are really, really lovely – rich and deep and warm and colourful in a way that really compliments the lightness and even girliness of your upper register. I’LL BE SEEING YOU exemplified this to me the most – such a beautiful version. Her lullabies are so soothing – I’m sure her kids slept sooooo well after falling asleep to her beautiful voice.

Steve McLellan

A tonic for the soul
Kate Vikstrom's collection of grown-up "lullabies" is one of those special CDs that you will find yourself coming back to again and again. Beautifully produced, the CD has a gentle, yet jazzy and playful spirit. Simple, tasteful piano accompanies strong and warm vocals, highlighted with some special touches -- a pennywhistle here, an accordian there -- that evokes a quiet Sunday morning lounging at a sunny sidewalk cafe with a strong cup of coffee and a special friend. Lullabies for Grownups is a real treat. Highly recommended.