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by Lynn Cardona

Enchanting singer/songwriter delivers evocative storytelling over a unique blend of pop vocals, jazz harmonies, and soulful ballads.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Little Too Late
4:23 album only
2. Mother Earth
4:24 album only
3. Ophelia
4:04 album only
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Album Notes
Lynn Cardona is a contemporary jazz and soul artist living in Los Angeles, where she pens unguarded songs about love: the unrequited, the returned and ecstatic, the slow burn of longing and lust.

It’s Cardona’s voice—girlish, dreamily viscous, and reminiscent of Blossom Dearie—that first draws you in. But you soon find yourself saturated in Cardona’s world, one where nostalgia and desire fill the space like rising floodwaters.

Much of this is due to the poetry that patters through Cardona’s lyrics, tugging you deeper and deeper out to sea. For example, in her new EP, Ophelia, Cardona sings in the titular song, “I’ve said this all before but now I swear it, please dare it, don’t you know how far I’d go for love….” Cardona wrote the song in a single night during which she found herself wanting to end her life after the dissolution of her relationship with a long-time lover. Despite the heaviness of the subject matter, “Ophelia” has a light-hearted feel, conveying the haunting juxtaposition between what’s felt and what’s shown on the outside.

“A Little Too Late” is a tribute to a fleeting but life-changing love affair with a man whom she fell for shortly after her breakup and whom she credits as pulling her out of her dark depression. Cardona sings, “In just autumn when the leaves all beg the trees to let them go, I’m reminded of a fellow that I know... Maybe he loved me because he let me go, but it’s a little too late,” about her brave decision to leave him behind and travel alone to Seoul, Korea in search of healing.

“Mother Earth” explores Cardona’s ambivalent feelings about the idea of becoming a mother. Ultimately, the song celebrates the resilience and nurturing that both Mother Earth and women embody despite the abuses of mankind.

Ophelia is backed by the silky piano of composer Josh Nelson, who is best known as the pianist and music director for the late Natalie Cole. Cardona waited a full year to record Ophelia until Nelson was able to come on board because she knew he would bring something enchanting to her work. She then enlisted some of Los Angeles’ first call jazz musicians to round out the band. Michael Hunter, Nozomi Yamaguchi, Dave Robaire, and Dan Schnelle on flugelhorn, guitar, bass, and drums respectively.

Before her musical career, Cardona grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and later moved to Memphis, Tennessee. She cut her teeth performing in the southern city, where she learned from Memphis’ incredible musicians and artists. Eventually, she made her way to Los Angeles.

Flowing through Cardona’s music are emotions so vulnerable that at times they come across as childlike. As Cardona puts it, “I want my music to convey the nuances of the experiences I’ve had, because it helps listeners feel that they can relate to me on the deepest level. And, in turn, that means my listeners will feel seen, too.”



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