BMI songwriter/artist Cassandra Reed (3rd left) and her collaborator, Steven Frank, also a BMI writer, stopped by the BMI New York office recently to hand out Cassandra's self-titled Peak/Concord Records debut CD. The album, released on July 22, is a sultry twelve-song collection that combines old school jazz, Aretha Franklin-inspired soul, and contemporary R&B with provocative lyrics and Billie Holiday-worthy vocal performances. The first single, "The Next Time," can be heard on AC radio and is currently #20 on MP3.com's Jazz Vocal chart, along with some of the CD's other tracks including "Only Human," currently at #3, and "Cruisin'" at #25. Jazziz magazine also named Reed one of 22 female jazz singers "who has the potential to be the next Norah Jones."
Seen here in the New York office are BMI's Samantha Cox and Charlie
Feldman, Reed, songwriter/collaborator Steven Frank, and BMI's Erica
Tompkins and Wardell Malloy. photo: Eric Miller