Connie Lansberg is an accomplished Australian jazz singer-songwriter, based out of Melbourne. She is Australia’s most streamed jazz artist, having amassed more than 4.5 million streams on Spotify.
Her new, self-produced album entitled “Alone with Bees” is a 10-track jazz selection that is written, arranged, produced, and performed all by Lansberg.
Included are seven original songs, as well as three additional standards, played by Connie’s long-standing quartet; the very talented jazz pianist Mark Fitzgibbon, Ben Hanlon on double bass, and Peter Hodges on the drums.
The quartet performs all seven of Lansberg’s original songs as well as a standard by Stephen Sondheim, one by Leonard Bernstein, and Thelonious Monk.
Connie has been described as a groundbreaking jazz singer; with a beautifully expressive voice and storytelling prowess, she can hit all of the high notes with ease.
In the first track, “Alone with Bees”, Lansberg writes about making peace with her past until the past is transformed into something no longer full of pain. This single, sharing the same name as the album, comes with a short story that you can download for free with the track. The song also won Best Song in Hollywood’s Artemis Women in Film festival.
“Deep End of Love” is all about those who have experienced heartbreak being able to jump into a new relationship without any fear. The soft ballad “Free”, which is the first single to be released from the album, tells a story of overcoming forgotten trauma of the past and the memories that come up in exploring them:
“I had no training, I was just thrown into the deep end performing-wise, but I found working with great jazz musicians a joy like no other.”
Throughout her work, Connie takes guidance and inspiration from working with Soul Alignment and the Akashic Records; this has allowed her to fully release and let go of trauma and stagnant energy on a soul level. Lansberg is the creator of Transformational Entertainment™️.
The contribution of her wonderful accompanying quartet, with double bassist Ben Hanlon’s solos and Fitzgibbon’s quality piano solos show their passion and drive for the genre. Fitzgibbon on piano is reminiscent of McCoy Tyner and an early Herbie Hancock. There are three standards featured on this album; Sondheim’s “I Remember Sky”, Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight” and Bernstein’s “Some Other Time.”
“Alone With Bees” is an outstanding album and a highly recommended listen for both existing and new fans.
Connie is not only an accomplished singer and songwriter but also a published Author. You can purchase her booklet of 10 short stories, with original artwork by Francesca Baerald, and lyrics. All the short stories are inspired by the songs.