Shades of Love is a masterful collection of 12 classic songs elegantly remade by international recording artist Zoe Scott and produced by Bossa Nova powerhouse and 10-time Grammy and 2-time Emmy winning, Moogie Canazio.
As a young girl Zoe stood out as a natural performer, staring in plays and receiving scholarships for training at prestigious theater institutions in London. At age 18, Zoe decided to take a bite out of life and move to Rome to more fully pursue her passion for acting. Zoe immersed herself in various musical and theatrical performances in Europe. She was recognized for abandon and passion in singing and found herself writing rock songs and landing in Hollywood where she unleashed her fierce artistry as a Rock n Roll artist and performer.
“I remember the hard edges of it all. I loved it at first — the angst, the power, the energy, but simultaneously, I recall how boxed in I felt,” says Zoe as she gazes out the window eyes turned to the expansive Pacific Ocean.
“I remember the moment I felt ‘this isn’t me anymore’ and I started a journey of self-discovery and healing. With that came new artistic expressions and new ways to see, and receive love. When I first heard Antonio Carlos Jobim, I was swept away. I felt his soul through his music; through Bossa Nova and that was it. I had to make this album.
After a spell of introspection, Zoe surfaced in a sensual fury of singing songs that spoke to her heart, familiar songs she made her own as she discovered her new voice in Bossa Nova. The 12 songs on Shades of Love are each snapshots of her own life and an expression of what she calls, “feeling in.”
Embarking into the Bossa Nova Zoe found master producer, Moogie Canazio to collaborate with. The Brazilian-born, GRAMMY-winning producer brought out Zoe’s deep nature and sultry sounds for this romantic album.
“As a rock singer, Zoe was accustomed to using her pipes,” explains Moogie. “But that’s exactly the opposite of what we're talking about with Bossa Nova, which requires more intimacy and this kind of in-your-ear vibe.”
“Moogie coached me on how to get to that place, and it felt quite vulnerable,” Zoe recalls. “As a rock singer, it's more about putting on a show. Bossa Nova is more a process of undressing.” With Moogie’s support, Zoe learned to “get behind the lyric and express from her heart.” It was a powerful and intimate process working together to discovery this hidden depth in Zoe’s self expression.
“She had big shoes to fill because some of these Bossa Nova songs were already recorded by major American artists like Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan. They all did an incredible job in capturing the right finesse and phrasing in singing Bossa Nova. And I think Zoe's right there with all of them.”
It was important for Zoe to honor the authentic style and original sound cultivated by Bossa Nova originators João Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim, she also enlisted the talents of Bossa Nova legends, guitarist-arranger Torcuato Mariano, and Daniel Jobim, grandson of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Daniel is a featured performer on two of his grandfather's most iconic songs; dueting with Zoe on
"Wave," and playing piano on "Quiet Nights."
In addition to these classics, Zoe recreated songs she loved that were originally recorded by Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, The Beatles and more, including: “I'll Stand By You,” made famous by Chrissie Hynde; “This Girl’s In Love With You” written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, recorded by Herb Alpert; “7 Lives,” an intimate anniversary gift written by Brazilan, Zé Ricardo, to his wife.
Zoe continues her thoughtful curation with: “The More I See You,” part of the famous club scene in Roman Polanski's Frantic, starring Harrison Ford; “Baby It’s You,” written by Burt Bacharach was recorded by The Shirelles and The Beatles; “Once I Loved,” made famous by Frank Sinatra; “My Cherie Amore,” by Stevie Wonder; “In My Life,” recorded by The Beatles; “Triste,” written by Jobim in 1966 at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles, as he waited for Sinatra to return from a holiday in Barbados so they could begin recording their album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim. The album closes with “You Know I’m No Good,” by Amy Winehouse.
“I chose each song for personal and artistic reasons. I related to them and each is a snapshot of a part of my journey I wanted to share,” says Zoe.
One special song is Zé Ricardo's "7 Lives," featuring the expressive clarinet of Rodrigo Sha, as a love letter to John, her partner of seven years. "This song is dear to me. It’s the first time it’s been translated into English, and it’s got a gorgeous backstory. On Zé ’s seventh wedding anniversary, he was so broke, he sat down on the side of the street and wrote ‘7 Lives’ for his wife before going home. That was his gift to her. My heart melted when I heard this -- I asked permission to translate and record it, and have dedicated it to the man I love. I just think it's so beautiful and romantic," Zoe shares.
Shades of Love is an album that takes the listener on an intimate journey into the complex layers of love and romance. “Someone once said it’s the space between the notes that make the symphony,” and she goes on to say, “Bossa Nova taught me that there is life in the quiet spaces. I find peace, love, and joy there. It’s my hope this album opens the doors to the hearts of anyone who listens.”