It’s hard to believe that a scant seven years have passed since a 22-year-old Long Islander named Jane Monheit — now renowned as one of the worlds most beloved and accomplished song stylists — signed her first recording contract, for Manhattan’s relatively small but enthusiastically supportive N-Coded label.
Her debut album, Never Never Land, introduced the world to two indisputable facts. First, as the cover portrait demonstrated, Monheit is a stunning, raven-haired beauty. Second, as the ten standards that filled the impressive disc made immediately obvious, Monheit, with her crystalline voice and buttery phrasing, was (and remains) impossible to pigeonhole, simultaneously suggesting the smarts of a seasoned jazz artist and the cunning storytelling skills of the finest cabaret performers.
Since then, two of her recordings have received Grammy nominations, she has known the sweet satisfaction of chart-topping success (several of her discs have debuted at number one), done her festive duty with a stunning Christmas album (The Season), and found herself moving to Sony for two albums, 2004’s Taking a Chance on Love and the subsequent yuletide disc.
Monheit's most recent album, Surrender, was released on Concord Records in April 2007.