Songs for Nature – new album


Songs for Nature album cover

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Scottish-Canadian jazz singer Alison Burns and British fingerstyle guitarist Martin Taylor are proud to release their new album, “Songs for Nature”, today via P3 Music.

Marking its release on World Environment Day, this album is a testament to Alison and Martin’s commitment to ecological awareness, standing as a tribute to the enduring bond between music and nature. More than just a collection of timeless jazz standards, “Songs for Nature”serves as a heartfelt tribute to the beauty of the natural world and the creative souls it has influenced. The album emerges as a beacon of hope amidst today’s environmental challenges. In an era of global environmental upheaval, the redemptive power of music carves out a sanctuary of solace, a theme resonating deeply in “Songs for Nature”. Watch Alison Burns & Martin Taylor explaining the concept of the album and talking about the making of it here.

When every action towards environmental preservation counts, Alison and Martin’s “Songs for Nature” inspires a gentler, kinder, more sustainable interaction with our planet.

“This album is not just about great love but more about the protection of all animals and nature”. – states Alison Burns. “Through the timeless music and enchanting lyrics of these carefully hand-picked songs, we began to create a musical love letter to the natural world. The beauty and delicate balance of nature become ever clearer when we see ourselves as a part of it and not apart from it so as not to be indifferent to animals and the planet’s precious ecosystems”.

Martin Taylor adds: “Alison and I are both very passionate about nature, the environment, and the protection of all animal and plant life. This music reflects our love of nature and the gratitude we feel for being born on this unique planet. We are surrounded by miracles, and we are part of that miracle. We share this music to remind ourselves of the importance of being in harmony with nature and, through that connection, seeing our place within this miracle”.

Alison Burns brings a smoky, sultry, and understated delivery that seems tailor-made for the intimate embrace of a dimly lit jazz club yet has enthralled everyone from exuberant music festival attendees to British royalty.

Martin Taylor, described by Pat Metheny as one of the most spectacular solo guitar players in the instrument’s history, co-pilots this journey. Taylor, a virtuoso whose fingers dance over strings with a finesse that’s both heart-stopping and profound, ensures that “Songs for Nature” is imbued with the touch of a master craftsman.

Alison Burns & Martin Taylor will embark on a UK tour in September and October; right after a series of live dates in the US during the summer. Check the UK dates here.  

The album was recorded amidst the pristine beauty of New York’s Catskill Mountains. Produced by James Taylor and engineered by John Valesio (Norah Jones), Grammy-Award winner Dave O’Donnell (Jason Mraz, Kurt Elling, Sheryl Crow), Cicely Balston (David Bowie, Nick Cave) – each song resonates with the care and intention that only true reverence for nature can inspire.

Alison and Martin are not just musicians at the height of their powers; they are also sonic naturalists. This album is their field recording, capturing not the sounds of the wild but the emotions it stirs within us.

© Ali Hasbach

1. The Gentle Rain
2. Nature Boy
3. The Best Things In Life Are Free
4. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
5. Hushabye Mountain
6. Little Jazz Bird
7. Lemon Twist
8. Someone To Watch Over Me
9. I’ve Got The World On A String
10. Lullaby Of The Leaves
11. A Foggy Day
12. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
13. Lullaby Of Birdland
14. Moon River

About Alison Burns & Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor is widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing. He dazzles audiences with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humour with a strong, engaging stage presence. In addition to his solo concerts and recordings, he has collaborated with musicians from many different genres, including Jeff Beck, Bill Wyman, Stephane Grappelli, Bryn Terfel, and George Harrison. Over his stellar career, Taylor has amassed a record 14 British Jazz Awards as a guitarist, received two Honorary Doctorates, and received an MBE for Services To Jazz Music.

There are singers, and there are jazz singers. There are jazz singers, and there are a few artists who bring more to the microphone – their life, love, heartaches and joy. Alison Burns is one of those artists. She released her debut album ‘Kissing Bug’ in 2007, followed by 1:AM, Last Train to Hauteville, Freternity, and I’ll Be Home For Christmas. These acclaimed albums captured the essence of jazz divas like Julie London and Ella Fitzgerald but with a modern sensibility that resonates globally, underscoring her unique ability to marry the spirit of a bygone jazz age with a contemporary and wide-reaching appeal. Alison Burns is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and was awarded the International Brand Laureate Award whose other recipients have included Aretha Franklin, Taylor Swift and Adele.