Utterly Delightful! She works her way into her listeners’ hearts, and her emotional range is wide. She is in tune with
herself and her material and is a joy to hear.
– Will Crutchfield, New York Times
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Jazz singer Rondi Charleston has a thick and tawny voice that has caused many to compare her to Abbey Lincoln. Her flair for lazy Sunday ballads deepens the connection but the huskiness of her timbre has its own “DNA.”
– Jim Farber, New York Daily News
Rondi Charleston is a superb interpreter of everything from Johnny Mercer to Stevie Wonder has been proven time and again over the past dozen years. But her four previous albums have only hinted at what the remarkable Signs Of Life fully reveals: that she is a songwriter whose poetic, narrative, and compositional skills are comparable to such modern masters as Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon.
– Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes
Entertainment Tonight selected Rondi Charleston as one of their “Artists You Should Know!”
– Entertainment Tonight
To write your own songs particularly in a genre where one expects standards, brings a raft of challenges. To even try such a task you must dive in with both feet and give it everything; this is no problem for Rondi Charleston. Slow, dignified and unforgettable – I call it beautiful. That word applies to the whole disc: a blending of word and sound you rarely get to hear.
– John R. Barrett, Jr., Jazz Inside
Rondi Charleston has reached the top of her profession – make that professions. She made the move from Emmy and Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter for Diane Sawyer’s Prime Time Live to rekindling her passion for music. Her significance is her ability to put her voice (and words) in the listeners ear with just enough drama to make her story essential and memorable.
– Andrea Canter, Jazz Police
Rondi Charleston is one of those rare artists for whom a song’s meaning is as important as its melody. Her personal, thought–provoking, original songs slow the heartbeat and raise the mental senses with a documentarian’s acuity.
– Ken Micallef, Downbeat
These are some of the most memorable new songs to come from a jazz singer since Abbey Lincoln. Charleston delivers vocal artistry at the highest level on this collection.
– George Kanzler, Hot House