Zoe Scott is the world renowned recording artist whose vocal cords are normally more suited to rock ‘n’ roll than they are to jazz – but the spirit of Bossa Nova called, and Zoe answered.
“I remember the hard edges of performing rock music and the rock scene in general. I loved it at first – the angst, the power, the energy – but simultaneously, I recall how boxed in I felt,” says Zoe as she settles into a camel-colored, buttery soft chair in her Malibu home’s living room – the Pacific Ocean as her backdrop.
“That day, I started a journey of self-discovery and healing. With that came new artistic expressions and new ways to feel and receive love. One day I came across Antonio Carlos Jobim’s music, and I was swept away. I felt his soul through every note, and in that moment, I knew I had to make this album.”
Freedom, sensuality and romance are the emotions which characterise Scott’s first embarking into Bossa Nova – the twelve-track Odyssey of Shades of Love. Enlisting help from Bossa Nova legend Moogie Canazio, Scott has delivered one of the most serene-sounding releases of the year.
In the 1960s, Antonio Carlos Jobim said, “The first recording of a song is the seed from which the song will grow.” On Shades of Love, Jobim’s grandson Daniel lent backup vocals to Zoe’s rendition of Wave, bringing the seed to fruition once more for new audiences.
‘Wave’, the second release from this album, is a beautiful love song which features a duet across the sea – Zoe Scott in Malibu and Daniel in Rio. It’s a tranquil, relaxing and heartwarming listen, illustrating how music can truly be the antidote to the trying times we find ourselves in today.