“A Child is Born”: Jazz singer Lefevre brings beautiful voice to benefit CDWritten by Jeff McGinnis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
For Lori Lefevre, the holidays are all about reflection and celebration with loved ones. “It means a time to stop and be grateful for the many blessings in your life, and to appreciate family and friends,” the local Jazz singer said in an interview with Toledo Free Press. “And to stop and think about what’s important in life.”
That strong belief in family is a pretty big part of Lefevre’s contribution to the 2013 “Holiday Wishes” CD: A beautiful, lyrical singing of “A Child is Born.” She personally selected the song, which has great meaning not just for herself, but for her most prominent collaborator.
“It’s just always been a favorite song of mine, and Eric Dickey, who played piano on the piece, when one of his children was born a few years ago, I actually sang that song at their baptism, so I knew it was special to him, as well.”
Lefevre was featured on last year’s “Holiday Wishes” release, performing alongside the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, and was keen on returning for this year’s benefit. This year, though, the recording is more subdued — Lefevre’s “Child” is a fairly minimalist version, with only three instruments and a very acoustic feel — even if it wasn’t actually acoustic.
“It was really very simple, because it was just piano, bass and drums, and we actually used an electronic keyboard — Eric actually really likes to use real pianos, and unfortunately the studio in Toledo didn’t have one. But he was able to recreate a real piano sound in the studio that made Eric happy that it still sounded like an actual piano instead of a keyboard.”
Lefevre said that she was thrilled to be part of a project that will work to bring some smiles to young faces.
“I think it’s really important to use your talents and your gifts to help others — to do things that will provide an opportunity for those who are less fortunate. And, of course, it feels good to do that, as well.”