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  • Jonathan Widran


Penned by the legendary songwriting team of Ashford & Simpson, the female empowerment anthem “I’m Every Woman” has enjoyed a dynamic history in the hands of two of R&B’s most influential female vocalists, Chaka Khan (whose original 1978 version hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B chart) and Whitney Houston, whose 1993 version (recorded for The Bodyguard soundtrack) was a massive global hit that hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Since so many smooth jazz artists have achieved success with instrumental versions of classic R&B/pop tunes, perhaps it was only a matter of time before the right performer graced and grooved us with the perfect re-imagining. Thrilled to say that it’s Kim Scott, making infectiously thumping magic pairing up with her fellow urban jazz hit makers and flute virtuosos Althea Rene on a wildly adventurous twist.

Over a hip and edgy, discofied peppy groove and buoyant synth, the trio stirs the funky-jazzy magic with intricately intertwined melody lines, hypnotic improvisational swirls and transcendent three part harmonies – delivering the song’s powerful message to a whole new generation. The track starts as an instrumental but by the end, you’ll be singing that evergreen hook along with the lush vocal harmonies. Fresh off her #1 Billboard charting album Free To Be, Scott marks a stellar ten years as a force in Smooth Jazz – and lays an empowering foundation for the 2022 release of her fifth collection SHINE!

Listen to "I'm Every Woman" here:


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