New Release "Because I'm a Woman"
TORONTO — Irene Atman’s newest release “Because I’m A Woman” is more than just a single and album for the Canadian jazz-pop singer/songwriter... The song — and its uplifting video featuring a diverse montage of women from around the world — are the multi-talented artist’s passionate and celebratory anthem for empowerment and movement towards equality.
“Now more than ever, I thought it was time for a women’s anthem,” Atman reflects on the bluesy, gospel-inspired song and its newly minted video, available in time for International Women’s Day. “In writing ‘Because I’m A Woman’ I was able to personally tap into some of the emotional challenges that face many other women in their various careers, from pay equity to ageism, and beyond.
“I wanted to do something as a global salute to women around the world this March 8th — International Women’s Day,” she continues of the day’s importance. “This is for women everywhere. This is my tribute.”
The track serves double duty as the title for her upcoming studio album, Because I’m A Woman — available spring 2020.
The 14-track LP features six original songs amongst Atman’s take on material by songwriters and artists she adores, each packed with the same sonically savoury panache she has long been Internationally and critically lauded for.
The release is set to be a welcome addition to Atman’s growing library; Because I’m A Woman follows 2015’s Long Distance, 2009’s New York Rendezvous, and 2007’s eponymous debut, Irene Atman.
“Because I’m A Woman” single is streaming now and the video tribute to International Women’s Day is available on YouTube starting today.
It is not often that a vocalist can stamp a song her own but I can't express enough how good Irene Atman is at this. She knows how to swing, she knows how to sing and she knows how to move in and out of a song form. Irene Atman is a step above the others and should be heard.
When Irene Atman unfolds that articulate instrument with its soothing vibrato and minimal need for breath, who could ask for anything more?
A Jazz Hour - Sydney, Australia
Ms Atman’s voice is extremely pure, centred and crystalline using a style reliant on sureness of pitch. When singing standards she communicates the emotional content perfectly in touch with both song and audience commanding the stage with a mixture of sweet innocence and no nonsense musicianship.
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Irene Atman sings with a vocal dexterity equivalent to a flute that can speak words. It's often difficult to tell that she's taken a breath, as she seamlessly moves from one sustained note to the next phrase.
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Irene Atman has perfected the malleable harmony line, her voice stretching and contracting effortlessly in all four dimensions, defying the quantum mechanics of sonics.
Jazz Society of Oregon - Kyle O'Brien
Irene Atman is a true talent.
There are certain singers who come on stage and sing their songs well, even emotively, while establishing a connection with their audiences, and then there are vocalists, like jazz chanteuse Irene Atman who owns the stage, and who so totally embrace the moment, that they sweep their audiences away to another place and another time with their music.
JAZZ IMPROV - NY
Irene Atman is the epitome of New York style. She knows the meaning and the feeling of what she sings. Her rendition of “Why Did I Choose You” will bring the sweet passions of love to a simmer. This song will never be sung any better, never with any more understanding and feeling of the sentiment expressed.”
Atman has that irresistible intonation
ringing in her timbres which jazz vocalists have. She has a storybook perfect pitch able to touch the listener’s soul, understand the sorrows that burrow in their hearts, stroke their sensibilities with tender caresses and lick their wounds. She has a voice that can make the hardest soul melt in her lap.
Irene Atman's clear articulation is an important factor in her style along with the ability to sing in tune and treat the lyrics with the respect that the composer intended. She does this with the ease of a seasoned performer who has found the essence of jazz vocalization and performs it with professionalism and God given ability.