Vocalist Gretchen Parlato & Guitarist Lionel Loueke Release New Album “Lean In” | LISTEN! (Vinyl Coming June 23rd, 2023)
Edition Records presents
Gretchen Parlato, Lionel Loueke
The New Album
Digital and CD – OUT NOW / (Vinyl 23rd June 2023)
A long-awaited collaboration between GRAMMY-nominated vocalist Gretchen Parlato and acclaimed guitarist Lionel Loueke, ‘Lean In’ tells the story of 20 years of connection, inspiration and friendship between two musical soulmates.
Reflecting on the great musical duos of our time and what it is that makes them essential, it would seem plausible that there would be at least a short list of common foundational factors necessary for success. For eminent artists, vocalist-arranger Gretchen Parlato and guitarist-vocalist Lionel Loueke, their formula is anchored in what could initially seem to be contrasting components —intrinsic rootedness paired with freedom, spontaneity, and impulse. The development of an earthy connection lays the groundwork for the confidence and trust required for experimentation and ascension. Of their affecting, palpable synergy, Loueke has endearingly coined the term “Musical Soul Mate.”
“It’s somebody who finishes your musical sentences, so to speak,” says Parlato. “We are challenging each other at the same time,” adds Loueke. “I just go wherever she is and vice versa. So, there’s no comfort zone. We get into the Unknown Zone.”