Lili Anel (pronounced Ahn-Yell) considers music a calling. The guitarist, singer-songwriter grew up in New York City where she discovered her passion for music and began her journey. As a child Anel remembers singing along to her mother's Cuban, jazz and pop standard albums. Her mother supported Lili's desire to join the church choir and her grandfather's recognition of how much joy singing brought to her served to set her feet firmly on the path of a career in music.

In 2018 Lili was a PEW Center for Arts and Heritage Fellowship Nominee. The same year she was signed to a record deal with Winding Way Records and was also selected by 90.1 WRTI to have four pro-shot videos posted to the NPR video platform, VuHaus. In January 2019, Anel's first release with Winding Way Records is a hand-picked anthology by John Fisher (executive producer) titled In Spirit. The album exemplifies Lili's musical journey from past to present. This is some of Lili's best work. In the fall of 2019 an exciting, ambitious album of all new music is scheduled to be released.

Palmetto Records released her first CD "Laughed Last" (1994), following with "Hi-Octane Coffee" (2001), "Laughed Last Reissue" with 3 Bonus Tracks recorded live (2006), "Dream Again" (2007) and "Every Second In Between" (2009). In 2007, JazzTimes Magazine said of Lili "...her songs are consistently excellent..." and proclaimed of her 2009 release "...a cd to blow your mind at first listen...". Every Second In Between (produced by Glenn Barratt) also made the All About Jazz 2009 Year End Writers Choice for the "10 Best New Jazz Releases" list, along with winning 3 New York Music Awards 2010: Best Singer-Songwriter, Best Jazz Album and Best Female Jazz Vocalist. On her 2013 release I Can See Bliss From Here, Lili teamed up with Dale Melton (The Melton Brothers) a friend and fellow musician who'd played in her rhythm section for over a year. The collaboration as co-producers has proven fruitful, delivering a profoundly honest and diverse recording. The songwriting on this, her 6th CD, is more musically diverse than any of her previous. Says Lili "these are the songs I want to put out to the world at this time. They reflect where I am right now". Musically drawing from Latin, Jazz, Folk, Blues and Pop, as much a hybrid as Anel herself, a New York-born Cuban-African American. The album was well received by critics and fans alike. "Another Place, Another Time" was released in 2017. "Another Place, Another Time" is an EP of 6 songs, 2 penned by Anel, 2 co-written with her twin sister, Barbara and 2 covers. Another Place, Another Time's songs were recorded live with minimal overdubs. "They lent themselves to being more open and having space" says Anel. Lili Anel once again pushes the boundaries vocally and as a songwriter continuing to electrify her audience as well as attract new fans.

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2017 Press Release
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"Jazz Album of the Week: In Spirit, an Anthology from Lili Anel "
Matt Silver - WRTI

"Lili Anel brings her acclaimed music career from New York To Philly"
Suzanne Cloud - Broad Street Review

"Anel sings like she actually cares about the lyrics ..."
Mark Karesman - ICON Magazine

"Lili Anel, one of Philadelphia's premier singer-songwriters, plays and sings with a lifetime's worth of emotion ..."
All About Jazz

"A RICH VOICE... Lili Anel: I Can See Bliss From Here, Another Place, Another Time Another Place, Another Time" Jazz Weekly READ MORE

"Lili Anel puts her heart on her sleeve for Another Place, Another Time" Carol Banks Weber READ MORE

"Lili Anel comfortably straddles the line between jazz and folk music"
CDs Of Note - Short Takes Ken Franckling READ MORE

"Talk Mode #44 Lili Anel" Talk Mode With Eammon Lenihan AUDIO INTERVIEW

"Five questions with Philly jazz vocalist Lili Anel" WXPN - The Key READ MORE

"Lili Anel returns to Steel City, celebrates release of 'Another Place, Another Time' "
Southern Chester County Entertainment