Lili Añel (pronounced Ahn-Yell) considers music a calling. She discovered her passion for music growing up in New York City.
As a child Añel 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.
Defying categorization she calls her music a hybrid of "jazz/folk/soul/pop" combined with a powerfully unique vocal style bringing her to the forefront. In 2018 Lili was a nominee for a PEW Center for Arts and Heritage Fellowship. The end of 2018, found Lili signing with independent Philadelphia label "Winding Way Records" who released a "best of" compilation entitled "In Spirit." Her latest album "Better Days," (Winding Way Records) was released October 4, 2019. "Better Days" has been welcomed by radio stations in major U.S. cities and also abroad. Lili and her band will be touring in support of this recording in 2020.
Lili's 2017 EP "Another Place, Another Time" brought her continued accolades, with an invitation to record 4 songs on NPR Music Live Sessions video series. On her 2013 release, "I Can See Bliss From Here," we find Lili standing in her truth. She wrote of her struggle with various losses, always in complete honesty and total feeling, along with her celebrating her life, on the biographical "Something To Do." JazzTimes Magazine proclaimed "Every Second In Between" (2009) "...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 NY Music Awards 2010, Best Singer-Songwriter, Best Jazz Album and Best Female Jazz Vocalist. JazzTimes Magazine said of "Dream Again" (2007) "...her songs are consistently excellent..." Palmetto Records released her first CD "Laughed Last" (1994) which was supported by a U.S. tour. "Hi-Octane Coffee" (2001) followed.
Lili continues to win over audiences with her vocal stylings, guitar playing and songs, that while often recalling her many influences (Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Janis Ian, Joan Armatrading) prove her own unique style. She has supported Alejandro Escovedo, Madeleine Peyroux, The Holmes Brothers, Boz Scaggs, B.B. King, Raul Midon, Robert Cray to name a few. Lili Añel continues to be a singer/songwriter at the top of her game and recognized as a recording artist who successfully connects with the world.
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"The songs on Better Days address real situations in Añel's own life and in others"
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'Better Days': Lili Añel Digs Into The Heart Of The Matter
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"Better Days, demonstrates why her career has such longevity."
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"Better Days... A well balanced and easily enjoyable listen..."
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"Lili Añel brings her acclaimed music career from New York To Philly"
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"Añel sings like she actually cares about the lyrics ..."
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"Lili Añel, one of Philadelphia's premier singer-songwriters, plays and sings with a lifetime's worth of emotion ..."
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"Lili Añel comfortably straddles the line between jazz and folk music"
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