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Fearless: Celebrating Women Singers

Annie Patterson & Mary Witt are excited to announce their new recording! This album is a sampler of cover songs written or sung by some of the women who have inspired them over the years. With Mary Witt on vocals and bass, Annie Patterson on vocals, rhythm guitar and banjo and Anand Nayak on harmony vocals, lead and rhythm guitar. Recorded & mastered by Mark Alan Miller at Sonelab Studio in Easthampton, MA. Produced by Annie Patterson & Mary Witt.


You can also purchase a download of this recording on CDBaby, iTunes or Bandcamp.com.
 Many amazing women singers inspired us to make this album. The songs we chose are from a few specific women who either wrote and/or performed them or both. Thank you to all the women artists who have inspired us to be courageous and fearless! The songs chosen for this recording were inspired by these amazing women singers: Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Linda Ronstadt, Karla Bonoff, Bonnie Raitt, May Erlewine, Gillian Welch.

  1. Lose Again - by Karla Bonoff 
    (Annie lead vocals)  inspired by Linda Ronstadt
  2. I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free - by Dick Dallas & Billy Taylor 
    (Mary lead vocals)  inspired by Nina Simone 
  3. Never One Thing - by May Erlewine & Tyler Duncan 
    (Annie lead vocals)  inspired by May Erlewine
  4. What is Success - by Allen Toussaint 
    (Mary lead vocals)  inspired by Bonnie Raitt
  5. Orphan Girl - by Gillian Welch 
    (Annie lead vocals)  inspired by Gillian Welch
  6. They All Laughed - by George & Ira Gershwin 
    (Annie & Mary duet vocals)  inspired by Ella Fitzgerald
  7. What a Difference a Day Makes - by Stanley Adams & Maria Grover 
    (Mary lead vocals)  inspired by Dinah Washington

Thanks also to Anand Nayak for his incredible talents on guitar and vocal harmonies and to Mark Alan Miller at Sonelab Studios in Easthampton, MA for recording and mastering this project. 

Annie & Mary love singing and playing music together. They both sing various styles including Swing, Blues, Soul, Folk and more. They combine their talents for concerts, dances, fundraisers and other events. This sampler of songs is from some of the women vocalists who have inspired & influenced them over the years.

Annie Patterson is a well-loved performer and co-creator (with Peter Blood) of the songbooks Rise Up Singing, Rise Again and If I Had a Hammer. She also sings in the swing band Girls From Mars. www.riseupandsing.org/annie

Mary Witt is a vocalist & bass player with the award-winning swing & soul band, The O-Tones, based in Western Massachusetts. Her voice is like warm honey. Mary's spirit shines through every note. www.theotones.com

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