May 102009
 

From SKYLARK
Written by David Foster & Renee Olstead

After her critically acclaimed 2004 Warner Bros. Records album, talented singer/actress Renee Olstead went back into the studio to work on her sophomore release with her mentor, David Foster. Sessions began in late 2005 and the new album was originally scheduled to be released in 2006.

However, it was pushed back a few times with more sessions and changes in the track list. “Skylark” was eventually released in January 2009. The final product followed the lines of Olstead’s self-titled album with a number of well done covers of jazz and pop evergreens.  This time around there was a positive addition of four excellent new compositions mostly co-written by the young singer with Foster.

Among the classics, Olstead shines on her rendition of torch ballads like “Lover Man,” “You’ve Changed” and the title track. She’s truly spectacular on the fresh arrangement of “Hit The Road Jack” and the elegant “Thanks For The Boogie Ride.”  Among the new songs are the swinging “Midnight Man” and the bluesy, guitar-driven “Midnight In Austin Texas.” Foster and Olstead also co-wrote two wonderful ballads, “Nothing But The Blame” and “Hold Me Now” that could easily become modern day classics. Both songs have memorable melodies and hooks with the singer giving moving and rich vocal performances. In particular, “Hold Me Now” has flavors of jazz, pop and country all fused together and sports a great arrangement by Foster. This song’s has the same feel of Michael Bublè’s Foster-produced hit “Home.” “Skylark” is also chock-full of world class musicians, arrangers and special guests like The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Dean Parks, Dan Higgins, Jeremy Lubbock, Robert Randolph, Randy Waldman, Patrick Williams, Nathan East, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chris Botti and Foster doing his usual great job on piano and keyboards. “Skylark” reached #2 on the Top Jazz Albums chart and again showed evidence of Olstead’s superior talent.


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Lead Vocals: Renee Olstead
Keyboards: David Foster
Keyboards & Programming: Jochem Van der Saag
Percussion: Rafael Padilla
Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta
Bass: Nathan East
Guitar: Dean Parks
Arranged by David Foster
Produced by David Foster & Humberto Gatica


Lyrics

How strange it feels to miss you
Standing right before you
Yet, good times seem so far and few
I‘ve begun pretending
Not to see an ending
But, it’s all coming into view

So, hold me now
Hold me fast
Pretend it’s not gonna be the last time that we love
Hold me like we’ll love forever

Hold me now
I can’t believe we’re making our last memories
It’s not enough
Hold me like we’ll love forever

It seems that you’ve grown tired
Of the one you once desired
But I’ve not wanted none but you
Oh do you think you could find a way
To love me again someday
There’s nothing else that I can do

So, hold me now
Hold me fast
Pretend it’s not gonna be the last time that we love
Hold me like we’ll love forever

Hold me now
I can’t believe we’re making our last memories
It’s not enough
Hold me like we’ll love forever

And now it seems
All that’s left to dreams for arms to hold
I’m holding on, but the loves already gone
So, hold me now

Oh, so hold me now
Hold me fast
Pretend that it’s not gonna be the last time that we love
Hold me like we’ll love forever
Hold me now
I can’t believe we’re making our last memories
It’s not enough
Hold me like we’ll love forever
Just hold me now
Hold me now
Just hold me ~