Talk about a power couple! Most of you know Sir Patrick Stewart, whether it’s as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Professor X, but soon you’ll be hearing all about his wife, Sunny Ozell, a singer/songwriter whose star is rapidly on the rise. It would do Ozell a disservice to imply that she’s a newbie, though, as she’s been singing since she could walk, and in college became acquainted with Colorado’s dive bar circuit as the frontwoman for a blues band. She’s no stranger to the cutthroat New York music scene either, having cut her teeth over the past decade performing around the city. But with her full length debut, she’s sure to turn some heads and gain a whole new audience.
On April 1st, she released Take It With Me, an album filled with thoughtful interpretations of songs pulled from all across the American songbook. Sunny brings to light rarities from beloved artists, including Leon Russell, Pops Staples, Hank Williams and Tom Waits.
Today, Elmore is premiering a live recording of “Louisiana 1927,” a song from Take It With Me that was originally written and performed by Randy Newman. The video was recorded in January for New York’s City Winery Cellar Sessions, and finds Ozell in stunning voice. Completely at ease, she dominates the stage with her delivery, that’s at once light and clear as well as stirring and soulful. Ozell leans hard on the choruses, backed by swelling but never overpowering drums, guitar and upright bass, allowing the political message of the song to shine through.
Order a copy of Sunny’s album on her website here, and listen to “Louisiana 1927” below.