The Sax Pack
Smooth jazz supergroup the Sax Pack features saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters, and Steve Cole. The group came together around 2003 after Kashiwa was inspired to form a group based on Frank Sinatra‘s legendary Rat Pack. Initially begun as a touring ensemble, the Sax Pack eventually released their debut self-titled album on Shanachie in 2008. A year later, they returned with The Pack Is Back! In 2015, the trio released their third full-length effort, the aptly titled, The Power of 3.
With a last name associated with musical excellence, Selina Albright is a soulful singer-songwriter with versatility that comes from years of listening to many origins and languages of music. Her angelic tone adds character and emotion to any ballad, yet her powerful wailing and energetic stage presence commands attention.
Albright developed her onstage charisma and vocal technique from being exposed to legendary artists, such as Whitney Houston, Take Six, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Beyonce, Lalah Hathaway, and Tina Turner. Her intimate, connective writing style comes from experiences and aspirations from her own life, so that when you listen to her music, you are introduced to a private piece of who Albright is, has been, or is becoming.
The artist appears on Gerald Albright’s Grammy-nominated projects, dating back to 1997, with such titles as “Live To Love,” “Smooth,” ”Slam Dunk,” and “G.” She wrote and performed the lyrics for the title track of Gerald Albright’s Grammy-nominated collaboration with Norman Brown, entitled “24/7.” She was also featured on Peter White’s 2016 release “Groovin’.” Most recently, Selina Albright made a feature appearance on Jarez’ record “Blow Your Mind.”
Selina Albright’s R&B/Soul 2013 release entitled “Brighter” topped the UK Soul Chart for four weeks, and her sassy 2010 Jazz original “You and I,” was featured on iTunes’ “Top 100 Downloads” list for the genre of Jazz in 2010! Her 2016 single release “Sun Comes Up” (2016) primed the market for her 2017 full-length R&B project entitled “Conversations,” featuring Billboard chart-topping, Grammy-considered singles “Eat Something (feat. Kay-Ta Matsuno)” and “Possible.” A Special Edition release of “Conversations” was released in 2017 throughout all Japanese territories, and remained on the Sapporo Hot 100 chart for weeks in a row, among artists such as Katy Perry and Rihanna!
Aside from her R&B/Jazz releases, the artist has also joined forces with Electronic Dance Music artists, demonstrating yet another facet of her creativity. The world has responded strongly to her collaborations with the internationally-revered DJ duo Manufactured Superstars. A major highlight of her career was their performance of “Serious” for the Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival in 2011, before over 200,000 high-energy ravers and fans! Her creative relationship with Manufactured Superstars continues.
Selina Albright has graced the stage the world over with many artists, such as pianists Jeff Lorber, George Duke, Joe Sample, Brian Simpson, Brian Culbertson, Keiko Matsui, and David Benoit; guitarists Peter White, Nick Colionne, Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Golub, David P. Stevens, JJ Sansaverino, Adam Hawley, and Matt Marshak; bassists Marcus Miller and Gerald Veasley; saxophonists Gerald Albright, Dave Koz, David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Steve Cole, Boney James, Jeff Kashiwa, Richard Elliot, Marion Meadows, Gianni Vancini, Eric Darius, Jackiem Joyner, and Candy Dulfer; trumpeters Hugh Masakela, Rick Braun and Patches Stewart; vocalists Chaka Khan, Will Downing, Eric Roberson, Regina Belle, Algebra Blessett, Tony Momrelle, and The Temptations; and bands Pieces of a Dream and Four80East.