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Lili A¸«Šel (pronounced Ahn-Yell) considers music a calling. She discovered her passion for music growing up in New York City. As a child A¸«Šel 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 Cassandra Wilson, Alejandro Escovedo, Madeleine Peyroux, The Holmes Brothers, Boz Scaggs, B.B. King, Raul Midon, Robert Cray to name a few. Lili A¸«Šel 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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REVIEWS
'Better Days': Lili Anel Digs Into The Heart Of The Matter
Carol Banks Weber - Festival Peak
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"Jazz Album of the Week: In Spirit, an Anthology from Lili Anel "
Matt Silver - WRTI
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"Lili Anel brings her acclaimed music career from New York To Philly"
Suzanne Cloud - Broad Street Review
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"Anel sings like she actually cares about the lyrics ..."
Mark Karesman - ICON Magazine
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"Lili Anel, one of Philadelphia's premier singer-songwriters, plays and sings with a lifetime's worth of emotion ..."
All About Jazz
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"A RICH VOICE... Lili Anel: I Can See Bliss From Here, Another Place, Another Time Another Place, Another Time" Jazz Weekly READ MORE

"Lili Anel puts her heart on her sleeve for Another Place, Another Time" Carol Banks Weber READ MORE

"Lili Anel comfortably straddles the line between jazz and folk music"
CDs Of Note - Short Takes Ken Franckling READ MORE

INTERVIEWS
"Talk Mode #44 Lili Anel" Talk Mode With Eammon Lenihan AUDIO INTERVIEW

"Five questions with Philly jazz vocalist Lili Anel" WXPN - The Key READ MORE

"Lili Anel returns to Steel City, celebrates release of 'Another Place, Another Time' "
Southern Chester County Entertainment
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