A deep, dusky voice of uncommon soul and substance describes Serena Wiley, who’s supported by a combo that imbues her stories with an expert, understated touch. “I Wrote A Song About You” infuses the artist’s jazzy R&B material with subtle elements of techno and spoken-word. Organ, flute, beats and Wiley’s own sax emit a warm sensual glow. “Stay” offers a brisker pace with sweet backup singers and a bit more techno in its sonics. Her most commercial outing, “Could This Be The One,” depicts a budding romance (“We don’t speak. I guess we’re getting comfortable.”) We cannot stress enough how affecting and beautiful this woman’s voice is. She never shows off; she does not have to.
Style: Alternative R&B