“GPS” Jaclyn Manfredi, a familiar sound with poignant lyrics that will draw you into the hectic traffic of the city. A mostly organic arrangement accompanies a vocal timbre that is strangely familiar in “GPS” by Jaclyn Manfredi. The lyrics for “GPS” tie together being stuck in city traffic to a bad relationship that was once filled with love but has lost its way. Stylistically speaking “GPS” has an old school sound mixed with contemporary production influences such as warping the hits at the beginning to give a somewhat offsetting feeling.
The style is reminiscent of an old school Motown record. The vocal performance combines influences from R&B/Soul artists like Amy Winehouse. The lyrics are poignant and never stray from the topic which is lost in a lot of aspiring and rising songwriters which I appreciated in the lyricism of Jaclyn Manfredi. Hailing from Long Island and having been in the game for quite some time she shows tons of promise. “GPS” Jaclyn Manfredi, depicts both relationships and the traffic of NYC.
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After Jaclyn Manfredi performed at the acclaimed Apollo Theatre and Carnegie Hall in New York City at 17, she auditioned for The Voice and made it through to the second round. Clearly, her talent had not gone unnoticed. She then won the IMTA national singing talent competition in 2017, and released three songs that began to shape her sound in the way that authentic artists often journey towards in the process of discovering who they really are.
Now after writing and recording new material for 2019, Jaclyn is ready to drop five new singles. The first release, “GPS”, on February 15th, is a soul filled, retro influenced track, that brings together all of Jaclyn’s New York and R&B/Soul influences. A song that tells the story of a relationship that’s directionally challenged, you can feel the indecision of the theme from the opening lyrics, “Right or left? Right or Left?…”
Influenced by classic soul, r&b, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and the contemporary funk of Bruno Mars, Jaclyn is funneling all of her influences into something that at once sounds old and new. Produced by Alex Houton of AHM Media and mixed by 6X Grammy Award winner, Brian Vibberts, Jaclyn’s voice ties together old school sounds with a a contemporary slant.