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“Anjani has always been known as a great singer, a musician’s singer,” says Leonard Cohen, the musical/literary legend who co-wrote and produced Anjani’s Blue Alert. “She’s known for this impeccable sense of tone and the ability to stack vocals one on top of the other, but this voice that she was showing here was a completely different voice that had moved somehow from the throat to the heart.”
And who is this enigmatic singer that has so beautifully salvaged so many of Cohen’s darkest and most desperate compositions?
Anjani Thomas was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii where she studied guitar, piano and voice. After attending Berklee College of Music for a year, she moved to New York and Los Angeles, playing the club circuit and working with with jazz luminaries Carl Anderson, Frank Gambale and Stanley Clarke along the way.
Anjani’s professional relationship with Leonard Cohen began in 1984, when she was hired as a background vocalist for “Hallelujah,” a song now recognized as one of the greatest in his canon. She was the sole female vocalist and keyboardist on his Various Positions world tour, and continued to record vocals for him on I’m Your Man (1988), The Future (1992) and Dear Heather (2004). But it was not until Blue Alert, that their collaboration achieved a true fusion of both of their creative strengths and talents.
“She seems to be able to channel some kind of spirit of place,” Leonard Cohen says of his partner. “Generally, people want to be generous, but they go over the top or they give too much. But to be able to be generous in this manner of real generosity, which is not to overwhelm, but to merely satisfy and nourish: that is something very rare. She has this capacity — melody after melody — to hit the mark. Not go beyond it and not fall short…just perfect.”