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Polish singer Basia (Barbara) Trzetrzelewska (pronounced: Basha T’she-t’she-lev-ska), born September 30, 1954, in Jaworzno, made a successful music career in crossover circles during the late 1980s to the mid 1990s and the mid 2000s’ and 2010s. Basia made an impression, particularly in the United Kingdom, United States, and Japan. She is noted for possessing a wide vocal range, approximately three octaves that span the contralto to soprano fachs, and her music is characteristically influenced. Though she has two platinum albums “Time and Tide” and “London Warsaw New York”, to her credit and a faithful fan base, she dropped out of the industry in 1998. However, resurfacing in 2004 with her longtime collaborator and writing partner, Danny White (younger brother of jazz guitarist Peter White) and Mark Reilly, the trio reformed the British group Matt Bianco as the original lineup, which was met with critical success. A tour followed. In 2009, after a fifthteen years after the release of her third solo album, “The Sweetest Illusion”, Basia released her fourth album, “It’s That Girl Again.” It was released on March 24, 2009. The lead single chosen for release in the U.S. is “Blame It On The Summer.” The other singles released from the album are “I Must”, “A Gift” and “If Not Now Then When.” The album became another Top 5 smash on the Top Contemporary Jazz chart where it so far as charted as high as #5.

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