Jeanette Williams has long been a favorite of the folks who attend the annual convention of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America. She has thrice won their Female Vocalist of the Year award in the Traditional category, and is nominated again this year on the Contemporary side.
She will return the favor at this weekend’s SPBGMA event in Nashville by offering a first look, pre-release copy of her new single, I Can’t Make You Love Me. The song, written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin, will be included on her upcoming EP project due to hit later this year on OffRow Records, produced by Bruce Dees.
Reid offers high praise for Jeanette’s cut of his song, which has previously been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Rogers, Patti LaBelle and George Michael.
“Jeanette Williams is a wonderful artist. She’s not trying to sell you anything.
Her intent is pure; just the music, sung with an ethereally gorgeous voice deeply felt. She made this song her own. I love it.”
Fans and radio programmers will be able to pick up a hard copy at SPBGMA, ahead of its official February 18 drop date. Look for Williams’ set on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m., and stop by her artist table afterwards to get a copy of the single. She will also do a Gospel set on Sunday morning.
Here’s a taste of the track.