Jennifer Warnes is an American singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer. Famous for her compositions, interpretations and her extensive repertoire as a vocalist on movie soundtracks, she is also a close friend and frequent collaborator of Canadian singer‐songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen. She has won the Academy Award for Best Original Song three times, the Golden Globe for Best Original Song twice, and two Grammys for Best Pop Performance by a group or duo. These awards came due to the success of her vocal contributions to wildly successful movie songs including “Up Where We Belong” with Joe Cocker and “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.
The Well is a re‐issue of her last recorded album to date, originally released in 2001. It includes her own compositions and covers renowned songwriters Arlo Guthrie, Billy Joel, Allen Toussaint and Tom Waits. Arlo Guthrie lends guest vocals to his “Patriot’s Dream” while Doyle Bramhall II duets with Warnes on the classic Eddy Arnold song “You Don’t Know Me”.
“The songs are lovingly produced, inventively orchestrated, and stocked with a who’s who of studio musicians. But Warnes’ expressive vocals overshadow all.” – The Absolute Sound (4.5 out of 5 stars)
“She understates lyrics and musical phrases as a way of getting them to open up on their own through her gorgeously wrought singing.” – AllMusic (4.5 out of 5 stars)