Aneessa moved to Paris, France where she studied literature and languages at University La Sorbonne. It was here that she began singing Jazz, Soul and Pop covers, before moving to Manchester England for a couple of years. She returned to France and started a variety of career moves – from starting her own record label, recording studio and a graphic design company. Along the way she met influential collaborators, and branched out into a number of projects on a global scale.
Aneessa eventually met up with Motown producer Michael B. Sutton (Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross), for business propositions for a media company she was working for. This business relationship blossomed into love commitment, and eventually the two began writing and producing new material together, with Aneessa turning her skills towards smooth jazz interpretations.
She debuted with a cover of Soul II Soul’s 1989 anthem, “Back to Life,” which cracked the Top 10 of Billboard Magazine’s “Smooth Jazz” chart, and replicated with a cover of Madonna’s “Miles Away”. The latest single, written by Aneessa and Michael, “Just to Be with You”, is about their long-distance, interfaith, loving relationship which bloomed while being far away from each other, and ending up with Aneesa eventually going to visit Michael, and never returning home again.
The silky edge and warm-blooded intimacy of Aneessa’s voice will draw you into her world. Hers is the kind of voice that can breathe life back into the most ordinary phrases. There is something thrillingly graceful and elegant about the storytelling on “Just to Be with You”. It resists explicit elucidation, while still embodying an unabashed confluence of the singer’s innermost emotions and sentiments.
“Just to Be with You” begins with a smooth and soulful sax interlude, riding a slapping drumbeat, buttery keys, a throbbing bassline, and a clean guitar jangle. Under elastic horn embellishments, the song transitions into a swoony, and luscious soundscape laced with gently rich harmonies, and Aneessa’s sultry melody which leads the way.
The intricate, hypnotic blend of vocal interplay, shimmering horns, and a syncopated rhythm section feels lustrously polished and harmoniously effortless. It sounds like Aneessa currently makes music purely for the joy of making it. It’s this creative drive that leads her to create such sublime recordings, together with Michael B. Sutton. The two bring a particular grace to their songwriting that allows Aneessa to adapt her voice almost seamlessly to any sonic form.
Everything in “Just to Be with You” works, and perfectly plays its part – whether it’s the super groovy rhythm section, the resonating sax, or the shimmering piano keys. Undeniably smooth and unpretentious in its execution, even if you’re not particularly inclined towards smooth jazz, you’ll be captivated by Aneessa!
Lyrics: All night and day I hope and I pray This would be the last night Without you Tired of staying alone Don’t want to sleep alone Dreaming about you I wake up in a morning it’s quarter to two I’m looking around don’t know what to do I’m lonely I just can’t live this way I’d go crazy if I stay here Without you Train plane or car I’ll travel far Just to be with you No matter what people they say I’ll do whatever it takes Just to be with you People from different races Living far places Sometimes they fall in love No matter what your religion, Who we love is our decision There’s only one God above yeah If we, If we only know love is real Nothing in this world is gonna steal what’s in our heart You might as well, be on our way Looking for a brighter day And a brand new start Train plane or car I ll travel far Just to be with you No matter what people they say I’ll do whatever it takes Just to be with you Hahaha We can create our future Never frown on the past Your love for me and my love for you kind of love that will last
Written by Aneessa and Michael B. Sutton
Produced by Michael B. Sutton