lean in

Gretchen Parlato Lionel Loueke
Lean In
on Edition Records
release date - May 19!!

I Miss You
single release Jan20!

available now to download
and stream everywhere.


‘Lean In’ tells the story of 20 years of connection, inspiration and friendship between two musical soulmates.

The very first duo recording from two musicians who have performed together for more than two decades, Lean In is all about healing, deep trust, love and family. In a time when warmth and compassion are needed more than ever before, both artists felt compelled to make a record sharing songs of inspiration, reflection, wonder and unity, with the title encouraging us to ‘lean in’ to ourselves and to those around us. 

The intimacy of the duo songs reveals the depth of the trust and connection between the two artists at the core of the music, an intensity that gradually unfolds and blossoms out into a larger, universal whole as they are joined on the record by members of their families: Mark & Marley Guiliana, Lisa Loueke, & close friend Burniss Travis. 

Both Gretchen and Lionel are individually renowned for the extraordinary mastery of body and voice in their music enabling them to create intricate, infectious rhythms. Fans will undeniably be excited to hear what happens when these two rhythmic virtuosos come together – the two styles seamlessly intertwined – and the resulting sound is truly magical: soothing yet joyful and full of light with Gretchen’s love for Brazilian music and Lionel’s West African roots shining through – it’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before! 

This really is a record for the soul.  – Edition Records

1. Akwê        4.58
2. I Miss You     5.02 
3. If I Knew   (featuring Burniss Travis & Mark Guiliana)      4.26 
4. Okagbé Interlude     1.19 
5. Astronauta       4.54 
6. Mi Wa Sé Interlude
           (featuring Marley Guiliana, Burniss Travis & Mark Guiliana)        0.57 
7. Muse      4.47 
8. Nonvignon       3.53 
9. Lean In     (featuring Mark Guiliana)      4.49 
10. Painful Joy      4.16 
11. Dou Wé Interlude    (featuring Burniss Travis & Mark Guiliana)     1.12 
12. Walking After You      4.30

Produced by Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke

Gretchen Parlato – Voice, Percussion 
Lionel Loueke – Guitar, Voice, Percussion 

Recorded by Pete Min at Lucy’s Meat Market, Los Angeles
Mixed by Pete Min at Lucy’s Meat Market, Los Angeles
Mastered by Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Recording, NYC

Mark Guiliana – Drums, Percussion (tracks 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12)
Burniss Travis – Electric Bass (tracks 3, 6, 11)
Marley Guiliana – Voice (tracks 3, 6, 12)
Lisa Loueke – Voice (track 3)