Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke, 20 years of mischievous friendship

Radio France, may 17, 2023

A highly anticipated collaboration between vocalist Gretchen Parlato and guitarist Lionel Loueke, "Lean In" tells the story of 20 years of connection, inspiration and friendship between two kindred spirits in music. 

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The intimacy of the duet songs reveals the depth of the relationship and trust between the two artists, an intensity that gradually unfolds and transforms into a larger universe, as they are joined on the record by members of their family: Mark & Marley Guiliana, Lisa Loueke, and a close friend, Burniss Travis.

The very first duet recording of two musicians who have played together for over two decades, "Lean In" is about trust, love, healing and family. At a time when human warmth and compassion are needed more than ever, Gretchen Parlato (vocals) and Lionel Loueke (guitar) felt compelled to make a record sharing songs of inspiration, reflection, wonder and love. . The title encourages us to "look into" ourselves and those around us.