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New from Blu
June 25, 2008   
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Jonny's Blu latest album, In Just That Kind of a Mood, released in Los Angeles, is now available in Poland. The album's appearance here marks the European launch of the album.

Blu is a talented American musician of the young generation. Critics compare him to Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum. The album, which combines smooth pop sounds with jazz and swing, shows Blu as an excellent singer at ease with various music genres as well as a talented lyricist and composer.

Along with covers of classics such as "Girl from Ipanema" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight," Blu's new album features his own pieces, including "Smilin' Eyes (Ain't Always Nice)," "How Can I," "The Oo-h Wee Song," "Always Forever You and Me," and the title song "In Just That Kind of a Mood." Blu is also the composer of "I Need Love," a track with lyrics by LL Cool J.

Blu was born and raised in LA, but he has Polish blood in his veins: his mother is Polish. He discovered the world of music as a child, inspired by idols such as Elvis Presley, Sting, Dean Martin, George Michael, Elton John, Billy Joel, and Luciano Pavarotti. Before he started his career as a performer, Blu showed an interest in foreign languages and exotic cultures. While studying at the University of California, he went on a scholarship to China in 1997. For the next two years, he studied Chinese language and culture at a university in Beijing. After returning to California, he completed his studies and won a Chinese song competition in Los Angeles in 2001. He also won several song festivals in China, singing Mandarin songs. His debut album, blending r'n'b, electronic music and Western pop with Mandarin tunes, was a big success and established him as a star in China.

In 2004, Blu's song "Miracles Happen" was released along with songs by the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne and Pink on the soundtrack from the film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

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