Best Lounge Singer: Aubree-Anna
At most bars, the best music option we can hope for is a decently stocked iPod playlist that isn't played so loudly that it makes our ears bleed. That’s why lounge singer Aubree-Anna is such a surprise. She makes us want to put down our glass and really enjoy the music. The San Antonio native has been singing at the Warwick Melrose Library Bar for about three months now, but she’s been singing her entire life. Her adoptive mother was a music teacher who exposed her to singing at a young age. Aubree-Anna released her first CD in 2006, and she’s working on her third. On Saturday nights, you can find her doing her lounge-singer act for a crowd of adoring fans. “I’ve got about 30 regulars now," she says, and it’s no wonder why. She’s gorgeous, friendly, and she’ll sing your favorites—everything from Billie Holiday to Diana Krall to Beyoncé, depending on the time of the evening and the crowd (“My Heart Will Go On," by Celine Dion, and “Fallen," by Alicia Keys, are her faves). Aubree-Anna is a true entertainer, and she takes time to greet people and get to know them during her act. “I love people," she says. “I love to talk to them and make sure everything’s okay." As midnight approaches, it’s not unusual to see people dancing—and getting a little passionate. “Sometimes people make out, and we think, 'Whoa! My song must be really good!’" Her repertoire includes more than 300 songs, and she can also sing in Spanish, Hindi, and Urdu. So what won’t she sing? “Someone asked me to do T-Pain once," she says. “I think that’s where I draw the line."