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Ana Popovic Releases New Single ‘Recipe Is Romance’

Photo: Ana Popovic by Brian Rasic

Internationally renowned guitarist Ana Popovic is pleased to announce the Valentine’s Day release of her new single and accompanying music video, “Recipe Is Romance.” This is the second single released from her forthcoming studio album, Power released by ArtisteXclusive Records on May 5th.

“Recipe Is Romance” is a smooth and sophisticated jazz-inspired tune that shows off Ana’s vocal chops and guitar skills. The vibe is all about getting ready for that special someone to arrive and making sure all is perfect. The music video that goes along with the track is gorgeous, glamorous, and exceptionally well executed. It’s a fun song that’s destined to become a Valentine’s Day standard.

“Recipe Is Romance”

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The new album is the summation of Ana’s breast cancer diagnosis in 2020, which resulted in fourteen chemotherapy sessions. Power is an album that not only establishes Popovic as a survivor, but as one of the world’s leading female guitarists. She continues to push the envelope by reinventing herself with every new album. This time it’s personal.

Throughout Ana’s career, she has found different ways to highlight themes of female empowerment – everything from the challenge of a working mom to confronting male dominance, to acknowledging the men who support women in these efforts. And now, with “Recipe for Romance,” love – but first and foremost, self-love – as a key to empowerment.

“Self-love is the first and foremost in this song,” reflects Ana. “The story that people see is a romantic music video of a woman getting ready for her date, getting the right cloths, cooking her best meal – looking at the cookbook while taking a bath, in her own speed, it’s a laidback day of her getting ready for the evening. But the hidden message here is – women are being diagnosed with what seems like a devastating prognosis every day on this planet. Some women are being left by their partners to battle it alone, can you believe that?! Some are being left what they and the world see as less ‘women’ than before.”

Ana adds, “This is basically a POWERFUL message that you can still feel good in your skin, feel attractive, feel sexy, just a few months after a treatment and you can get on with your new life – there is future! – You can reinvent and embrace your new look, your new self- and love it and let the world around you witness your strength and your beauty while you discover a new YOU. Apart from that it’s a gorgeous song and a showcase to some awesome jazzy licks on my D’Angelico guitar and even Yamaha nylon string guitar played simultaneously.”

Ana Popovic, Power, album cover

Ana has built her career on defining and describing, on her own terms, the essence of American music, simultaneously pushing limits, bending genres with her music and herself with each new record.

Not surprisingly, she can claim any number of notable accolades and achievements from the highest quarters of the music industry. She’s shown her commitment to celebrating her guitar-driven, eclectic music style through consistent touring, awards, and recognition for the past 25 years. In the process, she’s emerged as one of the most thoughtful, dynamic, and committed performers in modern songwriting and guitar.

Ana’s latest album, “POWER,” brings those dynamics to the fore and, in the process, turns this set of songs into both a powerful and personal tale of survival through faith, determination and tenacity. They were spawned from a decidedly tricky set of circumstances that tested Ana’s devotion to making music and her perseverance.

Ana embarks on a whistle stop UK tour from March 8-12, taking in dates at Chester, The Live Rooms (March 8), Stroud, The Subscription Rooms (March 9), London, O2 Islington Academy (March 10), Faversham, The Brewery Store (March 11) and Southampton, The Brook (March 12).

Tickets for all UK concerts are available from Here. Special guest on all UK dates is Toby Lee.

“POWER” symbolizes unity. The album cover art depicts two holding hands, black and white, is what this world needs. It’s the power, and it’s the force that’s going to move this world forward. Without that power, there wouldn’t have been so much remarkable music today, ideas, and reforms. And indeed, not this record. This story is about friendship and embracing yourself with everything life throws at you.

Given that forthright approach, its little wonder Ana’s music continues to have such an indelible impact. Described as “one helluva guitar player” by Bruce Springsteen, Popovic has received nominations for eight Blues Music Awards. She’s appeared on the covers of Vintage Guitar and Guitar Player magazines. Earlier releases, “Can You Stand the Heat” and “Unconditional,” were “Pick-Of-The-Week” by USA Today and given prominent airplay on NPR. In addition, most of Ana’s albums have climbed to the Top Five of the Billboard Blues Charts and continue to receive regular airplay on radio stations worldwide.

Notably, Ana was the only female guitarist to be included in the 2014-2018 all-star Experience Hendrix Tribute, a national tour celebrating the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix that also included such celebrated participants as Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, among others.

In addition, she and her six-piece band continue to tour relentlessly, having shared stages with B.B. King, Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, and many others.

Ana was initially introduced to the blues by her father, a storied musician in Belgrade. She took up guitar as a teenager and formed her first band, Hush, in 1995. She started the Ana Popovic Band in 2000 and never stopped touring. She proudly states that she has the best job in the world, and it’s the only job I ever had.” Ana recorded her debut album, also named Hush, in 1999 and subsequently moved to the Netherlands to study jazz guitar and other musical pursuits at The Conservatory of Music. Now affiliated with ArtisteXclusive Records, she claims no less than twelve albums in her storied catalogue.

Ana Popovic Tour Dates See Here

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