Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas Album To Feature Jennifer Warnes And Anjani

Old Friends, Old Ideas, New Leonard Cohen Album

Two exquisite female vocalists, each of whom has a long history with Leonard Cohen, including singing backup for him and releasing their own albums of his material, will appear on Cohen’s Old Ideas CD due to be published in Spring 2012.

Jenny Sings [With] Lenny

Jennifer Warnes, perhaps best known among Leonard Cohen fans for Famous Blue Raincoat, her album of Leonard Cohen songs, has told a concert audience she will appear on the Canadian singer-songwriter’s new album.1

An excerpt from a LeonardCohenForum post by JJR follows:

Last night I attended Jennifer Warnes’ concert in Edmonton. Jennifer was in terrific form and gave us an unforgettable evening of great music and stories. During the show she mentioned that she had been recording ‘recently’ with Leonard Cohen, saying that the results will appear on his new album, due next year.

A followup post in the same thread by Jarkko provides more details:

After so many years, Jennifer Warnes was back in the studio with Leonard, and she is singing on one of the tracks. Anjani and Sharon both have significant roles in many of those ten new songs.

Anjani Rates New Leonard Cohen Album “One of his strongest  records ever”

Leonard Cohen and Anjani at Joe's Pub (April 24, 2007)

Anjani has worked with Leonard Cohen since 1984, singing on tours and in the studio.  She and Cohen collaborated on Blue Alert, which was released in 2006.

On her Facebook page, Anjani responds to a question asking about the target date of her own new CD with the following:

... we plan to put it out soon after Leonard’s next release, early 2012. btw, i think it’s one of his strongest records ever, including a gorgeous cover of Crazy To Love You, one of my fav songs off of Blue Alert.

Credit Due Department: The photo of Leonard Cohen, Jennifer Warnes, and canine companion at the kitchen table is from LeonardCohenFiles. The photo of  Leonard Cohen singing with Anjani was found, along with a number of other striking photos of Anjani’s 2007 appearance at Joe’s Pub, at Brooklyn Vegan.

  1. In addition, The StarPhoenix has just published a sort of “where is she now” piece about Jenifer Warnes that addresses her special relationship with Leonard Cohen at In the midst of upheaval, Warnes reaches out by Cam Fuller (The StarPhoenix September 14, 2011) []

4 Responses to Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas Album To Feature Jennifer Warnes And Anjani

  1. Excellent news!-thanks Allan.

  2. Good news ,makes it seem real.

  3. Chrissie Clark

    Love the way he gathers those from his past and present around him…longing for the CD…a very pleasant form of Longing…xxx

  4. 09-21-11: Leonard’s words and his music alway strike a chord. Happy birthday from a big fan.