Alana Davis has been plying her musical wares since 1998, when she released her debut album, "Blame It on Me." Another project on Elektra followed before the singer/songwriter parted ways with the lab

Alana Davis has been plying her musical wares since 1998, when she released her debut album, "Blame It on Me." Another project on Elektra followed before the singer/songwriter parted ways with the label. Columbia then stepped in to release her anthemic cover of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's empowering "Carry On," which appeared in a TV spot for Sony Electronics during the 2003 Super Bowl. For "Surrender Dorothy," Davis has set up her own label (Tigress)—with a little manufacturing and distribution help from Telarc International. Infused with blues, folk, jazz, pop, rock and reggae sensibilities, the self-produced disc finds Davis working with guitarist Adam Rogers (Norah Jones), drummer Nir Z. (John Mayer) and bassist Jack Daley (Joss Stone). The somewhat-unplugged setting provides the just-right backdrop for Davis' tales of love and life, which are steeped in reality. The lead single, the buoyant "Wide Open," continues to gain spins at triple-A radio. Other highlights include "The Benefit," "Create," "Right There" and a cover of Blue Öyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper." Consider this one jaw-droppingly gorgeous disc.—MP