Liza Minnelli. Natalie Cole. Norah Jones. Now, Antonia Bennett can be added to the list of second-generation vocalists with the potential to rival an iconic parent’s pizzazz. The youngest of Tony Bennett’s four children, 36-year-old Antonia trained professionally as an actor at New York’s esteemed Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. To date, her film credits include the rather forgettable, direct-to-video comedy Dysfunctional Book Club and a couple of scenes with Angelina Jolie in the Clint Eastwood-directed Changeling. Her singing career began much earlier, dating all the way back to age four with her first onstage performance alongside her dad and subsequently propelled by formal training at Berklee.
Two years ago, she made a guest appearance on Tony’s A Swingin’ Christmas, pairing with papa on “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.” Now Antonia is stepping out on her own with a 6-track EP, aptly entitled Natural (currently downloadable from iTunes). It is a low-key affair, just voice and piano, plus drums on the closing track, with elegantly minimalist arrangements by Larry Goldings. (Presumably, Goldings is also the pianist on the EP; the superior caliber of the accompaniment certainly suggests an artist of his capabilities. But neither the iTunes download nor the EP’s official press release specifies the pianist or the drummer.)