On Meant to Be Jenna Mammina uses jazz, pop, and folk compositions as her vehicles for personal expression. The CD maxes out the bliss factor with quality assists from Andre Bush on electric and acoustic guitars, Matt Rollings on piano and B3 organ, James Genus on acoustic and electric bass, and Tony Mammina on background vocals. She tags her sensitive, air-brushed phrasings and silky nuance on songs by Billy Strayhorn, Donald Fagen, Walter Brecker, James Taylor, Duke Ellington, and Thomas "Fats" Waller, as well as "The Same Things" and "A Love That Lasts," the original compositions Mammina co-penned with long-time collaborator and guitarist Andre Bush. "Lotus Blossom" is her full train piece on this outing. Mammina's choice of phrasings adds dimension and sinew to her whisper-like voice. She's is graceful and balletic in form, but her magnetism comes straight through the speakers. Meant to Be seems to channel wise spirits of old and new and has certainly expanded the boundaries of pop, jazz, and folk standards Jenna Mammina explored on Under the Influence to help her do what she does best -- taking different creative styles and producing a meditative-like composition that soothes, entices, and floats.
AllMusic Review by Paula Edelstein