It’s always a treat to speak with Laila Biali.

The vocalist, pianist and composer has just returned from a European tour and is gearing up to head out on the road again throughout the summer in support of her ninth album Your Requests.

The new release finds Biali, who’s become widely acclaimed for her original material, returning to the Great American Songbook for the first time in more than 10 years. The shift back to classic jazz repertoire was prompted by her delight in fulfilling the popular song requests of her fans.

Biali joined us to talk about the new album and more.