"I think if there was something that I did get from being the daughter of 'somebody' it's that I hesitated in that direction," says the 33-year-old singer. "I just didn't think that that was a thing I should do. I wasn't really interested, and also I didn't want to have any comparisons. I feel like there's no way I could be better than him. Even to be compared to him seems like disaster."
"I never sensed that she was ambitious, and I never felt that she was anything but just gifted," says Andrews, who also produced her 2005 debut album "All Rise." "Her voice welcomes you. It doesn't stun you or trouble you, it just soothes."
When the album comes out in August from the L.A. independent Everloving Records, George's career figures to get a bump. So far it has unfolded at a relaxed pace, in part because of her attraction to side projects. In addition to the Living Sisters, she's been kept busy by the Bird and the Bee, her jazz/electronic project with Greg Kurstin.
"When I had all my eggs in one basket, it wasn't as much fun," she says. "It is a bit of a balancing act, but I think you just make sure you say yes to the things that you really want to do and no to the things that feel they're extra fat."
"An Invitation" will receive extra exposure because George and Parks plan to tour, a rare activity for the arranger.
"I have decided at the age of 65 to only do what fascinates me," says Parks, who also will perform July 16 and 23 with George and a small group at Tangier in Los Feliz. "I want to make an effort on this record."
That's good news for the label and George's other supporters, who know that it's not easy to get this kind of album made.
"We were fortunate that someone wanted to pay for this record," says Andrews. "To convince a record company to spend money on an artist that's not famous, combined with an artist who has a track record of not selling records, that's a gamble. But I think it's like beachfront real estate on an island that no one's ever visited, and once people get there, they're gonna be like, 'Wow.' "