BWW TV Exclusive: CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS CORNER- Joey Contreras' 'Ready'
This week's featured composer is the one-and-only Joey Contreras! We are excited to share this video of his song Ready from our CEC concert at NYMF sung by the incredible quartet Lilli Cooper (Wicked), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Maddy Trumble (Mary Poppins) and Nic Rouleau (Book of Mormon).
We asked Joey about his writing process for this song and he shared the following: "The song was actually written right before I moved to New York. I was anxious, excited, empowered and terrified, but I was inspired by taking the discoveries from one chapter of my life and applying them into the journey through the next one."
Joey has a concert coming up at Rockwood Music Hall on Sunday, August 4th at 9PM, at which he'll be premiering new music with a line up including Adrienne Warren, Zak Resnick, Blake Daniel and Eric Michael Krop. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here.
Joey Contreras is a musical pop songwriter in the New York scene. His musicals include All The Kids Are Doing It (book/lyrics: Kate Thomas), which just received a workshop production at The Provincetown Theatre with The Steinhardt School at NYU and the song-cycle, This Thing Called Love. In addition to being featured on Seth Rudetsky's SiriusXM Broadway show with Doug and Jenn Smith, and in "Cutting Edge Composers" with the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Joey's original compositions and arrangements have been featured in NYC venues including Joe's Pub, Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Laurie Beechman Theater, The Duplex and multiple Broadway in South Africa galas at the Manhattan Center. Internationally, performances of his music have stretched as far as Australia, Germany, South Korea and the UK. His first album, Love Me, Love Me Not: The Music of Joey Contreras features performances by exciting Broadway talent and is available on iTunes and CDBaby.com. He is also the creator of the exclusive Playbill.com series, Hot Off The Ivories - a platform premiering new Musical Theatre Works in a sleek and intimate music video format. Recipient of the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Max Dreyfus Scholarship Award, Joey holds an MFA from the Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU and is currently the Artist-in-Residence with Broadway Dreams Foundation, in which he is currently developing his next album, Young Kind of Love. Find out more at www.joeycontreras.com, Facebook (Joey Contreras Music) and on Twitter (@joeypatrick).
Cutting-Edge Composers is a platform for the next generation of musical theatre writers who have not yet been produced on Broadway. Cutting-Edge Composers was co-founded by Director/Producer Laura Pietropinto and Josh Young, and and is co-produced by Jillian Robbins, with Music Direction by Julie McBride and Virginia Hart Pike. Stay tuned for original music by all of your favorite Cutting-Edge Composers sung by Broadway's hottest performers!
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