Lovestream Concert Now Online to Celebrate Release of Sherie Rene Scott's ALL WILL BE WELL Album
A special new Lovestream concert is now available online to celebrate the release of Sherie Rene Scott, All Will Be Well - The Piece of Meat Studio Sessions. The new Sh-K-Boom Records album is now available as a digital exclusive on iTunes, Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. Scroll down to watch the concert!
The stirring pop record combines contemporary rock, jazz and folk elements with revealing interpretations of songs by Joni Mitchell, Talking Heads and Noah and the Whale as well as skillful originals by Sherie and Todd Almond, who serves as producer, arranger and Music Director. According to New York Magazine, "in ten voluptuous cuts Scott demolishes the distinction between singing actress and acting singer."
The 22-minute concert includes four songs from the album: "5 Years Time," "Oh Sean," "I Am an Animal" and "Devotion." The Lovestream is directed by Edmond Hawkins and features staging by Lear DeBessonet, Music Director Todd Almond on piano and vocals, Ann Klein and Michael Aarons on guitar, Eric Halvorson on drums, Jeremy Chatzky on bass, Tim Albright on trombone and Adam Kolker on baritone saxophone. Backup vocals are provided by Barrie McLain, Katie Britton, Matthew Marsh, Preston Martin, Andy Reinhardt and Joshua Isaacs, with Max Kross serving as MC for the event.
To order the album, visit www.sh-k-boom.com/sherierenescott-allwillbewell.
All Will Be Well - The Piece of Meat Studio Sessions, co-produced by Sherie Rene Scott with Kurt Deutsch and Ms. Scott serving as executive producers, boasts the electric current of Scott's high-intensity singing and an extraordinary mix of stylistic influences. Using songs from her hit show Piece of Meat, which publicly explored the struggle between enlightenment and animal desires, All Will Be Well takes on the more personal themes of love, discovery, spirituality and disillusionment. Where "Piece of Meat" was a theatrical experience, All Will Be Well has been rearranged and reimagined as a penetrating aural experience - a direct conversation between Sherie and the listener. "The album is about true love, and letting go of a way of being," says Sherie. "It's about how to decide what to hang on to, and what to let go of."
The upbeat opening track "5 Years Time" - highlighted by Sherie's optimistic vocal - was called "a cheerful slice of sunny Brit pop from the band Noah and the Whale" by The Wall Street Journal. She recalls "this song made me so happy when I heard it on NPR. It's just such a loving and joyful expression." Todd Almond's "Oh Sean," a powerful love story with evocative imagery and a soaring emotional crescendo, was hailed as an "artistic triumph" by TheaterMania.com.
Sherie's warm vocal duet with Todd for the darkly buoyant Annie Lennox composition "Honestly" was called "an especially poignant moment" by The New York Times. Other hues of her rich voice emerge on the album's revelatory jazzy reinvention of "All I Want," Joni Mitchell's yearning folk/pop masterpiece. "This is a song I was particularly drawn to," says Sherie. "Joni is such an iconic genius that it was daunting to sing... but I had to try it."
The tightly-arranged version of Dire Straits "Love Over Gold" is intimate and sensuous. Almond also contributes the chamber-pop gem "This is Why We Do This," a far-reaching rumination on love and life. The album's driving closer "Devotion" - with lyrics by Scott - is an exciting climax to the album, bringing a measure of catharsis to its narrative. In addition to featuring a rousing brass section, this number reunites Sherie with her Everyday Rapture vocalists Betsy Wolfe and Lindsay Mendez.
As a special coda, the bonus track is her gripping take on "Life During Wartime" by Talking Heads. Sherie commented, "I feel this song is politically prophetic about what's happening in our country. I heard the number as something coming from a smoky basement club in Berlin right before World War II, when the genuinely scary stuff was starting to seep in."
All Will Be Well - The Piece of Meat Studio Sessions includes performances by Todd Almond on piano, ukulele and backup vocals; Jeremy Chatzky and Mary Ann McSweeney on bass; Eric Halvorson on drums and vibraphones; Michael Aarons and Ann Klein on guitars; Adam Kolker on bass clarinet, tenor saxophone and baritone saxophone; Tim Albright on trombone and James De La Garza on trumpet. In addition, Betsy Wolfe, Lindsay Mendez, Barrie McLain, Katie Britton, Michael Slattery and Michael Niederer are featured on backup vocals.
SHERIE RENE SCOTT - celebrated as "one of the leading musical-theater stars of her generation" by Time Out New York - is a Tony Award nominated actor, singer and writer known for her work in several major theatrical productions. Highlights include Everyday Rapture, written by Dick Scanlan and Ms. Scott, directed by Michael Mayer (Tony Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical, Best Book and Best Musical; Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award nominations); Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Drama Desk nomination); "Ursula" in Disney's The Little Mermaid (Outer Critics Circle nomination); John Guare's Landscape of the Body, directed by Michael Greif (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, directed by Jack O'Brien (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida (Derwent Award); The Who's Tommy (OBC); Rent; The Last Five Years, directed by Daisy Prince (Drama Desk nomination); Debbie Does Dallas; Randy Newman's Faust; and Kander & Ebb's Over and Over (Helen Hayes nomination).
With Kurt Deutsch, she founded both Sh-K-Boom Records and Ghostlight Records, producing over 130 albums, garnering several Grammy Awards and nominations, most recently for the cast album of The Book of Mormon. Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records also received a 2006 Drama Desk Award for dedication to the preservation of musical theater through cast recordings.
Ms. Scott may be heard on several Grammy Award-winning and nominated cast albums, a single with jazz great Bill Charlap, a Billboard hit single with Elton John, as well as her own critically-acclaimed recordings, Sherie Rene...Men I've Had and Everyday Rapture. For more information, visit www.sherierenescott.com.
1. 5 Years Time (Noah and the Whale)
2. Oh, Sean (Todd Almond)
3. Honestly - duet with Todd Almond (Annie Lennox)
4. All I Want (Joni Mitchell)
5. I Am an Animal (Pete Townshend)
6. Love Over Gold (Mark Knopfler)
7. This is Why We Do This (Music by Todd Almond / Lyrics by Todd Almond and Adam Bock)
8. Moments of Pleasure (Kate Bush)
9. Devotion (Music by Todd Almond / Lyrics by Sherie Rene Scott)
Bonus: Life During Wartime (David Byrne / Chris Frantz / Jerry Harrison / Tina Weymouth)
ABOUT SH-K-BOOM & GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS: Sh-K-Boom with its imprint Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings - building a library of over 130 records in the last 13 years, featuring the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway's brightest stars. Founded by Kurt Deutsch and Sherie Rene Scott, Ghostlight has won two Grammy Awards (for The Book of Mormon and In the Heights) and is a frequent nominee, most recently for the OBCR of Disney's Newsies and new cast recording of Anything Goes. Other notable recent releases include Pippin, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, and Hands on a Hardbody, plus The Last Five Years, Giant, Dogfight, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, and the premiere recording of Carrie. The label has also released solo albums from some of Broadway's biggest names: Sutton Foster, Kelli O'Hara, Alice Ripley, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico and Ben Vereen. Additional titles on Ghostlight include Next to Normal, Hair, Legally Blonde, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone. Sh-K-Boom Entertainment is a producer of the upcoming film version of The Last Five Years, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. It is expected for release this year. www.sh-k-boom.com.