Jonathan Reid Gealt to Celebrate Release of WHATEVER I WANT IT TO BE at Birdland This Fall

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The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that songwriter Jonathan Reid Gealt will celebrate the release of his new cd, "Whatever I Want It To Be," at Birdland with a bevy of Broadway stars on Sunday, November 29 at 6pm.

"Whatever I Want It To Be" is a fun and eclectic album of songs with influences ranging from jazz to big band, soul to pop, rock and roll to singer/songwriter, Motown and beyond. Produced by James Bilodeau, Matt Hinkley and Jonathan Reid Gealt, the album features two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes, two-time Grammy nominee Jane Monheit, two-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry, Luke Edgemon (Season 4 of "The Voice," Glee), Loren Allred (Season 3 of "The Voice"), Craig Colton (Season 8 finalist from X-Factor UK), Caissie Levy (Ghost, Hair, Wicked), Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture, Les Miserables), Whitney Bashor (Bridges of Madison County, Beaches), Alysha Umphress (On The Town, American Idiot), Alex Brightman (School of Rock, Wicked), Lindsay Mendez (Significant Other, Dogfight, Wicked, Godspell), Celisse Henderson (Godspell), Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening, Wicked), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Addi McDaniel (Addi & Jacq), Michael Deleget, Jonathan Reid Gealt and James Bilodeau. Matt Hinkley also serves as musical supervisor and helped arrange the album with Gealt.

Jonathan Reid Gealt's debut album 'Thirteen Stories Down' was released in 2011 on Sh-k-Boom/Ghostlight Records. Produced by seven-time Grammy Award winner Joel Moss, the album features orchestrations by Lynne Shankel, Bruce Coughlin, and August Eriksmoen as well as the vocal talents of Kate Baldwin, Will Chase, Lauren Kennedy, Caissie Levy, Matt Doyle, Darius de Haas, Tituss Burgess, Carrie Manolakos, Natalie Weiss, Zak Resnick, Quentin Earl Darrington, Adam Chanler- Berat, Lindsay Mendez, Capathia Jenkins and the Broadway Inspirational Voices.

Jonathan's second album "Here For You - Ballads for Broadway Impact" was released worldwide on April 30th, 2013. A portion of all sales will go to benefit Broadway Impact. Produced by Jonathan, James Bilodeau, Brian Parker and Matt Hinkley, the album boasts the vocal talents of Loren Allred, Jeremy Jordan, Caissie Levy, Kelli O'Hara, Adrienne Warren, Katie Thompson, Jason Gotay, Natalie Weiss, Rachel Potter, and Jonathan Reid Gealt.

Jonathan's music has been featured in sold out venues and concerts all over New York City including the Broadway in South Africa Benefits, Symphony Space, The Canal Room, Joe's Pub, The Triad, The Laurie Beechman, The Lucille Lortel, Le Poisson Rouge, and Birdland. Outside New York City, his music has been sung around the world including: Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Manila, Japan, Australia, Canada and London. A performer as well as a composer, select theater credits include The Secret Garden (Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC), Rags (NOKIA Theater, NYC), Les Miserables (Tour), St. Louis MUNY, Atlanta Theater of the Stars, Kansas City Starlight, The Wolf Trap, Junie B. Jones (Tour), and Thrill Me (New England Premiere). FILM/TV "Across The Universe" and "Kidnapped." Jonathan also appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops under the baton of Keith Lockhart.

"Whatever I Want It To Be" marks Jonathan's third studio album in the last 5 years. He is a member of the advanced BMI Theater Writing Workshops and is currently adapting Lyndsay Faye's novel Dust and Shadow as well as continued work on two other musicals and two original screenplays.

IF YOU GO:

Jonathan Reid Gealt

"Whatever I Want It To Be"

Special Guests: Jane Monheit, Caissie Levy, Laura Osnes, Whitney Bashor, Alysha Umphress, Natalie Weiss, Michael Deleget & More!

Sunday, November 29 at 6pm

Birdland, 315 West 44 Street, NYC

$30 cover, $10 food/drink minimum

www.BirdlandJazz.com

Photo Credit: Kat Hennessey. Album Cover Design: Robbie Rozelle & Ghostlight Design.



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