NEW AMANDA MCBROOM CD, "CHANSON: AMANDA MCBROOM SINGS JACQUES BREL," RELEASED BY LML MUSIC/GECKO RECORDS
(Published: July 17, 2009)
CD is Jazz/Cabaret Vocalist/Composer's Eighth Release and Pays Homage to Legendary French Singer-Songwriter Jacques Brel
Los Angeles, California. "Chanson: Amanda McBroom Sings Jacques Brel," the stunning new CD from critically-acclaimed Jazz/Cabaret vocalist and composer Amanda McBroom ("The Rose"), is set for release July 14th by LML Music/Gecko Records. Featuring a stellar cast of musicians including Mark Isham on horns, "Chanson: Amanda McBroom Sings Jacques Brel" is a passionate and stylistically powerful tribute to a man deemed the most important singer-songwriter in France during the Sixties' golden age of popular song. The release of "Chanson" will be accompanied by tour dates throughout the Fall.
"In her presence you get that rare whiff of greatness," says The New York Times of McBroom, while Variety calls Amanda "The finest cabaret performer of her generation" and The Times Of London hails her as "Not only the greatest singer-songwriter of her cabaret generation, but also about the only one." Featuring eleven classic Brel compositions delivered in McBroom's inimitable style, "Chanson" is a tour-de-force performance of the genius of Jacques Brel as only Amanda McBroom could render.
"I realize now that the reason I became a song writer was because of Brel," says McBroom, "I was enamored of his music from the first note - I had never heard any music like this in my life; it was intelligent, so sexy, so powerful, so political, so romantic, so French!"
Tracks on "Chanson" include "Girl In An Armchair," "Early Morning Hangers On," "Song For Old Lovers," "I Loved," "My Death," "Ca Va," "Ne Me Quitte Pas," "No, Love, You're Not Alone," "You Don't Forget The Past," "Marieke," "Carousel" and "If We Only Have Love."
A multi-talented singer, composer and actress, Amanda McBroom crosses the boundaries of musical entertainment and is consistently praised the world over for her recordings and incredible live performances. Her name first came to the attention of the music public when Bette Midler's version of Amanda's song, "The Rose" hit number one all over the world in 1979. But it was Amanda's performance of her own song on the Golden Globes (she won), Grammy's (she didn't) and The Tonight Show that launched her career as a singer as well as a songwriter.
McBroom's songs have been recorded by the likes of Bette Midler, Leanne Rimes, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Anne Murray, Harry Belafonte, Betty Buckley,
Stephanie Mills, The Manhattan Transfer, Donny Osmond, The Chipmunks, and the Baby Dinosaurs in "Land Before Time" (she wrote lyrics for all the songs for 14 Universal Cartoon videos with longtime collaborator Michele Brourman). But growing audiences worldwide became convinced that the best interpretations of McBroom songs are by McBroom herself and applaud her in concert halls around the world including Carnegie Hall in New York, The Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Wolftrap and The Kennedy Center (where she sang with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marvin Hamlisch) in Washington D.C., Angel Recital Hall in Sydney, Meyer Hall in Melbourne (where she headlined the Festival of the Arts), Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan and Pizza on the Park in London.
Her recording career began on an MGM soundstage where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers had overdubbed the sounds of their tap routines over forty years before. It was 1980 and she recorded direct-to-disc - no tape, no overdubs, no mixing, no fixing - for the prestigious vinyl audiophile label Sheffield Lab Recordings. "Growing Up In Hollywood Town" became an audiophile classic around the world and set a new standard for vinyl recording and hi-fi stereo reproduction. Billboard called the LP a "stunning artistic success" and Amanda became "the queen of the high end" for the purity of her vocals and the emotional depth of her songs. Sheffield released a second McBroom direct-to-disc recording entitled "West Of Oz" in 1981. Both recordings were compiled and re-released as "Amanda" by Sheffield in 1996.
In 1985 Amanda and her manager Garry George partnered in their own label, Gecko Records, and released "Dreaming" in 1986. Under the auspices of Monster Cable Products, Inc., Amanda performed live at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1987. From that performance and the birth of the CD format, "Dreaming" became a classic around the world. Additional Gecko releases followed including "Midnight Matinee" in 1992, "A Waiting Heart" in 1997 and the "best of" collection, "Portraits," released in 1999 in conjunction with the Hal Leonard publishing company's release of a bound songbook of Amanda's songs. A live CD, "Amanda McBroom Live At Rainbow & Stars," was also released by the DRG label in 1995.
Amanda's love of and background in musical theatre (she starred in the New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and European productions of JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS, on Broadway in SEESAW, and around the country in SWEENEY TODD, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and MAME) compelled her to create a musical based on her songs. HEARTBEATS made its debut in 1989 in Los Angeles and the play has enjoyed over 15 regional theater productions around the U.S. The original cast recording was released in 1994 on Varese Sarabande Records and is represented by the Rogers and Hammerstein Music library. Amanda's latest musical, A WOMAN OF WILL, made its off-Broadway debut in 2005. Long- time fans still revere Amanda's many guest starring roles on television in everything from STAR TREK; THE NEXT GENERATION to her most recent appearance at the Kennedy Center in the NBC special, FROM THE HEART.
Amanda attributes her success to "divine intervention and a lot of caffeine."
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