Album release is Tuesday, January 21st!
Shanachie Ent./Euphonic Records, asked Gia On The Move if we could share the Tony and Grammy award winner’s story as she recently told it to NPR and we couldn’t be more excited. The Truth is, and I’m telling you she’s the best WE’VE ever known!
Jennifer Holliday is undeniably one of R&B and Broadway’s greatest voices. Commanding and irresistible, she is endowed with an immeasurable range that few can rival. Holliday has always been in a class by herself. The dynamic songress’ now legendary show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of the torch ballad, “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going”, in the smash hit Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, made her a household name and introduced her big soulfoul voice to the world. Her portrayal of Effie “Melody” White, a role she co-created, not only brought theatergoers to their feet for eight performances a week, but also garnered her a Tony-Award for Best Actress in a Musical and her first Grammy-Award for Best R&B Female Vocalist. It was an exciting time and Gia On The Move was along for the ride, as a kid listening to Jennifer and experiencing this powerhouse live and in the moment. And that’s why we’re excited to have her back!
January 21, 2014, Shanachie Entertainment/Euphonic Records will release Jennifer Holliday’s highly anticipated label debut, The Song Is You, an enchanting collection of R&B and Jazz numbers that showcase Holliday at her best. ****You can pre-order the album right now in iTunes.
Produced by Daniel Moore and Jennifer, much of it is her take on standards but there are also previously unrecorded songs and lesser-known compositions.
“The Song Is You,” a song associated with Frank Sinatra, follows the template of Sinatra’s classic Nelson Riddle-arranged recordings but Jennifer brings R&B testifying to the big-band swing. Jennifer actually dedicates the title track to Michael Bublé – who she affectionately calls “Mr. Wonderful.”Other highlights on The Song Is You include a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch with a stellar version of “Nobody Does It Better.”
The orchestrations on the album equally match the sublime artistry exhibited by Holliday. There are no synthesized string or horn sections; it is all high-end live string and horn players, something you rarely hear nowadays. It is an almost shocking reminder of what an accomplished musicians and a great vocalist can do together. Overall The Song Is You is a great reminder of just how powerful a vehicle for human expression music can be.
Jennifer’s arrangement and powerful recording of “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” remains her biggest chart-topping success to date. The song was #1 on the R&B Charts for four consecutive weeks and a Top 40 hit on the Pop Charts. We thought you might want to revisit the original. So we searched you tube for the live Broadway performance. It’s the full scene and still a tearjerker:
In 2000 Jennifer Holliday received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Berklee College of Music for her work on behalf of mental health awareness, depression and suicide prevention. Jennifer continues to believe that music has a healing power and she also strongly believes that her music and her story are her gift to her audiences. She strives to bring hope, comfort and love to everyone who may hear her voice. In the summer of 2007, Jennifer founded the Yolanda D. King “Achieving The Dream” Artistic Scholarship Fund in memory of her beloved friend, fellow actor, and eldest daughter of Dr. Martin and Mrs. Coretta Scott King. Scholarships will be awarded to college students for books and school supplies who attend a Historically Black College or University in the field of Music, Theater and Film. Some of Jennifer’s other favorite causes and charities include The National MS Society; The Lupus Foundation; Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; Operation Smile; Youth, Inc; The Special Olympics; The Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center; The Iris Alliance Fund; The Suicide Prevention Action Network; The Human Rights Campaign; The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS; AID Atlanta; Project AIDS Los Angeles; The Diva Foundation; Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; Odyssey Health Care (National Hospices) and The Dream Foundation. The Song Is You promises to be one the THE musical events of the year!