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Kristin Chenoweth Signs with Concord Music Group

04 SEP 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP

Kristin Chenoweth, the Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and accomplished singer, has signed a worldwide recording agreement with Concord Music Group. Her album Coming Home will be released on November 18, 2014.



This fall, Chenoweth will host the PBS Arts Fall Festival, featuring classic Broadway hits, music from around the country and theatre performances. The festival will include her own concert performance, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home, where she will perform career-spanning material in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  The concert will be released as a live CD and DVD and filmed for a PBS television special, which will air on November 28.



Chenoweth will also be featured in Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem, a concert special honoring the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, on September 13. The event will be televised live on PBS as part of the network’s “Great Performances” series.



“All of us are thrilled to have someone of Kristin’s stature be a part of the Concord family,” said Mark Wexler, General Manager/Senior Vice President, Concord Records Group. “She is a multi-talented entertainer and has touched so many lives with her thrilling performances. We all look forward to working closely with her in this next chapter of her incredible, multi-faceted career.”



A Hollywood Bowl and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee, Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television, film and an accomplished singing career. Many remember her show-stealing, Tony-winning performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a leading actress Tony Award nomination. While starring in the ABC series Pushing Daisies, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Chenoweth has appeared on Fox’s comedy Glee in a role for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People’s Choice Award in the category of Favorite TV Guest Star. She also starred as Annabeth Schott on NBC’s Emmy-winning drama The West Wing and guest judged on American Idol and Project Runway.



Chenoweth will return to Broadway, playing the glamorous film star Lily Garland in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 20-week limited engagement of On the Twentieth Century, in early 2015. She has completed production on several projects, including the Universal film The Boy Next Door (alongside Jennifer Lopez), the upcoming comedy Opposite Sex, an indie teen drama Hard Sell and the Disney Channel’s live-action original movie Descendents, the latter in which she will play the classic Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent.



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Curtis Stigers' Hooray for Love

30 APR 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP

Curtis Stigers released his eleventh album Hooray for Love on April 29, 2014, his eighth for Concord Records. The album includes classics from the Great American Songbook including such gems from the repertoire as George and Ira Gershwin’s “Love Is Here to Stay,” Jerome Kern’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “If I Were a Bell,” from Guys and Dolls, as well as three songs written or co-written by Stigers, including the title track, “Hooray for Love,” “Give Your Heart to Me,” and “A Matter of Time.” Of his new album, Stigers comments, “On almost all of my Concord records, I’ve done a standard or two and lot of songs by modern songwriters.  This time around, I’ve flipped it and recorded mostly standards with a few modern songs.”
 
A seamless combination of old and new songs, a classic pop album recorded with jazz musicians and a jazz sensibility, Hooray for Love is a celebration of this universal human condition. “I set out for this album to be like an old Nat King Cole record from the '50s. I’ve had a lot of people ask me to do more standards, not critics or record companies, but friends. So, I had a running list of songs that I love and have always wanted to record. This time it really made sense.”
 
As with most of Stigers’ recordings, he is very comfortable juxtaposing standards with modern songs. In addition to the songs penned by Stigers, Hooray for Love also includes a Steve Earle song called “Valentine’s Day,” included because, as Stigers notes, “I like songs with stories that are told from a point of view of someone that is flawed, and this narrator is, although he ultimately redeems himself with some very romantic wordplay.  I think that, while it’s important to keep the Great American Songbook alive, it’s equally important to be open to adding to it.”
 
Recorded at Brooklyn Recording studio, Hooray for Love was produced by Stigers and John “Scrapper” Sneider and features musicians Matthew Fries (piano), Keith Hall (drums), Cliff Schmitt (bass), Matt Munisteri (guitar), and Sneider (trumpet).

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Dianne Reeves, Beautiful Life—Available Now

11 FEB 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP

Four-time GRAMMY winner Dianne Reeves has released Beautiful Life, her eagerly anticipated first album in five years.  New to the Concord Records imprint, yet established as one of the classiest vocalists around, Reeves powerfully sustains her genre-defying tradition with elements of jazz, contemporary R&B, classic soul, modern pop, and vintage funk.  Through her two sublime originals, "Cold" and "Satiated (Been Waiting)," along with covers by Marvin Gaye, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley, and Ani DiFranco, Reeves covers a lot of musical ground—and incorporates a lot of talent, too.


Beautiful Life features an A-list supporting crew, including production by Terri Lynne Carrington and musical appearances by Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, and George Duke.  A soulful and sophisticated rendering with a sweet, sexy, and celebratory underlying tone, Beautiful Life is an inspiring affirmation not to be missed.



Chris Slawecki

Close To You

21 DEC 13 CHRIS SLAWECKI

Search the Concord website for "Burt Bacharach" and the engine returns no results. But the brilliance of his collaborative songwriting with lyricist Hal David, especially in the 1960s and early '70s, shines throughout this catalog.

Lushly remade, "Walk on By" kicks off Isaac Hayes' solo breakout Hot Buttered Soul (Stax, 1987, and now available on vinyl, too). But it was (much) differently addressed by saxophonist Sonny Stitt on Soul Classics (Original Jazz Classics, 1991), was reinvented by the Wynton Kelly Trio on Full View (OJC, '96), and also turned up on Brothers-4 (Prestige, 2005), which marks the last time that soulmates Don Patterson and Stitt recorded together.

"Close to You" was addressed opulently by Hayes on Black Moses (Stax, '89) and tastily by Ella Fitzgerald on Ella A Nice (OJC, '90), but also appears on funky Prestige Legends of Acid Jazz compilations from Houston Person ('96) and Leon Spencer ('97), and was more smoothly rendered by Gerald Albright (Pushing the Envelope [Heads Up, 2010]).

Hayes also surveys "The Windows of the World" Live At The Sahara Tahoe (Stax, '89) and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" appears on Quartets & Orchestra (Milestone, '89), which compiles the last two albums that pianist-composer Bobby Timmons recorded for Milestone.

Plus there's Dionne Warwick's retrospective My Friends & Me (Concord, 2006), where the primary voice of these and other Bacharach-David classics revisits them in the company of old friends and new, including Gladys Knight, Angie Stone and other vocal contemporaries.




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