Featuring West End Performers: Louise Dearman, Michael Xavier, Jennifer Tierney, Paul Ayres, Julie Atherton and Jack Shalloo – LIFT the recording of a new British Musical by Craig Adams (featured on this blog last week) and Ian Watson has just been released by Perfect Pitch.
Eight people get in a LIFT at Covent Garden tube station on an ordinary morning. They may be complete strangers, but in some way they are all connected and if they reached out to one another they might just change their lives forever. The journey of the lift takes just one minute – will they do something about it today or will they choose to carry on being anonymous, walking off into the rush and losing themselves once more in the city? LIFT is about people and connections. The connections we have without knowing about them, the connections we lose sight of and the connections we don’t mean to have.
Sample tracks and album available to buy here
Award winning performer and West-End leading man John Owen-Jones has just released his second album ‘Unmasked’ for Sain Records. The album contains songs from all over the musical theatre world and a few, less expected feature tracks like the power-house cover of Tom Jones’ Thunderball and Bad Finger’s Without You – made famous by Harry Nilsson.
Owen-Jones has one of the best voices in musical theatre: it has wonderful clarity as well as power and he is one of the few performers who, when he goes for the big moment in a song you can trust 100% he’ll hit it. The highlights for me are; Thunderball, This is the Moment, Being Alive and Down To The Sea.
Nature Boy featured in Moulin Rouge
This is the Moment from Jeckyll and Hyde
Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera
Til’ I Hear You Sing from Love Never Dies
All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera
Being Alive from Company
I Don’t Remember You/Sometimes A Day Goes By from As The World Goes Round
Down to the Sea from Kristina
Somewhere from West Side Story
Love of my Life
Bring Him Home from Les Miserables
This is an album of great quality by one of musical theatre’s best leading men. It showcases Owen-Jones’ talents and allows us to hear what he can do free from the two shows he is most associated with – The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. The tracks from those which he sings here, are done so with a beautiful clarity, emotion and power – I personally would love to see him in another headline role but for the moment I will have to be content with this excellent album and seeing him in Phantom when it comes to Edinburgh in September.
Buy it here;
Julian Ovenden’s newly released debut album If You Stay is a mix of popular easy listening classics which showcase his vocal skills, that outside of the musical theatre world will be pretty much unknown.
We know Ovenden best from the TV series Foyle’s War, in which he plays the pilot son of Michael Kitchen’s Inspector Foyle and many (females) will remember him as a Diet Coke hunk. But Ovenden is no stranger to the singing world, having been a choral scholar at Oxford and leading man in a variety of West End and Broadway productions.
In autumn he embarks on a tour with The John Wilson Orchestra and is rumoured to be starring as J.M. Barrie in a new musical Finding Neverland about which the rumour mill has gone into overdrive as his possible co-star is whispered to be Gwyneth Paltrow.
“It Hurts to Say Goodbye” “The Last Waltz” “Woman to Man” “If You Go Away” “Stay” “I’m Not Coming Home” “Up, Up and Away” “When She Loved Me” “In a Broken Dream” “Ten Thousand Miles” “Just to See Each Other Again” “Something Better” “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”
(You can hear him sing live here in Glasgow with The John Wilson Orchestra on the 24th October.)