In Good Company [Revisited] – “Here’s To You” with Johnny Rodgers

Posted at 8:30 am by Kelly McCready

10 years ago, I embarked on a life-changing artistic endeavor to celebrate the 10th anniversary of my LML Music record label. Under the supreme musical direction of Johnny Rodgers and his amazing band we invited 17 brilliant vocalists to join me in the studio to create “In Good Company”. It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed and even harder to imagine that LML Music has been around for 20 years! To celebrate all of the above, I am going to share one track each week which I hope you will enjoy.

“Here’s To You” with Johnny Rodgers

Not only did Johnny co-produce this project with me, but he and his band did all of the arrangements and he and my pal Brian Wilson wrote this tune which I was so thrilled to record with Johnny. There wouldn’t be an “In Good Company” if it weren’t for Johnny Rodgers!

Johnny-Rodgers

Like what you hear? Click through to find more tracks and purchase “In Good Company” here on LMLMusic, iTunes and Amazon.com

Album of the Week – “Easy Come, Easy Go” by Linda Kosut

Posted at 6:36 am by Kelly McCready

LML MUSIC 283Each Tuesday, we are focusing on an album of the week here at LML Music. Last week, we hope you read about Shine: Lullabies for Everyone by Suzanne Jamieson Selmo. This week, we move on to something a little smoother and jazzier. We are, of course, talking about the incomparable Linda Kosut.

Linda’s new album, Easy Come, Easy Gopays tribute to Johnny Green (composer, arranger, orchestra leader, Oscar winner, composer of Body And Soul the #1 song on the Jazz Standard charts).

Linda is not unaccustomed to acclaim, with her first two CDs receiving national acclaim. Life is but a dream, a selection of jazz, pop and folk tunes was named one of the Top 10 CDs of 2003 by Cabaret Hotline; and, Long As You’re Living:  the songs & poetry of Oscar Brown Jr., paid tribute to the late jazz singer, songwriter, and activist, and received both Backstage Magazine’s prestigious Bistro Award – the BMI Award for Outstanding Recording, and two MAC nominations (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) for Best Female Jazz Singer and Best Jazz Recording.

Feedback for Easy Come, Easy Go has already been stellar:

“Wonderfully winsome, it’s easy to understand why she’s a multiple winner of cabaret performance awards. Undeniably endearing, this disc is highly recommended.”

Here is the track listing:

1 The Turntable Song
2 Hello My Lover, Goodbye
3 I Cover the Waterfront
4 Foolish Baby
5 There’s a Ring Around the Moon
6 Betty Boop
7 Am I in Another World
8 I Wanna Be Loved
9 You Wanna Keep Your Baby Right
10 I’m Yours
11 Easy Come, Easy Go
12 I Love a Mystery
13 Candlelight
14 Derry Down Dilly
15 Body and Soul
16 Gonna Fall in Love with You
17 Never ‘Til Now / The Song of Raintree County

Below, you can listen to the titular track, “Easy Come, Easy Go.”

To read more about the album and purchase this new release, click here.

Album of the Week – “Cold Enough to Snow” by Stacy Sullivan

Posted at 12:30 pm by Kelly McCready

ssullivan-front-large-1“It’s coming on Christmas,
They’re cutting down trees.
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace…”

– Joni Mitchell, River.

 

In Cold Enough to Snow, Stacy Sullivan does the most amazing cover of this classic song from the 1971 album Blue, rivaling more well-known versions by James Taylor and Sarah McLachlan. It’s indicative of an entire album of wonderful Christmas songs and Stacy’s superbly genuine stylings.

In fact, Composer Stephen Schwartz says of Stacy’s album Cold Enough to Snow:

“Her effortlessly evocative vocals, her unfailingly tasty guitar, and her fresh and personal approach to every song she chooses, including Christmas carols that in other hands would seem over-familiar, make this collection an unmitigated pleasure to listen to. I ask it again: “Why isn’t Stacy Sullivan already famous?” – Stephen Schwartz

The full track listing is:

1 Some Children See Him
2 Cold Enough To Snow
3 Christmas Morning, 1969
4 I’ll Be Home For Christmas
5 River
6 Away In A Manger
7 Ave Maria
8 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
9 Silent Night
10 Winter Wonderland
11 Angels On Your Pillow

Now that we’re really getting into the holiday season, we’re sharing the titular track from the album here:

To read more about Stacy Sullivan and purchase the album, click here.

In Good Company [Revisited] – “Bring Back Romance” with Ann Hampton Callaway

Posted at 6:30 am by Lee Lessack

10 years ago, I embarked on a life-changing artistic endeavor to celebrate the 10th anniversary of my LML Music record label. Under the supreme musical direction of Johnny Rodgers and his amazing band we invited 17 brilliant vocalists to join me in the studio to create “In Good Company”. It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed and even harder to imagine that LML Music has been around for 20 years! To celebrate all of the above, I am going to share one track each week which I hope you will enjoy.

“Bring Back Romance” with Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann has probably had the biggest influence on my vocal expression. Just listening to her resonate the most glorious of sounds is a master class in song interpretation. We first met in 1992 and i have had the great joy of watching her career rise like a comet and through it all she has remained one of the kindest, warmest and dearest friends one could hope for. What an honor it was to record one of her originals!

Ann Hampton Callaway

Like what you hear? Click through to find more tracks and purchase “In Good Company” here on LMLMusic, iTunes and Amazon.com

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