Review by John Hoglund in CABARET SCENES
D.C. Anderson, a versatile, award-winning singer/songwriter, has a full-time career as a working actor with an impressive résumé including THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MARTIN GUERRE, PIPPIN and work with the Guthrie and Steppenwolf Theater companies. He has received a Bistro Award for singer/songwriter, multiple MAC Award nominations for male vocalist and song of the year and has recently been co-starring in the Broadway-bound ANNE OF GREEN GABLES at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut.
Anderson is a highly skilled interpretive singer who is able to make every word seem as if he were singing it right to the listener in the most intimate way. Isn’t that what great singing is all about? On HOUSE CONCERT, he weaves together 11 tracks that possess an emotional depth that is both profound and sincere. This is especially so in a slowed down reading of the album’s first cut, a perfectly phrased “Some Enchanted Evening” (Rodgers & Hammerstein). On “I Wanna Know You” from ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, with lyrics by Matte O’Brien and music by Matt Vinson, his delivery is riveting: “I want to know everything that you are, everything that you’ve been, everything you’ll be.”
His tone is flawless on his original lyric for “There Ain’t No Devil” (music by Bryce Kulak). In this haunting beauty, he intelligently caresses words without frills: “there ain’t no devil; only what’s been forgot/myths don’t die, the heart won’t lie/the deepest wish of the broken dish is the pieces find each other – when the one who broke it is gone, long gone.” It’s powerful. His original (co-written with his sister Claudia Anderson)“Song for Artists” is a tribute to artists everywhere:“This is my song to artists of all nations/borne of your love and dreams for all mankind.” He wraps it all up with the serene beauty of “Bright Angel” by Susan Osborn; …pensive and wistful “take my remains where the wild river runs and scatter them there in the dry desert air where the bright angel falls.”HOUSE CONCERT repeatedly underscores D.C. Anderson as an adept interpreter of the human heart, making it worthy of wide exposure.
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D.C. Anderson is a New York city based Singer/Songwriter. His CD's on the LML label feature many of his collaborations with songwriters Steven Landau, Ritt Henn, Carol Hall, Billy Philadelphia, Stephen Randoy, Elizabeth Doyle, Ricklen Nobis, David Robison, Michael Gillis,…