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Something Wonderful

by Janet Villas

A mix of cabaret, jazz and show tunes in a clean, classical style.
Genre: Easy Listening: Cabaret
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Downtown
2:28 $0.99
2. Much More
2:11 $0.99
3. Everybody Says Don't
2:18 $0.99
4. God Bless The Child
3:36 $0.99
5. When Will I Be Loved
1:54 $0.99
6. Bewitched
2:56 $0.99
7. The Wee Small Hours
2:56 $0.99
8. My Man
2:12 $0.99
9. Maria
2:46 $0.99
10. Not While I'm Around
1:41 $0.99
11. Falling in Love
3:02 $0.99
12. Something Wonderful
2:43 $0.99
13. As Time Goes by
3:37 $0.99
14. Can't Help Lovin Dat Man
2:54 $0.99
15. Summertime
2:21 $0.99
16. O Mio Babbino Caro
2:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
Janet Villas, a member of the New York City Opera for 16 years, sings hits from the 60's and 70 's and Broadway shows. This CD contains material from two of her New York Cabaret shows: "But Not for Me" and I Always wanted to be a Fifth Dimension," a funny look at growing up in New Jersey with a big voice and big dreams, (and maybe even big hair...). Janet's style is a mix of 70's rock and a lot of opera lessons in the 80's.

Her clean, crisp vocals combine with creative jazz/theatre piano licks from Mike Tornick and folk/rock bassist Tony Soll.
The music is an eclectic mix of early rock, jazz, blues and even opera.
This CD is the winner of the Stonewall Pride in the Arts award for 2003!



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Mel Buttorff

"a once-in-a-lifetime thrill"
a column of opinions by Mel Buttorff

Every now and then a thrill comes into life for
each individual. Each
person’s thrill depends on his or her own experiences
and taste. I recently
had a once-in-a-lifetime thrill. Many years ago, (I
won’t reveal how many,
but plenty) I made the acquaintance of a young soprano
with the New York City
Opera. She was spending the summer in summer stock
musicals, as was I. The
first time I heard her open her mouth and release the
vocal gold buried in
her I was mesmerized. We became good friends and over
the years I watched her
grow into that magnificent instrument. It fits better
now than it did then. I
watched her in musical theatre, on the operatic stage
and as she took her
first tentative steps into cabaret performances.
Janet Villas is her name and SOMETHING WONDERFUL
is the name of her debut
CD. Her choice of music for this premiere performance
is perfection. It is a
mix of pop standards, theatre classics, old favorites
and just a little taste
of operatic aria. It is the perfect mix to demonstrate
her vocal versatility
in the matter of styles and range. Her hearty and
full-bodied soprano sound
is never tentative or tenuous. She begins with Petula
Clark’s opus DOWNTOWN
and she builds a locomotive kind of intensity as she
moves on through the
heart-aching MUCH MORE from the longest running
musical ever, THE FANTASTICS.
Sondhiem gets her attention and loving care with her
staccato belt of
EVERYBODY SAYS DON’T. She parades through many others,
SUMMERTIME and others equally delightful to the
music-loving ear,
Frequently, when offering one’s opinions in a
format such as this, there
is a strong temptation to make comparisons. I feel
unequipped to do that in
this case because there is no one else I can think of
to compare her to. She
has phrasing of the variety that the late great Peggy
Lee had. Her range is
comparable to Julie Andrews in her prime. Is she like
either of these? No!
She is individual and worthy of her own place. Her
rendition of MARIA, the
Bernstein/Sondhiem hallmark piece from WEST SIDE STORY
is poignant and
lovely. But while the reverence is still there it is
not the lugubrious dirge
many have made of it. It is a song of love and beauty.
Her light and bouncy
rendition of FALLING IN LOVE almost makes one want to
skip. It makes you feel
happy just listening to it. And if you want to feel
passion, listen to her
deal with the CD’s title song SOMETHING WONDERFUL from
Rodgers and
Hammerstein’s revered classic, THE KING AND I.
Sports fans may recognize her voice from the many
times she has rendered
our National Anthem at Madison Square Garden, Shea
Stadium and other venues.
She is also a highly respected educator in New York
City at a private school.
As if all that isn’t enough she is also a highly
competitive athlete
competing in marathons, triathlons, and other
sweat-making diversions. She is
also, (and I can attest to this personally) quite an
accomplished virtuoso in
the kitchen. You must add this CD to your collection
so that in a few years
when she is a mega-star singer you can say you helped
discover her.
To learn more about Janet and to buy her CD just
go on-line to
“CDBABY.COM/JANETVILLAS. Don’t waste any time. This
was a limited pressing
and copies are not going be available forever.

Maureen Vitalone

This artist's vocals are truly "Something Wonderful"; can't stop listenining
Five stars; uplifting, powerful; awesome...thank you!!

Len Rogers StoneWall Society

More than aptly named, "Something Wonderful" delivers just that!
More than aptly named, "Something Wonderful" delivers just that! Janet Villas' crisp, clean and powerful mastery of selections is an exciting addition to the sound of today. Proves the adage that classic can be and in this case is original. Villas makes each piece her own. Whether a Broadway/showtune fan or not, Janet Villas brings each song to present day life, and you will be very happy she did.

Sixteen classic songs, contemporary rock to show tunes complete Villas' "Something Wonderful". Starting with contemporary classic, "Downtown", Villas provides a fresh feel with professional prowess. The selected material weaves a musical portrait of Janet Villas' talent. A portrait which is compelling, demonstrative, and exemplary! Tongue in cheek humor with Villas' soulful rendition of "Maria" from "West Side Story" are mixed with the classic and superb delivery of "Summertime". "Janet Villas shines with her moving approach to "God Bless The Child", a classic and popular favorite.

"Something Wonderful" offers not just a catalogue of expertly executed classic material. Also offered is a fresh and current take on time honored classics. Revitalizing and rejuvenating, this is not your father's Broadway. This is Villas, in form and voice! That listeners is a good thing, a very good thing.