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On My Way To you

by Lori Moran

Jazz Vocal Standards & Great American Songbook favorites, featuring some of Los Angeles' hottest players.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. When You Wish Upon A Star
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2. Summertime
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3. On My Way to You
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4. Over the Rainbow
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5. Give Him the Oo-la-la
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6. Why Can't I Forget?
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7. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
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8. The Stars Above the Stars (original)
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9. Love is Here to Stay
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10. It Only Takes a Moment/I Promise You A Happy Ending
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11. What a Wonderful World
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Lori Moran is an accomplished musician and vocal artist whose voice has been described as warm, caressing, crystal clear…with impeccable intonation. Fulfilling her family legacy of musicians, artists, and actors, she emerged on the Los Angeles jazz scene with her debut CD, “On My Way To You”, and since celebrating its release with a sold-out live performance at Hollywood’s Catalina Jazz Club, Lori continues to garner accolades from notable jazz critics.

"Clean, clear vocals, with a Disney whimsy, musical instrumental depth, and a jazz-siren
sense...the entire package is genre perfect."
--Don Kimenker, Earbuzz.com

"Lori Moran is a most welcome addition to the Southern California music scene. She has a caressing, warm, crystal clear soprano voice...be prepared for joy."
--Roger Crane, L.A. Jazz Scene

"She swings 'sweetly'...singing in tune and treating the lyrics like an old friend. There is a lot of 'cabaret' in her style and it fits this album perfectly. 5 Stars”
--John Gilbert, EJazzNews.com

"The minute I started listening to it, I was entranced with beautiful vocals."
--Steve Ambielli, MixxStudios Radio, NJ

"Her voice is something to behold."
--Steven Rosenberg, L.A. Daily News

A beautifully recorded eclectic collection of jazz standards, Great American Songbook favorites, some lesser-known gems, and one original tune, “On My Way To You” is a must-have for collectors of finely crafted vocal jazz. The CD includes music by Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, Michel Legrand, and Jerry Herman, polished to perfection by some of LA’s premiere musicians and arrangers.

Jon Charles’ lush string arrangements provide the perfect background to John Proulx’s classy, sassy, totally ‘in-the-pocket’ piano licks. John Pisano on acoustic guitar adds a delightful samba groove on the opening cut, “When You Wish Upon A Star”. Fellow singer and multi-instrumentalist, Calabria Foti, adds her own “voice” to the mix with her heartbreakingly beautiful violin solo on the title song. Rounding out the impressive talent pool is the legendary Mark Z. Stevens on percussion, and virtuoso bassist, Ken Wild.

The result is “On My Way to You”, encompassing 11 of the tunes in whose skin Lori has lived and loved as a singer for many years.

Songs & Composers:

1. When You Wish Upon A Star – from Disney’s “Pinocchio” - by Ned Washington & Leigh Harline
2. Summertime – from “Porgy & Bess” - by George Gershwin, Dubose & Dorothy Heyward, Ira Gershwin
3. On My Way To You - by Michel Legrand, Alan & Marilyn Bergman
4. Over the Rainbow – from “The Wizard of Oz” - by Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg
5. Give Him the Oo-La-La – from “DuBarry Was a Lady” - by Cole Porter
6. Why Can’t I Forget? - by Jeffrey D. Harris, Judy Barron
7. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square - by Manning Sherwood, Eric Maschwitz
8. The Stars Above The Stars (original song) - by Richard Berman, Mike Blottenberger, Lori Moran
9. Love Is Here To Stay - by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
10. It Only Takes A Moment / I Promise You A Happy Ending – from “Hello Dolly” & “Mack and Mabel” - by Jerry Herman
11. What A Wonderful World - by George David Weiss & Bob Theile


Background on Lori:

Lori’s parents enrolled Lori in piano lessons at age 5 in the hopes that this would give them some peace from her incessant singing, which was Lori’s chosen means to communicate instead of talking. When she started playing AND SINGING, they threw up their hands and gave in to the fact that she wouldn’t become a doctor or lawyer, but was destined to a life of poverty as an entertainer. Bitten by the stage bug at an early age, Lori starred in numerous musical plays in middle and high school, and studied classical voice in college. Continuing her career with Orlando Opera Company, featured soloist with the Florida Symphony Orchestra, and the Tampa Bay Oratorio, Lori also remained active in musical theatre. A member of SAG and Actors’ Equity, Lori’s regional theatre roles include Fantine, Christine, Adelaide, Dolly, Kim MacAfee, Reno Sweeney, Sally Bowles and Fanny Bryce. Lori also sang with Derric Johnson’s renowned Voices of Liberty at Disney, and learned the ropes of studio recording in Disney’s studios.

Lori’s stage experience translates into meaningful, soulful connections to the stories in the songs she sings. She extracts the essence from each lyric, delivering it in such a way that the listener can’t help but be touched.

“To me,” says Lori, “the best singers are really storytellers. Somewhere along the way, I learned that it all boils down to great lyrics, memorable melodies, and making a connection with the audience. It’s a very personal thing, the best part of me I can share with others.”

In addition to performing, Lori is a highly sought-after educator, and spends much of her time working with up-and-coming artists. Less than a decade ago, Lori opened her own music studio in Los Angeles, Lori Moran Music Studio, which has blossomed into a multi-faceted school for voice, piano, guitar and strings, with a faculty of ten highly specialized music instructors. Listed in the National Who's Who Among America's Teachers for her excellence in teaching, Lori Moran is a professional musician and accredited teacher with a long waiting list of private students.

For more information about Lori, please visit http://LoriMoran.com, and for her teaching studios, visit http://LoriMoranMusic.com.

Visit Lori's Myspace page: http://myspace.SingerLoriMoran


REVIEWS:

"Clean, clear vocals, with a Disney whimsy, musical instrumental depth, and a jazz-siren sense, Lori Moran has assembled 11 beautifully recorded and crafted songs in her jazz/vocal CD, "On My Way to You". Musicianship, arrangement, production, the entire package is genre perfect.

The CD begins with "When You Wish Upon a Star". Classical guitar accompanies Moran's effortless delightful vocals. The band kicks in a samba-ish jazz combo vibe that grooves. "Summertime" is the next track, and Lori sings with bare stand-up bass showcasing the timbre and essence of her vocals. Track 4, "Over the Rainbow", is arranged with piano and one of the nicer versions we've heard. Track 7, "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square", winds a tremendously written melody within Moran's deft interpretation. Track 9, "Love is Here to Stay" features an easy-going instrumental break that has Moran humming with beauty and precision...great.

Overall, the CD is a welcome vibe with vocals that are about as gentle and pure as the genre can provide. Well done."

--Don Kimenker, Earbuzz.com



"A specter looms over all soprano singers of standards: How much Barbra? That Streisand has such influence begs the question, "Can I sound like Barbra, even if I'm more jazzy — and should I?" Moran strikes the right tone, in ways literal and figurative, and doesn't overdo the Barbra but would appeal to those who love her. Despite occasional overuse of vibrato, her voice is something to behold when she sings it straight. Standouts are "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Over the Rainbow" and Cole Porter's seldom-heard "Give Him the Oo-La-La." The presence of guitarist John Pisano and bassist Ken Wild doesn't hurt either."

-- Steven Rosenberg, DailyNews.com



“Vocalist Lori Moran is a most welcome addition to the Southern California music scene. She has a caressing, warm, crystal clear soprano voice. Her intonation is impeccable and she obviously appreciates language, prosody and pacing for she “tells the story” on all eleven selections of On My Way to You, her debut CD.

Repertoire is not always a new singer’s strongest suit. Too often you get a plethora of weak originals or a clichéd set of well-worn standards. But Moran obviously gave some thought to her selections. For example, she included an arcane song called “Give Him the Oo-La-La” and her personality pours out through Cole Porter’s lyrics. The title song “On My Way to You” is an inexplicably neglected Michel Legrand song that Moran brings to life. It has a beautiful melody with a big range, a hypnotic sound and lovely Bergman lyrics. Moran’s version is a wonderful addition to the small canon of recorded versions. I am not a fan of originals, finding most of them weak melodically and lyrically but “The Stars Above the Stars,” written by pianist Richard Berman (lyrics by Mike Blottenberger) is a worthy newer song. Moran’s is the first recording of this fine composition.

I especially love the medley of “It Only Takes a Moment and “I Promise You a Happy Ending” two Jerry Herman songs from Hello Dolly and Mack & Mabel, respectively. When you hear Moran sing songs like these you have to think that this lady should be featured in musical shows and plays; her voice and style are perfect for such music. “Why Can’t I Forget,” which is new to me, has very strong lyrics by Judy Barron and music by Jeffrey Harris. Moran has stated that “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” was the first standard she ever learned. Well, after hearing her version, you will be glad that she did. Her rendition could be distributed as a textbook on how to sing a ballad.

I could go on and on, but the best bet is for you to pick up the CD, select a favorite song, insert disc into your CD player and be prepared for joy. Before I close, though, let’s give credit where credit is due. A vocalist of the quality and intelligence of Lori Moran requires a support group to match. She has the very best in pianists John Proulx, Richard Berman, Bill Schneider, bassist Kenny Wild, guitarist John Pisano and Mark Stevens on percussion. String arrangements are by Jon Charles. The vocal and piano arrangements are by John Proulx.

Lori Moran strikes gold in her impressive debut; this is her first CD but it will certainly not be her last. Although self-produced, Moran’s On My Way to You is stylish and very well packaged. Some label should pick up this album and ensure it gets a wider distribution. Check out Moran’s website for details on how to order her stellar debut CD: www.LoriMoran.com.”

--Roger Crane, L.A. Jazz Scene



“Lori Moran possesses a voice quality and tone that is certainly suited for ballads. One might say that she swings 'sweetly'. Singing in tune and treating the lyrics like an old friend is her stock in trade.

"When You Wish Upon A Star". Moran sings the verse and brings on the melody with style and grace.

"Over The Rainbow'" Again the verse is sung and with more than a hint of the cabaret genre, she drives this tune like a Ferrari. This is the proper mode for a tune like this.

"Give Him The OO-LA-LA" Clever lyrics and a Latin beat are the highlights of this song as Moran ups the beat a bit.

"A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square " This song is the piecé de resistance of this recording. Lori Moran is at her best on this track. She shows some range and with the ensembles able backing it emphasizes the feeling that Moran was born to sing this number.

It is quite evident that Lori Moran has a cultured, professionally trained voice. There is a lot of 'cabaret' in her style and it fits this album perfectly. 5 Stars”

--John Gilbert, EJazzNews.com



"It's common for us to receive press kits from independent artists, but it's on a rare occasion when a CD captivates me the way Lori Moran's debut CD "On My Way To You" did.

The minute I started listening to it, I was entranced with beautiful vocals. Lori's voice is clear and she has such control. The melodies she sings are not easy, but she makes them seem like they are.

This CD is a collection of jazz standards and Great American Songbook favorites, including great performances from some of Los Angeles' hottest jazz players - one of whom, John Proulx (pianist and arranger) was recently featured on Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" (NPR).

You can hear some of Lori's music on our radio station, and you can purchase her music at Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, Earbuzz, and LoriMoran.com."

--Steve Ambielli, MixxStudios Radio, NJ

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John Gilbert

Lori Moran…swings 'sweetly'. Singing in tune and treating the lyrics like an ol
"When You Wish Upon A Star". Moran sings the verse and brings on the melody with style and grace.

"Over The Rainbow'" Again the verse is sung and with more than a hint of the cabaret genre, she drives this tune like a Ferrari. This is the proper mode for a tune like this.

"Give Him The OO-LA-LA" Clever lyrics and a Latin beat are the highlights of this song as Moran ups the beat a bit.

"A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square " This song is the piecé de resistance of this recording. Lori Moran is at her best on this track. She shows some range and with the ensemble's able backing it emphasizes the feeling that Moran was born to sing this number.

It is quite evident that Lori Moran has a cultured, professionally trained voice. There is a lot of 'cabaret' in her style and it fits this album perfectly.

5 Stars
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