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Softly

by Susan Egan

Susan Egan's celebrated Broadway voice takes on a light, elegant, acoustic sound to deliver hits of the New York stage in a way you've never heard before - perfect with a bottle of wine or lulling the baby to sleep ... "beguiling in the extreme" - Variety
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Susan Egan: Softly is the culmination of Egan’s more than twenty-five years as a celebrated vocalist in the entertainment industry. Teaming with classical pianist and composer, Stephen Cook, and acclaimed Cuban jazz flutist, Danilo Lozano (album producer), Susan brings the music of her beloved Broadway to a mainstream audience with an easy, elegant, acoustic sound. Variety has called Susan’s soprano “beguiling in the extreme” and the New York Post labels her “divine.” Now, in light delivery, accompanied by Los Angeles’ best musicians, you will hear why. Whether relaxing with a bottle of wine or lulling the baby to sleep, Softly sets the mood and delivers distinguished hits of the New York stage in a way you have never heard before.


Susan Egan: Softly
produced by Danilo Lozano

1. Nocturnes (from Love Story)
Howard Goodall, Stephen Clark/Howard Goodall (Love Story Productions, Ltd./Faber Music)

2. Think of Me (from Phantom of the Opera)
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart (Universal Polygram International Publishing, Inc./ASCAP)

3. Embraceable You/‘Til There Was You (from Crazy For You,The Music Man)
George Gershwin (WB Music Corp/ASCAP), Ira Gershwin (Ira Gershwin Music/ASCAP)
Meredith Willson (Meredith Willson Music/ASCAP)

4. Love To Me (from The Light in the Piazza)
Adam Guettel (Williamson Music/ ASCAP)

5. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (from Pal Joey) -- instrumental
Richard Rodgers (Williamson Music/ASCAP), Lorenz Hart (Lorenz Hart Publishing Co/ASCAP)

6. Anyone Can Whistle/ Not While I’m Around (from Anyone Can Whistle/Sweeney Todd)
Stephen Sondheim (Burthen Music Company, Inc./Revelation Music Publishing Corp & Rilting Music, Inc./ASCAP)

7. Make Believe (from Show Boat)
Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II (Universal Polygram International Publishing, Inc./ASCAP)

8. Lay Down Your Head (from Violet)
Jeanine Tesori (That’s Music to My Ears/ASCAP), Brian Crawley (Bayfield Music/ BMI)

9. With You (from Pippin)
Stephen Schwartz (EMI Mills Music, Inc/ASCAP)

10. Quiet Thing (from Flora the Red Menace)
John Kander (Trio Music Company/ BMI), Fred Ebb (Alley Music Corp/ BMI)

11. I Wish You Love
Charles Trenet, Albert A. Beach (Universal Music Corp., BMG Gold Songs/ASCAP)


production:
Danilo Lozano, producer
Susan Egan and Stephen Cook, co-producers

Stephen Cook, arranger 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10
Danilo Lozano, arranger 3, 5, 7, 11

Cesar Mejia, Recording and Mix Engineer
Pete Lyman, Mastering Engineer
Recorded at The Chowdry Music Studio at Whittier College, CA
Mixed at The Shelter Studios, Boyle Heights, CA
Mastered at Infrasonic Sound, Audio & Vinyl Mastering, Los Angeles, CA

musicians:
Stephen Cook, piano/keyboard: 1, 4, 6, 8, 10
Joe Rotondi, piano 3, 5, 7, 11
Danilo Lozano, piccolo, flute, alto flute, hand percussion: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11
Ramon Spagnaro, guitar 2, 9, 10
Rene Camacho, bass 3, 5, 6, 7, 11
Ramon Banda, drums 3, 5, 7, 11
Pablo Mendez, violin 9
Wendy Velasco, cello 1, 6
Edmund Velasco, alto sax 11

credits:
Cinnamon Gray, photography, hair and make-up
Doug Haverty/Art+Soul Design, package design


notes from us:

To All - This music speaks in a way that reflects the beautiful soul of your artistry - thank you! — Danilo Lozano

This has been the sweetest, most enjoyable of musical experiences. An enormous thank you to my dear friend, Stephen Cook, for his talent, generosity, humor and heart. He is the sole reason this came to be, and I couldn’t be more grateful. To Danilo - for his genius, warmth and willingness to take this square Broadway gal under his masterful wing. Cesar - for the hours and care and patience. To Doug, whose designs always make my heart skip; I’m honored to work with him always. To our extraordinary musicians, who truly inspire. And to you, the listener - whether you pair this CD with a glass of pinot and mood lighting, or place it in the pod next to the baby’s crib — may it sooth and be heard in the spirit with which it was made: calm, simple joy. This one’s for dad. — Susan Egan, 2015

Learn more about Susan at www.susanegan.net, www.facebook.com/OfficialSusanEgan, @IAmSusanEgan
Read Susan's blog at www.SusanTypes.com

artist bios:

SUSAN EGAN has made powerful impressions in theatre, film, television and music. On Broadway, she headlined as Thoroughly Modern Millie, won critical acclaim as “Sally Bowles” in Cabaret, starred in Triumph of Love and State Fair, and most notably, received Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations for “Best Actress” as the original “Belle” in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.   Regionally, Egan starred alongside Carol Burnett in Putting It Together, Tommy Tune in the national tour of Bye, Bye Birdie, reprised her role of “Belle” for the Los Angeles premiere of Beauty and the Beast, and developed works at Yale Repertory, Baltimore Center Stage, South Coast Repertory, and the Mark Taper Forum.   Her film credits include 13 Going on 30, Gotta Kick It Up for the Disney Channel, and award-winning indies seen at Seattle Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Slamdance, the HBO Comedy Festival and beyond. In animation, Susan voiced the characters of “Meg” in Disney’s Hercules, “Lin” in the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, “Gina” in Porco Rosso, “Angel” in Lady and the Tramp II, “Ginny” in Achmed Saves America, and is currently “Rose Quartz on Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. She spent two seasons on television with the WB’s Nikki, and has appeared on Modern Family, House, NUMB3RS, NYPD Blue, Arli$$, Drew Carey, Party of Five, Great Performances, movies for ABC, CBS, and Disney Channel, and more.  Susan has headlined with more than 50 symphonies worldwide, including concerts at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl, and has over 40 recording credits including her solo CDs: All That and More, So Far, Winter Tracks, CoffeeHouse (Best Vocalist 2004), Susan Egan LIVE, The Secret of Happiness, and 2015’s Softly. Originally from Southern California, Susan attended the Orange County School of the Arts and UCLA, where she received a Carol Burnett Award in Musical Theatre.  She is an accomplished master teacher in music performance, obsessive gardener, happy wife, and leader to her daughters’ two Girl Scout troops.   www.SusanEgan.net, @IAmSusanEgan, Facebook.com/OfficialSusanEgan.

DANILO LOZANO (producer/arranger) is a flute soloist, musical director, record producer, and educator who performs both innovative and accessible music by Latin American, African American, Latin Jazz, and Cuban composers as well as rarely heard pieces of the classical and contemporary repertoire.

Born into a musical family, Danilo absorbed from his father Rolando a skill and sensitivity for style. In the 1950s and early 60s the elder Lozano made recordings which are now considered classics and which established his fame as a pioneer in Cuban charanga and Latin jazz flute. At his father’s insistence Danilo pursued classical training and attained a Bachelor of Music at the University of Southern California. A Master of Arts at UCLA allowed Lozano to deepen his experience of contemporary and world music techniques. In consideration of his unique musical background Antoinette Handy, National Endowment for the Arts official writing in Black Perspective in Music, found Lozano to be “ a fresh new voice of outstanding ability and rare musical sensitivity. ”Flute Talk, the leading international magazine in the field, recognized that “expert modulations and tonal colors qualify Lozano as one of the finer talents we have recently heard.”

His appearance in “Artes de Mexico,” the massive 1992 Los Angeles festival, caused the Los Angeles Times to notice the recital’s boldness and how Lozano “skillfully laid out his avant-garde credentials with a display of extended techniques.” La Opinion, the largest Spanish language newspaper in the United States, joined the praise by stating that Lozano and Althea Waites “demonstrate astonishing musical virtuosity.”
As founding member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra he recorded on all Hollywood Bowl releases and is a featured soloist in many Grammy nominated Latin Jazz and Cuban charanga recordings. He is a featured soloist on legendary Cuban bassist Israel Lopez Cachao and the Cineson All Stars double Grammy award winning CD release entitled “Ahora Si” on the Univision Record Label/Cineson productions. Lozano has also been involved in Narada Productions’ critically acclaimed “Cuba LA” project as musical director and flutist, and as musical director of Edward James Olmos’ PBS Special “Americanos”; the latter having earned an Imagen Award in 2000.
Most recently, Danilo serves as both Musical Director and flute soloist with Jose Rizo’s prestigious Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars and can be heard on their CDs “The Last Bullfighter” and “Tambolero” on the Saungu Record Label. Lozano also serves as Musical Director and flutist with Andy Garcia’s Cineson All Stars. With Cineson productions he also acted and recorded on Mr. Garcia’s film directorial debut “The Lost City.” He also recorded and produced composer Teresa LeVelle’s The Shadowlands on Innova records.

Although he has performed and recorded with such international musical greats as Linda Ronstadt, Paquito D’ Rivera, Celia Cruz, James Newton, and with many other artists and ensembles, Lozano has maintained a personal commitment to education. He has taught at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, The University of California Los Angeles, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, California State University Los Angeles’ afro-Latin Master’s degree program, and is currently a Professor of Ethnomusicology and Flute Artist-in-Residence at Whittier College.

STEPHEN COOK (co-producer/arranger) received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of South Carolina where he studied composition with Dr. Samuel Douglas and piano performance and pedagogy with Dr. Max Camp.  Additional studies were with Edith Oppens at the Aspen School of Music and with Dr. Manuel Alvarez at the Conductors Institute, University of South Carolina.  While completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, Dr. Cook served as an assistant lecturer in the Keyboard Studies Department under the direction of Stewart Gordon.  From 1996-2012 he served on the faculty of the Colburn School of Performing Arts and from 1996-2004 was the Director of the Pianist Program at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California, a nationally recognized pre-professional arts conservatory. He serves on the Executive Board of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, is a former Research Program Specialist with the Music Intelligence Neural Development Institute at the University of California, Irvine, and currently holds faculty appointments with the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Whittier College.  Stephen Cook is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for such organizations as the Music Teachers’ Association of California, the California Association of Professional Music Teachers and the Southwestern Youth Music Festival. Past activities included adjudication of the Pro-Romania International Piano Competition in Bucharest, Romania, performance and master classes in Tokyo, Japan, Carnegie Hall, New York and numerous concert appearances with Broadway talent Susan Egan.  Musical Director/Arranger/Composer for: Into the Woods, Urinetown: The Musical, Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha, Cabaret, Beowulf, The Crucible, Romeo & Juliet, Rent, Hairspray others; sacred anthems published by Abingdon Press; composer/arranger for numerous musicals for children, film and web soundscapes and orchestral arrangements for performances by Susan Egan.

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