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The Secret of Happiness

by Susan Egan

Critically-acclaimed Broadway vocalist, Susan Egan celebrates the worlds of classic and contemporary Broadway and Pop/Rock, taking the listeners on her personal journey from Broadway to babies and beyond!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. The Me of the Moment
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2. A Musical Apology
2:30 $0.99
3. The Secret of Happiness
2:54 $0.99
4. Nina Doesn't Care
3:14 $0.99
5. Cock-Eyed Optimist
3:05 $0.99
6. Children Will Listen (feat. Georgia Stitt)
2:49 $0.99
7. Momsense
3:00 $0.99
8. I Have You
3:30 $0.99
9. The Wanting of You
5:17 $0.99
10. From the Stars (Isla's Song)
3:40 $0.99
11. All Things in Time
4:00 $0.99
12. Bridge over Troubled Water
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Album Notes
Susan Egan: The Secret of Happiness

Egan’s The Secret of Happiness includes popular standards from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and Paul Simon, and new, modern music by composers Christine Lavin, Paul Gordon, Brian Haner, Georgia Stitt, Jason Robert Brown and Egan herself. With instrumentation ranging from solo piano played by Brown to a full orchestra conducted by Stitt, the recording weaves intimate moments into lush musical events. Her most personal album to date, Egan’s message in The Secret of Happiness is humorous, authentic and universal, and her voice has a richness beautifully captured in the material and recording.

Produced by Georgia Stitt
Recorded at Umbrella Media Studio
Music Direction and Arrangements by Georgia Stitt
*Arrangement by Jason Robert Brown
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Andy Waterman
Assistant Engineer and ProTools Engineering by Ashburn Miller, Ethan Walter
Nina/Children: Recorded at Martinsound Studios by Dan Blessinger, Mixed by Jon Baker
Momsense: Recorded at EastWest Studio, Conducted by Georgia Stitt, Orchestrated by Lawrence Blank, Music Copied by John Blane; Musicians Contracted by Dan Savant

Photography: Olivier Ciappa
Photo Graphics: David Kawena
Graphic Design: Doug Haverty
Executive Producer for LML Music: Lee Lessack

All songs recorded 2011.

Piano/Organ: Georgia Stitt; Piano/Organ: Jason Robert Brown*; Guitar/Mandolin: Andy Synowiec; Electric/Acoustic Bass: Trey Henry; Drums/Percussion: Tom Walsh; Electric Violin: Charlie Bisharat (The Wanting of You); Jazz Electric Guitar: Nick Brown (Cock-Eyed Optimist); Guitar: Kevin Dukes (The Me Of The Moment); Bass: Tim Christensen (The Me Of The Moment)/David Stone (Nina/Children); Flute: Sara Andon; Oboe: Chris Bleth; Clarinet: Jeff Driskill; Bassoon: Rose Corrigan; French Horn: Joe Meyer, Brian O'Connor; Trumpet: Wayne Bergeron, Dan Fornero, Jeff Bunnell; Trombone: Alan Kaplan, Charlie Morillas, Craig Ware; Percussion: Bernie Dresel (Momsense); Violin: Sid Page (concertmaster), Becky Bunnell, Tiffany Hu, Lily Ho Chen, Julie Rogers, Barbra Porter, Peter Kent, Sharon Jackson; Viola: Bob Becker, Jennie Hansen, Jessica Van Velson; Cello: Giovanna Clayton, Rudy Stein, Diego Miralles; Harp: Amy Wilkins

The Me of the Moment music and lyric by Georgia Stitt Geocate Music (ASCAP)
A Musical Apology music and lyric by Christine Lavin CL2 Music (ASCAP)
Cock-Eyed Optimist music by Richard Rodgers, lyric by Oscar Hammerstein II Williamson Music Co. (ASCAP)
The Secret of Happiness music and lyric by Paul Gordon Paul Gordon Music and Ronnie Vance Music (ASCAP)
Nina Doesn’t Care music by Brian Haner, lyric by Brian Haner and Susan Egan Budgiesongs (BMI), Terpsichore (ASCAP)
Children Will Listen (duet with Georgia Stitt) music and lyric by Stephen Sondheim WB Music Corp./Rilting Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Momsense music by Gioachino Rossini, lyric by Anita Renfroe (ASCAP)
I Have You music and lyric by Brian Haner Budgiesongs (BMI)
The Wanting of You music by Georgia Stitt, lyric by Marcy Heisler Geocate Music (ASCAP), Marcyworks (ASCAP)
From the Stars (Isla’s song) music by Brian Haner and Georgia Stitt, lyric by Susan Egan Budgiesongs (BMI), Geocate Music (ASCAP), Terpsichore (ASCAP)
All Things In Time* music and lyric by Jason Robert Brown Copyright 2010 Almo Music Corp. on behalf of itself and Molly Moo Music (ASCAP)
Bridge Over Troubled Water* music and lyric by Paul Simon Paul Simon Publishing (BMI)

Notes From Georgia Stitt:
I wanted to start this essay by telling you how Susan and I hatched the idea for this record, but honestly, I can't remember. I also can't remember when we started performing together or when we became such good friends. I do remember that Michael Kerker, head of Musical Theater at ASCAP, introduced us to each other because he thought we would hit it off. (Boy, was that an understatement.) What started out as a professional relationship has turned into the most inspiring of collaborations. Thanks to Michael's recommendation, Susan recorded "Sing Me A Happy Song" on her album Coffee House, and then she sang the title track of my album This Ordinary Thursday. Finally, Susan included my song "At Christmas" on her holiday album Winter Tracks. She was singing so much of my material that it made sense for me to play piano for her in some of her concerts. I was really starting to dig this girl-power duo we were creating!

And then we had babies. Our first daughters were a year apart, and then our second daughters were just a few months apart. Between us we had four girls under five years old, and suddenly our work sessions were all about nannies and dress up and grilled cheese sandwiches. We applauded ourselves when we managed to accomplish even the smallest task, but that was the beauty of this friendship, now solidified. The fact that we were holding each other accountable meant that the concerts got planned, the lyrics got written, the musicians got hired. Susan and I accomplish more together than we ever could separately.

That's why I'm so proud of this record, which went from idea to album in less than a year. Susan pushed me beyond my comfort zone, and I pushed her beyond hers. She's nothing if not ambitious, that Ms. Egan, and when she said Momsense needed a full orchestra, we did it. We curate a blog together, Glamour and Goop, and every time we meet in person we brainstorm about shows we want to create, books we want to write, song ideas, concert ideas, and, of course, recipes. (In addition to everything you hear here, Susan is an astounding gardener.)

I'm thrilled to have a collaborator who is so skilled at so many things, but ultimately, what Susan does best is find her way into a song and sing the truth of it. When that happens, we all understand THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS. Enjoy the music, and thanks for listening.

Georgia Stitt
Los Angeles, September, 2011

Susan thanks:
Georgia Stitt, whose friendship and collaboration are two great joys in my life – I don’t know where one ends and the other begins. JRB, for sweetly lending his brilliance. Brian Haner, mentor and mench, for divulging his softer side (with killer hooks), and Suzy Haner, who has us all under her spell. Andy, Lauren, Ashburn and Ethan at Umbrella Media, Lee at LML Music, Melissa Verdugo at Levity, Larry Blank, Bob Wackerman, and Doug Haverty – dream colleagues. Mon nouvel ami, Olivier, pour inspirer ma vue éclairée du monde, et David pour toute son aide. Karen, BFF. And most especially Robert, Nina and Isla – my loves, my secrets …

For my mother – sail on …

Past praise of Susan’s recordings and live performances:

“This Broadway singing star is a high-voltage performer … [Listening to her] is like an all night conversation with your best friend.” 
~ Los Angeles Times
“Egan's voice [is] the perfect Broadway instrument”
~ The Orange County Register 

“Susan Egan is divine.” 
~ New York Magazine 

“ Egan is electrifying …” 
~ New York Post
“[Her] powerhouse voice will change the way you hear [these songs] from now on.”
~ Associated Press
“[Egan’s] sharply focused soprano … is beguiling in the extreme.”
~ Variety
“She has a knockout [voice and] sings the guts out of [these] magnificent songs.” 
~ Newsday 

“Egan sings only as an accomplished musician can.”
~ USA Today




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