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Unsung Hollywood

by Julie Esposito

As heard on Radio Nationwide: Jazz/pop-style vocals, featuring pure, warm tones and keen phrasing of great film songs written by Oscar winning songwriters
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Pop
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1. After Today
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2. If I Love Again
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3. The Turntable Song
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4. Little Jazz Bird
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5. I'm All I Need
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6. Journey to the Past
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7. Almost in Your Arms/it Had Better Be Tonight
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8. Where Is It Written?
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9. I Believe in Love
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10. What Can You Lose?
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11. Freedom/if'n I Was God
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12. Lullaby in Ragtime
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13. Let's Hear It For Me
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14. When You Gotta Go
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
BUZZ:

"Unsung Hollywood," is a CD Baby Editor's pick in both the Jazz-Pop Vocal and the Crooners Vocal categories, and has been heard on radio stations nationwide and abroad, including in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Nevada, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky and the United Kingdom.

Oscar winning songwriter and multiple Oscar nominee Richard M. Sherman ("Mary Poppins"; "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang;" "The Jungle Book") who wrote two of the album's selections, has characterized Ms. Esposito's singing as "gorgeous," and summed up by calling the CD, "So beautiful . . . a lovely, lovely album."

The late great multiple-Oscar winning and Oscar nominated lyricist, Ray Evans ("Que Sera, Sera," "Mona Lisa," "Buttons and Bows," "Silver Bells") who also wrote one of the album's selections, wrote that "Unsung Hollywood," is "completely unique," that Ms. Esposito "sings the material beautifully," and has "a tremendous range."

New York reviewer, Dan Singer, for
In Tune International Magazine (London) writes:

"So many gems within this explosive collection . . . Ms. Esposito hits all the right notes for a spellbinding enchanting vocal. . . . `If I Love Again,' is tenderly sung with the enormous feeling that this pleasing ballad requires. . . .`Little Jazz Bird' . . . is a toe-tapping wonder... Her version of `After Today' is a dramatic forceful rendering that should make you press the repeat button. Julie swings this rarely performed inventive song with her one of a kind sensational high note conclusions ... It's a joy to revisit these songs and their remarkable swinging arrangements . . ."

New York reviewer, Jeff Rossen for
Cabaret Scenes Magazine writes:

" . . . this cinematic sampler is a gem," with "solid performances" of `Where Is It Written?' and `I Believe In Love',; "a rousing `Let's Hear It For Me,' and a perfectly lovely take on `If I Love Again'" . . . a "great pairing of `Almost In Your Arms/It Had Better Be Tonight', and enjoyable takes on `After Today,' and `What Can You Lose?'"

Mr. Rossen further notes that two songs (from an X-rated movie musical), "When You Gotta Go," and "I'm All I Need," "are reasons enough alone for picking up this set."

New York reviewer, Rob Lester, for
Talkin' Broadway," writes:

"Julie Esposito . . is a solid, confident singer who brings flair to all the songs here."
"She takes `I'm All I Need,' and avoids making it just another pat-yourself-on-the-back anthem. It has vulnerability." . . . "I especially like the medley of two songs by the Sherman Brothers . . . `Freedom' and `If'n I Was God,' from "Huckleberry Finn", and "Tom Sawyer" . . . " `The Turntable Song', is a 1947 bit of heaven in its nostalgic sweetness . . ."

Richard Edgcomb for "Center Stage" writes:

"Fabulous New CD - Esposito sings from the heart and truly understands the lyrics, bringing new life to some forgotten and wonderful movie songs."

Songwriter Mark Winkler ("Too Old For The Chorus," "Naked Boys Singing") writes:

". . . what a surprise to hear fresh material written by the masters, and the cherry on top of it all is the lucious voice of Ms. Esposito. . . . She rescues from undue obscurity a whole slew of gems from Anthony Newley from his misbegotten project Hieronymous Merkin- and they turn out to be real winners. In addition she really scores with a beauty from Funny Lady "If I Love Again" and and really swings on "Little Jazz Bird" by the Gershwins . One of my favorites is Journey to the Past from Anastasia . . . it's simply wonderful!. . . Can't wait to hear Volume 2."

Songwriter Bob Levy, Silk River Music writes:

"Julie Esposito knows her way around a great song. Absolutely wonderful vocals on some delightful Hollywood tunes. . . . I wouldn't compare her to anyone other than 'Julie Esposito'....she's in a league of her own. I'm going to enjoy this CD for a long, long time... "

Oscar Groomes, writing for O's Place Jazz Newsletter praised Ms. Esposito and her musicians as well as the content of the CD itself, including the comment that, "The songs are all lesser known gems that give the CD freshness vs. a rehashing of overworked standards."

Singer, Molly Brandenburg (aka "Peggy Judy") writes:

"Julie Esposito has a classic voice in the tradition of
great singers like early Streisand and Julie London.
She conveys the emotional content of these wonderful songs with a smooth, clear style that is utterly captivating. It's the kind of voice that has to be heard again and again. Bravo! More Julie, more!!"

Jazz Great Howlett Smith has called Ms. Esposito's singing "incredible," and stated that she "should be heard worldwide!"

Ms. Esposito recently performed at Sam's Town Live in Las Vegas, Nevada, which aired on KUNV and KDWN radio. She was also the featured guest artist on John Nasshan's show, "Arts Alive," on KUNV radio. She has also appeared in the "Any Wednesday" concert series at Barnes & Noble in New York City, and most recently,at the Metropolitan Room in New York.


Ms. Esposito has bben interviewed by Richard Edgcomb on the program, "Center Stage" on WDVR, New Jersey/Philadelphia; and by Lynn Dimenna and Jeffrey C. Williams on WVOF, on the fabulous radio program, "At The Ritz," where the hosts raved about "Unsung Hollywood."

Ms. Esposito has also been the guest of Lou Powers of WBCB, who described the CD as, "fantastic," and "getting a great response," and Jim Stone of WLNZ, who raved about the CD's "wonderful songs," and praised Ms. Esposito's "beautiful voice."

Ms. Esposito has also been heard on WHRV, on `The Vocal Sounds of Jazz.'

"UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD" HAS BEEN HEARD ON RADIO STATIONS NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY INCLUDING: KMOX, WBUB, WHRV, WLNZ, WNYC, WQCD, WRHU, WROG, WMUK, WWRW, WUKY,KUNV, KDWN, WVOF, GMMY/HBN, WOAM, XFM RADIO(U.K),WFDU, WPAT, MTV RADIO NETWORK, WDVR.


BACKGROUND:

Julie Esposito originally hails from Chicago, and made her professional singing debut at the age of 16.

For the last several years, Ms. Esposito has performed in almost every major jazz and cabaret venue in the Los Angeles area. She is celebrated for her pure, warm tone and artful phrasing, and has a unique style, characterized as a mixture of jazz, pop and Broadway.

Ms. Esposito is also known for her willingness to showcase lesser-performed song gems, as in her newly released CD, "Unsung Hollywood." She always delivers her individual `take' on a song, endeavoring always to honor the intent of the songwriter, while steering clear of imitating any prior recording.

"Unsung Hollywood," celebrates an eclectic mix of lesser known and/or lesser performed film songs written primarily by Oscar winning songwriters, such as Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer, Stephen Sondheim, Michel Legrand, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Jay Livingston & Ray Evans, John Kander and Fred Ebb and Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. Two songs on the CD were requested of Ms. Esposito by the songwriters themselves.

"Unsung Hollywood" demonstrates that musical treasures can be found in the oddest of films. For example, two of the most poignant songs on the CD were written for a 1969
X-rated musical.

Ms. Esposito also chose to feature a great Gershwin tune,"Little Jazz Bird," as an example of a great song written for a Broadway show which unfortunately, did not make it into the film version.

On a personal note, Ms. Esposito is the daughter of the late jazz pianist/musical director, Gene Esposito, who worked with many greats, including Joe Williams, Mel Torme, Doc Severinson, and Woody Herman, with whom he co-produced an album Grammy-nominated for best jazz album of 1979. It was her father, Gene Esposito, who penned the arrangement for "If I Love Again," which appears on "Unsung Hollywood."

Ms. Esposito is also descended from a long line of notorious politicians and judges (she is a member of the Shriver clan and a direct descendant of a U.S Supreme Court Chief Justice), and in that tradition, she has forged a second career in law and public service. She currently volunteers as a youth mentor and as a Judge Pro Tem for Los Angeles County. She finds her passion for social justice and her love for music completely compatible, and considers giving voice to under-represented songs, like those in "Unsung Hollywood," to be her way of effecting some musical justice, as it were.

The fine musical arrangements on this CD were created
by award winning musical director, Shelly Markham, who is also the album's pianist.


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David Johnson

A treasure trove of less-known movie songs sung to perfection by Julie Esposito.
What a treasure trove of lesser-known gems written expressly for the screen by some of the greatest popular composers of this century and the last, all sung to perfection by Julie Esposito. Her sound is so pure and clear and lovely -- what a pleasure it is to listen to her sing these unheralded old songs and make them exciting and new. One of my particular favorites is a lilting Livingston-Evans tune from a Cary Grant/Sophia Loren romantic comedy called HOUSEBOAT -- it's called ALMOST IN YOUR ARMS. Like me, I am sure you will find a favorite or favorites of your own as you listen to this melodious CD over and over again. Highly recommended to anyone who appreciates discovering obscure but great songs and listening to a sensational song stylist like Ms. Esposito performing them so winningly.

Michael A.

Marvelous mixture of songs
Julie has captured all the passion of each song she sings!! I personally have attended one of her live performances and can say that she carries this passion with her with every song she sings!!

B.L.Sheldon

Classy and classic!!!
Throughtout her musical career Julie Esposito has been an artist of incomparable depth. She looks within a song to find the unrealized magic, then she illuminates it. This CD is a treasure trove of little (un)sung gems that must be heard! Envelope yourself in the richness of Julie's beautiful voice. Turn it up and relish the precious moments of pure joy!!!

Lorraina Marro

Delightful from beginning to end.
Unsung Hollywood is truly a delightful CD from beginning to end. Some of my favorites include After Today, and Almost in Your Arms; however, Julie’s heartfelt interpretation of If I Love Again definitely pulled at my heartstrings. Her voice is sincere, clear and strong. Also impressed with the amazing lyrics to a song that is new to my ears I’m All I Need.

If you are new to the world of cabaret or already familiar with its many versatile vocalists, you’ll find that Julie’s style is among the best. And if you have the chance to hear her sing live on stage, that is an opportunity not to be missed!

Terri Ensberg

Unsung Hollywood
Julie Esposito's "Unsung Hollywood" offers a delicious mixture of soothing and lively tunes. Julie sings with strength and delicacy and has created the perfect CD to accompany a good cup of coffee, a glass of fine wine, or a road trip. This is a truly romantic CD, perfect for an intimate evening for two.

Richard Main

She sings the truth
Julie Esposito sings the truth with a joy and musicality that resonates in your heart long after you turn off the CD-player.

Kristin Fox

Stellar voice and wonderful and original choices
What a pleasure it is to hear the things you hear so seldom and to hear them presented originally and beautifully.
I had given this CD to a friend who played it in her store and I overheard someone say, "Is that Barbra Streisand?" No, it's something better because it isn't standards done in a standard way.
I love the choice of music, its arrangement and the way the CD weaves together and it all fits. I never get tired of listening to it.

Jan C.

She dares sing 'em the way they were intended
Aha!! Joy at the mailbox today: Julie Esposito's album arrived. Came home, ripped open the package and had it in the DVD player before I even put down the rest of the mail. It's phenomenal. Whew! Can't believe how good "If I Love Again," "Where is it Written" and the favorite from the film The Five Pennies, "Lullabye in Ragtime" made me think she understands why writers write their songs...and she sings 'em just as they intended. This as perfect an album as it gets!

Janice J.

Unsung Hollywood - Julie Esposito
Julie Esposito's voice is soothing and melodic, and easy to appreciate on a relaxing Sunday morning, or on a drive. There is a great range of music. Thank you for sharing your gift Julie!

Michael R.

Real Singers Are Back In Style
Wonderful CD. I especially love the first 5 tracks. Julie's voice is beautiful, clear and soothing through the entire project. This CD is long overdue. But now that it is here, I encourage everyone to get their own copy. You will not be disappointed. Finally, real singers are back in style.
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