“On My Own” is from the Broadway musical Les Miserables. I chose this song because I liked the contrast between the slow, quiet beginning and the louder, more dramatic middle section. I feel the narrator in this song gives a complete picture of her character and the internal conflict she suffers.
“I Could Have Danced All Night” is from the musical My Fair Lady. I sang this song the first time I went to the NYSSMA vocal solo festival. I like it because it is upbeat and highlights the fairytale side of what it’s like to be in love.
“The Girl in 14G” was written for Kristin Chenoweth’s debut album. I chose this song to highlight the different aspects of my voice. I have worked hard to master different styles, and this song was fun to sing because it challenged me to change quickly from one style to another.
“The Wizard and I” is from the musical Wicked. I like the chance it gives me to belt in the higher register of my voice.
“Popular” is from the musical Wicked. I enjoy the opportunity to act with this song, as the character who sings it is bubbly and superficial. A contrast to more emotional pieces on this CD, it was a fun song to let loose with.
“Home” is from The Wiz. I like this song because the lyrics are very emotional as it transitions from quiet reflection to a dynamic moral, namely that home is where the heart is.
“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” was originally done by Carol King. With all of the Broadway selections on this CD, this song gave me a chance to try a more soulful style. I enjoyed reinterpreting the song, and its opportunities for improvisation.
“At Last” was originally sung by Etta James. It was a challenge to sing because the slow tempo requires extensive breath support and strength of voice, and the melody has a lot of dissonance. Its difficulties are a testament to the innovativeness and artistic genius of the late Etta James.
“Here You Come Again” is a Dolly Parton song. Although country music is my favorite genre, I originally didn’t have any country songs on this CD. I chose to add one later, and decided to go with something more classic because I felt it would be more recognizable than a contemporary song. I have always loved Dolly Parton’s soft, yet powerful voice and I tried to emulate her with my version of this song.
“Orange Colored Sky” was performed by Natalie Cole. I like singing jazz, and this short, upbeat song makes me feel happy and ready to accomplish something. I wanted people to feel that way when they finished listening to my CD.