Todd Murray | Stardust & Swing

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Stardust & Swing

by Todd Murray

An amazing CD and even more amazing that it was independently produced. Murray's voice is like liquid chocolate and the orchestrations are from yesteryear with full orchestra. Nominated for BEST CD of 2008 by Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs.
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1. It Might As Well Be Spring
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2. Dream A Little Dream Of Me
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3. Moonlight Becomes You
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4. Patricia
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5. The Girl From Waco
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6. If I Ruled The World (with Douglas Sills)
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7. Time
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8. I Wanna Be Around
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9. Stardust
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10. I Fall In Love Too Easily
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11. Teach Me Tonight (with Marilyn Maye)
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12. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Todd Murray Woos and Wows
American Songbook, Originals, Contemporary...

(Los Angeles – October 11, 2008) You'll snap and swoon as Todd Murray swings and croons his way through the American songbook. His latest album, “Stardust and Swing,” romances the classics from “Dream a Little Dream of Me” to “I Wanna Be Around” to the stellar “Stardust.” Recorded in Capitol Record’s famed Studio A, “Stardust and Swing” is full of lush brass and string arrangements that bring new meaning to these exciting new renditions of American standards. In addition, Murray offers up a few original pieces as well as duets with guest artists Douglas Sills and the legendary Marilyn Maye. When Murray finished his last album, “When I Sing Low,” he began compiling a list of songs that evoked an emotional response in him. “Every time I heard a song that made me feel good…no matter how many times I have heard it over the years, I wrote it down. Before I knew it, I had more than 50 songs on the list,” says Murray. “I knew then, I would like to begin working on another album.” Before he made his final list, Murray added a few new tunes as well. Murray believes “it’s important to
sing and foster new songs. There are songs of today that become the American standards of tomorrow. I don’t believe ‘those were the good old days’ or that everything was better in times gone by.” In addition, the album provided the opportunity for Murray to work with two of his favorite singers – Marilyn Maye and Douglas Sills.

Murray says he always admired Marilyn Maye -- particularly her classic swinging tunes like “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Washington Square,” and “The Lamp Is Low.” “Her singing makes me feel happy….and there is an irreverence in vocal artistry. I was thrilled when she agreed to do a duet with me on the album” explains Murray. As to working with Broadway star, Douglas Sills, Murray asks: “Who wouldn’t want to sing with the best leading man on Broadway?” The only challenge was finding a duet that would highlight both Murray’s deep bass-baritone voice and the expressive, emotional quality of Sills’dramatic bari-tenor voice. According to Murray, it was a real challenge. So rather than consider traditional duets, he reinterpreted “If I Ruled The World” as a duet. His unique arrangement feels as if two people were simply talking to each other about the romantic notion of ruling the world. The result is stunningly simple yet dramatically powerful.

One of the new tunes on the album is the whimsical “Patricia.” Murray wrote the song for his friend,world-renowned chef and writer, Patricia Wells. When Wells asked Murray to sing at her birthday party,he surprised her by writing the song. Murray recalls that she was so overjoyed that her mouth was wide open through the entire song. She now concludes her world-famous cooking classes by playing the song for her students.

Garnering much praise, Murray’s debut CD, “When I Sing Low,” was chosen as one of “Talkin’ Broadway’s” Top Ten Vocal CDs of 2002. His Los Angeles Cinegrill performances were named LA Weekly’s Pick of the Month, and OUT Magazine named him on the “Hot List” for hottest cabaret singer. Murray has performed numerous solo shows, as well as at New York City and Palm Springs Cabaret Conventions at Lincol, and Townhall’s “Broadway By The Years 1935.” In addition, Todd toured for several years as the bass in John Brack’s quartet and soloist in many Zurich based concerts. Murray was part of the first Broadway tour of “The Secret Garden,” starred Off-Broadway in NYGASP’s “The Gondoliers,” and has been seen in several productions at Papermill Playhouse. Most recently, he starred in the leading role in the west coast premiere of the Irving Berlin review “The Melody Lingers On.” His rendition of “Why Not Me” can be heard in Charles Busch’s major movie release “Die Mommy, Die.”

There's no mistaking or forgetting Murray’s smooth baritone voice and heartfelt regard for every lyric. Whether it's ripping through a blazing-hot big band number like his self-penned “The Girl from Waco” or wrapping his golden cords tenderly around “I Fall in Love Too Easily,” Murray knows how to woo and wow an audience and send them away with a swing in their step.


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Claudia Sills

Stardust & Swing
Oh my gosh, what a terrific album! A delicious combination of voice, lyrics, music & personality! Todd Murray takes you on a fun ride. Some songs make you want to dance while others make you feel all dreamy . . in just the right order & way . . & ultimately adds delight to the day!. . . makes you want to wrap yourself in "Stardust"!

SUSAN SWIDER

Waaaaay Cool!!!
Todd's voice is captivating. He has the ability to make you feel as if you were with him as he sings. You can feel it in your heart and soul. Where are your music videos Todd???? Your soul touches all.

Art Manke

Stardust & Swing
Crazy about this CD. I play it constantly!

Mary Swider-Spresser

Like a fine cognac
To listen to Todd's music is like savoring an aged cognac with an exceptional friend.The experience transports you to feelings you've long forgotten, where warmth and joy abound and the memories linger gently.

roxanna beaver

Stardust and Swing
Where has this man been hiding!! I absolutely love his voice, his song choices and the instrumental accompaniment! Spread the word and the CD!

Vanette Mrachek

Stardust and Swing
There aren't enough stars in the list for Todd Murray's new album! When he sings he involves everyone who hears him. You simply cannot listen to Todd's music and feel anything but great joy!!

Pat Wafer

Stardust and Swing
Todd has the most sensual, seductive and romantic voice I have ever heard. His interpretations of these great standards are like messages from a lover. His shows are loads of fun. Jump at the next opportunity you have hear Todd. If his cds don't light your fire, then your wood is all wet!

Pat Wafer

Stardust & Swing
Todd Murray has the most seductive, sensual and romantic voice I have ever heard. Every song he sings is like a message from a lover! Jump at the next opportunity you have to hear one of his shows. If his voice doesn't light your fire, well then your wood must be wet!