JUST BEING MYSELF is the fourth solo album from singer/songwriter CASSANDRA, whose previous albums "Live at Camp Nashville," "Hold the Sun", and "hiding underneath" garnered praise from the Billboard World Song Contest, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and even Billy Joel himself- "Cassandra is a rarity...proves that the genre [singer/songwriter] is not only alive and well, but that it is still capable of being transcendent." The latest release features production from Edd Kalehoff, the composing/producing force behind The Price is Right, Monday Night Football, Disney, Carnival Cruise Lines, Good Morning America, The View, and artists from Sarah Vaughn and Josh Groban to Faith Hill and Hank Williams, Jr. Featuring a cameo by Chris Botti on the sweeping, romantically jazzy "Je T'aime," the album switches among moods (sassy and cheeky first single "Just Being Myself" contrasts with the bittersweet harp of "Timeless", while movie-ready power ballad "First Kiss" sits alongside celebratory disco groove "Pop That Champagne") while Cassandra's lyrics travel through love, letting go, sensuality, celebrating life, and celebrating oneself, with her signature focus on sassy, witty wordplay.
You've heard Cassandra's music on TV shows like Dance Moms, E! News, Man Vs. Food, Mob Wives, the Much Music Awards, and many more. She's performed her songs and shared her stories with audiences from Jamaica to Germany, Boston to Belize, including a stint as a Borders Books and Music "Artist to Watch" in 2008, and opening slots for Anna Nalick, Dickie Betts, and Ingram Hill.
JUST BEING MYSELF ALBUM CREDITS
All songs music and lyrics by Cassandra Kubinski except “New York, I’m Home” and “Je T’aime”, additional composition by Edd Kalehoff.
Produced by Edd Kalehoff at Kalehoff Productions North and South
Engineering/Mixing/Mastering: Brian McGee
Pre and Post-Production: Bill Prickett
Contractor and endless moral support: Linda Baker
Cassandra Kubinski: Vocals, Pianos
Edd Kalehoff: Pianos, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Programming, Moog
Sammy Merendino: Drums and programming (Tracks 1,3,4,5,8)
John Clancy: Drums (Tracks 2,6,9,12); Percussion (Track 2)
Frankie Centeno: Bass, Fretless bass
Jimi K Bones: Electric guitars, acoustic guitars
Chris Botti: Trumpet, “Je T’aime” **
Dennis Collins, Sharon Collins, Alexis Kalehoff: Background vocals , “Layover”
Photography: Thomas Wilson
Makeup/Hair: Marika Aoki
Album Design: Kyla Pelletier
Back Cover City Graphics designed by Baptiste Fournier
**Chris Botti appears courtesy of Sony Records
THANK YOU- I AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL TO:
First and foremost, the inimitable, endlessly talented, magical Edd Kalehoff, who brought these songs to life with his belief and passion. J’t. Billy, Brian, and Linda at Kalehoff Productions- for your commitment, optimism, and support on websites, videos, travel, networking, promotion- I’m so lucky to be on this team. The musicians- Sammy, Frankie, Jimi, Chris, Clancy, Dennis, Sharon, Alexis, for your talent, generosity, and mojo!
My amazing family- Mom, Dad, Ali, and Jackie- every single day, your support, love, and acceptance of me and my musical journey is a blessing I never take for granted. My extended family. To my incredible friends, especially my silly, inspiring crew, especially the irreplaceable Brooke Ferris.
Andrew Jolda, Kelly Heaton, Lu Mac, Maria Rusolo and Rob, Sean Simpson, Mark Cabaroy, Billy Terrell, Ken Gorka, Kevin and Holly Kraft, Clive Swersky, Nick Gauthier, The Living Room, Eric Schleien, Gina Kim, my Landmark community, our music video crews and casts. Thomas Wilson, Marika Aoki, Brittany Caruso. My songwriting and artist friends who inspire daily with their creations.
Valerie Wilson Morris, Neil, Josh, Genine at VAMNation; Nancy Carson, Bonnie Deroski and all at Carson Adler agency; Jeb and Matt and all at Paradigm. The goddess Lorraine Ferro for sharing her heart and guidance. Del, Charlie, Jody, Samantha, and everyone at BMI for believing in this music and helping launch this rocket. Jim, Mike, and everyone at Gibson NYC. WIM.
Billy Joel for his inspiration, creativity, and support.
My collaborators in jingle and VO land, especially Pulse, Big Foote, Face the Music, JSM, Human, Crushing, 615… My licensing partners at Jingle Punks, Sir Groovy, H Music, Indigi.
Thanks to my Nashville contingent, my Miami people, my hometown and CT circle- it takes a (global) village J
To the friends and lovers, memories and mistakes, fantasies and future that inspired these songs- I am forever grateful. Every one of these songs was a gift to write, magical to hear coming to life in the studio, and my hope is that they change the vibration for the better and become the soundtrack to your life.
More than anything, to the fans who come out to the live shows, download the music, share, tweet, blog, and support this journey in so many ways- you are an avalanche of so much joy in my life, and I thank you for supporting this journey every day! XO