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With Sweet Despair

by Maude Maggart

The heartbreaking voice of Maude Maggart breathes new life into classic and contemporary American standards. She is accompanied by piano and strings.
Genre: Easy Listening: Cabaret
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1. Beyond Compare
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2. How Deep Is The Ocean
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3. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
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4. Forty Second Street / Boulevard of Broken Dreams
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5. It's The Talk of The Town
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6. How Could We Be Wrong
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7. Night and Day
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8. What Is Love
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9. Remember My Forgotten Man
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10. Happy Days Are Here Again
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11. Someday I'll Find You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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MAUDE MAGGART, the chanteuse who started her performing career in the clubs of New York and Los Angeles , has exploded into one of today’s most compelling international concert artists. She has been hailed as “bewitching” by The New York Times, “utterly enchanting” by the New York Post, “stunning” by the Los Angeles Times and “transfixing” by New York Magazine.

Her latest CD Maude Maggart Live – which includes classic love songs such as “You Go To My Head,” “Skylark,” “I Can’t Get Started,” “All The Things You Are” and “The Song Is You,” in addition to rarely-heard vintage compositions by Kurt Weill (“The River Is So Blue”), Jerome Kern (“Let’s Begin”) and Harry Warren (“Coffee In The Morning, Kisses In The Night”) – was released on March 13, 2007. USA Today, which labeled the disc “Pick of the Week,” said “with her sultry-sweet tone and quivering vibrato, Maggart conveys a singular freshness and unmannered sensuality.”

This new CD continues a year of astonishing success for Maude, including a spot on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List,” a feature segment on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and a Time Out New York cover story. Maude recently filmed her screen debut in a new movie about composer Kurt Weill by director/actor/screenwriter Robert Downey, Sr. She recorded a duet with Broadway and TV star John Lithgow for his new CD, The Sunny Side of the Street, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. In addition to annual sell-out runs at the Oak Room of the fabled Algonquin Hotel in New York and the Gardenia in Hollywood , Maude made her London debut in February as part of Jeff Harnar’s “American Songbook in London ” series at the Jermyn Street Theatre.

Her concerts have become celebrity magnets, attracting such boldface names as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lynn Redgrave and Neil Simon. Her latest show, “Good Girl/Bad Girl” – which explores the emotional complexities of songs written for both naughty and nice, and others open to interpretation – opened to rave reviews in New York and Los Angeles . She reprised the program in Chicago at the Steppenwolf Theater Company and it will be broadcast on Chicago Public Radio this fall.

Her previous CD, Maude Maggart Sings Irving Berlin, features well-known standards from Berlin’s catalog such as “The Song Is Ended,” “Always” and “What’ll I Do,” as well as lesser known songs such as “When I Leave The World Behind,” “Slumming on Park Avenue” and “Yiddisha Nightingale.” Her 2004 CD, With Sweet Despair, includes Depression-era gems such as “Happy Days Are Here Again,” “ Forty Second Street ” and “Night and Day,” along with rarely recorded numbers by Harry Warren (“Remember My Forgotten Man”), Marshall Barer (“Beyond Compare”) and Cole Porter (“How Could We Be Wrong?”). Her music has been championed by New York broadcasting legend Jonathan Schwartz, the eminent British broadcaster Russell Davies on the BBC and Garrison Keillor on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Maude is the scion of an acclaimed show business family: her grandmother starred in the George White Scandals of 1926, her grandfather was the star vocalist for the famed Harry James Big Band, her parents met while performing with Lauren Bacall in the Broadway musical Applause, and her sister is pop singer-songwriter Fiona Apple.

Born and raised near 125th Street in New York City , Maude created a stir in Hollywood with her debut show at the Gardenia, when The Los Angeles Times said “Maude Maggart’s talent and imagination offer hope for the future of cabaret.” Fostered by Andrea Marcovicci and Michael Feinstein, Maude has performed at nightclubs around the country, including Feinstein’s at the Regency in Manhattan, the Plush Room in San Francisco, the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, the Savor Room in St. Louis and Schroeder’s in San Diego.

For the 92nd Street Y’s “Lyrics and Lyricists” series, Maude starred in Easy to Love: The Love Songs of Cole Porter and Kurt Weill In America, the latter which will be released on CD this spring. She will return to the series in June 2007 for Noël Coward and His Ladies, curated by Steve Ross. In 2005, she was featured in the LAByrinth Theatre Company’s Obsession benefit, curated and directed by John Patrick Shanley. Maude is the recipient of the 2005 Time Out New York Award for Special Achievement, the 2005 MAC Award for Best Female Debut and the 2005 Back Stage Award for Special Achievement.

Over the past year, she has headlined shows at New York ’s Downtown River to River Festival, Guild Hall in East Hampton , the Hudson Opera House, the Oregon Festival of American Music, the Bridgeport Playhouse and Michael Feinstein’s “Standard Time” concert series at Carnegie Hall. She appeared as the special guest star with the MYO Dance Company in Garden of Reason – a theatrical event with song, dance and magic – at the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood .


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Jurgen Heimann

A blast from the past!
It's as though this young lady has stepped forward in time from the 1920's. She's absolutely amazing. The addition of violin to this album adds a greater depth to the production, compared to her first effort, but, as with LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING, the song selection is spot on. I highly recommend this new album (both albums, in fact). Tell your friends.

Jim

Great talent.
Very atmospheric, almost avant garde. Lovely voice. But why such a high price tag?

Janet O'Brien

A wonderfully perfect album!!
It's really hard to believe that someone so young (Maude is 28ish)can sing with such emotional sophistication. Her voice is unique and a perfect match for each one of these tunes. The 42nd Street piece is perhaps the catchiest while at the same time most bittersweet. An overall great listen!

Brooke Mitchell

Lovely, lovely. What a pleasure to play this cd!
Lovely, lovely. What a pleasure to play this cd. I had not heard
Talk of the Town for ages, and it was simply wonderful to hear
it sung by this artist. Thank you, Maude & Co. for bringing
us all this beautiful music.

Lillian Kollar

Loved "How Deep Is the Ocean" and "It's the Talk of the Town" -- both moved me t
How Deep Is the Ocean and It's the Talk of the Town were beautifully sung, with true emotive communication to the listener. I have been a professional piano accompanist all my life, and I recognize the special quality this singer has. It is rare, and in my opinion is what separates the just OK from the really special.

Tom

nice. very nice
I had seen Ms. Maggert in Hbg, Pa and hope to see her again in the future.

Pam

A unique and evocative voice.
This is a wonderful collection of songs that remind me of the songs my parents listened to. But then, you hear Maude sing and they become uniquely new again!

Jeremy B.

Thrills the heart
Ms. Maggart has a voice with a haunting quaver that really makes her renditions something special to hear. She is lovely to listen to, beyond all question.

Mary Dunn

Exquisite voice, compellingly simple delivery
When I heard Maude on The Prairie Home Companion, I had to have this to play on command. Sweet Despair flows sweet and true from beginning to end - every song trills in the ear and hits the heart. A voice in its springtime now that promises to grow richer with the years. Thanks, Maude.

Ed Gerrard

Maude is a wonderful find!
I had never heard of Maude Maggart until I heard her NPR interview. That interested me enough to hunt down a CD.."With Sweet Despair". She is spectacular!! I have now ordered her other two CDs and I can't wait for them to arrive.
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