On January 21, 2014, Jennifer Holliday will return for her Shanachie Entertainment debut with “The Song Is You,” a collection of R&B and Jazz numbers sure to once again showcase her big, powerful, emotional voice.
Shanachie General Manager, Randall Grass says, “Jennifer Holliday is one of the greatest voices of our time; her many fans are hungry for new music from her. This new album may be the most complete fulfillment of her artistry and vision as she recorded it free from any pressure to fit a commercial format.”
Produced by Daniel Moore and Jennifer, much of “The Song Is You” is her take on standards but there are also previously unrecorded songs and lesser-known compositions. Holliday tackles Etta James’ "At Last,” for instance, and builds it into a hurricane of emotion. But amidst the standards is a memorable pop ballad Jennifer penned for Whitney Houston called "The One You Used To Be.” She also features a classic-sounding R&B song, "Are You Leaving Me" by an unknown author that has only previously been recorded as a demo by Aretha Franklin and "It's Not About You," a new song by neo-soul singer/songwriter Gordon Chambers. All instrumentation on the album is high-end live string and horn players, something you rarely hear nowadays.
As one of the original “Dreamgirls,” Holliday most notably portrayed Effie White with her show stopping performance of “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” which earned her a Tony award for Best Actress in a Musical and her first Grammy-Award for Best R&B Female Vocalist. Holliday has collaborated with everyone from Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, David Foster and Paul Simon, to Michael Jackson, Maurice White and Foreigner. She has also sung with the Boston Pops and The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra with Peter Nero.
Pre-order “The Song is You” here.