Broadway's Jenkins Teams With Composer Rosen for CD, "Nikki Giovanni Songs"

News   Broadway's Jenkins Teams With Composer Rosen for CD, "Nikki Giovanni Songs"
PS Classics announced April 3 that it will release the CD "One Ounce of Truth: The Nikki Giovanni Songs," a new collaboration of Broadway vocalist Capathia Jenkins and composer-performer Louis Rosen.

The new disc will be available in stores and online on May 13.

According to the label dedicated to theatre music and American popular song, "One Ounce of Truth" combines "the sultry and soaring voice of Broadway powerhouse Capathia Jenkins with the creative melodies of composer Louis Rosen that mix jazz, pop, and roots music. Jenkins' powerful and sensitive performances blend with Rosen's music — alternately delicate and exultant, and always highly melodic — in exploring those most universal of human experiences: friendship, lust, love and loss. It's a lush and memorable collection based on the vivid words of Nikki Giovanni, the Grammy-nominated writer and poet recently chosen as one of Oprah Winfrey's 'Living Legends.'"

Jenkins and Rosen launched their collaboration in New York City in March 2005 at Joe's Pub with two sold-out evenings of new songs that were written specifically for Jenkins, the highlight being the world premiere of "Twelve Songs on Poems by Maya Angelou."

At Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater, they introduced the 12-song suite "South Side Stories," with music and lyrics by Rosen. In 2006 Jenkins and Rosen appeared in concert at the Great Hall of Cooper Union with another world premiere, Rosen's 14-song "Dream Suite: Songs in Jazz and Blues," on poems by Langston Hughes.

Jenkins originated roles in Broadway's Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Caroline or Change, The Civil War and Bacharach & David's The Look of Love, and received a Drama Desk nomination for her solo performance in (mis)Understanding Mammy: The Hattie McDaniel Story. Rosen is an award-winning composer, lyricist, author and performer. He received a 2005-2006 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Music Composition. His songs and theatre music have been performed in concert halls, clubs and theatres across the country. Among his music theatre scores are Book of the Night (Chicago's Goodman Theater; music and co-lyrics); A Child's Garden (Off-Broadway; music and co-libretto); and the forthcoming adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Pearl (music). He is also the author "The South Side: The Racial Transformation of an American Neighborhood" — part memoir, part oral narrative — published by Ivan R. Dee. Inc.

Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator. She was dubbed the "Princess of Black Poetry" early in her career. Her autobiography, "Gemini," was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her CD "The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection," on which she reads and discusses her poetry, was nominated for a Grammy Award.


Founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker and Philip Chaffin, and a four-time Grammy nominee (for its cast albums of Assassins, Nine: The Musical, Grey Gardens and Company), PS Classics is known for its diverse line of solo albums and cast recordings, and its commitment to the past, present and future of the Great American Songbook.

Its solo albums range from jazz (Jessica Molaskey: "Sitting in Limbo") to folk (Rebecca Luker: "Leaving Home"), from pop (Jane Olivor: "Safe Return") to show music (Christine Andreas: "Here's to the Ladies"). Its acclaimed cast albums include the current Broadway production of Xanadu, Sunday in the Park With George and A Catered Affair. PS Classics is distributed exclusively by Image Entertainment.

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