Color Purple Tony Nominee to Release Solo CD

News   Color Purple Tony Nominee to Release Solo CD Elisabeth Withers-Mendes, a current Tony nominee for her performance as Shug Avery in The Color Purple, will release her debut solo recording this summer.

Elisabeth Withers-Mendes
Elisabeth Withers-Mendes Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Entitled "It Can Happen to Anyone," the CD is set to hit stores on the EMI label at the end of June. Withers-Mendes composed all the songs for her recording, which she says is "[my] music mixed in with [the sound of] Tina Turner and Gwen Stefani. It's an eclectic album that I think everybody is going to enjoy."

Color Purple marks the Broadway debut for Withers-Mendes, who has recorded and performed with such artists as Luther Vandross, Cher, Celine Dion and Henry Krieger. She also penned the song "Emotions," a number-one hit on the Billboard Charts.

The Color Purple, nominated for 11 Tony nominations, plays the Broadway Theatre.

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