Tony Award Winner Salonga to Release New Studio Album

News   Tony Award Winner Salonga to Release New Studio Album Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, who will return to Broadway as Fantine in the current revival of Les Misérables, will release her latest solo recording later this month.

Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga

According to the Manilla Bulletin, Salonga's new studio recording is entitled "Inspired" and will be available on the SonyBMG Music Entertainment label. Among the songs featured on the new CD are Beverly Craven's "Promise Me," Jim Brickman's "To Hear You Say," Lani Macaraeg's "Do You Hear It" and Louie Ocampo's "Two Words."

About her new recording, Salonga told the Manilla Bulletin, "I've very, very excited about this new album. It's been a while since I've gone into the studio to record a full scale CD, so the process has been truly enjoyable. I love these wonderful orchestrations and the sound they've created. My job was made incredibly easy! All I had to do was open my mouth and sing!" The orchestrations were penned by Salonga's brother, Gerard Salonga, as well as Ria Osorio and Marvin Querido.

When asked why she titled her disc "Inspired," Salonga said, "I guess it's a word that describes our collective state of being. We were inspired by various things: My new baby, different artists' albums and/or vocal stylings, experiences, people, just going about our individual days. There wasn't any one thing I can pin down or point out, but whatever these things were, it brought out our best."

Other titles on the new recording include "When October Goes," "My Foolish Heart," "Brian's Song," "Sing" and "Waiting for Love."

Lea Salonga burst onto the London and New York theatre scene as Kim in the international hit musical Miss Saigon. For her performance, she was awarded the Laurence Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards. On Broadway she was also seen in another Boublil Schönberg musical, Les Misérables, as the ill-fated Eponine, a role she would later repeat in the concert video of the musical. Her most recent Broadway appearance was in the revival of Flower Drum Song. Salonga joins the Les Miz revival March 6 at the Broadhurst Theatre.