Tony and Golden Globe Award nominee Jane Krakowski joins piano sensation Jim Brickman on his newest recording, "Love Songs & Lullabies," which will be released on the Windham Hill label on Aug. 6.
"Love Songs & Lullabies" includes eight original solo pieces as well as four new vocal tracks and such soon-to-be contemporary lullabies as "Night Prayer," "Dreamland," "Over the Clouds" and "Safe and Sound." In a statement, Brickman says, "When I began writing my own lullabies, I realized how much classical music has influenced traditional lullabies. I always used melodies and chord structures that were classical in nature, and have always been a fan of hymns and especially the music of Aaron Copland. When creating the music for 'Love Songs & Lullabies,' I wanted the songs to reflect a blend of all these different elements in a listener-friendly, pop format."
Krakowski is featured on Brickman's romantic song "You," and the CD also boasts the vocal group All-4-One. Brickman and guest Krakowski will be part of an upcoming concert special for PBS, also titled "Love Songs & Lullabies." Taped at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, Conn., the concert is scheduled for an August debut and also includes performances from All-4-One, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Kevin Spirtas and Joshua Payne.
Jane Krakowski made her Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express and later appeared in Tartuffe, Company, Once Upon a Mattress and Grand Hotel, earning Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her work in the latter. Other theatrical credits include the City Center Encores! production of One Touch of Venus, Henceforward and a concert version of Mack and Mabel. Perhaps best known for her work as Elaine Vassal on TV's "Ally McBeal," Krakowski's additional screen credits include "Life Happens," "Mrs. Winterbourne," "Stepping Out," "Fatal Attraction," "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas," "Go," "Due South" and "Search for Tomorrow." Krakowski will be part of the all-star Funny Girl benefit on Sept. 23 for the Actors' Fund of America.
For more information regarding pianist Jim Brickman, go to www.jimbrickman.com.