Wicked's Julie Reiber Will Release Debut Solo Recording in November

News   Wicked's Julie Reiber Will Release Debut Solo Recording in November
Julie Reiber, whose Broadway credits include Wicked, All Shook Up and Brooklyn, is currently recording her debut solo album at Avatar Studios in Manhattan.

Julie Reiber and Roberta Flack
Julie Reiber and Roberta Flack Photo by Rob Bennett

Entitled "Love Travels," the recording is due in November 2011.

Listeners can expect a twist on theatre favorites as well as original tunes penned by Reiber and cover songs of works made famous by Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. A hidden bonus track will "make Julie's Wicked fans very happy," according to a press statement.

Reiber is co-producing "Love Travels" with executive producer Jack Sharkey. James Sampliner acts as producer/arranger/orchestrator and plays keyboards; Reiber and Sampliner conceived and developed the tracks over the course of two years.

In addition to Sampliner on keyboards, the band also features Sammy Merendino (percussion), Steve Count (bass), John Putnam (electric guitar) and Chris Biesterfeldt (acoustic guitar). "Blood, Sweat & Tears" members Tom Timko, Steve Jankowski, Jens Wendelboe are featured on horns, and fellow BS&T member Rob "The Honeydripper" Paparozzi plays harmonica. The string section consists of Laura Bontrager, Chris Cardona and Christian Hebel.

In a statement Sampliner said, "This is also not going to be your typical 'Broadway actor makes a record' album. This is a pop/rock record that harkens back to a great time when all the sessions had amazing players and sounded like a band you were dying to see. Live strings, live horns, live rhythm section...classic feels on new tunes, and new feels on classic tunes. The musical theater songs that we have chosen have been updated for a listener's environment who lives in this world, in 2011, knowing the musical history that has come before. So for me to have arranged/orchestrated/produced and played all sorts of vintage keyboards on this record (my first as producer) was not just an amazing experience for me, it was humbling as well. And I can not think of anyone more deserving of such a great experience in and out of the studio as Julie Reiber." Rob Killenberger is head engineer.

Reiber will be seen later this spring in the new musical Tales of City at ACT in San Francisco.

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