Direct from the West End comes a unique union of three celebrated queens of musical theatre: Amber Riley (“Dreamgirls”), Beverley Knight (“The Bodyguard” and ”Memphis”), and Cassidy Janson (“Beautiful”). This is Leading Ladies.
The trio has announced “Songs From The Stage” – an album of unforgettable songs from great musicals like “Hamilton”, “Cats”, “Rent”, “Dreamgirls”, “Funny Girl”, “The Bodyguard”, “Memphis” and “Beautiful” and many more. “Songs From The Stage” will be released on 17 November 2017 through East West Records (Warner).
Amber, Beverley and Cassidy had become friends after seeing each other’s shows, so it was no surprise that the three performers leapt at the opportunity to do an album together. The creative journey was nothing short of a joyous and bonding experience for the ladies when they caught up to share their favourite songs and the personal stories that coloured them.
The Leading Ladies said: “We all knew we’d have so much fun making a record like this. Every track means something to us – whether it had been from a show one of us had done or from musicals we love. There were so many beautiful songs to choose from, it was near impossible to shortlist to one album. We have absolutely enjoyed singing together and hopefully, you will be able to see us together on stage soon.”
“Songs From The Stage” is produced by Grammy Award-winning British producer Brian Rawling, who has worked with chart-topping artists such as Cher, Tina Turner and Lionel Richie.
“Songs From The Stage” tracklisting
1. One Night Only (“Dreamgirls”)
2. Seasons of Love (“Rent”)
3. I’m Every Woman (“The Bodyguard”)
4. You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman (“Beautiful”)
5. Wind Beneath My Wings (“Beaches”)
6. Helpless (“Hamilton”)
7. Memory (“Cats”)
8. Somebody to Love (“We Will Rock You”)
9. Falling Slowly (“Once”)
10. Love Will Stand (“Memphis”)
11. Raise The Roof (“The Wild Party”)
12. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (“Beautiful”)
13. Don’t Rain On My Parade (“Funny Girl”)
14. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (“Meet Me in St. Louis”)
Each of the Leading Ladies are accomplished stars of stage, music and screen in their own right.
Amber Riley – already a globally-renowned star from her six-year stint in the hit TV musical series “Glee” – made her transformation into a bonafide theatre star in November last year with her West End debut. Her portrayal of Effie White in “Dreamgirls” earned her Olivier and What’s On Stage awards for Best Actress in a Musical this year. Amber also has a Screen Actors Guild Award for her portrayal of Mercedes Jones in “Glee” and has starred in stage productions of “Hair” and “Cotton Club Parade”.
Beverley Knight, Britain’s Queen of Soul, is a three-time MOBO Award-winning recording artist with platinum and gold-selling albums under her belt. Over the past four years, Beverley has locked down the West End with headlining roles in “The Bodyguard”, “Memphis The Musical” – which earned her an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in A Musical in 2015 – and “Cats”, playing Grizabella. Beverley made her journey back to Memphis last year to record her eighth studio album “Soulsville”, which went straight into the Top 10 of the album charts last summer and celebrates the sounds and legacy of the city that gave us music greats like Al Green and Aretha Franklin.
Cassidy Janson is no stranger to the West End having recently wrapped her glorious two-year stint playing Carole King in the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning musical based on her life: “Beautiful”. The leading role also earned Cassidy a chance to duet with Carole King on stage at the legendary songsmith’s sold-out show at British Summer Time Hyde Park in 2016. Prior to that, Cassidy had played the iconic Elphaba with the original London cast of “Wicked”.