Siobhan Dillon, last seen in the West End and on Broadway alongside Glenn Close in “Sunset Boulevard”, has released her new album, “One Voice”, in support of the Breast Cancer Haven Charity.
Four years in the making, Siobhan has teamed up with globally renowned producer Steve Anderson, for a collection of songs that each hold a special connection to her.
The 11 eclectic tracks include “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles from her musical “Waitress”, Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love”, “Mad World”, originally performed by Tears For Fears, Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Without You” from the musical “Rent”.
Siobhan says: “I’ve been writing songs and recording all sorts of music since I was 17 and was lucky enough to have a record deal with Universal when I was 22, but it felt like someone else’s dream. As appealing as the idea of being a recording artist was, the songs never really resonated with me. It didn’t feel right and so i came to the conclusion that I wasn’t “doing it properly” Something just felt wrong.
“It was only after my experience with breast cancer in 2015 that I was able to drop the idea of what a recording should sound like and how a story should be told and honestly, I started telling stories that I wanted to tell because I let them resonate with me. Crying ugly tears and just being honest. For the first time ever a producer encouraged me to just go for it and nothing was “wrong”, in fact the more flaws the better! It was a way of creating and recording that worked exceptionally well for a recovering perfectionist! Steve Anderson and I really took our time with this album. We had no idea what it would be or when it would all be complete but we started anyway. What a wonderfully rare position to be in. It started with Steve asking me to send him a list of my ‘desert island’ songs, which slowly progressed into ‘the songs that I had always wanted to sing’ which very quickly progressed into ‘the stories that my heart wants to tell through song’. The decision to have my vocals front and centre – warts and all – was deliberate. Maybe uncomfortable at times, for me and the listener, but the only way I could express myself in the way I wanted. I will always be eternally grateful to Steve Anderson. A master producer, arranger, friend and all-round legend.”
Siobhan Dillon rose to fame in 2006 when she performed in the BBC1 talent show series ‘How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?’. Since then, she has performed in the West End, playing the roles of Sandy in ‘Grease’ at the Piccadilly Theatre, Vivienne Kensington in ‘Legally Blonde’ at the Savoy Theatre, Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret’, Molly in ‘Ghost the Musical’ at the Piccadilly Theatre, Ellen in ‘Miss Saigon’, and Betty Schaefer in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at the London Coliseum. Siobhan made her Broadway debut in this role at the Palace Theatre in New York City.