The Original Studio Album
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MUSIC & LYRICS by DEBORAH JOHNSON
Award-winning vocalist, pianist and composer Deborah Johnson is a National Recording artist who has written hundreds of songs and is also an author and speaker. This is her third musical. Her other two musicals are ONE LITTLE KISS and TSARINA and she is a Samuel French published composer.. Her music is currently being licensed for radio, TV and film projects worldwide. More at GoalsForYourLife.com
BOOK & ADDITIONAL LYRICS (on Hacker Crew) by PAULA MILLER
Teaches college composition and literature courses and enjoys working with university students. Her free-lance articles on literature appears in publications such as The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Masterplots, and Critical Survey of Short Fiction. Her most recent publications include the books Student to Student: A Guide to College Life (2008) and Campus Voices: A Student Guide (2009)
ORIGINAL ALBUM VOCALS: These are the ORIGINAL STUDIO cast members for the album
Lacey -- DEBORAH JOHNSON
Miller, Devlin, Stiltz -- WAYLAND PICKARD Wayland is my “piano pal” in DOUBLE GRANDÉ and is one of the most talented people I know. He was the inspiration for the “glasses” on Stilts—especially when they’re taped together. Wayland can play the perfect nerd, but really he’s just a normal down-to earth Texan who loves music. It’s a pleasure working with him.
Ann -- NATASHA WALTON I met Natasha at Cal Poly Pomona University when she took my Jazz Vocal Class. I heard the uniqueness of her voice right off. Natasha has been in several local music theatre productions and still studies voice. She also teaches health sciences at Chaffey College.
Hatfield -- DAVID JOHNSON I know David really well because he is my son. At the time of this recording, he was the student director for Chamber Singers at Mt. San Antonio College. They had recently won the title “Choir of the World” in Europe and he held the 1st place soloist award for "New Generation Soloist" at Montery Jazz Festival 2 years in a row. He also plays a smooth trumpet and could very well be the “new Chet Baker”.
Lois -- LORI DONATO Lori is a dear friend. I was looking for a “low vocal” quality for Lois and definitely got it! She admits that her range is becoming a Tenor! Lori and I used to put on professional vocal workshops, which she still does in Los Angeles. She’s a wonderful coach and is a beautiful person and friend.
Chorus -- LAWREN DONAHUE, CRYSTAL AGREDANO, MARC ZAPANTA, AVI KAPLAN, DAVID JOHNSON, DEBORAH JOHNSON
All of the chorus are students from Mt. San Antonio College (except me, of course!) They did a great job in laying down the vocals. We separated the girls and guys and tripled each part. (this covers a multitude of sins!) It was fun to give them the experience and to help them to raise a little money for their upcoming tour to Carnegie Hall!
Additional solo on Voice Mail -- LAWREN DONAHUE Lawren is studying opera at Mt. San Antonio College and is is Chamber Singers and one of the top jazz vocal groups. She must be great on the phone, because she nailed the speaking part the very first time on Voice Mail!
Additional solo on Hacker Crew -- AVI KAPLAN At the time of this recording, Avi was just 19 years old. Pretty amazing for the depth and richness of his voice! Someone discover this kid! I think he could have a real future. I’m glad he’s staying in school and studying. He says his voice keeps getting lower. Note...he is now performing with the Grammy Award winning group Pentatonix.
World Premiere Cast Recording (different than studio cast) featuring:
Lacey: ALLI MILLER
Ann: GWENDOLYN DRUYER
Stilz: ROBERT MOON
Miller: ROSS KRAMER
Hatfield: DAVED WILKINS
Devlin: LARRY LEDERMAN
Lois: SUZAN SOLOMON
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