Lillias White releases her debut studio album, “Get Yourself Some Happy!”


How come it took Broadway legend Lillias White so long to release her debut studio album? Whatever the answer, we’re grateful the Tony and Daytime Emmy Award winner has finally finished Have fun!released today via Old Mill Road Recording.

Described by The New York Times as a “one-of-a-kind performer who combines the sass of a classic blues mom with the flair of a Broadway star,” White is internationally recognized for her powerful voice and song interpretation. Have fun! offers a modern mix of Motown, Standards, Rock-and-Roll, Broadway and Jazz – all reimagined for today’s audience. Centered around the theme of happiness, tracks range from the soulful “When You Wish Upon a Star” to a lightning-fast “The Twist” to a raw “Happy Together” to a soft and tender take on “You’re My Best”. Friend. White’s disco-inspired orchestral “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” will inspire dance, and his tropical “Put on a Happy Face” will have listeners smiling from ear to ear.

(Illustration by Noah Regan and Joshua Sherman, courtesy of Joshua Sherman Productions)

Recorded and mixed in July 2019 at Old Mill Road Recording in East Arlington, Vermont, Have fun! is the culmination of a 30-year friendship and professional collaboration between Lillias White and her musical director and accompanist, Timothy Graphenreed. Best known for his arrangements on the iconic musical, The geniusTimothy tragically passed away on March 1, 2020. The album is dedicated to his memory.

White is known for her work both on stage and on screen. Her performance in Cy Coleman’s Broadway musical, The life, won her the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She was nominated for a second Tony Award for her brilliant work in Fela! Additional Broadway credits include Barnum, Dreamgirls, Cats, Carrie, Once On This Island, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and Chicago.

White received the Daytime Emmy Award for her role as Lillian Edwards for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series on sesame street in 1992 and is beloved by audiences around the world for voicing lead muse Calliope in Disney’s animated feature Hercules. White received unanimous praise for his work in the Carnegie Hall Concert version of South Pacific, with Reba McEntire, which aired on PBS Great performance. Recent TV credits include the NETFLIX series directed by Baz Luhrmann Lowering, Russian doll and Research group. She has appeared in cabarets and concert halls around the world, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

“This recording, Have fun!, is a labor of love put together by the late great Timothy Graphenreed, Dr. Joshua Sherman and myself,” White said. “It was a pleasure to create. The songs were handpicked and heartfelt – and we hope the album brings smiles to you. I want people to see you smile (with your headphones on) and wonder what you’re listening. I hope you’re hanging out and enjoying yourself!

“Lillias is an inspiring human being with an unparalleled ability to lift the spirits of an audience,” adds producer Joshua Sherman. “Stop what you are doing. Forget your worries and Have fun!”

White’s next concert appearances include:

July 23-24 – Feinstein’s at the Nikko – San Francisco, CA
August 12-14 – The Green Room 42 – New York, NY
August 27-28 – The Art House – Provincetown, MA

Lillias White releases her debut studio album, “Get Yourself Some Happy!” was last modified: July 23, 2021 by Matthew Wexler


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