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Self Taught, Still Learning – Chris Passey (Album Review)

15 Nov

Chris Passey’s debut album Self Taught, Still Learning has just been released in aid of the MS Society and Cancer Research. It contains 11 original songs, which are performed by well-known performers.

The first number, Comedy Introduction is by Miranda Sings (aka Colleen Ballinger), who introduces the album, the concept of charity work (or rather her idea of it) and her song. As the title suggests, it’s very funny and just typical Miranda.

Blue Sky Thinking is the first song, sung by Lauren Samuels. It’s very catchy with a beautiful melody and lyrics. Lauren sounds great.

In My Arms: This is sung by Liam Tamne. It is one of the highlights of the album for me, especially because of the lyrics.

Take Me With You: This is a duet sung by Siobhan Dillon and Simon Lipkin. Their voices sound incredible together and it’s a beautiful, yet sad song.

Lifeline: Caroline Keiff sings this stunning song. It’s got a very sad undertone, but it’s also full of hope. I really like it.

You Were Mine: This is a more upbeat, yet still melancholy, song sung by Chloe Hart, Trevor Jary, Zoe Rainey and Wayne A. Robinson.

How Would They Feel? This song is sung by Chris Passey himself and is my favourite song of the album. It’s a very, very moving song and Chris’s voice sounds magnificent. Just perfect.

Three Tiny Words: I heard this song at the A Night For Jennifer Gala and loved it. Here it is sung by Allyson Ava-Brown, who does a great job with it. It’s a very powerful ballad.

If They Only Knew: I love Kieran Brown’s voice on this. It’s another stunning ballad, beautiful in every way.

Sin That I Am: This is sung by Mark Evans and Ross Hunter. It’s a very catchy, quite upbeat song and I think it suits both their voices perfectly.

Room For Me: Another highlight for me, sung by the talented Richard Meek. A wonderful ballad.

Worthy: As Miranda, Colleen Ballinger does her best to convince us that she can’t sing at all, but here she shows just how beautiful her voice is. Another ballad with powerful lyrics.

Worthy (live): The Miranda Version of the song. It’s as hysterical as you’d expect it to be.

What I noticed most when listening to this album is the beauty and expressiveness of the lyrics. Together with the rich and catchy tunes, this makes Self Taught, Still Learning a unique listening experience. For me, it exceeded any expectations I had beforehand and shows yet again just how many talented British composers are out there who just wait for their chance.

You can buy Self Taught, Still Learning on iTunes, from Dress Circle or British Theatre.

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott Alan & Friends, Jermyn Street Theatre

26 Jun

For one night only, the American composer Scott Alan was back in London for a late-night concert at the Jermyn Street Theatre, organised by SimG Productions.

I love his music, mainly because I can relate to many of his songs and they are just beautiful, but I had never seen him live before.

He was joined by Stuart Matthew Price, Annalene Beechey, Ashleigh Gray, Bradley White-Dale, Cassie McIvor and Mark Evans for the evening.

The atmosphere was very relaxed, loads of joking and banter among the performers (and swearing from  Scott 😉 ) and apparently no rehearsals beforehand.

Scott started the concert with West from his album Keys. Lovely song and I really like his voice.

He then sang It’s Good To See You Again, the song he sang in his first ever concert in London at the Duchess Theatre.

Kiss The Air was next, sung by Bradley White-Dale . I love this song, but I wasn’t too keen on Bradley’s performance. I can’t even say what it was that I didn’t like, because he wasn’t bad in any way, but I think I just prefer other interpretations of that song.

After some not so nice comments about Betty Blue Eyes by Scott, Stuart Matthew Price sang Blessing, a song he wrote for his mother when he came out.I’ll just have to say it again, but I love the way he acts whatever song he sings.

Ashleigh Gray’s Never Neverland was stunning!

Mark Evans then sang a song that’s going to be on his new album, unfortunately I didn’t catch its title, but I’ll call it Waiting For You for now. It’s another beautiful song and I’m looking forward to hearing the recorded version.

Then Cassie McIvor sang Home, which apparently is about his dog. It’s one of my favourite songs and Cassie was great.

Having saved the best for last, Annalene Beechey sang a beautiful rendition of I Remember. She’s got such a gorgeous voice, simply stunning! As is the song.

The last song, sung again by Scott himself, was Anything Worth Holding On To. It’s one of the rare songs that are better at expressing what I feel/felt than I am myself and I’ll be forever grateful to Scott for writing about these things that nobody ever seems to talk about. Just the knowledge that you are not alone and there are other people out there, going through similar feelings, is comforting and I’m sure I’m not the only one getting this sort of comfort from Scott’s music.

Hopefully his sister really is moving to London, so that we can get many more Scott Alan concerts over here! In the meantime, go and buy his albums if you haven’t got them already! Either at Dress Circle or from his website .