Thanks to One2One Network, I recently had the chance to take an early listen to Emmy Rossum's new album, Sentimental Journey.
The multi-talented actress and singer brings her stellar voice to songs popularized by some of the most beloved artists of the last century.
Read on for my thoughts on this album of sentimental standards...
Emmy's 12-song 'passion project' is an emotional musical journey, with each song representing a month in the year.
"Each song needed to either lyrically or emotionally reflect the corresponding month," Emmy explained. "Some songs were obvious fits, like Summer Wind for June, and Pretty Paper for December. Others songs were less literal fits. I chose Nobody Knows You (When You're Down and Out) for September because, to me, the plaintive melody and lyric emotionally reflect the cold weather creeping in and the sense of melancholy we can get in the fall months."
- “Sentimental Journey” (Les Brown, Ben Homer, Arthur Green)
- “The Object Of My Affection” (Pinky Tomlin)
- “I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover “(Mort Dixon, Harry M. Woods)
- “These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)” (Eric Maschwitz, Jack Strachey)
- “(I’ll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time” (Albert Von Tilzer, Neville Fleeson)
- “Summer Wind” (Heinz Meier, Johnny Mercer)
- “Many Tears Ago” (Winfield Scott)
- “All I Do Is Dream Of You” (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed)
- “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out” (Jimmy Cox)
- “Autumn Leaves” (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert)
- “Things” (Bobby Darin)
- “Pretty Paper” (Willie Nelson)
Did you know? - Rossum is also an acclaimed actress who currently stars in the Showtime series Shameless with William H. Macy. She also stars alongside Emma Thompson and Viola Davis in the upcoming feature film Beautiful Creatures, which hits theaters on February 13th.
Thoughts from OHM: I may be only 33 years old, but I grew up listening to and singing this 'old soul' style of music. Whether it be from spending a lot of time with my grandmother or having 2 different choir directors that lived for the standards. Most of the songs I knew before listening to the cd, and was wondering if they were going to rise to the bar that I'd created in my head. And while it wasn't perfect, it has a beautiful and glamourous sound that was oh so easy to sing along to! It made me want to sit with my man while sipping a martini or a glass of red.
Want to buy the album? You can find it on iTunes or Amazon now.
You can also find Emmy Rossum on Twitter.
* Disclosure: I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.*