The Challenge Of Greatness
TO TAKE ON 46 SONGS,
THE CLASSIC HIT SONGS OF BYGONE DECADES
All About My New Album
——— By Patricia Welch
I love the old classics. And I listened to many of them as a little girl in West Virginia, longing even then for a life in music. When I was older, I got to work on Broadway, co-starring with Yul Brynner in a revival of “The King and I,” touring with Robert Goulet, singing in Wayne Newton’s show and many other wonderful venues. But despite all these gifts for expressing my talent and ambition, I wanted to create something challenging, exciting and yet entirely under my own creative control, something that paralleled the kind of shows I have been recently performing, showcasing the music I truly loved.
Presenting My New 3-CD Set
So now I am very happy to present to you my new 3-CD set filled with 46 songs, all of which were blockbuster hits from the 50’s to the 90s. These songs were so popular, they were covered sometimes dozens- and in some cases- even hundreds of times by the most popular singers of the twentieth century. This CD makes the perfect gift for anyone who wants to host a dinner party or to anyone who savors the greatest music from the romantic and talented writers and singers from a bygone era that continues to live vibrantly and powerfully through the magic of electronic media but also through the continuing work of singers and performers who sought to make these songs their own.
It wasn’t all that easy. This is what I did in order to make my own twenty-first century versions of the songs I loved: Nine months of intensive study of numerous versions of the songs and their history and continual fourteen hour days, mostly in a recording studio or practicing at home, to give my own polish and shine to these old standards.
Could I create versions of these songs to equal or surpass the versions of artists ranging from great artists like Linda Ronstadt, Sheena Easton, Frank Sinatra, Gladys Knight, Gwen Verdon, Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Dionne Warwick, Doris Day… Well, I thought I could. You tell me… Here is a short clip of one of my favorites “Unchained Melody”