NEWS: THE FELLAS - MELISSA MANCHESTER'S NEW ALBUM - DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 8

June 21, 2017  •  1 Comment

GRAMMY® winner Melissa Manchester tips her hat to some of the most iconic male singers of the 20th century on her new album, The Fellas, which will be released on September 8 via her independent label, Long Run Entertainment, LLC.

 

“In 1989, I released my Tribute album to honor the great women singers who meant so much to me as a young artist – singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Rosie Clooney, Judy Garland, Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gormé ... that rarified bunch,” says Melissa Manchester. “Ever since, I've wanted to complete the idea with another album paying homage to the great male singers who, likewise, set the platinum standard for the rest of us – Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Mel Tormé, Johnny Mathis, Dean Martin ... the greats.”

 

She co-produced The Fellas with Robert Slack, Dean of Visual and Performing Arts at Citrus College in Glendora, CA, where she also recorded her 2015 album, You Gotta Love the Life. The Citrus College Blue Note Orchestra – composed of students, alumni and faculty of the small community college, located northeast of Los Angeles – backs Manchester on The Fellas. Barry Manilow joins her on a special rendition of “For Me And My Gal,” as a tribute to movie star legend, Gene Kelly. The album was mastered by the legendary Bernie Grundman. See below for track listing.

 

Manchester forged a relationship with The Blue Note Orchestra while recording You Gotta Love the Life, which led to performances with the orchestra in Honolulu in 2016. The Blue Note Orchestra will once again join her in Hawaii for a June 23 performance at the historic Royal Hawaiian’s Monarch Room in Honolulu. Tickets are available HERE.

 

“It seems fitting that I help pass the torch to these dedicated young musicians as I'm paying tribute to the artists who inspired me,” Manchester notes. “Some would think it's risky to entrust a recording project to a group of students. What I found was that, under the expert tutelage of Bob Slack and Alan Waddington (and the rest of the Citrus faculty), these young musicians rose to, and exceeded, our expectations, every time, every song. This is a community college, open to all who want to learn, and these students truly appreciate the opportunity to be part of a grand musical adventure.”

 

Following her stint as a founding member of Bette Midler’s Harlettes, Manchester established herself as a solo artist with Top 10 hits like “Midnight Blue,” the GRAMMY-nominated “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and the GRAMMY-winning “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” Her songs have been heard in motion pictures, netting her two Oscar nominations, and recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss and Roberta Flack. Manchester has appeared on both the large screen in movies (For The Boys) and small screen in television (Blossom), as well as the stage. The Fellas is her 21st studio album.

 

Track Listing – The Fellas:

Ain’t That A Kick In The Head - Tribute to Dean Martin

Chances Are - Tribute to Johnny Mathis

They Say It’s Wonderful - Tribute to Johnny Hartman

For Me And My Gal (feat. Barry Manilow) - Tribute to Gene Kelly (and Judy Garland)

Love Is Just Around The Corner - Tribute to Mel Tormé

Smile - Tribute to Nat King Cole

Night And Day - Tribute to Frank Sinatra

How Do You Keep The Music Playing - Tribute to Tony Bennett

 

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Art Attack Foundation(non-registered)
EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT

THE FELLAS - MELISSA MANCHESTER Gala and CD Release Party
Benefiting the Art Attack Foundation.

Friday, September 22nd at 8 PM at the James Armstrong Theatre


Backed By The Blue Note Orchestra, The GRAMMY® Winner Pays Tribute To Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Dean Martin And Other Iconic Male Singers

Barry Manilow Duets With Manchester On “For Me And My Gal”

GRAMMY® winner Melissa Manchester tips her hat to some of the most iconic male singers of the 20th century on her new album, TH FELLAS paying tribute Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Dean Martin And Other Iconic Male Singers. This Special Gala event will be her record release party and concert for her 21st album. Backed by the Blue Note Orchestra, this special evening will include new songs like Love Is Just Around The Corner (Tribute to Mel Tormé) Smile ( Tribute to Nat King Cole) and Night and Day (recorded by Frank Sinatra). A special duet of For Me and My Gal is with the great Barry Manilow.
“In 1989, I released my Tribute album to honor the great women singers who meant so much to me as a young artist – singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Rosie Clooney, Judy Garland, Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gormé ... that rarified bunch,” says Melissa Manchester. “Ever since, I've wanted to complete the idea with another album paying homage to the great male singers who, likewise, set the platinum standard for the rest of us – Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Mel Tormé, Johnny Mathis, Dean Martin ... the greats.”


MELISSA MANCHESTER will perform at a Gala Fundraiser and CD Release Party on Friday, September 22nd at 8 PM at the James Armstrong Theatre located at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. This concert is to benefit the Art Attack Foundation, a performing arts student scholarship organization. “Ms. Manchester’s talents encompasses all areas of the arts, she continues to work and strive for excellence and is a perfect example of a consummate performer and that is what we are looking for in our scholarship recipients” says Dan Watt, Executive Director of the Foundation.

Following her stint as a founding member of Bette Midler’s Harlettes, Manchester established herself as a solo artist with Top 10 hits like “Midnight Blue,” the GRAMMY-nominated “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and the GRAMMY-winning “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” Her songs have been heard in motion pictures, netting her two Oscar nominations, and recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss and Roberta Flack. Manchester has appeared on both the large screen in movies (For The Boys) and small screen in television (Blossom), as well as the stage. The Fellas is her 21st studio album.

In addition to Ms. Manchester’s performance there will be a silent with all proceeds going to the Art Attack Foundation student scholarship fund. Tickets are $30 & $45 for show only and $75 for show and VIP reception following with Ms. Manchester (limited seats avail for reception). Call the Box Office at 310-781-7171 or go to www.artattackfoundation.org to purchase tickets.
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