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8/8/2012 - Heather Headley Releases New CD, Only One In The World, September 25
Grammy® and Tony Award-Winner Heather Headley announces her new CD, Only One In The World, slated for release on September 25, 2012, featuring new songs penned by Headley, R&B hits, familiar favorites and a cut from the upcoming production of The Bodyguard: A New Musical in which Headley makes her London West End debut this fall. The highly-anticipated CD project is released by in:ciite Media and its distribution partner EMI-CMG Distribution.
"I'm incredibly honored to play Rachel in the musical version of The Bodyguard, but I'm also really excited to bring the new music to my fans on my upcoming CD," said Headley. "I wanted to record songs that are inspiring and uplifting, songs I love singing, and I hope my fans enjoy the variety of songs that I put together for them on Only One In The World."
Produced by Paul Mills and Keith Thomas, Only One In The World includes a collection of R&B tracks, inspirational songs, and original songs from Headley. Whitney Houston's famed song "Run To You" from The Bodyguard also featured in The Bodyguard: A New Musical wonderfully created in Heather Headley style along with other well-known favorites such as "River Deep, Mountain High" and "Superwoman" all showcase Headley's powerful vocals. "Home," famed by Dianna Ross in The Wiz, and "The Reason" are stand-out covers on the CD.
"In addition to the well-known songs I recorded, the CD also features a few new songs, which I'm excited to share," said Headley. One new song, "A Little While," touches the heart of Headley's admiration for her own mother and her handling of a tough family moment, Headley's own brother, Iric Headley, Jr., co-wrote and produced the bass driven R&B track "Hey Mama," which truly reflects the extension of Headley's uncontainable talent. She adds to the beautifully constructed timbre of songs, with the soaring duet, "Because You Need Me," performed and written with the star of The Voice, Chris Mann.
"Heather is an inspiring and amazing talent who has the heart, passion, and talent to move an audience whether the songs are live or recorded," said in:ciite Media CEO Chris Thomason. "We are honored to be a part of this milestone project in her career which will translate to her entire fan base of Broadway, Gospel, and R&B."
The 12-track CD features three never-heard songs from Headley, which includes "Bring Him Back," "A Little While," and "Only One In The World."
Only One In The World track listing:
1. Only One In The World
2. The Reason
3. Because You Need Me
4. Bring Him Back
5. Run To You
6. A Little While
7. River Deep Mountain High
8. One Last Cry
10. Hey Mamav11. I Wish
Born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad the daughter of a pastor, Headley started singing and playing piano in church at a young age. Since, her multi-faceted career has been a blessing. Headley won a Tony Award in 2000 for best actress in a musical for her role in Aida and originated the role of Nala in Broadway's The Lion King. In 2002, her debut album This Is Who I Am was nominated for two Grammy® Awards, and in 2010, she won a Grammy® in the best contemporary R&B Gospel album for Audience of One. Headley returns to the stage this fall and makes her London West End debut in The Bodyguard: A New Musical as Rachel Marron, the role made famous by Whitney Houston.
Gearing up for the premier of The Bodyguard: A New Musical in December, Headley will be in London rehearsing over the next few months. To get the latest news about her new CD and the theatrical production, please visit Heather's website and www.thebodyguardmusical.com.
5/17/2012 - Heather Headley Releases New CD September 25
Grammy® and Tony Award-Winner Heather Headley announces production of her new record slated for release on September 25, 2012 featuring new R&B tracks, stirring Gospel songs, and cuts from the upcoming production of The Bodyguard where Headley reprises Whitney Houston’s role as Rachel Marron. The highly-anticipated CD project is released by in:ciite Media and its distribution partner EMI-CMG Christian Music Distribution.
Born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad the daughter of a pastor, Headley started singing and playing piano in church at a young age. Since, her multi-faceted career has been a blessing. Headley won a Tony Award in 2000 for best actress in a musical for her role in Aida and originated the role of Nala in Broadway’s The Lion King. In 2002, her debut album This Is Who I Am was nominated for two Grammy® Awards, and in 2010, she won a Grammy® in the best contemporary R&B Gospel album for Audience of One. Headley reprises the role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard when it debuts on West End at the Adelphi Theatre in London in fall 2012.
“I’m honored to play Rachel in the musical version of The Bodyguard, but I’m also excited to bring new music to my fans on my upcoming CD project,” said Headley. “I encourage fans to participate and visit my website to give me feedback on the unfinished tracks.”
This summer fans can participate by visiting www.heatherheadley.com <http://www.heatherheadley.com> to give feedback on the unfinished tracks for the new CD, which Headley is recording in May in Nashville. Fans can become a part of the official street team and stay connected for the latest songs and announcements by following Headley on Twitter at @HHTeamOfficial and @HeatherHeadley.
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1/21/2009 - Heather Headley Tops Billboard Chart with #1 Debuts on Christian and Gospel Charts
New York, NY (January 21, 2009) - Popular Tony award-winning vocalist Heather Headley captures the Number One slot on Billboard's Top Christian & Gospel Chart and number 6 on the R&B Charts with her new project, "Audience Of One."
The January 13th release kicks off a month long series of appearances and promotional events for Headley who celebrates her first number one album. "Audience Of One," charted in the Number One slot on the Contemporary Christian Billboard Chart and debuted Number One on the Christian/Gospel album chart on I-Tunes.
Headley's album features a diverse mix of inspirational and traditional songs including the hit duet with label-mate, Smokie Norful, the Lionel Richie penned "Jesus Is Love." The single is one of the hottest songs at Gospel Radio right now and is quickly making its way up the R&R Gospel charts. The song is also being promoted at Urban AC Radio with an impact date of January 26th.
Headley recently sang at the historic HBO 'We Are One": The Obama Inauguration Celebration, broadcast from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. She performed "My Country Tis of Thee" with Josh Groban. Heather also performed at the 24th Annual Stellar Awards taped in Nashville this past weekend. The Stellar Awards are scheduled to air in national syndication starting this month through early March as well as on the Gospel Music Channel, the exclusive cable home of the Stellar Awards, which premieres the show on March 1, 2009. Check out www.thestellarawards.com for a complete list of stations, air dates and times.
Additionally Headley is a featured performer on BET's Celebration of Gospel airing nationally on Sunday, January 25th and will be performing with Ce Ce Winans on TBN's Praise the Lord program next month.
Headley is also in the midst of promoting her chart-topping release on a national promotional tour. She was recently featured in USA Today and Billboard Magazine. Fans and supporters can catch her in New York, LA, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington DC, Dallas, Chicago and more. For details people can log on to: www.myspace.com/heatherheadley or www.emigospel.com
10/14/2008 - Heather Headley's New Album, Audience of One, Releases January 2009 on EMI Gospel
"When I was about ten years old we moved into the manse directly above the church. Some of my earliest memories are of singing in that little church. It was my playground. That sweet church and everything I learned in it… and above it… shaped who I am today."
- Heather Headley, October 2008
(New York, NY) After successfully establishing her multi-faceted career as a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical actress, and chart-topping pop, R&B and dance crossover recording artist, Heather Headley has now completed the project of a lifetime - her first gospel album, AUDIENCE OF ONE, recorded in Nashville with renowned producer Keith Thomas. The new album arrives in the physical and digital marketplace on January 2009, on the EMI Gospel label.
Preceding the album release is a new single, "Jesus Is Love," featuring Heather and fellow EMI Gospel artist Smokie Norful. The classic 1980 tune was written by Lionel Richie and first recorded by the Commodores on their Heroes LP. "I grew up in the church," Heather wrote in her website journal at
, "actually above the church, and this album not only grants me a way to sing music I've always wanted to, but it also gives me a chance to give God some overdue praise for everything He has done, and continues to do for me. I really don't deserve all that He has given me. I can't help but be grateful; so, we'll take the voice He gave and thank Him with it."
Explaining the album title, AUDIENCE OF ONE, the Trinidad-born, Indiana-raised, and Northwestern University educated star gives credit to her husband. He reminded her one day about the little church back home, "the joy that I found singing in that empty church to me 'audience of one.' And so that is what this album is… a girl singing to the only audience that really matters… the One Audience who is truly worthy."
The daughter of a church pastor, Heather was steeped in gospel music from the time she first started singing and playing piano at age four. On her most recent (second) solo album, 2006's In My Mind, Heather raised the roof with an inspirational track prophetically titled "Change," co-written with the song's famed producer Warryn Campbell (and Eric Dawkins). "God is such a big part of who I am, who I want to be, and what's in my mind," she said at the time - and now she has taken the opportunity to dedicate an entire album to the Gospel.
Audiences from every corner of the globe first recognized Heather's artistry starting in 1997, when she won the role of Nala in the original premiere Broadway cast of the Elton John-Tim Rice musical. The Lion King. Heather's portrayal was so extraordinary that she was asked to audition for the title role of the next Elton John-Tim Rice Broadway musical, Aida, which opened in March 2000. Her work won Heather the prestigious Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, and the coveted Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.
(Note: Heather is featured on The Lion King Original Broadway Cast album [Disney, 1997], in which her "Shadowland" is a show-stopping track. She is also featured on the Aida Original Broadway Cast album [Disney, 2000], in which she sings on more than half the program's 21 songs.)
With such high caliber accolades to her credit, she was on her way to the pop charts. Heather's soulful debut album, on RCA entitled This Is Who I Am, was released October 2002, and brought a crew of top-flight producers to the table, including Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Shep Crawford, D'Influence, Rob Mounsey, and others. Two songs, the single "He Is" and the album track "I Wish I Wasn't," both emerged as Top 5 Dance chart hits.
Over the course of the following year, Heather received Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (for "I Wish I Wasn't"); and won Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for R&B/Soul Album of the Year and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. Several hard-working years followed, which included a performance cameo in the 2004 movie Havana Nights; Heather's song ("Represent, Cuba") was the centerpiece of the soundtrack album.
Heather returned in January 2006 with In My Mind, her long-awaited second solo album, once again working with an A-list of producers, among them Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Shep Crawford, Warryn Campbell, and Lil' Jon. The opening title tune single became Heather's first #1 hit, topping the Dance chart at #1. Since the album's release, Heather has maintained her profile as a touring and recording artist. In 2006, on The Kennedy Center Presents: The 2006 Mark Twain Prize, honoring playwright Neil Simon (televised on PBS), Heather sang the Hal David-Burt Bacharach song "I'll Never Fall In Love Again," from Simon's Broadway show Promises, Promises. Heather also presides over her March of Dimes educational campaign "I Want My 9 Months."
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