RECORDED IN NASHVILLE
CHENOWETH EXPLORES HER SOUTHERN MUSIC ROOTS
Born and raised in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, actress/songstress Kristin Chenoweth goes back to her country music roots with her new album Some Lessons Learned, available on SONY MASTERWORKS on Tuesday, September 13. She will perform songs from the new recording on The View, Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Piers Morgan Tonight and more.
Some Lessons Learned was produced in Nashville by the legendary Bob Ezrin (Peter Gabriel, KISS, Pink Floyd). It features songs by elite pop and country songwriters including Diane Warren, Desmond Child, Tom Douglas, Hillary Scott, Jodi Marr, Victoria Shaw, Dolly Parton, Eric Bazilian, Gary Burr and Shane McAnnally. Chenoweth herself contributed two songs, "What Would Dolly Do?"-- written in honor of her hero Dolly Parton -- and "Mine To Love," about a woman who struggles with an emotionally unavailable man.
This is Chenoweth’s fourth album on Sony. "Look at my recording career and it's kind of funny. It's all so different!” says Chenoweth who counts Dolly Parton (whose “Change” Kristin covers on the album), Patsy Cline, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire and Linda Ronstadt among her major influences. “This album is more along the lines of what I grew up singing, like the music I sang in church in Oklahoma. When I was hired at nineteen to sing at Opryland in Nashville, that's what I wanted to do. I never anticipated my career going in all these great directions -- which I'm grateful for! I'm finally getting to do what I want."
Some Lessons Learned is the culmination of a natural progression for Chenoweth as a recording artist. She singles out the title track "Lessons Learned": "It's about what we learn and how we learn -- and what we do with it.”
Her debut single, “I Want Somebody (Bitch About)” is a tongue-in-cheek song about finding unconditional love and is available now. All of the songs on Chenoweth’s new album are very personal and explore her life experiences as a woman.
The music video for “I Want Somebody (Bitch About)” which takes place in a retro hair salon made its debut on Country Music Television (CMT) this summer. During that time, Chenoweth was very involved in Nashville’s annual Country Music Fest. She was a presenter on the 2011 CMT Music Awards and performed on the finale of CMT’s Next Superstar.
Kristin relied heavily on one of contemporary pop's most prolific songwriters, Diane Warren, who wrote a number of songs on the album. "I feel so lucky to be able to have worked with Diane. Her songs really capture who I am. She pushed me and gave me confidence to go for it!" says Chenoweth. Warren also hooked her up with Ezrin, "and it became a great partnership," she adds. "On paper you wouldn't think of having Pink Floyd's producer, but it really worked!"
Ezrin has certainly succeeded in bringing out Chenoweth's hopeful, humorous, and inspirational qualities. Additionally, Some Lessons Learned showcases the work of "some of the best songwriters and musicians in Nashville," notes Chenoweth. I'm so glad that as an artist, I'm in a position to work with such incredibly talented people," Chenoweth concludes. "I’ve always wanted to make this album, especially in Nashville, where the musicians are amazing and everyone is so wonderful to work with. I can’t wait to go back!”
Chenoweth has had an extraordinarily diverse career. In November 2010, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for her achievements. She won a Tony Award for her role as Sally Brown in the Broadway musical You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and is also celebrated for originating the role of Glinda in Wicked. In 2010, she appeared as Fran Kubelik in Promises, Promises alongside Sean Hayes.
She won an Emmy Award for her performance as Olive Snook in the television dramedy Pushing Daisies. Chenoweth is best known on TV for playing Annabeth Schott in The West Wing, and most recently as April Rhodes in GLEE, a role for which she was Emmy-nominated last year and this year. In that role, she was able to use her multi-faceted voice on covers like “Last Name” (Carrie Underwood) and “Alone” (Heart). This season she reprised her role singing “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac). She also had her own TV series, Kristin. Her film credits include Bewitched, The Pink Panther, Running With Scissors, Stranger Than Fiction, Four Christmases and RV.
Her debut album Let Yourself Go (2001) centered on show and movie musical classics including the title track, from the 1936 Fred Astaire film Follow the Fleet. It was followed in 2005 by As I Am, an album of Christian music, and in 2008, a holiday album A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas.
Chenoweth documented her life in her 2009 memoir A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, And Faith In Stages.
Next, Chenoweth will star as Carlene Cockburn in the new ABC drama series, Good Christian Belles, alongside Leslie Bibb, David James Elliott, and Annie Potts.
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