Album Review: GET YOURSELF SOME HAPPY! (Lillias White)

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by Tony Frankel on June 11, 2021

in CD-DVD,Music

Awesome Broadway fave Lillias White
releases her first Solo Studio Album:
Get Yourself Some Happy!

Here she is, boys! The great Lillias White is releasing her first solo studio album, Get Yourself Some Happy!, out July 23, 2021. I caught Ms. White in a cabaret just before the pandemic shutdown, and that evening stays with me still. Sounding great as ever, this lovely, sassy Broadway vet offered Jazz, blues, pop, standards, and Broadway — this chick’s got it all going down.

And couldn’t we all use a lot of “happy” right now? Thankfully, this new album follows in that vein: it’s a modern mix of Motown, standards, Rock-and-Roll, Broadway, and jazz — all re-invented for today’s audiences. Centering on the theme of happiness, the titles range from the soulful “When You Wish Upon a Star” to a lightning-fast “The Twist” to a raw “Happy Together” to a sweet and tender version of “You’re My Best Friend.” White’s disco-inspired, orchestral “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” will inspire dancing (listen below), and her tropical “Put on a Happy Face” will absolutely lift your spirits.

Pre-order the album HERE

Recorded and mixed in July 2019 at via Old Mill Road Recording in East Arlington, VT, this album is the culmination of a 30-year friendship and professional collaboration between Lillias and her musical director/accompanist, Timothy Graphenreed.  Best known for his arrangements on the iconic musical, The Wiz, Timothy tragically passed away on March 1, 2020. The album is dedicated to his memory.

“This recording is a labor of love put together by the late, great Timothy Graphenreed, [producer] Dr. Joshua Sherman, and myself,” said White. “It was a joy to create. The songs were handpicked and heartfelt — and we hope the album brings smiles to your faces. I want people to see you (with your earbuds in) smiling — and wonder what you’re listening to. I hope you go out and get yourself some happy!”

1. When You Wish Upon A Star
2. Accentuate the Positive
3. Happy Together
4. A Brand New Me
5. Put On A Happy Face
6. The Twist
7. A Little Imagination
8. You’re My Best Friend
9. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
10. Yes
11. That’s All
12. Make Someone Happy
13. It’s Not Where You Start
14. Get Happy

Upcoming concert appearances by White include:

July 9-10 – Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael – Carmel, IN
July 23-24 – Feinstein’s at the Nikko – San Francisco, CA
August 12-14 – The Green Room 42 – New York, NY
August 27-28 – The Art House – Provincetown, MA

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