Terrific new album available today from Tony, Grammy and NAACP Award winner Billy Porter, titled Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers.
As regular Randy Report readers know, Billy originated the role of ‘Lola’ in the Broadway hit Kinky Boots, to widespread acclaim winning the 2013 Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards.
On this project, Billy is not only the artist but serves as "Producer/Content Curator" on the album.
The album, which features new, soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs, includes solos and duets featuring some of today's most compelling artists.
The complete track listing for Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers is as follows:
1. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (Pentatonix & Billy Porter)
2. My Romance (Leslie Odom Jr.)
3. If I Loved You (Renée Elise Goldsberry & Christopher Jackson)
4. With a Song in My Heart (Brandon Victor Dixon & Joshua Henry)
5. I Have Dreamed (Patina Miller)
6. My Funny Valentine (Cynthia Erivo)
7. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair (Todrick Hall & Billy Porter)
8. This Nearly was Mine (Deborah Cox)
9. Bewitched (Ledisi featuring Zaire Park)
10. Carefully Taught (India.Arie & Billy Porter)
11. Lady is a Tramp (Billy Porter featuring Zaire Park)
12. Edelweiss (Billy Porter)
“I like to think of this as the Richard Rodgers version of the Hamilton Mixtapes,” Porter said. “These are classic songs that everybody knows and loves, and I’m so excited for people to hear them in a brand new way.”
This is Billy's fourth album following the previously released Untitled, At the Corner of Broadway + Soul – LIVE, and Billy’s Back on Broadway.
Other theatre appearances include Shuffle Along, Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Mo, Grease, Smokey Joe’s Cafe all on Broadway; plus Dreamgirls, Angels in America, The Merchant of Venice, Radiant Baby, Birdie Blue, Songs for a New World, Ghetto Superstar (one-man show), Topdog/Underdog, King Lear.
Check out a few tracks from Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers below, including Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo's luscious take on "My Funny Valentine" and Billy dueting with 4-time Grammy Award winner India.Arie on "Carefully Taught."
If you're in the New York City area, Billy and India.Arie will be doing a CD signing at the Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side in Manhattan on Monday. Details below.