Kristin Chenoweth

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On October 14th the lovely Kristin Chenoweth released her first Christmas album "A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas" including 'I'€™ll Be Home For Christmas', 'Silver Bells', etc... After 8 years she finally releases an amazing Christmas album which is a gift to everyone. MusicRemedy had the opportunity to talk with Kristin Chenoweth about the album, family, presents, etc...

Jermy Leeuwis (MusicRemedy) asks a question [Q 1]: For people who may not have heard some music from you yet... what can someone who's never heard of you expect from your music?

Kristin Chenoweth answers [A 1]: It'€™s everything from classical to country music to Broadway and pop. I love being versatile. The fact I have a masters degree in opera has taught me how to safely navigate between all these genres.

Kristin Chenoweth Interview - continued
[Q 2]: Your upcoming album is your first Christmas album. Tell us about it.

[A 2]: It has classic Christmas songs as well as two new originals. Also a great version for Christmas of "What a Wonderful World".

[Q 3]: Which song on the album took the longest to complete? Why?

[A 3]: Probably "Born on Christmas Day ". Its "pop" in nature, and I wanted to make it simple so the words stood out as much as possible.

[Q 4]: In what way has your personal live affected your music? And what about the other way around?

[A 4]: I only sing songs that I can relate to, not just simply because it has a beautiful melody, for example. When you go through rocky times, your music can display it. Its actually great therapy!

[Q 5]: You were signed 8 years ago and you were thrilled to record & release a Christmas album. What took you so long to record a Christmas album?

[A 5]: The first album needed to be what people expected from me. Broadway and class standards! So fun to do...the second was a labor of love to get back to my spiritual roots and back to music that first influenced me. Christmas music was the natural next step!

[Q 6]: Which Christmas songs do you like to play at Christmas?

[A 6]: I love "Silent Night" the most. Also "Do You Hear What I Hear", which is on the record. I just simply love the lyrics. Its a reminder that its Christ''€™s birthday.

[Q 7]: What kind of feeling do you want your listeners to have when listening to your Christmas album (at Christmas)?

[A 7]: I want listeners to relax, and enjoy! I want them to feel like opening presents to this album , and smiling!

[Q 8]: You have been quite busy, a movie "Four Christmases", a Christmas CD and your TV-serie. Do you still have time to celebrate Christmas?

[A 8]: I will always have time for celebrating the most important holiday of the year. It's a time to re-evaluate your life, and be with the ones you love. Often times, the family comes to visit me if I'm working! But we still eat! Haha
And open presents!!

[Q 9]: In what career (movie, music, tv) is your voice the most important? If you had to choose, which one do you prefer?

[A 9]: I love what I do. I get asked this quite a lot. I view acting, singing, dancing all the same! But if I had to pick? Music. Its like air for me. Is it where my voice is most important? I don't know! I just know I was born to sing.

Kristin Chenoweth biography
Sony BMG Masterworks has released KRISTIN CHENOWETH'€™s new Christmas CD A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND CHRISTMAS. For her third album, Chenoweth covers a wide range of Christmas songs from '€œChristmas Island,'€ popularized by The Andrew'€™s Sisters to Kristin'€™s personal favorite '€œCome On Ring Those Bells.'€

Recorded at Capitol Recording Studio'€™s legendary Studios A & B where Sinatra, Judy Garland and Nat King Cole all etched their Christmas standards, A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas is an eclectic combination of full orchestral arrangements, along with big band, a bit of tropical island flavor, pop and country.

In adition to well-known Christmas classics such as '€œSilver Bells'€ and '€œI'€™ll Be Home For Christmas,'€ Chenoweth reinterprets Louis Armstrong'€™s modern standard '€œWhat A Wonderful World'€ and children'€™s favorite '€œSing,'€

(originally written for Sesame Street'€™s loveable Big Bird) into Christmas songs with the help of acclaimed producer Robbie Buchanan (Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow) and Executive Producer Jay Landers (Streisand, Midler, Manilow, Celine Dion and Josh Groban).

The album also features new compositions of '€œHome On Christmas Day,'€

co-written by Grammy Award winning producer Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey, Celine Dion) and Jay Landers and '€œBorn On Christmas Day,'€ with lyrics by Grammy winning pop/soul singing legend Peabo Bryson.

On choosing to record a Christmas album Chenoweth says "From the minute I signed with Sony Classical eight years ago, I wanted to record a Christmas album. I grew up listening to Barbra Streisand's Christmas album, and that was such an inspiration to me. Christmas is my favorite holiday and I am blessed and excited to be able to do my own Christmas album.'€

This fall Kristin will be featured in a new comedy Four Christmases directed by Seth Gordon and starring alongside Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn. She also continues her role in ABC'€™s Pushing Daisies for which she was recently nominated for an Emmy. Kristin can also be heard as the voice of the fairy, Rosetta, in Walt Disney Picture'€™s Tinkerbell this fall and she just wrapped filming the independent film, Into Temptation, directed by Sundance filmmaker Patrick Coyle opposite Jeremy Sisto.

Kristin Chenoweth biography
Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television and film with the captivating grace that only she can project.

Kristin can be seen staring in the ABC series Pushing Daisies, where she was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. This one-hour series is an unprecedented blend of romance, crime procedural and high-concept fantasy in a forensic fairytale about a young man with a very special gift. Pushing Daisies was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for '€œBest Television Series '€“ Musical or Comedy'€.

Kristin'€™s Christmas album, A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas, was released in October. She has written an uplifting candid chronicle of her life which will be released by Simon & Schuster in spring 2009. She will next be seen in the Warner Bros. film Four Christmases in November. The film revolves around a newly married couple who decide to visit their families for the Christmas holiday. Kristin also can be heard as the voice of the fairy, Rosetta, in Walt Disney Picture'€™s Tinkerbell this fall. She wrapped filming the independent film, Into Temptation, directed by Sundance filmmaker Patrick Coyle opposite Jeremy Sisto.

This past summer Kristin starred alongside Cheryl Hines and Jeff Daniels in the animated film Space Chimps for Twentieth Century Fox.

She starred in Stairway to Paradise, an original Encores! production celebrating the great Broadway revue. Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the first Ziegfeld Follies, Kristin concluded New York City Center'€™s 2007 season with beloved Broadway numbers from the early 20th century.

Kristin was seen in the season finale of ABC'€™s hit comedy Ugly Betty. She played an orthodontic technician who loves romantic comedies and becomes overly involved in her patients'€™ lives '€“ including Betty'€™s (America Ferrera).

Chenoweth starred in the critically successful and highly lauded limited-engagement of The Apple Tree at Roundabout Theatre Company'€™s Studio 54. She also had the honor of playing a sold out solo concert at the famed Metropolitan Opera House.

Many remember her show-stealing, Tony-winning performance in You'€™re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a Tony Award nomination. Chenoweth also performed in the Broadway comedy Epic Proportions and in the Kander and Ebb musical Steel Pier, for which she won a Theatre World award. Chenoweth also performed in an Off-Broadway production of Moliere'€™s Scapin for the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Television fans know her as Annabeth Schott on The West Wing, the librarian, Marian Paroo, in ABC'€™s movie version of Meredith Wilson'€™s The Music Man, and Lily St. Regis in the television adaptation of Annie. Kristin also starred in her own series Kristin for NBC.

Moviegoers have seen her in Deck the Halls with Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick, RV with Robin Williams, Bewitched with Nicole Kidman, Running with Scissors with Annette Bening, and The Pink Panther with Steve Martin. Her film credits also include a cameo in Stranger Than Fiction with Emma Thompson. Kristin is currently developing a feature film based on the life of Dusty Springfield.

A veteran of the concert scene, Kristin took the stage in a solo sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and continues to tour the country. She performed her solo concert at Sam Mendes'€™s acclaimed Donmar Warehouse as part of the Divas at Donmar series. The show received glowing reviews. Following her show in London, Chenoweth has had numerous collaborations with various symphonies, including The New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. One of her proudest accomplishments was having the privilege to perform Bernstein'€™s Candide at Lincoln Center with The New York Philharmonic. Other performances include her sold-out Los Angeles solo debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, an evening at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Washington National Opera'€™s 50th Anniversary Gala with Placido Domingo. She is scheduled to have her Metropolitan Opera debut in March 2010 as Samira in John Corigliano'€™s The Ghost of Versailles.

In addition to her upcoming Christmas album, she has released two albums entitled, Let Yourself Go and As I Am.

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