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Martin Broones's CD Be Still and Know: The Sacred Songs of Martin Broones Be Still and Know: The Sacred Songs of Martin Broones
A brand new lovely collection of sacred songs by Martin Broones has just arrived! Produced by Peter Link and full of beautiful melodies and inspiring messages, each song is set to piano accompaniment and matched with amazing inspirational vocalists.

Vocalists: Margaret Dorn, Jennifer Foster, Matt Perri, Judy McLane, Julia Wade, Suzanne Waters
Accompanist: William Lewis





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BIOGRAPHY

About The Composer:

Martin Broones (1901 - 1971) had a comprehensive background in the world of music, in theatre, in motion pictures, radio, and television. He wrote the scores for many musical comedies which were produced in New York, London, and Paris, and he organized and directed the first Music Department in Hollywood for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His musical styles range from Classical to Broadway to the Hollywood film scoring of the 1940-50's.

Besides an extensive repertoire of concert music, Mr. Broones composed many well-known sacred songs which have been sung all over the world now for many years. A devout spiritual thinker, Mr. Broones withdrew from business in 1948 to devote his full time to just that.

About The Vocalists:

Margaret Dorn is an award-winning singer, composer, arranger and producer whose work includes the recording industry, film soundtracks, television, commercials, theater, arena tours, industrials, night clubs and the concert stage. She has sung with many artists including Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Jennifer Lopez, Lionel Ritchie, Donald Fagen, Jessica Simpson, k.d. lang, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross and Michael Feinstein. She is also the leader of the award winning a cappella group, The Accidentals.

Jennifer Foster has been featured with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, LA Opera in lead and comprimario roles, a national tour with San Francisco Opera's Western Opera Theater, and invitations to perform at Aspen, Santa Fe, Tanglewood and Verbier, Switzerland's summer music festivals among many others. Jennifer served as soloist at The First Church of Christ, Scientist for seven years. She lives in Westport, CT with her husband and four children.

Matt Perri is currently pianist and assistant conductor for The Drowsy Chaperone on Broadway. He has worked on the music staff for Bette Midler's Kiss My Brass US Tour as a vocal arranger, rehearsal pianist, and vocal coach for Bette Midler. He was the original lead tenor, music director, and arranger of the "Hip Hopera" segment on The Morning Show with Ed Lover and Dr. Dre radio broadcast in New York City. He is also a member of the award-winning, a cappella group, The Accidentals.

Judy McLane is currently starring in the Broadway Hit, Mamma Mia!. She received critical acclaim in New York for her performance in the musical Johnny Guitar (Drama Desk Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical). She also received a Helen Hayes Nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her role in Follies at the Signature Theater in DC. Other Broadway shows include Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Aspects of Love and Chess. Judy also has performed as a soloist with the Bolshoi Orchestra in Moscow, the National Orchestra of Lyon, France, National Symphony of Canada, St.Louis, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Baltimore Orchestras.

Julia Wade's work spans many different musical genres from classical to Broadway to pop. She has performed nationally and internationally in opera, cabaret, concert work, and musical theatre, including The Rome Opera and Carnegie Hall. Currently Julia is the soloist at the The First Church of Christ, Scientist at the world headquarters in Boston, MA. Julia can be heard weekly on the internet broadcast of their English and Spanish services. Julia has three inspirational CDs to date: Story For The Ages, Upon The Mountain, and The Greatest Thing In The World.

Suzanne Waters is a fresh young voice who is at home with many different styles of music from classical to pop. She now lives in Los Angeles, California, where she is pursuing a full-time career in session singing. Prior to working with Peter Link on this project, she has been recording studio vocals for Los Angles based composer/producers and singing regularly for church services and weddings. Her earlier musical accomplishments include principal roles in Into the Woods and Pirates of Penzance, and also performing studio vocals for renowned composer/producer Jeffrey Silverman.

About The Accompanist:

William Lewis is a professional pianist/vocal coach whose playing includes opera to music theatre and the concert and cabaret styles. He regularly plays for the Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan and has appeared in concert with Marcello Giordani, Maureen O'Flynn and Miss Patti LaBelle. He has recorded with Ronan Tynan, Marcello Giordani, Victoria Livengood, and Gregory Harrington.


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