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Georgia Engel & Julia Wade: “Ya’ Don’t Hafta Be A Singer To Sing”

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April 23 - April 29, 2019

Ya' Don't Hafta Be A Singer To Sing


Duets - Woman 2 Woman

Performed by Georgia Engel & Julia Wade
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link
Produced and Orchestrated by Peter Link

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This week, we pay tribute to Georgia Engel with Ya’ Don’t Hafta Be A Singer To Sing, a duet she performed with Julia Wade. Some thoughts from the composer, Peter Link:

“This past week, Georgia Engel, gifted comedian, superb actress and one of the finest First Readers in church I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing, passed away. Most of us will remember the joy of laughter that Georgia brought into our living rooms week after week in her hilarious and heartwarming portrayals of Georgette on the Mary Tyler Moore show as Ted Knight’s girlfriend, and Pat MacDougall on Everybody Loves Raymond — and then also in countless other portrayals on a variety of both television shows and on Broadway.

“Both Julia and I had the joy of working with Georgia on Julia’s CD, Duets – Woman 2 Woman. Julia had become close friends with Georgia through church and invited her to join her on a duet. I wrote this week’s offering of “Ya’ Don’t Hafta Be A Singer To Sing” especially for Georgia and Julia and had a most special experience teaching Georgia the song and then recording her in the studio. She was (and still is) the total pro. Her sense of comic timing was impeccable and her joy in rehearsal contagious. I am blessed to have worked with her and known her.”

And her partner in this song, Julia, adds:

“Georgia was a wonderful friend and a shining light in my life.  Through the years of our friendship, I learned to honor her privacy and to joy in the times we spent together. She supported both Peter’s and my endeavors in numerous ways, and it was a total privilege to get to work with her on this very special piece of material – this duet that Peter wrote especially for Georgia and me to sing. I will treasure this recording always, and I hope that it brings a smile and a laugh to your day … in loving memory of Georgia.”

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"Julia Wade is the female equivalent of Josh Groban. Julia knows how to evoke magic with her beautiful voice." —Matthew Forss, Inside World Music

"Right to the heart. Just MASTERFUL musicianship. Refined. Pure. Magical." —Julie Gold, Songwriter of From A Distance

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14 thoughts on “Georgia Engel & Julia Wade: “Ya’ Don’t Hafta Be A Singer To Sing”

  1. This is a magnificent CD! It never strays too far from my CD player! All of the songs are terrific!

    1. John, thank you so much for your comment. It was a huge privilege to sing with all of these 8 very special women — very special in significant ways to my life — and they are simply each very very unique and special. And then of course, Peter Link made it all come together so masterfully in numerous ways. Thank you, John, for your wonderful support of Peter’s music through the years!

  2. That made me smile! So much fun and a lovely tribute.

    1. Hi Charla, we’re so glad for your smiles. I truly feel like that’s the best tribute we can bring to our friend! Thanks so much!

  3. What a wonderful tribute to Georgia. We all have fond memories of her and that sweet, sweet, voice that could really deliver some zingers that made us laugh until our sides hurt. An angel with a lemon twist. Oh for more of those days when comedy was funny and harmless. Talent like that is sorely missed. It would have been wonderful to have heard her as Reader. Thank you for this sharing of your memories of Georgia.

    1. Nancy, I LOVE this: An Angel with a Lemon Twist! A perfect description of beautiful Georgia! Thanks for sharing your thoughts too! Very special!

  4. Enjoyed listening to this so much.! So filled with joy! I might even sing with a little more gusto now! Thank you for doing it and letting us know of Georgia’s passing. God bless you all!

    1. Thank you, Judy — and God bless you and your singing with gusto! I LOVE that! 🙂

  5. What a lovely tribute to a friend. Keep up your great collaborations. Made me smile through the whole song. I felt your joyous, compassionate embrace empowering!

    1. Thanks so much, Dwight! We are soooooo glad that it made you smile! It was a truly precious time to get to do this with Georgia! So great to hear from you and to know that you got to hear this! You made me smile!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely tribute for such a gentle spirit.

    1. Oh, thank you Gwen! And folks should know what a wonderful duet I had the privilege to sing with YOU, Gwen, on the same album! For others who might be interested — here is a link to listen to a sample of vocalist Gwen Eagleton’s and my duet:

  7. Lovely! So joy filled it made me smile! Is there a way to share this song or is there a link to this specific song that can be shared on Facebook?

    1. Hi Carol, thank you so much for your comment! We would love for you to share this page with the song to your facebook page. You can do that several ways:
      1. You can copy the URL to this page and click on the Facebook icon at the bottom of the page — then paste the URL into your post and comment and post!
      2. You can also use this link to get to the Watchfire Music Facebook Page post — and share that out into your network:
      3. Finally, you can also use this link to get to the Julia Wade Music Facebook Page post — and share that out into your network:

      Carol, the good news is that Georgia’s duet blog post will stay up on our blog — it’s not going away! Once the new ISOTW (Inspirational Song of the Week) is posted next week, folks will still be able to click in to this page and listen to a sample of the song any time. They can also follow the various links on the page to purchase and download the song if they wish.

      Thank you for wanting to share this with your tribe! Grateful!

      If you have more questions, we are so happy to help — please reach out to us at

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