Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga

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If the Phillipines ever had a princess, it is Lea Salonga. Petite and graceful, with a girl-next-door quality, she encapsulates the spirit of her country in one remarkable voice. A star in her homeland since childhood, she hit the American spotlight in the late '80s. America did not simply discover her -- it stood in awe of her, thanks to her groundbreaking performance as Broadway's original Miss Saigon. She won the Tony Award for her role. In 1992, Salonga was chosen as the singing voice of Jasmine in the hit Disney film Aladdin, which won the Academy Award for "Whole New World." With good publicity and new fans, Salonga found an open door to a self-titled American album debut through Atlantic records. Paired with producer/writer/musician Glen Ballard, who would later be known for his collaborations with Alanis Morissette, Lea Salonga features 11 simple pop tunes. It opens with a cover of Belinda Carlisle's "Vision of You," written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley. It closes with "The Journey," written by Julie Gold (another inspiration from the writer who gave Bette Midler "From a Distance"). It contains a middle track duet with Brad Kane, who was the singing voice of Aladdin. In between is some standard pop fluff. It is fluff done well, but the question is, who has such a gifted Broadway veteran singing songs that fall a few notches below her musical level? Filipino fans brought the album multi-platinum sales, while it fell flat elsewhere. Suffice to say that if Disney had gotten their highly promotional clutches on her, a CD titled "Lea Salonga Sings Jasmine" would have brought in some real sales. It would also have tainted her talent in the same way this album does, by prohibiting her finely tuned voice from breaking free into a more unexpected and artistic world of music.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/1993
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678253423
catalogNumber: 82534
Rank: 9232

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lea Salonga   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Maxi Anderson   Background Vocals
Glen Ballard   Keyboards
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Tamara Chang   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Mark Goldenberg   Synthesizer
Jerry Hey   Conductor
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Carrie Holzman-Little   Viola
Phillip Ingram   Background Vocals
Jimmy Johnson   Bass
Brad Kane   Track Performer
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Carole Kleister-Castillo   Viola
Michael Landau   Guitar
Edie Lehmann   Background Vocals
Dane Little   Cello
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Bass
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Rachel Robinson   Violin
Sheldon Sanov   Violin
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
Rodney Saulsberry   Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Sheryl Staples   Violin
Shari Sutcliffe   Choir Conductor
Laura Kuennen-Poper   Viola
David Duke   French Horn
Chris Ermacoff   Cello
Karen Jones   Violin
Ralph Morrison   Concert Master

Technical Credits

Jay Gruska   rhythm arrangement
Glen Ballard   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Francis Buckley   Engineer
Mark Goldenberg   rhythm arrangement
Jerry Hey   String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Randy Kerber   rhythm arrangement
Rick Nowels   rhythm arrangement
Marc Schilinger   Contributor
Chris Fogel   Engineer
Shari Sutcliffe   Contributor
Richard Bates   Art Direction
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer
Amy Boylan   Contributor
Chalan Ford   Contributor
Justin Jackson   Contributor
Valérie Wagner   Art Direction

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