Some of you may know Emmy Rossum through her acting credentials (currently she stars alongside William H. Macy in Showtime's series Shameless and will appear next in Beautiful Creatures which also showcases Emma Thompson and Viola Davis), but I bet many of you were unaware that she was also a singer. Yeah, she is. She's so legit, her album, Sentimental Journey, launched today! This is a collection of classic covers that takes you on a journey through the American songbook.
Emmy's 12-song 'passion project' is an emotional musical journey, with each song representing a month in the year. "Each song needed to either lyrically or emotionally reflect the corresponding month," Emmy explained. "Some songs were obvious fits, like Summer Wind for June, and Pretty Paper for December. Others songs were less literal fits. I chose Nobody Knows You (When You're Down and Out) for September because, to me, the plaintive melody and lyric emotionally reflect the cold weather creeping in and the sense of melancholy we can get in the fall months."
I was selected to receive a preview of the album for a review. It just so happened that on the day I decided to take a listen, it was dark and dreary out, with menacing clouds threatening a downpour. I was struck with a fit of full on melancholy. Kind of fitting when you think about it, especially considering Emmy's words from above. Then I hit play. I shuffled through the first few chords of each song before I stopped at track 4. I listened to this song for 5 times before I proceeded to the rest of the album. Give it a go. Yes, April is when it would correspond, and for me, April is quite an emotional month for me in both amazing/fantastic ways and depressing ways.
I've been enjoying the rest of the album quite a bit. I get a bit of a pep in my step and I have no problem already singing along with her or acting as backup. My second favorite song is Summer Wind and not just because it goes hand in hand with my birthday month either!
If you like the classic songs from the American songbook and you appreciate a voice like Emmy's, then I highly recommend you give her new album Sentimental Journey a whirl. You will not be disappointed!
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