Old Mill Road Recording is releasing Tony ® and Daytime Emmy Award ® Winner Lillias White’s highly-anticipated first solo studio album, ‘Get Yourself Some Happy!’, on July 23, 2021. Described by The New York Times as a “one-of-a-kind performer who combines the sass of a classic blues mama with the skill of a Broadway star,” White is internationally recognized for her glorious voice and extraordinary ability to communicate the heart of a song.
‘Get Yourself Some Happy!’ is a modern mix of Motown, Standards, Rock-and-Roll, Broadway, and Jazz – all re-invented for today’s audiences. Centering on the theme of happiness, the titles range from the soulful “When You Wish Upon a Star” to a lightning-fast “The Twist” to a raw “Happy Together” to a sweet and tender version of “You’re My Best Friend.” White’s disco-inspired, orchestral “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” will inspire dancing, and her tropical “Put on a Happy Face” will make listeners grin from ear to ear.
Recorded and mixed in July 2019 at Old Mill Road Recording in East Arlington, Vermont, ‘Get Yourself Some Happy!’ is the culmination of a 30-year friendship and professional collaboration between Lillias White and her musical director/accompanist, Timothy Graphenreed. Best known for his arrangements on the iconic musical, The Wiz, Timothy tragically passed away on March 1, 2020. The album is dedicated to his memory.
‘Get Yourself Some Happy!’ is produced by Joshua Sherman and engineered by GRAMMY Award Winner Benjamin J. Arrindell. The two men won the coveted NAMM TEC ® Award for Best Studio Design in January 2020.
Lillias White is internationally-recognized for her work on both stage and screen. Her performance in Cy Coleman’s Broadway musical, The Life, won her the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She was nominated for a second Tony Award for her brilliant work in Fela! Additional Broadway credits include: Barnum, Dreamgirls, Cats, Carrie, Once on This Island, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Chicago.
Lillias received the Daytime Emmy ® Award for her role as Lillian Edwards for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series on “Sesame Street” in 1992, and is beloved by audiences around the world for voicing the lead muse Calliope in Disney’s animated feature Hercules. White received unanimous acclaim for her work in the Carnegie Hall Concert version of South Pacific, starring Reba McEntire, which was broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances. Recent TV credits include the Baz Luhrmann-directed NETFLIX series “The Get Down,” “Russian Doll” and “Search Party”. She has appeared in cabarets and concert halls around the world, including The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.”This recording, Get Yourself Some Happy!, is a labor of love put together by the late, great Timothy Graphenreed, Dr. Joshua Sherman, and myself,” said White. “It was a joy to create. The songs were handpicked and heartfelt – and we hope the album brings smiles to your faces. I want people to see you (with your earbuds in) smiling – and wonder what you’re listening to. I hope you go out and get yourself some happy!”
“Lillias is an inspiring human being with an unmatched ability to raise the spirits of an audience,” adds producer Joshua Sherman. “Stop what you’re doing. Forget your troubles, and Get Yourself Some Happy!”
Upcoming concert appearances by White include:
July 9-10 – Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael – Carmel, IN
July 23-24 – Feinstein’s at the Nikko – San Francisco, CA
August 12-14 – The Green Room 42 – New York, NY
August 27-28 – The Art House – Provincetown, MA
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative). She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
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