Having heard many of Scott Alan’s songs performed by some of my favourite musical theatre singers (Stuart Matthew Price, Louise Dearman and Annalene Beechey), I decided to review Scott’s debut album. Dreaming Wide Awake was said to be a ‘labor of love’ for Scott. It features some fantastic Broadway singers that really showcase Scott’s lovely music. It features some stunning songs and in my opinion, is well worth a listen.
I’m A Star- Eden Epinsosa- The album opens with a fabulously performed song by Eden. She has such a powerful voice, truly attacking the song.
Surrender- Cheyenne Jackson- I enjoy listening to Cheyenne’s voice and this song shows off his voice beautifully.
Magic- Adriane Lenox- Another wonderful song. Adriane really portrays the feelings of uncertainty and determination in this track. I like the simplicity of the music, although it sounds so beautiful, the main emphasis are the vocals of the performer- it is very special.
Let Love Begin- Tracie Thoms- Some welcome light relief. A great track.
Home- Shoshana Bean- I have heard this song a few times, by several different performers. I think it is a stunning song. Scott’s songs are so easy to relate to.
Now- Jonathan Groff- Jonathan sings this song, so beautifully. It’s a heartfelt rendition of a song about love and loss.
Never Neverland (Fly Away)- Stephanie J.Block- I am also familiar with this gorgeous track which I think is one of the stand out songs on the album. I love the lyrics. It is so easy to listen to!
At Seventeen- Carly Jibson and Jackie Hoffman-Some more light relief on an album full of a rollercoaster of emotions. This song looks at the age 17 from a perspective of a teenager and an older woman. Very funny.
If I Own Today – Shayna Steele featuring Michael McElroy and Capathia Jenkins- Lovely track. Music with real feeling.
Kiss the Air -Danny Calvert- This song (about divorce) is so beautiful. Danny sings it so well and portrays the emotion incredibly well. Another highlight of the album for me.
Say Goodbye -Katie Thompson- I like this song, but I don’t think it’s a particularly stand out song on the album.
The Journey – Josh Strickland and Jill Zadeh- A nice ballad- Josh and Jill sound beautiful especially when singing together.
Goodnight – Liz Callaway- Goodnight is one of my favourite Scott Alan songs. I adore the version by the wonderful Annalene Beechey. Liz Callaway also performs a wonderful version. The vocal is so soothing.
Hold On- Scott Alan- It is lovely to hear Scott sing, especially on a track as good as this!
I really enjoyed listening to Scott’s album. It has some great, thoughtful, meaningful tracks performed by some very talented people. Well worth checking out. I look forward to exploring more of Scott’s work in the future.