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.