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To say Dan and Laura Curtis have been on a rollercoaster ride since we last spoke would be a massive understatement! From recording with Ramin Karimloo, to discovering the amazing Kasia Howley, to the Your Voice Competition and the start of a musical on the life of the late Richard Burton, this very talented duo just keep on going!
With their new album LOVE ON 42ND STREET due to be released on Monday – featuring the mind-blowing talents of Sierra Boggess, John Owen Jones and Katy Treharne amongst many others, I sat down with Dan and Laura for a much needed catch up . . .
What have you been up to since we last spoke?
It has been such a crazy time with recording the album and running the Your Voice Competition. We really haven’t stopped but it is great to be busy!
You released “Why Am I Falling?”, featuring Ramin Karimloo at the end of last year. The song was also part of the catalyst that found the first winner of the YOUR VOICE competition, Kasia Howley. Did you ever expect to get such an overwhelming response to the song as you did?
When you write a song, you can only hope that it gets a great reaction. When we wrote the song, we really believed it could do well but the response has been mind blowing. We get so many messages everyday from people who are just discovering the song. Working with Ramin on the recording and the lyrics was a pleasure and we cannot wait to see him on Broadway later this year.
Kasia Howley is such a unique talent and we really believe she will be in the West End in a lead role in the not so distant future.
What is the one album (apart from your own), past or present that you think everyone should listen to once?
That is such a hard question but I think it would be The Beatles and their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album which is a masterpiece. Musical theatre soundtrack though would be Newsies! We just love Alan Menken’s music and that cast are sensational.
What was the last concert/gig you went to that left you speechless? (In a good way!)
We go to see many concerts but watching Michael Feinstein record his live DVD at the Leicester Square Theatre in London was a night that we will never forget. He was just amazing and the energy in the room that night was very special.
What was the last play/musical that you saw?
The last musical that we saw was Pippin on Broadway. It was one of the strongest casts that we have ever seen. Matthew James Thomas who is currently playing Pippin is an incredible talent and it was great seeing him perform. The show was recommended to us by John Owen-Jones and we were so pleased we took his advice.
You are about to release your new album LOVE ON 42ND STREET. How did you come up with the album name? And what was the inspiration for the cover artwork?
We asked people to come up with suggestions of possible names for the album along the theme of ‘Broadway Hearts’ and after a lot of though we came up with the title. We wanted something that symbolised Broadway and 42nd Street is just so iconic.
(Picture provided by Dan and Laura Curtis)
For the cover art, we decided that we would love an actual painting to be the main front cover image but we are not gifted in that department at all! Our good friend Mike Collison is a very gifted artist and he took our vision and turned it into reality.
What was your favourite part of the album-making process?
Without question it would be the vocal recording sessions. It is such a pleasure to work with incredible singers and hear it all come together. They all put their own spin on what you have written and it such a creative time.
Obviously – the theme of the album is LOVE. What made you choose that theme in particular?
Definitely our first trip to New York, where we were constantly surrounded by the emotions and stories of others. From Central Park, where we’d see new parents, couples – young and old, to the 9/11 memorial where the flowers in the names surrounding the water told thousands of stories of loss. From this we decided to create an album that conveyed love in all forms.
If you HAD TO pick (and if you don’t mind me asking!), which song is your favourite on the album?
It is a strange thing to say but after you write a song you kind of hand it over to the world and it kind of becomes as much theirs as it does yours. We don’t have a favourite but the great thing with music is that our music choice changes with the mood that we are in. We have tried to write songs that reflect happy, sad and different emotions so whatever mood you are in, there is something that you would hopefully enjoy!
You have such an array of amazing talent on this album. How did you choose the vocalists that you wanted to include? Did you have a singer in mind for each track when you wrote them?
We actually wrote each of the songs for the person singing them, which was a very different way of working for us. We wanted the album to be very personal and we wanted to try and capture the singers individual style in the song. We did come up with a wish list of who we would love to have on this album and fortunately we were able to write and record a song with most of them. For scheduling reasons some songs did not work out but do watch this space!
Are there any artists out there you would still like to work with that you haven’t yet?
There are so many artists that we would love to work with and the great thing is that we find new ones all the time. We have some very exciting projects coming up with some of Broadway’s biggest stars.
What does the rest of 2014 hold for you?
First thing up is promoting the album but we have a number of projects on the go. We are working very hard on our musical based around the life of the late great Richard Burton. We have a series of singles that we will be releasing later this year and will hopefully be recording them with artists over the next few months.
In 10 words or less – tell my readers why they should buy the album.
Lea, Ramin, JOJ, Samantha, Simon, Katy, Sierra and Kasia 🙂
If you want to grab a copy of LOVE ON 42ND STREET – and come on, why wouldn’t you? – then, check out the following links where you can pre-order and download the album: –
Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-42nd-Street-Various-artists/dp/B00IU10JU2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394901437&sr=8-1&keywords=love+on+42nd+street
Dan and Laura’s Official website (CD) – http://www.danandlauracurtis.com/#!shop/c24l6
**The album will also be released on iTunes!!
I want to wish Dan and Laura so much luck for the album release. I only hope that such beautiful music, performed by some phenomenal talent gets the recognition it so truly deserves!
Signing off for now
Blue Eyed Girl Xxx