FIRST REAL LOVE

Happy Valentines Day!

I’m excited to announce that my debut album

FIRST REAL LOVE

is now available on itunes through King Kozmo Records!

Featuring music composed by 4 time Emmy Winnner Randy Klein with lyricists Ron Miller (For Once in My Life), Doug Frank (Warner Brothers: Batman, Harry Potter, Matrix, Animaniacs and the stage musical Marilyn: An American Fable), Jeanne Napoli (Air Supply’s Never Get Enough of You), Bruce Fischel (Love Will Bring You Back to Me) and Isidore Elias.

I’m honored to have Randy at the keys, Larry Saltzman (Bette Midler, Carole King, Jewel, Peter Allen, Celine Dion, Saturday Night Live) on the guitar and Tony Conniff (Marc Shaiman, Judy Collins, Phoebe Snow, Sam Harris, Patty Griffin) on bass.

Tracks:

1. Dream That Got Away

2. Sometimes Lovers, Always Friends

3. There’s a Full Moon Out Tonight

4. You’re My Coming Home

5. Rain

6. First Real Love

7. Nobody Else

8. Out of Control

9. In the Twilight Hours

10. Somewhere Inside

11. Fly Free

Produced by Randy Klein

Arrangements by Randy Klein

Vocal Arrangements by Ashley Fox Linton

Basic Tracks and Vocals: Hot Lips Studios

Bass and Guitar: Tony Conniff Studios

Mixed by Rob Harari at Harariville

Mastering by Gene Paul & Jamie Polaski at G&J Audio

THANK YOU

Deepest gratitude to Randy Klein, for generously sharing your music with me, having faith in my voice and guiding me on this wonderful journey. This collaboration has been a joy!

Tony Conniff and Larry Saltzman, I’m thrilled to have such fine musicians on this album.

Rob Harari, for your ears, enthusiasm and extensive input.

Gene Paul and Jamie Polaski for making this record shine.

My dear and supportive friends.

And of course, Mom & Dad, for your unconditional love, inspiration, and for raising me on great tunes.

A NOTE FROM RANDY KLEIN

The Singer and the Song

The musical journey that Ashley and I took to record this CD started with the day she auditioned for a musical that I was presenting.  I loved her voice then and even more now.  We began working together with the idea of recording one or two songs from my extensive catalog, but once we started, we were having so much fun that it resulted in this eleven song package of highly romantic songs.  We rehearsed at my piano and then slowly began to develop the tracks.  We then recorded a complete set of lead vocals and, because we are both perfectionists, recorded them again.  By this second set of lead vocals, Ashley’s interpretations had grown and the songs became part of her, a personal statement. 

When a vocalist chooses a song to sing, they are emotionally connected to it for some reason.  The reason could either be the melody touches them in a certain way or there is a lyrical sentiment that they want to express.  Although a vocalist may feel a connection to the song, it may just not fit for some reason. So they have to choose another.  As you will hear, all of these songs fit Ashley to a tee.

The songs that are in this collection have been written during my long career in music in collaboration with many great lyricists. They are about romance, falling in and out of love and remembering the loves of our life.  Good songs all have a common trait – one never tires of them.  You will find that you don’t tire of listening to Ashley singing this collection of songs.

Randy Klein

New & Used

Filmed this comedic short out at the Hamptons: Enjoy NEW & USED…

The theme song, “First Real Love” is from my upcoming album!

LATEST ARTICLES:

Go Green and Grow Your Own and Savvy Sippers: Hydrate to Feel Great for 24/Savvy.

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FEATHER MAGAZINE: I’m excited to be covering monthly music recommendations for Feather Magazine starting in October. I’ll feature my favorites, and why you’ll dig ’em too!

Feather Magazine

P.S. Please read Tina Fey’s “Bossypants.”

Later potaters,          

“First Real Love” & “Flambe Dreams”

New Jersey the Song: Check out “All You Long For,” written by Matthew Hardy & Randy Klein, and sung by yours truly. Soon to be posted at www.NewJerseyTheSong.com. It’s the eleven o’clock number for the show we’ve been working on for a few years now. I think even West-coast folks’ll dig it!

About the showFlambé Dreams tells the story of a young man from Preston, Idaho who comes to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming a great Maitre D like his father who was killed in a freak flaming bananas foster accident.

The demos are done and available at www.FlambeDreams.com.

Here are a couple tunes from this crazy show…

First Real Love: We recently received the promo copies of “First Real Love.” It’s exciting to have a final product in hand after all of our hard work. So, now we’re taking the next step to find the project a home. I’m beyond thrilled to debut these original tunes.   

Google Doodle

Les Paul’s 96th Birthday (Global) – Jun 09, 2011

Little Miss Google Doodle May 9th 2011

Les Paul, the creator of the legendary Gibson guitar that bears his name, would have been 96 years old on June 09th, 2011. Les’ son Gene Paul did the mastering for my album. I ate up all his stories of Barbra, Bette and Aretha in the studio. I mean, the guy recorded Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Such a treat!

FUN FAMILY HISTORY: A very dear and thoughtful friend spotted this gem at the Strand Bookstore and kindly passed it along. My grandfather, John Marion Fox, is in the book along with my Aunt Ditty and others in the family tree of the Bennett sisters. The book is out of print. John Fox wrote an autobiography before he died that was never published. On my mom’s last trip to the city, we scoured out spots he used to frequent. Turns out, he lived only a few blocks from me! Funny how things come full circle.

On set of an Olive Garden commercial with Scott from wardrobe.

LATEST PUBLISHED ARTICLES:

Tirana Jewelry” (a great find at the Crest Hardware Show in Williamsburg) and Lavish Lipliners for Less (my personal favorites) and ONEXONE Charity Friendship Bracelet for Rock This Style, and Creative Cookin’ in the Summer Sun and Eco-Fab Coffee Table Gobbles Garbage to Create Art for 24/Savvy.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

GO: Midsummer Night’s Swing in NYC, Griffith Observatory in LA, “Little Shop of Horrors” at Cygnet Theatre in SD (running through Sep. 11th).

ALBUMS: Steve Marzullo’s “Show Some Beauty.” One of my absolute favorite composers finally has an album of his own! It’s marvelous!

Adieu, adieu to yieu and yieu,        

Music Makes the Merry Go ‘Round!

The month of May jumping into June has been mighty musical! (Cue Leslie Uggams’ version of “June is Bustin’ Out all Over…”) This year, I’m taking Spring cleaning seriously!! That’s right, it’s time to ditch old clothes, habits and gear, to make room for new possibilities. For example, I’ve been opting to ride my bike over taking public transit and it has allowed me to see so much more of the city. That trip down the Hudson amongst the bloomin’ buds is just glorious! Here’s what’s been brewing the past few weeks:

Broadway in South Africa: With a mission to “develop a cross cultural exchange between youth in need and artists who seek to use their talents for change,” BSA recently asked children to list their favorite things and dreams for the future. One African girl listed “Dad, Mom & Grandma, heroes, teachers, rooms, windows, songs by Rihanna and good rice and chicken” as some of her favorite blessings. She stated that she just wants “a seat at the table.” Will Van Dyke and Rick Ellis adapted her thoughts into a song, which I was so happy to sing.
Will and I toured together on the 1st National of “Wicked.” He’s a killer pianist, wonderful composer and adorable fellow. Check out his tunes at www.WillVanDyke.com.

Japan:  The Fundraising Concert for Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Japan was held at West-Park Presbyterian Church on Friday night with the Japanese Ambassador in attendance. I played Maria in selections from “The Disappearing Act” composed by John T. Prestianni. John and I previously worked together on the recording of the musical “The Black Dahlia.” His music is superb! The evening was presented by the Harmonia Opera Company.

Chelsea Music FestivalI’m serving on the Operations Committee as an event planner for this year’s Chelsea Music Festival. Classical musicians from all over the world will be congregating at four locations in Chelsea to celebrate live music. Visit www.chelseamusicfestival.org for event listings and more about the festival and the musicians involved. We have a lot of exciting performances and receptions planned. It’s going to be fantastic!

 

Latest articles: Due to what scientists are calling the wildest allergy season ever, I had to share some of my favorite natural remedies in Spring Breezes Bring on the Sneezes.

Plus, read about my experience at The Sewing Studio, NYC in my article, Sew Savvy! More articles are available HERE.

First Real Love: I’m very excited that Randy Klein and I have completed our album “First Real Love.” We’re now shopping the record to labels. We’ve spent over two years working on these this set and we’re extremely excited to share the finished product! Many thanks to my supportive friends who have been a constant source of inspiration throughout this process. Stay tuned for more details…

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Books: “I Will Be Cleopatra” by Zoe Caldwell, “Switch” by Chip Heath.

Albums: Peter Fox- “Stadtaffe“, Marc Broussard’s new EP, Journey’s “Eclipse.”

Places: Peacefood, Room Service, Pier 1 Cafe, Gramercy Park.

Websites: The Gregory Brothers, Anti-Joke, Hipster Animals.

TTFN,