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

BMI, Holiday Magic & Moxie!

BMI: “Everything You Long For” by Matthew Hardy and Randy Klein, was chosen as one of the new songs to be presented at this years Tony-Honored BMI Theatre Workshop Showcase. The song is from the musical “Flambe Dreams,” previously titled “The Thing About Joe.”

Read the article at Broadway World.

The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop held its biannual showcase November 3 in New York. Pictured at the event are (first row, kneeling) Goldberg, Mary Liz McNamara, Jill Abramovitz, Raissa Katona Bennett, Gwen Hollander; (middle row) Jeannine Frumess, Ashley Fox Linton, Aron Accurso; (back row) Sara Wordsworth, Kellen Blair,Andy Monroe, Dina Pruzhansky, Steve Sislen, Tracy Higgins, Michael Ogborn, Charlie Soehne, Matthew Hardy, Leo Ash Evens, Christine Bokhour, Beth Falcone, Frank Evans, Raymond Bokhour, Randy Klein, Michele Foor, Trey Compton and Matt Van Brink. (Photo by Joshua Sarner)

HOLIDAY MAGIC 2011: For this years Holiday Magic CD, I wanted to write something from a child’s perspective. I collaborated with Denver Casado once again to record “I Just Can’t Sleep,” about a little boy/girl filled with anticipation on Christmas Eve. The entire album can be heard on the  website.

We’ll be visiting San Diego’s Children’s Hospital on December 15th to distribute CD’s personally. The project takes donations year round to contribute to the cause. For more information, visit HolidayMagicCD.com.

MOXIE MADNESS: Moxie Street Picture Shows held a spectacular Holiday Fiesta to celebrate another year of creative collaboration. Many thanks to Patron for providing a fantastic venue and  Yogaworks, Bodyshop and Sephora for their generous contributions.

Event photos can be viewed at http://www.moxiestreetpictureshows.com

The Moxie Street Picture Shows Gang: Michelle Loucadoux, Victor Anderson Bonnici, John Keabler, Ashley Fox Linton, Kimberly Yates and Katie Fabel.


98 BOTTLES: I’m excited to perform in a Christmas concert for San Diego’s new downtown hot spot, 98 Bottles (recently featured on the cover of San Diego magazine)! The club owners have been dear friends of mine since childhood and I’m thrilled for their success. If you live in SoCal, add it to your list of favorite night spots. Hope to see you there!

Merry Christmas,          

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

BOOK: “Just Kids” by Patti Smith. A beautiful book that melts all over New York City.

PLACES: Coney Island’s Night’s of Horror,  The Natural Gourmet Institute (Cooking School).  Follow my reviews and suggestions on Yelp! ashleylikes.yelp.com

MY LATEST ARTICLE:  Cooking Sites for the Concoctions You Crave for 24/Savvy.

“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.   

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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,        

 


Spring, Singin’ & Savvy…

This past month has been busy and exciting. I’m absolutely thrilled that my album is almost completely mixed and will be  mastered sometime in the next couple weeks. I’m bursting to share it. Soon… Soon…

Merton of the Movies

As for theatre, Donald Brenner and Doug Katsaros have written a fantastic little musical, “Merton of the Movies,” based on the novel, turned radio play. We held a casual reading last November and performed the first staged reading at the Richmond Shepard Theatre on April 27th with dear chums Josh Grisetti, Erik Liberman, Martin Van Treuren and many funny folks. It’s always extra exciting to be working with old friends and this is a fun piece for me since I get to play a whole slew of silly broads.

Speaking of comedy, LIVE FROM HEAVEN: Richard M. Nixon’s Mandatory Fun-Time Concert at UCB Theatre was a hoot! Funny-man Lee Rubenstein wrote and directed. I played Pat Nixon opposite writer, Aaron Glaser as Mr. President.

I was honored to take part in the Sing for Hope concert at the Leiderkranz Club, in conjunction with Opera for Humanity, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of NYC. Amy Shoremount-Obra put together a beautiful night of opera and musical theatre.  Adam Monley and I sang “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera.” Amy Decker Gibbs, Eve Gigliotti,  Rebecca Nash, Patrick Blackwell, Michael Corvino, Jennifer Tiller, Julia Mintzer and accompanists Carol Wong and Carmine Aufiero all gave wonderful performances.

Set your DVR! I’m playing Amy Sawyer, the sneaky gal hiding important documents from the FBI, on USA Network’s “White Collar,” set to air in June. The show is great and I’m excited to be a part of it! Episodes are also available online at  www.usanetwork.com/series/whitecollar/

Had a blast recording Denver Casado‘s latest project “Musicville,” written with Betina Hershey. This new show teaches children about music through a fantasy tale and is packaged with the previous “Monsterville.” I also have a new animation reel, engineered by the talented Nina Negri. She just recently opened her new studio on the Upper West Side.

I’ve become a contributing columnist for a fabulous online magazine, 24Savvy. Check out my latest articles on “Spring Beauty Cleaning,” and why “Mario Badescu Might Be the Best Goo!www.24Savvy.com.

Cheshire Fox has a new logo! Thanks to Norahead at 99Designs, we have a fantastic trademark emblem to represent all creative projects developed through Cheshire Fox Productions. I’m hoping to get started on some shorts very soon. We  held a reading to examine the possibilities and, as always, they are endless! New projects will be posted at www.CheshireFox.com.

The gals and I at Moxie Street Picture Shows are hustling to produce Elizabeth Meriwether’s “Mistakes Madeleine Made” in Los Angeles, May 11- June 4th. It’s going to be quite a ride, so if you’re on the West Coast, be sure to catch the show at:

The Lounge Theatre     6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca.


RECOMMENDATIONS:

Books: “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss, “The Loved One” by Evelyn Waugh.

Albums: Train- “Save Me, San Francisco,” Linkin Park- “A Thousand Suns.”

Places: B&H, Stumpton, Zabar’s, Dylan’s Candy Bar, MoMA.

Websites: Boston’s Big Picture, Astronomy Pic of the Day, Bakerella, CraftGawker.

Cheerio,        

Welcome!

2011 is off to a fantastic start with numerous creative projects in the works…

The recent developmental reading of the new musical “Flambe Dreams” by Matthew Hardy and Randy Klein at The York Theatre was a great success! I’ve been involved with the production since 2008 when it was called “The Thing About Joe” and we held a reading at The Snapple Theatre. I play the role of Gloria, as well as Joe’s fantasy of Julie Andrews. The show has gone through extensive rewrites and I’ve grown quite attached to this quirky little piece. I’m always grateful to be involved in the development of a new production. There is so much to learn from the way a piece evolves and improves with every little tweak. Visit www.FlambeDreams.com.

The talented Charlie Bloom has whipped up another mini-musical, “Frank and Phyllis,” for which I recorded the voice of Phyllis, opposite Kevin David Thomas as Frank, Christy Faber, Austin Lesch and Charlie himself. It is now available for listening at www.CharlesBlooMusic.com. Previous recordings for Charlie have included “Going Through a Stage,” “You’re Gonna Love Your 80’s” (a tribute to Stephen Sondheim) and “Character Breakdown.” Charlie writes clever lyrics and gorgeous melodies. Enjoy!

After a successful run of David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Wonder of the World” last Spring, and a December reading of Sarah Ruhl’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Moxie Street Picture Shows will be establishing itself as a bicoastal company with “Mistakes Madeleine Made” in Los Angeles.  If you happen to be on the left coast, swing by to see the show. Visit www.MoxieStreetPictureShows.com for more information.

I’ve just recorded Denver Casado‘s “We Are Monsters,” an adorable children’s show. Denver and I recently collaborated for the third time on Holiday Magic, produced by Jeff Gelder. Every year, Jeff generously assembles a compilation CD of songs and stories for those who will be spending Christmas in Children’s Hospitals. They accept donations year round at www.HolidayMagicCD.com.

In the voiceover world, my ads for NY Lotto and Captain Morgan are still running. If you haven’t had a chance to prank your friends through Captain Morgan, visit www.CallingAllCaptains.com and choose “cutie” to send a prank phone-call straight to your friends cell phone. You can choose from a list of names, descriptions, etc. It’s hilarious!

Funny how something things come back to haunt you after years. I shot some stock footage for a photographer when I was 14, and I’ve seen the photos everywhere from depression billboards in the midwest to Facebook ads. Yup, that Facebook ad of the sad girl who used Yaz is me! Makes my friends giggle…

As an artist in a freelance industry, people often ask me what I do for steady work when I’m not performing. Of course, nothing is ever quite steady, but for many years I’ve landed gigs as a shoe model. Last month was the shoe show for the end of Winter and the upcoming Spring season.  Impo Shoes had an impressive and comfy lineup. Cute stuff! Hint: Ankle boots with faux fur are in! Oh, and just wait ’til you see the adorable boat shoes.

I also have my shop on Etsy.com. I sell prints of my photographs taken mostly from unique spots in New York City. More of a local’s point of view. Etsy is my favorite site for special gift ideas. They sell vintage and hand-made items from artists all over the country. Warning: One can easily become addicted to this website!

Next week, Randy Klein and I will start the final mixes on my debut solo album, “First Real Love.” It has been a very long process, but we’re determined to deliver a really fantastic record that you will all be able to listen to for years to come.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Albums: Eliza Doolittle– “Rollerblades,” Adele– “21,” Paper Tongues– “Get Higher,” Metric– “Fantasies,” Bruno Mars– “doo wops & hooligans.”

Books: “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls, “Epic” by John Eldredge, “The Shack” by William P. Young, “Sophie’s World” by Jostein Gaarder.

PlacesThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, Freeman’sMax Brenner’s Chocolate Bar, Alice’s Tea Cup, Strand Books, Chelsea Flea Market, Union Square Farmers Market, Limelight Marketplace, Eataly.

Podcasts: Timothy Keller, TED Talks

Ways to help out and have fun: NYCares.com, KEENnyc.org, Kickstarter.

Thanks for reading. I will be sure to make updates as often as possible! Wishing everyone a happy (almost) Spring!

Ciao for now,