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Leading Ladies: starring Beverley Knight, Cassidy Janson and Amber Riley

Leading LadiesBeverley Knight, Amber Riley and Cassidy Janson are loving life as a newly formed trio as members of the Leading Ladies.

Leading Ladies have Songs From The Stage – which is a collection of musical theatre classics featuring numbers from Dreamgirls, The Bodyguard, Cats, Hamilton and Rent.

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Cassidy and Beverley answered a few questions about the group, and this is what they had to say.

Cassidy Janson

Q: Can you tell us about ‘Leading Ladies’? (how did you meet, AND then decide to form a group?)
Cassidy: It was all Bev! I was contacted by Warners to do the album but it was Bev who orchestrated the idea. We’d met before and she’d seen both Amber and I in our shows and thought, “Hey I’ve got an idea”.

Q: What can you tell us about “Songs From The Stage”? Any particular favourite song for you?
Cassidy: I think the three of us mutual adore Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. There was some sort of magic in the room when we vocally arranged that one. The album itself happened very naturally. We were all very much on that same page as to how it should sound and what kind of songs to chose.

Dreamgirls Amber Riley Photo credit Blair Caldwell
Dreamgirls Amber Riley Photo credit Blair Caldwell

Q: Who decided what songs to include on the album?
Cassidy: We did! We had a long list of about 40 songs and it was a hilarious challenge trying to get it down to 14-16 tracks for the album!

Q: What can you tell us about the recording process?
Cassidy: It was organic and very creative. We all have soulful voices but all have very different tones so the blend vocally was a terrific surprise to everyone in the room. We then vocally arranged the songs ourselves and took it turns to go in and do our solo takes. Most often with the other two cheering from the main room!

Q: Do you have any live performances lined up?
Cassidy: Yes. Several for television and others which are in discussion.

Q: Can you tell us about performing in Beautiful the Carole King Musical?
Cassidy: Sure! I completely fell in love with the show and the part. It was a very good fit for me. Vocally my voice sits in the same place as Carole’s and acting wise playing someone that warm, loving and optimistic was, I think, some kind of soulful therapy! Lol! and those songs…… I never got bored of those incredible songs.

Q: Do you have a number one musical theatre song?
Cassidy: Not one. I think that’s a hard choice. But probably my top three would be The Wizard and I, Natural Woman and Being Alive.

Book Tickets for Dreamgirls Savoy Theatre LondonQ: Away from the stage, what do you like to do to chill out?
Cassidy: Hug my sofa. I’m not good at chilling out. But if I’m home my sofa forgets who I am so I hug it. For hours… whilst watching Game Of Thrones.

Q: Why should everyone buy the album Songs From The Stage?
Cassidy: Because we’ve picked the BEST musical songs and arranged them so they’re our own and we all sing the hell out of it! Three big, yet dynamic voices and three women who know how to act a song. That’s a pretty unbeatable combination. A good Christmas present methinks… 🙂

Beverley Knight

Q: What have you enjoyed most with ‘Leading Ladies’ and ‘Songs From the Stage’?
BeverleyThe songs really come alive on stage, and our showcase was my most enjoyable moment so far.

Q: Do you have any particular favourite song(s) from the album?
Beverley: Will you love me tomorrow’ is fantastic.

Q: Do you have a number one musical theatre song?
Beverley: “America” from West Side Story. Clever Satire and astonishingly great melody.

Q: Away from the stage, what do you like to do to chill out?
Beverley: Hit the gym! I love watching ‘Orange is the New Black” on Netflix, I also enjoy reading books and Twitter comments!

Q: What is different about this album that should make it a ‘must have’?
Beverley: Unprecedented coming together of three powerhouse female in theatre, we are a supernova not to be missed!

Leading Ladies – Helpless (Lyric Video)

 

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