Nashville, TN (October 23, 2020) – When live performances stopped, many artists found themselves faced with uncertainty, challenges and a longing to perform. It didn’t take long for musicians like Billy Stritch to find a new home online. Billy’s Place quickly became a successful weekly online music show that allowed Stritch to entertain from the safety and comfort of his home. Today’s release, Billy’s Place, is a recording of some of Billy’s favorites from this series. Recorded for Club44 Records, it is available on all streaming music platforms and distributed by Provident/Sony Distribution.
“I’m so excited about this new collection of music!” shares Billy Stritch. “First of all, it’s the first truly solo recording I’ve ever made (just me, no band) so it has a deeper level of intimacy and connection than any of my previous releases. The song selection was borne out of my weekly livestream show, “Billy’s Place.” As the weeks went on, I was able to learn and present music by a diverse group of composers, and the songs on the CD are many of my favorites from these shows. I was able to include many favorite songwriters, including (Richard) Rodgers and (Lorenz) Hart and Hoagy Carmichael, as well as more contemporary writers like Peter Allen and my friend Barry Manilow. I also am thrilled to present an original song, “Since You Left New York,” which I wrote with my “Does He Love You” co-writer Sandy Knox. The song is a Valentine to my adopted hometown of New York, and the lyrics resonate especially well these days.”
Billy continues, “This project will always have a special meaning for me, because it came together out of my need to create new music in the midst of this crazy time in the world. I’m so grateful to Wayne Haun, and Joel Lindsey and all the gang at Club44 Records for allowing me to come to Nashville and spend a couple of days making this record!”
Offering Billy’s Place as a recording was something the owners of Club44 Records knew they had to do. Co-producer Wayne Haun states, “Billy’s talent shines through a live band, a studio session or even an orchestra. But when that’s all taken away and it’s just Billy singing at the piano, something supernatural happens. I’m moved. I’m elated. I’m even educated.”
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BILLY’S PLACE TRACK LISTING:
1. Meet Me, Midnight (Barry Manilow, Bruce Sussman)
2. Billy’s Place Theme (Billy Stritch)
3. Skylark (Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael)
4. It Might Be You (David Grusin, Alan & Marilyn Bergman)
5. Falling In Love with Love (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
6. Since You Left New York (Billy Stritch, Sandra Knox)
7. Ordinary Miracles (Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch)
8. Lazy Afternoon (John Latouche, Jerome Moross) / Estate (Bruno Martino, Bruno Brighetti, Joel Siegel)
9. Planes (Peter Allen, Carole Bayer Sager)
10. My Love Went to London (Tony Scibetta, John Wallowitch)
11. That Old Feeling (Sammy Fain, Lew Brown) / I Thought About You (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Mercer)
12. Blue Again (Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey)
ABOUT BILLY STRITCH:
Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene. His most recent nightclub act “Billy Stritch Sings the Mel Tormé Songbook” earned rave reviews from the New York critics. Stritch has appeared in cabaret venues across the nation as well as concert performances at the London Palladium, NHK Hall in Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro’s Municipale Auditorium. In New York, he has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and was onstage in the 2001 Broadway revival of 42nd Street, which starred Christine Ebersole. Billy is also a songwriter and arranger, and his composition “Does He Love You” was recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. The single reached the number one spot on the Billboard Country chart, winning a Grammy Award and selling over five million copies along the way. He has arranged for many top performers and is a frequent collaborator with Liza Minnelli, having written the arrangements for Minnelli On Minnelli at the Palace Theater, Liza’s Christmas at Town Hall, and was musical supervisor and pianist for the Tony Award-winning, Liza’s At The Palace. Last year, he performed as musical director/pianist on dozens of dates with Tony Bennett. Billy has played and sung on numerous television shows including “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “Oprah,” “The CBS Morning Show,” “The Today Show” and “Inside The Actor’s Studio”. He is the winner of the Nashville Music City News Award, a BMI Song of the Year Award, and four awards from the Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabarets.