The Broadway singer’s new album Elizabeth Ward Land – Always in the sound of my voice: The songs of Linda Ronstadt – has been released on CD and digital, and is released today, Friday July 15th. A special vinyl edition of the album will be released later this year. Touching genres such as rock, country, folk, big band and mariachi, Elizabeth Ward Land finds its perfect vocal chord in this salute to the great Linda Ronstadt. The concert version was awarded the Bistro Award 2020 for “Outstanding Tribute Show”. The album is produced by Land of Ken and Lee Lessack, with Karen Mulvey and Andrew Needleman serving as executive producers. Still Within the Sound of My Voice features arrangements of Andrew David Sotomayor and vocal arrangements of Joel Wagoner. The album is now available on Amazon.co.ukBarnes & Noble or Spotify.
Elizabeth Ward Land will play the role of “Norma Desmond” in the Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton the musical Sunset Boulevard at the Music Theater Connecticut in Norwalk, CT from September 16 to October 2. Elizabeth will celebrate the album with concerts of Still Within the Sound of My Voice in Norwalk, CT on August 6 and Paper Mill Playhouse’s Brookside Cabaret Series in Millburn, NJ from August 31 to September 3, with additional dates and locations to announce. For more information, please visit ElizabethWardLand.com.
On Always in the sound of my voice: the songs of Linda Ronstadt, Elizabeth uses her remarkable voice and creative arrangements to explore songs from every genre of Ronstadt’s storied career, ranging from effervescent pop (“Heat Wave”) and rock (“You’re No Good”) to standards sophisticated (“Falling in Love Again”) and Latin classics (“Frenesí”). Tracing her own life through the songs of Ronstadt’s extensive catalog, the album allows Elizabeth to perform works by some of our country’s greatest songwriting legends, including Dolly Parton (“The Pain of Loving You”), jimmy webb (“Always in the Sound of My Voice”) and Anna McGarrigle (“Heart Like a Wheel”).
Still Within the Sound of My Voice began as a creative challenge. “I wanted to tell the stories of my life using the music of one of my favorite singers,” says Elizabeth. “When I started exploring this project, trying to decide which singer to choose, I thought about all the genres of music I liked to sing: rock and roll, country, folk, Broadway, the Great American Songbook. Then I listed the singers I loved who shone in each category. The only singer who continued to appear in each genre was Linda Ronstadt. As I explored her remarkable career and life, I realized how much we had in common. Then the show and its narrative began to unfold.”
Elizabeth thanks her talented collaborators – Alan Muraoka (direction), Andrew David Sotomayor (musical arrangements) and Joel Wagoner (vocal arrangements) – helping to complete the project. “We started creating arrangements for the songs based on where I felt they resonated in the timeline of my life,” she comments. “Some of the tracks were so iconic in their sound and vibe that we felt compelled to go a whole different way with them. ‘Blue Bayou’, for example, will be indelibly linked to Linda with that intro and that sound incomparable. So we adapted our version of the song to the time of my life when I was on the Les Miserables tour – and I was singing in my hotel room on the portable speakers and the Sony Walkman I used to travel with. We start with low chime chords to indicate the loneliness of life on the road and build with a dramatic and driving 6/8 rhythm.”
“Like Linda, I love to sing harmony,” says Elizabeth. “So we made sure to feature him throughout the project, celebrating his successes with Aaron Neville, James Ingramand of course, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. My friends Joel Wagoner and Catherine Porter – two of the best singers I know – spent hours finding these harmonies with me. I remember the day I decided I wanted to try marrying ‘Heart Like a Wheel’ with ‘Faithless Love’, weaving the two songs together – and when we finished our first try – we all gasped! It worked!”
“As the show grew and changed, and took on a life of its own,” she explains, “I knew I wanted to go into the studio to record it. On the show, I talk about Linda Ronstadt and how his diagnosis of progressive supranuclear palsy took away his singing voice, and what the loss of his voice must be like. I think of her every day when I go to sing, when my voice is miraculously still there. How would I cope, if I lost the sound of my voice? At my age, I don’t take that for granted. So I took the plunge and collected the entire soundtrack at Michel Croitre‘s Yellow Sound Lab in December 2021 and within days we managed to record all the material. I’m so glad we did!”
“This album tells the stories of my life, using those great songs and the inspiration of Linda Ronstadtconcludes Elizabeth. “Tracing the sound of her incredible voice and seeing all the ways her voice had shaped the trajectory of her life, I realized that the sound of my own voice had shaped my life for me – in all the magical ways that I had always hoped.”
The album contains Andrew David Sotomayor at the piano, Kevin Kuhn on guitar, Jordan Jancz on bass and cello, Arei Sekiguchi on drums and percussion, Joel Wagoner on violin and singing, and Catherine Porter singing.
Always in the sound of my voice: the songs of Linda Ronstadt performed to sold-out crowds at Green Room 42 and Chelsea Table + Stage in New York, MacHaydn Theatre, Connecticut’s Legacy Theater and Paper Mill Playhouse’s Brookside Cabaret series.
Elizabeth Ward Land has a varied career in show business that encompasses musicals, plays, concerts, voice-overs, commercials, films and television. On Broadway, she appeared in the original casts of Amazing Grace (Mrs. Catlett), Scandalous (Louella Parsons), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Marie, all three versions), and in Memphis, Passion, City of Angels, and as a featured soloist in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber featuring Michael Crawford at Radio City Music Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London.
Off-Broadway credits include The Bedwetter (Atlantic Theater Company), Southern Comfort (Public Theatre), Curvy Widow (Westside), The Green Heart (Manhattan Theater Club), Hello Again (Lincoln Center), and Chess. Liz performed on The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Edna) national tour opposite Hector Elizondo, as well as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (The Baroness), Les Miserables and Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain. She starred as Mother Superior in the pre-Broadway tryout of Sister Act at the Pasadena Playhouse and the Alliance Theater in Atlanta.
Her film and television credits include “Young Adult”, “Boy Meets Girl”, “The Good Fight”, “Elementary”, “High Maintenance”, “Madam Secretary”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “The Big O”, “The Blacklist”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “One Life to Live”, “All My Children” and twice on NBC’s “Today” show as part of their “Everyone has a Story” series.
His solo exhibitions have been presented at the Wilson Center, Long Beach Cabaret Series. Soloist with The Long Beach Pops, Coto Candlelight Series, Hollywood Revisited and The Salon Series with Michael Feinstein to Forum Mark Taper. Elizabeth was honored to have been chosen as Barbra Streisandis the replacement for her 2006 concert tour. Her acclaimed debut CD, First Harvest, is also available through LML Music. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of the Pacific and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of California, Davis.
“ALWAYS IN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE” TRACK LIST
2. Different Drum (Mike Nesmith)
3. When will I be loved (Phil Everly) / It will be the day (holly buddy / jerry allison) / It’s so easy (holly buddy / Norman Small) / Just One Look (Gregory Carroll / Doris Payne) / It’s In Her Kiss (Rudy Clark)
4. Heart Like A Wheel (Anna McGarrigle) / Unfaithful Love (JD SOUTH)
5. You are no good (Clint Ballardjr)
6. Frenesi (Alberto Dominguez)
7. Someone to lie next to me (Karla Bonoff)
8. Blue Bayou (Roy Orbison / Joe Melson)
9. Falling in love again (Friedrich Hollaender / Sammy Lerner)
10. Pain of loving you (Dolly Parton / Porter Wagoner) / Somewhere Out There (James Horner / Barry Mann / Cynthia Weill) / All my life (Karla Bonoff) / I do not know much (Tom Snow / Barry Mann / Cynthia Weill)
11. Long Long Time (Gary White)
12. Always in the sound of my voice (jimmy webb)
13. Desperado (Don Henley /Glen Frey)