Beverly Hills, CA - September 26, 2002: Michael Feinstein, "American’s Ambassador of Song," has joined forces with Concord Records to create Feinery, a new subsidiary label that will present hidden gems from the American Popular Songbook. Feinery’s first release, Michael Feinstein Sings The Livingston & Evans Songbook, will be in stores October 8.
Michael Feinstein Sings The Livingston & Evans Songbook, which follows Feinstein’s critically acclaimed "Songbook" series of Broadway and Hollywood composers, celebrates the team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. Together, three-time Academy Award winners Livingston and Evans wrote some of the most highly regarded and popular songs in American history, including the hits "Mona Lisa," "Tammy," "Silver Bells," "Que Sera, Sera," and "Buttons and Bows," as well as classic television themes such as "Bonanza" and "Mr. Ed."
As well as these hits, this new CD features a treasure trove of rare, previously unheard selections from unproduced movies and stage musicals. Composer / lyricist Jay Livingston is featured on piano and vocals, while Melissa Manchester appears as guest vocalist for one of the team’s best known songs, "Never Let Me Go." The disc also includes the first ever release of an original demo of "Anywhere But Here," which features Rosemary Clooney and Jose Ferrer.
Feinery, in addition to recording favorite current artists, will restore recordings and musical broadcasts from the golden age of popular song, many of which showcase some of the nation’s most admired and enduring entertainers. "Starting this label gives me the opportunity to preserve an integral part of our cultural heritage," says Feinstein. "Feinery’s albums, consisting of new artists and unreleased archival material, will present music and performances that might otherwise disappear."
Michael Feinstein received his third Grammy Award nomination for his acclaimed double CD Romance On Film, Romance On Broadway in 2001. His latest CD on Concord, Michael Feinstein With The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, was released in May 2002. More than a mere performer, he is nationally recognized for his commitment to the American popular song, both celebrating its art and preserving its legacy. Indeed, Michael is a member of the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board.
Liza Minnelli helped sponsor Michael’s 1986 New York debut at the Algonquin, and he was soon starring in his own Broadway show, Isn't It Romantic. Through his live performances (from Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall), recordings, film and television appearances, and his songwriting (in collaboration with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Lindy Robbins, Bob Merrill and Marshall Barer), Feinstein has been an important musical force during the past 15 years. In addition, he scored the original music for the film Get Bruce and co-owns the successful Manhattan nightclub, Feinstein's at the Regency.