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Adam's Call: The Hope of Christmas: Ann Hampton Callaway & William Schermerhorn: Originally Fresh

There are hundreds of Christmas albums for one to purchase this time of year, more or less, featuring the same handful of songs, just sung differently by each artist. Well, this year, we are in luck, there is a BRAND NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM out featuring an array of originally fresh songs called The Hope of Christmas, with lyrics by William Schermerhorn, sung by the award winning Ann Hamtpon Callaway, featuring the music of Ann Hampton Callaway herself, Michael Feinstein, Wesley Whatley, Stephen Fox, Matthew Sklar, Milton Delugg, and Mary Ehlinger.

The Hope of Christmas is the perfect gift because it's an album you can listen to over and over again! These songs are going to be the new classics you sing with your friends and family. William has written some terrific lyrics about hope, love, loss, and the spirit of the season paired with some of the greatest composers of today and yesterday! Ann's voice seamlessly welds the music and lyrics together, bringing you a finished product that will put you in the most festive mood!

William SchermerhornAnn Hampton CallawayThe jazz-infused songs effortlessly spread a sense of calmness and peace throughout your home and allow you to just relax and reflect on the sounds of the season. A few of my favorite songs, are the title song itself, "The Hope of Christmas" (music by Ann Hampton Callaway), a terrific song about bringing peace and love to the world, not only at Christmas time, but throughout the year. I also love "On Union Street" (music by Wesley Whatley), a fun song about the joys of the start of the Christmas season and meeting up with famiy and friends. It's a great song to open the album because, from the get-go, it gets you excited about all the fun, food, and good times Christmas can bring. I also adore "My Gift of Thanks" (music by Michael Feinstein), a terrific song about being grateful. Knowning a bit about Michael, it's no wonder he would write the music to such a beautiful song as this fits right in with his own beliefs. Then there is "Christmas Isn't Christmas At All," a faster paced bluesy song about missing someone you love during this festive time.

Ann Hampton Callaway and Seth RudetskyI am so glad The Hope of Christmas is available. It's so refreshing to listen to a Christmas album filled with ORIGINAL songs. Not that I don't love the classics we've grown up with and come to love, but it's definitely time and there is room for something new! So, celebrate this new holiday season with The Hope of Christmas, a NEW ORIGINAL Christmas album! Click here to purchase on and Click here to purchase on iTunes!

If you missed my original interview with Ann and William, click here to read it!

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Adam's Call: Melissa Errico: Sing The Silence at Joe's Pub: Back, Better Than Ever

Melissa ErricoLast month I had the pleasure of going to see Melissa Errico's concert Sing The Silence at Joe's Pub which focused Melissa's journey of getting to sing again after she suddenly lost her voice during the run of Classic Stage Company's production of Passion. Melissa had to withdraw from that production and be on complete vocal rest for 100 days, meaning no singing and no talking whatsoever!

Well, the days of Melissa Errico being silent are very over! She is back and better than ever! I was amazed at how powerful her voice was. She belted stronger and louder than she ever has! I asked her after the show if she felt her voice was stronger than before she lost it and she said, "Yes, absolutely." 

Melissa Errico in "Sing The Silence" at Joe's Pub in NYCWhile the focus of the show was on her 100 days of silence, it was actually more of a biopic piece chronicling her life. She started off the show with some family background moving towards her birth then to her childhood, Broadway, and ultimately losing her voice. Melissa's journey was heavily influenced by her grandmother and great-grandmother as well as her mom's aspirations to be a singer. Some might say, she was destined for the stage. There was a lot I could identify with in Melissa's show, especially her time growing up on Long Island and having Broadway just a car or train ride away. I learned a lot about Melissa's life and her desire to be a performer. She worked hard at it and did whatever it took to get to where she wanted to be. She was going strong and then bam, without warning, one night on stage, she lost her voice. The emotional journey from there to getting her voice back was quite a long road. It was frightening at times to think Melissa Errico would never sing again, but thankfully, that was not the case! Melissa's voice is back, stronger than before!

Melissa Errico in "Sing The Silence" at Joe's Pub in NYCMy favorite musical moments in the show were "How Lovely To Be A Woman" from Bye Bye Birdie, "The Colors of My Life" from Barnum, "People's Parties" by Joni Mitchell, "This Woman's Work" by Kate Bush, "Happiness" from Passion, "Sing The Silence" by Adam Gopnik and Scott Frankel, "Silent Partner" by Patricia Barber, and "Blackbird" by The Beatles. Melissa sounded great throughout the whole show, but these were the songs that have really stuck with me and the ones I felt really drove the story of her journey home!

It did take quite a while to get to the point where Melissa lost her voice and as this piece moves forwards in development, I hope she will re-examine it to see how she can get to that point quicker. I loved learning about her family history and her childhood, but I think that is most of what could be more condensed. As a fan of hers, I want learn about what got her to where she is today, but I want more of the Broadway chatter and then getting to the actual part that made headlines for days when Melissa lost her voice. I think with those cuts, the show would be tighter, stronger, and move more seamlessly.

Melissa Errico in "Sing The Silence" at Joe's Pub in NYCI am thrilled Melissa is no longer "singing the silence" and that everyone can once again hear her powerfully soulful voice! I can't wait to see what is next for Melissa and the growth of Sing The Silence because Melissa will be silent no more!

If you missed my interview with Melissa about this show, click here to read it!

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Adam's Call: Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors" on NBC: Inspirational

Dolly PartonDolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors was truly a remarkable TV movie! I learned so much about Dolly's upbringing that I didn't know. It was great to see her as a little rascal, but also how she got her down home roots and inspirational sayings. Coat of Many Colors really showed why Dolly is the way she is today!

As much as this movie was about Dolly's early life, Coat of Many Colors was more about having faith and love in yourself and some higher power (in Dolly's case it was G-d) as well accepting others for who they are. Dolly's mama really instilled these values in Dolly and it just demonstrates why Dolly is so accepting of everyone. Dolly really endured some rough times growing up, but watching how she handled her adversities has made me re-think how I should handle mine. You see, that is one of the reasons I love Dolly Parton, it's because Dolly always teaches me something, even when I'm just planning to be entertained.

Alyvia Alyn Lind as "Dolly Parton" in "Coat of Many Colors", Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/NBC Alyvia Alyn Lind as "Dolly Parton" in "Coat of Many Colors", Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/NBCNow let me talk about this cast! Alyvia Alyn Lind was incredible as "Dolly!" She was so engaging and what a voice! I hope she comes to Broadway soon so she can really belt it out! The little bit I knew about Dolly as a young girl was just what I've seen through pictures and a few interviews, but what I saw in Alyvia, I felt as though she really captured the essence of Dolly.

Jennifer Nettles as "Avie Lee Parton" and Ricky Schroder as "Robert Lee Parton" in "Coat of Many Colors", Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/NBCRicky Schroder as "Robert Lee Parton" and Jennifer Nettles as "Avie Lee Parton" in "Coat of Many Colors", Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/NBC Jennifer Nettles was wonderful as Dolly's mother "Avie Lee Parton!" The intense and emotional ride Dolly's mom experienced was brought to life so powerfully by Jennifer! She had great chemistry with Alyvia and Ricky Schroder who portrayed Dolly's dad "Robert Lee Parton."

Ricky also gave a powerful performance! From the stories I have heard from Dolly in interviews, it sure seemed like Ricky was spot on with his portrayal of Dolly's dad. Dolly's dad had his own struggles and Ricky brought those struggles to life! Watching Ricky in this role, reminded me of one of my other favorite Ricky Schroder TV movies, To My Daughter with Love where Ricky stole my heart as a single dad raising his 6-year-old daugther.

Mary Lane Haskell as "Miss Moody" in "Coat of Many Colors", Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/NBCStella Parton as "Mrs. Corla Bass", Mary Lane Haskell as "Miss Moody", "Gerald McRaney as "Reverend Jake Owens", Alyvia Alyn Lind as "Dolly Parton", Jennifer Nettles as "Avie Lee Parton", and Ricky Schroder as "Robert Lee Parton", Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/NBCAnd there was Mary Lane Haskell, who played "Miss Moody," Dolly's school teacher. I have see Mary Lane perform at 54 Below here in NYC in Here She Comes Again: 54 Below Does Dolly Parton, so I was super excited to see her in Coat of Many Colors. Mary Lane was super as "Miss Moody." She effortlessly showed the strictness of school teachers in those days, but she also showed her belief in Dolly and Dolly's dreams. That belief must have meant a lot to Dolly. I know, for me, I have always remembered the teachers who encouraged me to follow my dreams or supported me in some way. I hope this featured part leads Mary Lane to more film/television roles!

Dolly Parton in "Coat of Many Colors", Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/NBCCoat of Many Colors was so well put together and terrifically cast/directed. I hope there will be another film chronicling Dolly's rise to stardom!

If you missed Coat of Many Colors you can watch it at through Janaury 5, 2016!

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Adam's Call: The Color Purple on Broadway: Shook Me To My Core

It's been a little over a month since I've been so moved or inspired by a piece of theatre. The Color Purple on Broadway shook me to my core! It was only intermission and I had already wanted to make plans to see this show again! 

Cynthia Erivo, Danielle Brooks, and the cast of "The Color Purple"Allee Willis', Stephen Bray's, and Brenda Russel's music/lyrics hit hard! I felt each word resonate within me. I love that this production is scaled down from the original Broadway run. It made me connect even more with the story and emotions running throughout the show. To watch "Celie" go from feeling like she was worthless to having so much self-awareness/esteem is something everybody can relate to. 

Cynthia Erivo gives it her all and then gives even more. She is fantastic as "Celie." She IS "Celie!" Her acting is equisite! Her voice is like no other! Her performance got deep under my skin. There is a reason "Celie" sings "I'm Here" and hearing Cynthia sing that song made me say, yes indeed, Cynthia IS here! I mean how many performers get a standing ovation midway through the show? Not many, but Cynthia deserved it!

Jennifer Hudson and the cast of "The Color Purple"Danielle Brooks is terrific as "Sofia." I love Danielle as "Taystee" on Orange is the New Black, but seeing her in The Color Purple made me see her in a completely different light, showing off her acting chops in a way she doesn't get to demonstrate on Orange is the New Black. She has an amazing singing voice and her "Hell No!" has become my new anthem. 

To see Jennifer Hudson live on stage and hear that voice sing was pure delight! The whole cast is fantastic! They are one of the reasons I loved this show so much! From all their performances, I could tell how much each of them truly enjoy being in this show.

Call Me Adam at "The Color Purple"The Color Purple is powerful! It's inspirational! It sends out a positive message about self love! It's a show everyone must see!

The Color Purple plays at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre in New York City (242 West 45th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Click here for tickets and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and at!

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Adam's Call: Tamara Tunie: MASH UP at Feinstein's/54 Below: Tune In

Tamara Tunie performing in "MASH UP" at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffWednesday, November 11, 2015 was the first time I had heard Tamara Tunie sing. That day will not be my last! From the moment Tamara walked on stage at Feinstein's/54 Below, I was captivated. Not only did her shining smile welcome me with open arms, but her beautiful vocals engulfed me right away! From there, it was one amazing moment after another. 

Tamara hit all the right notes in her show MASH UP, a collection of her best moments from her cabaret shows LEGENDS from the BURGH and YES, I SING! Tamara celebrated the music of Lena Horne, Henry Mancini, Phyllis Hyman, Steven Sondheim, and George Benson. Getting to hear the stories of how each of these artists have touched Tamara's life made the show all that more personal. That is one of the things I loved most about Tamara's concert...In a room filled with well over 100 people, Tamara knew how to connect in with us individually, making us feel as though she was giving each one of us a private concert. 

Tamara Tunie performing in "MASH UP" at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffTamara Tunie and Call Me AdamThe other thing I loved about Tamara's show MASH UP was her movement between musical genres...from Jazz to Blues to Broadway, Tamara sang them all! She started the night off with Peggy Lee's "I Love Being Here With You," which was a terrific way to get everyone in the mood for this fantastic show!

With just one show left, I can't encourage you enough to TUNE IN to Tamara Tunie's MASH UP at Feinstein's/54 Below on Sunday, November 15 at 7pm! Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Tamara about MASH UP, click here to read it!

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