Thursday, January 31, 2008


Good afternoon everyone. I haven't smiled this much since the night of my concert. It has been a rough few weeks and though I am not out of the woods yet, I am feeling excited and happy and ready for a brand new beginning.

For those of you in town, please come out and support the next 'New Voices' concert on February 18th. I would love to see all of you. Michael Arden, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Todd Buonopane, Barrett Foa and more will be helping to celebrate their favorite 'New Voices.' They picked them and they will be on hand to tell you why !!!! We did this once a year and it's one of my favorite nights. You can just feel the love in the room. I will hopefully have a final press release up by Monday with all of the performers and special guests.

This is going to be one of those really corny and cheeys things, ready ? We all have setbacks and, believe me, their are times when you just want to give up and throw in the towel and walk away from it all. I have been there, I know. The only thing I can say is: DONT !!! If the path you are taking doesn't seem right take a new one. It is always easier to give up then to keep working for what we believe in, but keep trucking along cause in the end, the payoff will be that much sweeter.


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

New Video Blog

Hey Everyone - Here is the second video blog. It is Natalie Weiss and I sitting at the piano rehearsing trough 'And There it Is' prior to recording the vocals in the studio. We think we chat up the camera towards the end. I actually haven't watched it yet, so it may be boring and horrible. In the case it doesn't, though, I hope you enjoy !!!

ps. it was just uploaded to so it may take some time to actually be ready to watch, so check back ;)

pps so happy you all seem to be liking the new demos.

ppps. I think I am going to the Bahamas ...


Hey Everyone - The new demo's for 'It's Good to See You' and 'And There it Is' are now up on the music page. Enjoy. Here are some cute photos from the studio session today, too. Natalie and I did a video blog but I have no clue how to load it. I'll try again tomorrow. xo -SA

Monday, January 28, 2008

Studio time ...

Hey Everyone - As I mentioned in my last post, the past few weeks haven't been the best, emotionally. Thankfully, I knew just the trick ... GO INTO THE STUDIO. Today has been a blast. Both Natalie and Sklyar sound amazing on their songs. Paul and I are mixing them right now and I should hopefully have them up by the end of the day on the site. It was nice to sit down at the piano and play with the band. I really learned a lot in the studio the last time and it was nice to be able to apply what I learned to the studio today, since I was on my own. I could record every day. It really brings me so much joy. I love the theatre, I love writing for the theatre, and I wouldn't trade it in for anything. Some days I doubt myself and wonder why I am putting myself out there, surrounded by so many amazing writers ... which leads me to your beautiful letters. I say it all the time, but, saying it again never hurts. Thank you. I know how backed up I am right now on responding to your letters and I apologize, but, if you are reading this, please know how much they mean to me. So many emails start with 'I know you hear this all the time ...' or 'I am sorry to bother you ...' ...I wouldn't put myself out there if I thought your letters were a bother. I appreciate you taking the time out to even write, so thank you.

Ok, back to mixing ...Look for the audio's tonight !!!!

best, SA

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Can't sleep ...

Its 5:35 am, and I just can't sleep. Went to bed early. Well, early for me, anyways, and slept a good 4 hours before my mind started racing with emails I haven't returned and sheet music that hasn't been sent, etc. So, here I am, unable to sleep and writing to all of you beautiful people reading this blog.

I have started to line up the next 'New Voices' concert on February 18th. It is going to be a really wonderful evening. There will be five hosts, each introducing their favorite 'New Voice.' The hosts, as of now, will be Aaron Lazar, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Todd Buonopane and Barrett Foa. I should have a final show lined up by mid-week and will post the press release here, first, like always ;)

This Monday, as some of you know, I will be heading into the studio to re-record 'It's Good to See You,' the song that opened the Birdland Concert, and record for the first time 'And There it Is,' the song that closed the Birdland Concert. Spring Awakening's Skylar Astin will be recording 'It's Good to See You' and recent 'New Voices' Alumni, Natalie Weiss, will be recording 'And There it is.' I am doing this just for fun, though, if they come out well, I may include them, along with a few other 'rare demo's' on a special Limited Edition Version of 'Dreaming Wide Awake.' Though it may seem like a lot to you, there are only 400 cd's left of 'DWA' and, trust me, from what I started out with, that's NOTHING !!! Though digital sales are my obvious form of sales, the sooner those cd's sell out, the more inclined I will be to put something special out there for all of your incredible support. I will keep you posted.

So, what have I been doing that ISN'T theatre related ? Well, tomorrow night I will be going to the Kathy Griffin Concert at the WAMU Theatre inside Madison Square Garden. I expect it to be a sit down gay themed bar, without the liquor, and with a red headed 47 yr old explaining why she hates Paris Hilton. I can't wait !!!! I am a HUGE Kathy Griffin fan. It has been a very stressful, hurtful, hard, sad few days for me. I won't be getting into specifics right now. When the dust settles a little, I'll be able to inform you on some changes happening in my life, though. I need a night where there's not a worry and to just take a moment out of my day to laugh. I am really looking forward to it.

I am also starting to plan a vacation. My first in over a year and a half. This time, though, I am going solo. No cell phone, no laptop, no friends, no family, no Bichon Frise. I need a week to myself, to reflect, to go away, to read some good books, to not think of 'what's next,' and to just be by myself. If anyone has any good vacation spot that you think fits these requirements, feel free to send a note my way. Just make sure it's warm, please ;)

On a closing note, I wanted to take a moment and share something. One of my dear friends from Los Angeles, Steve Pacek, lost his partner, Jorge Maldonado, on December 19th, 2007. He died at the age of 30, in his sleep. A brain aneurysm. I hadn't spoken with Steve in some time. Last time we spoke, I was running late to a theatre event and passed him on the street. It's been a good five years since the two of us got a bite to eat, had a drink, sang 'Dreamgirls' on the Santa Monica Pier. This afternoon, at 6pm, I heard about the passing of his partner. At 6:30, Steve, Steve's family, Jorge's family, and all those that loved Jorge, came out to celebrate Jorge for what would have been his 31st Birthday. I got showered, put on some clothes, took a deep breathe and stood in a corner of a bar waiting to give Steve a hug. Normally I would be very uncomfortable in these situations, but then again, who wouldn't. I hadn't spent time with Steve in years, hadn't reached out to him or known about his lose. I felt embarrassed. Yet, you learn something with age. These 'situations' aren't about you or your selfishness. These 'situations' are about letting somebody know you are thinking of them. Life is short. Nobody knows where we will be tomorrow. You learn new lessons in the most unlikely of places. Today, I learned it in the less then thirty minutes I spent with Steve and those whom loved Jorge most.

Wishing you all a wonderful today.


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Just Because ...



Monday, January 21, 2008

For those of you who missed it ...

For those of you whom missed the Birdland Concert, I hope that you enjoy !!!

I have added backstory's on all of the songs.

Last week was not the best week of my life, so I am looking forward to the start of this week. 'New Voices' was amazing tonight and the talent was fantastic. Thank you for those who came out to support 'New Voices.' It wasa great way to start the fourth year of such an amazing series.


Sunday, January 13, 2008

Just Because ...

At the CD Release Party a few of you brought up this video and asked where it went. Well, I never put it up the first time, sort of like the video's that are roaming around of Eden singing 'Magic' or Nikki Renee singing 'Home.' Well, one of the fans at the concert said he had it on his computer and sent it my way. I am not really a fan of my performance, but, I figured if it's what you want, why not make you happy. I will just never watch it myself. LoL. Enjoy !!!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Welcoming Dee !!!!

At Monday nights concert I was fortunate enough to meet a beautiful young lady by the name of Dee Holder. Dee is an incredible and supportive fan who will now be doing all further updates on this website. She can be reached at I think it would be really nice if you sent her a little note welcoming her to the family.

Dee will be putting together a 'fan' photo page on the website so if you have a photo from the CD Release party, or photos from other events, send it her way. Remember to mention the full name of everyone in the photo and where the photo was taken.

If there are songs that are no longer on this site that you are just dying to hear again, let Dee know, and she will do her best to get them up for you. We want to rebuild this site for YOU, so let Dee know what can be done to make you happy. All and any suggestions are welcome !!!!

2008 is going to be the best year yet and I can't wait to inform you of all the exciting changes still to come. Stay tuned !!!


Friday, January 11, 2008

Thank You !!!

Hey Guys and Girls -
Just wanted to send out a small blog, thanking all of you. These past few days I have been floating on cloud 9. Sheet music sales and CD sales have been THROUGH THE ROOF and you're emails since the concert have been so touching. I LOVE it.
So, as you know, my favorite thing is watching video's of you performing my music on youtube. I can't ask for anything more. Well, I went on youtube yesterday to see if there were any videos from the concert, since I still haven't gotten my DVD bac yet. WOW !!! I still can't believe how many bootleg video's are out there from the Monday nights CD Release concert. So, as a thank you, I decided to post three of them on this blog from youtube, so enjoy.

The first is Shoshana Bean talking about how the collaboration of 'Home' came about, and singing the song.

The second video is of Sarah Davis, Shoshana Bean (Yes, she messed up a lyrics. Get over it. Hugs), Natalie Weiss and Liz Callaway singing the opening song from 'Piece' called 'How Did This All Begin ?'

And the Third is Natalie Weiss singing 'I'm a Star.' (Yes, she messed up a lyric, too. Again, get over it. Kisses) ...She had less then 24 hours to learn this song and wow, this girls gonna be huge !!! Come see her at the next 'New Voices' concert on January 21st with four, just as equally deserving, New Voices.

Harada to Host 'Monday Nights, New Voices' January 21st

Harada to Host Monday Nights, New Voices Concert Jan. 21

Ann Harada, most recently seen on the New York stage in the revival of Les Misérables, will host the Jan. 21 Monday Nights, New Voices concert at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre.

The 7 PM performance kicks off the fourth season of the acclaimed series, which was founded by composer Scott Alan to "showcase some of today's brightest new talent in New York." This season, the concerts will also celebrate new composers and lyricists.

The Jan. 21 concert will spotlight the talents of up-n-coming composer-lyricist Jonathan Reid Gealt. Singers will include Garrit Guadin, Megan Loomis, Jesse Kissel, Natalie Weiss and David Weitzer; Barbara Anselmi will be the evening's musical director.

Jonathan Reid Gealt is currently working on his song cycle Forward; a reading is scheduled this spring. The Forward demo features such Broadway stars as Kelli O'Hara, Liz Callaway, Lauren Kennedy, Shoshana Bean, Michael McElroy, Jonathan Groff, Michael Arden, Lewis Cleale, Tituss Burgess, Max Von Essen and Marty Thomas. For more information visit or

Ann Harada created the role of Christmas Eve in the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q. She has also been seen on the Main Stem in Les Misérables, Seussical and M. Butterfly, and her other theatrical credits include Falsettoland; The Moment When; 1,2,3,4,5; Working; Golden Child; Scapin; and Das Barbecü. Harada was also part of the benefit concerts of Chess and Children of Eden.

The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is located in Manhattan at 61 Christopher Street. There is a $12 music charge and a two-drink minimum; for reservations call (212) 255-5438 or visit

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

And There it is ...

Two days later and I am still emotionally and physically drained, but I wouldn't trade it in for anything in the entire world. Let me start off with the obvious. The energy in the room was incomparable to anything I have ever felt before. Thank You for your warmth and support on Monday. Trust me when I say, it was felt instantly.

The night started off with a bang, with Natalie Weiss kicking off the evening with 'I'm a Star' and filling in for Eden Espinosa. I could feel the tension in the room and within two bars of music, you could see that the audience felt as if they just experienced a birth. We discovered a star that night, that much I am sure. (Natalie will be part of the next 'New Voices' concert on January 21st so please come out and support her and all of the amazing New Voices). Prior to the show, I was asked how I could take a whim on a someone who, only two weeks prior, sent me a fan letter with a link to a video of her singing. Everybody who doubted it, ate there words that evening.

As I sat there, watching friend after friend, performing my music and singing my lyrics, I couldn't help but think 'and this is only the beginning. How can I top this ?' Shoshana Bean singing 'Home.' I can never get tired of it. Her speech prior to the performance moved me to tears, and I felt honored and humbled. Stephanie J. Block. What can I say ? Again, I can never get tired of hearing her sing Never Neverland. The audience loves her, and it showed. Shoshana set her up by speaking of her dedication, and she did not let anyone down. Again, I felt honored by her beautiful words prior to her song. Liz Callaway (AMAZING), Cheyenne Jackson (AMAZING), Jonathan Groff (AMAZING), Jill Zadeh (AMAZING), Danny Calvert (AMAZING). I couldn't ask for better singers to perform my work. Sarah Davis ...oh, how I love thee ...flying in from Seattle last minute to fill in for Carly Jibson. You are going to be a superstar, and the audience can say they saw you at Birdland before anybody else. Your excitement of being on stage with Shoshana Bean, and your introduction of her was one of my favorite moments that evening. It showed how much love was in that room.

Lisa Brescia. A performer whom I adore more then anything, who's scheduled, sadly, didn't allow room to be a part of the recording. I called her the moment I heard Eden wasn't able to make it, which was Monday afternoon, and Lisa, without hesitation, without any qualms, showed up, and sang and acting her ass off.

What I am trying to say here is, I feel like the luckiest person alive. Even today, I am floating on a cloud. Meeting each of you after the concert ... words can't express how wonderful it was to match faces to the letters I have received. Some people flying in from as far away as London, Missouri, Australia, Russia, just to be at the concert that night. THANK YOU !!!! Monday night, I was no longer dreaming ... I was wide awake.

Five years ago I moved back to New York to pursue a dream. To write from my heart and for people to hear what I had to say. Some thought my music was bland, boring, forgettable ... For some reason, I cared more about what they had to say then about those who thought my music was insightful, peaceful, inspirational. 2008, I will only listen to what my heart has to say, and surround myself with positive energy. Monday night was the start of a wonderful year. Oh, I can't wait to start announcing what the year ahead has to offer, and I am hoping each of you will continue on this incredible journey with me.

For those of you still dreaming wide awake. Keep believing in yourself, and keeping fighting. I can't wait to watch each of you succeed. I know it's possible. I hope you do, too.


Tuesday, January 08, 2008


Tonight was one of the greatest nights of my life. Thank you to all of those attended. My apologies to the over 70 people that didn't get in (really ?!?!? 70 people ?!?!?). Meeting all of you tonight was incredible. I will write more soon. I am exhausted, emotionally and physically. I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you.

Monday, January 07, 2008

The world is sick ...

So, everyone is sick. Sniffling, coughing, you name it, you can hear it as you pass people on the street. Sadly, as reported on my blog yesterday, Carly Jibson had to pull out of the concert. Well, today, sadly, Eden Espinosa had to do the same. She is a trooper and was trying so hard to fight her cold, but, it just wasn't meant to be. Thankfully, I gave Natalie Weiss the notice at 6am this morning that Eden may not be able to make it, and she has now stepped up to the plate and learned THREE new songs in two days (two of them, in less then 12 hours). Talk about dedication. In addition, we have a special surprise performer who has been kind enough to help out and sing 'Magic' tonight. Yes, you are loosing one Elphaba, but you are gaining another ... see you all tonight ... xoxo -SA

Saturday, January 05, 2008

This crazy business called show !!!

So, I woke up this morning, feeling pretty good. I did my laundry, picked up my dress shirt, gave my dog a bath, and all before 10am. I have choirs galore, and I only have until 6 to finish all of them. Yet, right on schedule, as one would predict, a phone call. Yes, you guessed it. (Cue 'Scream" effect). A performer has walking pneumonia and is unable to join us on Monday.

Now, so I don't sound heartless, let it be known, that I am not upset with this person. I understand. People get sick. Thankfully she called me last night to let me know there was a possibility, and today, it's official.

So, Carly Jibson won't be joining us on Monday. Carly was expected to sing three songs. THANKFULLY, one of my AMAZING New Voices, Sarah Davis, will be filling in for two of the songs, flying herself in from Seattle just to be apart of the evening. She knows the material and I have heard her sing it, and am excited that she gets to be a part of the evening, and has the opportunity to join such incredible talent at such a young age of 18. She currently attends Boston Conservatory, and I am excited to show her off.

Now, who will sing 'Say Goodbye,' though ? That's the biggest situation at hand. Whomever it is will have my heart forever. I have two days to teach someone a brand new song they may have never heard before. Cross your fingers for me. I would hate to have the song cut from the evening as it is one of my favorites on the CD.

Oh Katie Thompson why did you have to go and do a show in Los Angeles this week ?

That's all for now folks. I was nervous before and I am extremely more nervous now. My anxiety level is at an all time high. Thankfully I will be seeing 'The Little Mermaid' with my friend Michael tonight and will have the chance to breathe and relax for a quick second.

Ohhh and though I have repeated this before I will repeat it again. Yes, there are bar seats still available for Monday nights show. Show starts at 7:30. I believe we should be able to get everyone in so please come and support. I would love love LOVE to see you. There will be a CD signing following the concert. You do NOT have to be 21 to attend as the space serves as a restaurant.


UPDATE: I am excited to not only introduce the audience to Sarah Davis, but to Natalie Weiss who will be singing Say Goodbye at the concert on Monday. I love 'New Voices' and I am excited to show off some new talent on Monday. See you then.