Lea Michele

REVIEW: ‘Christmas In The City’ – Lea Michele

Lea Michele – “Christmas In The City”

Actress, singer and author Lea Michele has released her first ‘holiday album’, “Christmas In The City”, the title track of which is an original recording. The video finds Lea in the middle of a New York City winter wonderland, with Lea herself delivering the magic of the holidays in true New York style. With iconic shots of the Empire State Building, Central Park and the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center, the film captures the unique magic of the city’s holiday spirit and is the perfect companion to Lea’s original track.

Lea’s “Christmas In The City” is an eleven track holiday collection inspired by the singer’s fond memories of growing up in New York City. Reuniting with Glee songwriters/producers Adam Anders and Peer Astrom, the album features timeless hits like “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, “Silent Night”, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”, as well as star-studded collaborators handpicked by Lea, including fellow Glee alum Darren Criss, Spring Awakening costar Jonathan Groff and Broadway favorite Cynthia Erivo.

Since making her Broadway debut at just eight years old in Les Misérables, Lea Michele has continued to be a powerhouse on both stage and screen as well as a chart-topping solo artist and New York Times bestselling author. Following her critically acclaimed performance as Wendla in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Spring Awakening, she made her television debut as perfectionist firecracker Rachel Berry on Ryan Murphy’s critically acclaimed, award-winning musical series Glee. The breakout role earned the actress both a Teen’s Choice Award and People’s Choice Award, as well as Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

Lea’s love for music has always been a focus point in her career, signing to Columbia Records and making her solo album debut with 2014’s “Louder”, which notched a Top five position on the Billboard 200 chart upon its release. Lea added best-selling author to her resume that same year, releasing her first book entitled Brunette Ambition, which quickly became a New York Times Best Seller. She released her second book You First the following year. In 2017, she released her sophomore album “Places” and hit the road for a series of sold-out North American tour dates as well as a co-headlining slot on the LM/DC Tour alongside fellow Glee alum Darren Criss.

Lea will usher in the holiday season through December, performing at the both the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the 2019 Christmas in Rockefeller Center event. It’s the start of what is sure to be a massive Christmas for the actress and singer. Lea has set a series of live performance dates in New York City and three back-to-back shows at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture. With her success also stretching ‘across the water’ and in Europe, “Christmas In The City” is an album that should appeal to all fans of Christmas music the world over.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!