Everybody's Talking About Jamie star John McCrea: My 6 Best Albums
The young British sensation is currently starring as Jamie New, the lead in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, until October 6 2018.
John won the What’s On Stage award for Best Actor in a Musical, the UK Theatre Award for Best Performance in A Musical and was named joint Most Promising Newcomer at the Critics Circle Awards.
Based on the true story of teenage drag queen Jamie Campbell and his mother, Margaret, the show has been the breakout hit of London’s West End.
The smash hit production features an infectious and emotional soundtrack fusing pop, funk and soul, written by Dan Gillespie Sells, lead singer of The Feeling, and lyricist Tom MacRae, himself.
The music dances effortlessly between poignant ballads, soaring belters and joyous singalongs, just like John’s personal favourites.
JOHN MCCRAE’S TOP 6 ALBUMS:
Declan O’Rouke – Since Kyabram
This album has been at the top of my most played list since I first heard it. Declan’s voice is so subtle and magnetic.
He sings the final track on the album – Marrying the Sea (Til Death Do Us Part) acapella to the sound of a crashing waves and it completely floors me.
Carole King – Tapestry
Although many amazing artists have had their way with King’s most memorable songs, there is nothing quite like her sultry, smokey vocals.
There is an imperfection to her which is very compelling.
Basement Jaxx – The Singles
This album is pure nostalgia for me. It was the first CD I bought with my own money from HMV.
I used to listen to the songs on a walkman on my way to school and my feet would stomp the concrete to the beat. I felt utterly invincible.
The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
I defy anyone not to tap their feet along to the genius of Brian Wilson. He drove himself to the verge of insanity for his artistic passions and you can sense that in the most beautiful way.
An album that resurfaces every summer for me. It’s unique and joyful and I believe loved the world over.
Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul
I’m a die hard fan of the female voice and Aretha is the epitome of soul. The Queen.
Her version of the song her sister (Carolyn Franklin) penned ‘Ain’t No Way’ aches with her signature flair for effortlessly reaching every note on the human register. Mind-blowing.
Ludovico Einaudi – Una Mattina
These songs seem to move through my body like water. I have a guttural reaction to them and my surroundings suddenly become vivid and cinematic no matter where I am.
That, to me, is what music if for.
The album, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie: West End Cast Recording is out now. www.EverybodysTalkingAboutJamie.co.uk
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is currently playing at The Apollo Theatre
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