The Bedroom Voice story
I often get asked how the name of my album came about. It started a couple of summers ago, when I first began working with Daniel Janke to record some demo tracks. Really, it was his idea in the first place.
In my years of working in musical theatre, I developed a big, loud belting voice. If there’s one thing people love in live performance, it’s a big belty power ballad. People get very excited with all that energy coming off the stage; as a singer, it’s exciting to feel it all being reflected back.
The very first song we recorded was the classic Cry Me a River. We had the wonderful guitarist, Paul Lucas, in the studio and decided make it a simple guitar/vocal duet.
Now, I had performed the song before, usually in jam sessions with a full band plus horn instruments playing along. I liked to start it out quietly and build to a big finish, using that powerful belt for the last part of the song. On our first take, I tried that same crescendo to end the tune.
Daniel, as musical director, felt a gentler approach was needed. With just voice and guitar, the song was much more introspective and intimate. “Why don’t you try it with your bedroom voice?” he suggested. That idea transformed the song for me; rather than a cry to an absent ex-lover, it became a quiet conversation, brimming with passion and resolve.
As we continued to work on other demos, the idea of the “bedroom voice” came up repeatedly. One evening after he used it again, I said to Daniel, “I think we should just do a whole album of songs using that theme and we’ll call it ‘Bedroom Voice’.” Daniel laughed and said he’d be on board.
So that’s what we did. (And I rather like the result…)