“For My Folks” – A Collection of Songs From the American Standards and Musical Theater!
Stage and screen star Jean Louisa Kelly has just released her Brand New Album, “For My Folks”.
This New Album is a collection of great American Standards, plus songs from Musical Theatre and features Jean’s fabulous New Single of the classic standard “Where Or When.”
The overwhelming response to this single and sheer enthusiasm it’s created has seen this single picked up by jazz radio stations nationwide in the U.S.
Jean Louisa Kelly stole the hearts of many singing the classic “Someone to Watch Over Me” in the acclaimed film Mr. Holland’s Opus, starring Richard Dreyfuss as a frustrated composer turned influential high school music teacher.
A child of the stage and musical theater, Jean grew up in a small town in New England where she honed her skills in singing, ballet, tap and jazz dance and performed in community theatre and summer stock. At 15, she hit Broadway in the original cast of Into the Woods, and at 16 she was cast opposite John Candy in the classic John Hughes film Uncle Buck.
Though the silver screen held its allures, Jean took a hiatus to attend Columbia College where she got a BA in English before returning to the movies. She then starred as Luisa in Michael Ritchie’s film version of the long running musical The Fantasticks before settling into 6 years on the CBS hit sitcom Yes, Dear. When motherhood called, Jean focused her energies on her children, simultaneously experiencing a rebirth of creativity. She began composing, first her children’s album “Color of Your Heart”, and then her two EPs, “Willing”, and “Relax, Nothing is Under Control”. She continued working on screen in movies and television, composing two singles for films in which she appeared.
The New Album “For My Folks” sees Jean returning to some much loved classics, songs that are timeless and very classy. We asked Jean what was the inspiration for this new album and it was her love for American Jazz Standards and music that her parents love as well… hence the name For My Folks!
Sparked by a desire to express her gratitude for her parents and for the fans who craved such an album, she has released a 13-song project showcasing a stunning new rendition of her signature song “Someone to Watch Over Me”, complete with an a cappella introduction.
The album features moving renditions of timeless gems such as “Singin’ in the Rain”, “The Man that Got Away”, “Danny Boy”, and an especially heart-tugging version of “As Time Goes By”. Gorgeous and inventive musical arrangements by producer Todd Schroeder and special guest John Lloyd Young (star of “Jersey Boys” on Broadway and on film), who lends a sparkling presence to “For Me and My Gal”, round out the delicious album.
Jean’s many fans across the world have seen her career transform from Musicals, to major Hollywood movies and hit U.S. Television Shows… finding time along the way to produce some wonderful CDs.
We believe whilst Jean is extremely talented… her sensational singing is something very special and there’s no doubt this stunning New Album “For My Folks” will allow Jean Louisa Kelly to gain even more fans across the world as they too discover this sensational star with her brilliant singing and her stunning versions of some of the most loved American Jazz Standards of all time.