West End Star Kerry Ellis To Release 'Defying Gravity' Dance Remix, Proceeds Go To Charity
I love a good BROADWAY dance remix. I don't remember the first time I heard a Broadway song remixed, but I do remember which ones I like. I think the remixes for "I Just Wanna Dance" (Jerry Springer: The Opera) are phenomenal. When the remixes were released from the RENT movie soundtrack, I was in heaven. Then Idina Menzel went ahead and re-recorded "Defying Gravity" and THAT was remixed. AMAZING! While Kerry Ellis isn't a name that too many people are familiar with over on this side of the pond, over in her native UK she's a stage PHENOM. Ellis made her West End debut back in 2001 in a revival of My Fair Lady as Martine McCutcheon's understudy in the lead role of Eliza Doolittle. Ellis got her spotlight later on when she originated the role of Meat in We Will Rock You and played lead roles in Les Misérables, Wicked and Oliver! Her role as Elphaba in Wicked actually brought her to New York City where she played the role from June 18 - November 9 2008.
Anthems is the debut studio album from Kerry Ellis, released in September of 2010 on Decca/Universal. Produced by Brian May (the lead guitarist from Queen), the eleven-track album features a variety of songs - some from Broadway shows, some from movies, some covers. The critically-acclaimed album peaked at #15 on the UK Albums Chart and remained on the charts for two weeks. To date, the album has spawned two singles - "I'm Not That Girl" (from Wicked) and "Anthem" (from Chess). On March 20th, the third single, a special remix of "Defying Gravity" (also from Wicked) is due for release. Remixed by the people behind G-A-Y, a popular gay club in London, all proceeds generated from this single will go to The Mercury Phonenix Trust fighting AIDS Worldwide and G-A-Y's chosen charity. Listen to a snippet of the remix below. Can't wait to hear the whole thing!
1. G-A-Y Remix
2. G-A-Y Radio Edit With Intro
3. G-A-Y Radio Edit