Ahead of appearances on Graham Norton's Radio 2 show (Feb 20) and Loose Women (Feb 26), we caught some time with Lee Mead to ask some questions about forthcoming album 'Some Enchanted Evening', and his career to-date.
Your new album 'Some Enchanted Evening' is out at the end of February - what should fans expect from this record?
The album features classic songs from Hollywood musicals with a modern fresh twist. Many of the songs are well known like the title track and 'Singin' in the Rain', but some of the others might be new to my fans. I am really proud of this release and thrilled to have been able to make the album.
What were some of your favourite tracks to cover on this album?
I really like 'All The Things You Are', because I think the lyrics of the song are very poignant and they really resonate with me because I am single again. The song is about finding that right person who will make you happy.
Why did you decide to make an album of covers rather than original material?
I have always wanted to do a musical theatre album - it's my first one and it's a collection of songs that I really like and wanted to perform live, and will be on my Some Enchanted Evening Tour dates this year.
What is it about the world of musical theatre that you love?
I think musical theatre is a great way of telling stories through song. If you get the right show, with great music and book, it's a really fantastic medium of storytelling through song, and storytelling is what makes musicals special.
The LP is produced and arranged by your musical director Mason Neely - what's it like working with Mason?
It's great because he is a very talented man - he's worked with the likes of Cerys Matthews. He plays about 10 different instruments as well!
Was it a conscious decision to release the album for Mother's Day?
Partly yes, because some of the songs have sentiments that many people can relate to.
You'll be touring as you mentioned - do you enjoy the touring life?
I love touring and what's nice about touring my own show is that I don't have to be away from home for too long as I like to spend as much time with Betsy, my daughter, and so I can plan my own tours around her. I have just moved back to Southend and have a place close to the sea, so we spend lots of time on the beach and enjoying what the seaside has to offer.
This is your fourth album release - how have you found the fan response to previous records?
I have a fantastically loyal fanbase who seem to support me with all my live and recorded work.
You'll also be starring in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - when do you start work on rehearsals?
Rehearsals start in April and I open on May 4 in Milton Keynes, and then I will be touring with the show around the country, finishing in Birmingham mid-September.
Lee Mead's new album is available on CD and to download from February 26.
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