Moonlight Serenade, New Carly Simon Album of Romantic Standards, to Be Released as DualDisc Featuring Making-of-the-Album Documentary & Exclusive Interviews

Sony Music Entertainment - 05/03/2005

Columbia Records will release Moonlight Serenade, a new album of romantic standards performed by the pop music icon Carly Simon, on Tuesday, July 19.

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Moonlight Serenade, her first album for Columbia Records, reunites Carly Simon with the legendary producer Richard Perry, who first worked with Carly on her career-defining #1 breakthrough masterpiece, No Secrets, in 1972. The pair has gone on to enjoy a creative partnership which has lasted over the decades, notably producing Carly's hit albums Hotcakes (1974) and Playing Possum (1975). Together, the pair has created such classic hits as "You're So Vain," "Mockingbird," "The Right Thing To Do," and "Haven't Got Time For The Pain" as well as "Nobody Does It Better" as featured in the 1977 James Bond film, "The Spy Who Loved Me."

"I can't tell you what a pleasure and how much fun it was to make this record with Richard Perry," said Carly Simon. "I learned to ballroom dance at a really early age and it has served me well on this album. I also look forward to working with all my friends at Sony Music who, if I am not mistaken, I was in kindergarten with."

"Carly Simon was the first of her generation's premier singer-songwriters to apply her interpretive gifts to the songbook of American standards," said Don Ienner, President and CEO, Sony Music Label Group, "and together with producer Richard Perry, she recorded some of her most memorable hit records. So the combination of Carly, Richard, and classic pop songs is a very special event. Moonlight Serenade is beautifully arranged, and beautifully sung. Carly has made the definitive romantic album, and I'm thrilled that she has decided to bring this project to Columbia Records. It's a perfect fit."

Moonlight Serenade showcases Carly Simon's dusky and sensual vocal stylings on eleven romantic standards penned by some of the world's greatest songwriters including Glenn Miller, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II, George & Ira Gershwin, and Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz.

Recorded over a four month period in late 2004-early 2005, Moonlight Serenade includes the title track as well as the songs "I've Got You Under My Skin," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "Moonglow," "In The Still Of The Night," "Alone Together," "Where Or When," "The More I See You," "My One And Only Love," "All The Things You Are," and "How Long Has This Been Going On."

As she performs a selection of some of the most romantic songs ever written, Carly Simon, the quintessential singer-songwriter, proves herself a peerless interpreter of timeless songs. Moonlight Serenade is a must-have for Carly Simon fans as well as for aficionados of classic pop music.

The DualDisc edition of Moonlight Serenade will feature the full album on the audio-only side while the DVD side includes the album in its entirety as well as exclusive new footage of Carly at-home and a "making of the album" documentary including in-the-studio footage, photos, and interviews with Carly Simon and Richard Perry.

An essential addition to the Carly Simon canon, Moonlight Serenade fulfills the aesthetic promise she made with 1981's Torch, the groundbreaking album of pre-rock and non-rock cover songs that foreshadowed the trend of contemporary singers performing pop standards.

Over the course of her prolific and highly-acclaimed career, Carly Simon has recorded more than 25 albums and composed music for more than six feature films. A New York native, Carly was immersed in music at an early age, beginning her career singing with her sister, Lucy, as the Simon Sisters. Her self-titled debut album, released on Elektra Records in 1971, introduced the world to an artist who would create the template for confessional singer- songwriters through such unforgettable songs as her first hit, "That's The Way I Always Heard It Should Be" (co-written by Jacob Brackman). A year later, she earned her first Grammy Award (for Best New Artist), opening the door for aspiring female singer-songwriters for years to come. Throughout the 1980's Carly continued her stream of success winning an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy for the song "Let the River Run" from the Mike Nichols' film, Working Girl. Her experiences in life, love and motherhood have resonated with fans through an ongoing string of timeless and classic recordings. Her appeal spans decades and ages alike from her original songs in the recent Disney Winnie the Pooh movies to her most sophisticated compositions in the opera Romulus Hunt. An influential and cherished performer who's made an indelible imprint on popular music, Carly Simon continues to flourish as an artist with Moonlight Serenade.

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SOURCE: Columbia Records

CONTACT: Fran DeFeo, Columbia Records, Media, New York, +1-212-833-5784,
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Web site: http://www.columbiarecords.com/
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