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MasterClass Monday: Katharine McPhee’s Gorgeous New Single – Night And Day


MasterClass Monday: Katharine McPhee’s Gorgeous New Single - Night And Day

Some of the most enjoyable and memorable performances on American Idol came from Season 5 Top 2 Finalist, Katharine McPhee.  Her chameleon type voice coupled with her undeniable charisma and radiance on stage were responsible for many singular performances, captivating an American Idol audience as diverse as the artist herself. 

Initially showcased via the American Idol platform, Katharine has proven to easily navigate multiple genres of music, from pop to classical to jazz and blues.  Who can forget her beautiful performances of “Over The Rainbow” and “Black Horse and Cherry Tree”, both of which were performed by her on Season 5 Of American Idol.   Both genre- diverse songs were showcased with ease and aplomb.  

I have always leaned toward artists who expressed  this innate capability to traverse the musical genres.  And, most usually, this capability is the result of deep technical skills and artistic experience.  Katharine was trained by her Mom, Peshia McPhee, who valued the importance of strong technical skills and instilled this in her daughter. 

Therefore, I was thrilled to learn that she is releasing a new album of romantic standards on Tuesday, November 17th, “I Fall In Love Too Easily”.   This is the genre which I really appreciate whenever I hear Katharine perform. She lends a fresh and current spin to these standards similar to Michael Buble’s appproach to this style of music.  And wouldn’t it be great to hear these two artists perform together?  From my mouth to God’s ears!  

One of the tracks features the Cole Porter classic, “Night And Day”.   It is a sultry and intimate nterpretation, resplendent with nuance and feeling.  Katharine adds her own creative spin to the song, infusing it with her distinctive style and substance. 

I love listening to the layers in her voice, from a breathless whisper of sound in the opening and closing strains bookending the vocal clarity and more passionate tone in the middle of this song.  So beautiful, so controlled, so expressive!  

You can pre-order her new album on iTunes or listen to the streamed version of Night And Day on Apple Music

Additionally, the video below is an audio – only capture, so you can easily hear the recording of this song there as well.  

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About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

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