Tim Prottey-Jones is one of those people who can do it all. He is a musician, vocalist, composer, producer and musical theatre performer. He gained nationwide attention when he was chosen for the Top II in the televised live shows of ITV’s Superstar. Tim has appeared in shows like Once, Rent in Concert and Jesus Christ Superstar and can currently be seen in Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre in London. At 23 he achieved a publishing deal and since then has released the albums With Every Line and Surrounded By The Sounds.
His latest work goes by the name To Do. To Be. and features brand new musical theatre writing not only by Tim himself but also by co-writers Tori Allen-Martin, Nick Smithers, Angela Prottey-Jones, Martin Meehan, Darah Carville and best-selling author Ali Harris.
With guest vocalist like Emma Hatton (Wicked, We will rock you), Declan Bennett (Once), Alistair Brammer (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables), Zrinka Cvitesic (Once), Paul Ayres (Kinky Boots, Ghost, Jersey Boys), Arthur Darvill (Once), Laura Pitt-Pulford (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Sound of Music) and Amy Lennox (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde) amongst others this album features some of the finest voices in musical theatre. Combined with Tim Prottey-Jones‘ ability to combine wonderful melodies with interesting and meaningful lyrics To Do. To Be. is a real triple threat.
Taken from six new musical projects the songs tell stories of love, heartbreak, loss, joy, hope and more – it’s one of those albums that has a song for every mood you might be in on the day you give it a listen. From uptempo numbers like The Song Of Sin (featuring Paul Ayres) to the delicate Regret Me (featuring Ambra Caserotti) there is a bit of everything on this album. It’s a diverse mix of songwriting that proves how very much alive and thriving new British musical theatre is. It’s an album to listen to on a cold winter evening when all you want to do is sit down and have someone tell you a beautiful story. All songs on To Do. To Be. are very much stand alone tracks but the album as a whole has a very distinctive instrumental style. It’s easy to listen to but at the same time it’s one of those albums that will make you listen properly.
It’s hard for me to choose a favourite track on the album but if I had to name my top three songs I’d go for (in no particular order)
Kiss Till You Can’t Kiss Anymore (featuring Declan Bennett) I love how Declan Bennett’s voice compliments the song. He is true storyteller through songs.
The Song Of Sin (featuring Paul Ayres) This is such a great uptempo song. It’s one of those that will make you tap your feet along tot he beat. Plus Paul Ayres voice is absolutely perfect for it.
You (featuring Evelyn Hoskins and Brian Gilligan) Another uptempo song but with more of a rock vibe to it. Add two brilliant voices and you have a winning combination.
But the great thing about To Do. To Be. is it has something for everyone. If you are a fan of musical theatre this is the album for. If you enjoy rock and pop music this is the album for you. If you love listening to amazing voices this is the album for you. And if you are a fan of Tim Prottey-Jones this is not only the album for you but also the album to prove that your musical taste is absolutely impeccable.
For info on the upcoming album launch gigs in London on 18th and 25th September visit http://timprotteyjones.co.uk/launch.
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