Today Craft Recordings and Concord Theatricals released the limited-edition vinyl for Tony Award®-winning composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s spring 2020 virtual SubCulture concert featuring Ariana Grande and Shoshana Bean. Coming From Inside The House (A Virtual SubCulture Concert), Brown’s first-ever album to be released on vinyl, was originally recorded for a one-night video streaming event on April 27, 2020, and released on digital platforms on December 18.
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“The first person I called to sing was Shoshana Bean,” said Jason Robert Brown. “We are as simpatico as two musicians can be – where Shoshana breathes, I breathe; when I stretch, she stretches; when one of us flies, the other is the ballast. I asked if she would sing ‘The Hardest Hill,’ a song I had written specifically for her and which I had always hoped she would record. And then, nervously, I sent a text to Ariana Grande. I’ve known Ari since she was an astonishingly talented 14-year-old. We’ve gotten to make music together a couple of times throughout the years, and whenever it happens, I am struck by how comfortable our collaboration is and how relentlessly hard she works to get things exactly right. My text said, ‘Do you know my song “Still Hurting”?’ And her response was, ‘Am I a person?’ Ari was in.”
The concert was originally presented as a benefit for the SubCulture staff and musicians from the Jason Robert Brown Artist-in-Residence concerts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brown is joined by his family; multi-Platinum selling, Grammy Award® winner Ariana Grande; and Broadway star Shoshana Bean to perform highlights from Brown’s tremendous career, including Grande’s stirring performance of “Still Hurting” from his musical The Last Five Years. Grande was featured in Brown’s Broadway musical 13 and co-wrote and recorded “Jason’s Song (Gave It Away)” on her Platinum-selling album Dangerous Womanin 2016. Bean starred in the 2018 Off-Broadway production of Brown’s Songs For A New World.
The album also features a bonus track, the world premiere recording of “Nothing’s Bigger Than Kong,” a song that was commissioned for (but ultimately not included in) the 2018 Broadway musical King Kong.
1. “Sanctuary” – Featuring Georgia Stitt, Molly Cate Brown, Susannah Brown
3. “The Hardest Hill” – Featuring Shoshana Bean
4. “I Love Betsy” (from Honeymoon in Vegas)
5. “Still Hurting” (from The Last Five Years) – Featuring Ariana Grande
6. “All Things In Time”
7. BONUS: “Nothing’s Bigger Than Kong” (World Premiere Recording)
The vinyl release will be celebrated with concerts at Feinstein’s/54 Below on June 26 and July 12, 2021.
The album was recorded, edited, and mixed by Emmy Award® winner and Grammy Award nominee Jeffrey Lesser, and produced by Lesser and Jason Robert Brown. It was mastered by Oscar Zambrano. Marc Kaplan of SubCulture served as executive producer.
Recent recordings released by Craft Recordings / Concord Theatricals include the Grammy Award nominated cast albums of Amélie (Original London Cast Recording), Carousel (2018 Broadway Cast Recording), and Come From Away (Original Broadway Cast Recording), as well as R&H Goes Pop!, The Ballad of Little Jo, Shaina Taub’s Twelfth Night, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk’s The Mad Ones, Georgia Stitt’s A Quiet Revolution and Drew Gasparini’s We Aren’t Kids Anymore.