On October 24, our friend Robert Davi ("a singer who can act") releases "Davi Sings Sinatra." I've known Robert for a few years now and his affection and respect for Frank Sinatra was apparent the first time we met. As fate would have it, Davi co-starred with Sinatra in his first film, "Contract On Cherry Street, " and the impact The Voice had on him hasn't dimmed a bit over the years. Earlier this year, Robert toured -- to great critical acclaim
-- with his Great American Songbook and ever since he's been in the recording studio putting together this tribute.
For those of you who don't know, Robert is a trained opera singer. He has a stunning voice and has picked some of the greatest songs ever for this, his debut album.
We'll obviously have much more on this in the coming weeks, but in the meantime here's more information from the just-received press release:
The project came together under the guidance of Disney Music Group Chairman Bob Cavallo and was produced by the legendary 14 time GRAMMYÒ Award winning and 33 time GRAMMYÒ nominated producer Phil Ramone. Recorded with a thirty piece orchestra at the famed Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where Sinatra recorded many of his albums, Davi Sings Sinatra has all new arrangements by Nic Tenbroeck and was engineered by Dan Wallin. It was mixed by the incomparable Al Schmitt, who has 18 GRAMMYS and more that 150 gold and platinum selling albums to his credit. States Schmitt: “Robert sounds like he’s been singing these songs all his life. His phrasing and uniquely beautiful baritone voice blend perfectly with the arrangements and the result is what great music is all about.” ...
Backed by a 50-piece orchestra, Davi has been performing Davi Sings Sinatra to sold-out audiences and high critical acclaim in New York and Los Angeles. Forthcoming live performances include Los Angeles and Las Vegas. For further information go to www.DaviSingsSinatra.com.
And here's an interview Davi did while on tour, which includes samples of the music
Even if his name doesn’t immediately ring a bell, you’ll most likely recognize actor Robert Davi as the villain Franz Sanchez from James Bond’s License to Kill or as bad guy from the 80s cult classic The Goonies. But Davi has put his villainous film past behind him to focus on his musical career most fans were unaware of.
In fact, Davi is a classically trained opera singer and has a tremendous voice that he’ll be dedicating to Frank Sinatra standards this weekend for his Davi Sings Sinatra tribute show. Just one listen to Davi’s sonorous baritone will have you thinking Old Blue Eyes was singing himself, and luckily you can listen to Davi’s take on Sinatra hits from his cover album right here.
As a young boy, Robert Davi got his start in music as a trained opera singer only to switch focus on his cinema career. His first ever film he starred in was opposite Frank Sinatra himself in the 1977 film Contract on Cherry Street, which only resurged his love of Sinatra music.
Now switching gears back to music, Davi is on a mission to bring back the huge popularity of the Great American Songbook and Sinatra classics to this generation with the help of his critically acclaimed tribute show, Davi Sings Sinatra
The classic standards that make up the Great American Songbook paved the way for generations to come and to this day stand the test of time. “That period of music I think was the Shakespeare of America…and it brought us all together. Sinatra was the greatest interpreter of that,” said Davi.
Finally, here's the full list of songs that you'll find on the CD:
- Day in Day Out
- Nice ‘n Easy
- All The Way
- I’ve Got the World On A String
- In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
- Nice Work If You Can Get It
- Summer Wind
- Rainy Day
- The Best Is Yet To Come
- Too Marvelous For Words
Much to anticipate.