Kerrie Anne Greenland stole the show with her powerful and heartbreaking rendition of the classic song On My Own in the recent Australian production of Les Misérables for which she won a prestigious Helpmann Award. Now this star-in-the-making has released her debut album Pictures.
“Pictures is a small collection of songs from movie musicals and is dedicated to the people in my photos (my family and friends),” said Kerrie Anne. “Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to record an album. I had no idea what I wanted to record, but I imagined it being songs from many genres. I feel so lucky that my dream has actually come true.”
The tracks include Run To You from The Bodyguard, On My Own from Les Misérables, Once Upon A Dream from Sleeping Beauty (sung with Daniel Belle), The Man That Got Away from A Star Is Born, and Let It Go from Frozen.
“All of these songs are like snapshots of my life. I’ve been singing since before I could talk – so my parents tell me – and I spent countless hours putting tracks down on my cassette recorder as a child,” continued Kerrie Anne.
“I watched Sleeping Beauty so many times on VHS that I wore out the tape, Whitney was pretty much all I sang in my teens, Judy Garland is my hero, I have always dreamed of being a Disney Princess (or in the case of Frozen, a Queen) and Les Misérables was my first professional show. The title Pictures has multiple meanings for me.”
Pictures is an album of songs from movie musicals, stretching across multiple genres. From the pop sensation that was The Bodyguard to the jazz standard from A Star Is Born to modern Disney’s Frozen, Kerrie Anne effortlessly soars in each song arranged by the musical genius Steven Baker.
Kerrie Anne approached Baker about being involved in this project in 2015 and was overwhelmed when he agreed to write the arrangements and discussed his plans for the recording. After agreeing to the drafts he had recorded for her to listen to, Baker ran the orchestra session via Skype from London with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, which Kerrie Anne watched via live stream while on tour with Les Misérables in Brisbane.
Kerrie Anne began her career in music theatre in 2014 in the role of Eponine in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables Australia, receiving rave reviews and awarded the prestigious Helpmann Award for her portrail of the beloved character. Her performance has been enjoyed by audiences in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane, and is currently touring with the show in Asia.
Before Les Miserables Kerrie Anne studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where she played the roles of The Witch (Into the Woods), Little Voice (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice), Smitty (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Calliope (Xanadu), and The Gospel Singer (Violet).
Kerrie Anne also danced with contemporary dance company Quantum Leap, sang as a soloist with the Sydney Philharmonia Chior and Orchestra as well as performing the national anthem at many internationally televised sporting events. She entered her self-devised cabaret into the Your Theatrics Cabaret Competition where she was a finalist in 2013.
Image: Kerrie Anne Greenland – photo by Dylan Evans