LENA HALL CELEBRATES CHRIS CORNELL IN FINAL “OBSESSED” VIDEO SERIES RELEASING DEC. 7
SKB Records has announced the twelfth and final month of the groundbreaking new music and video series LENA HALL Obsessed from the Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee. Obsessed: Chris Cornell – celebrating the late Grunge trailblazer who fronted Soundgarden and Audioslave before creating his own unique brand of modern rock – is now available for pre-order at www.LenaHallObsessed.com, as well as all digital music and streaming providers. Customers that pre-order the EP will immediately receive a download of the first single, “Black Hole Sun.” Obsessed: Chris Cornell will be released on Friday, December 7. A special trailer for the new EP is available HERE.
A singular artist who explosively and soulfully explores the music of rock and pop icons, Hall is releasing a monthly series of EPs over the course of 2018. Obsessed consists of 12 EPs, one released on the first Friday of every month, and each featuring stripped down, emotionally intensive covers of one artist or band with whom Lena is “obsessed.” Performance music videos have been created for all 54 songs in the series and a new music video has premiered every week in 2018. Obsessed is produced by Justin Craig, Lena Hall, and Kurt Deutsch.
Obsessed: Chris Cornell opens with an engrossing and deceptively delicate take on “Black Hole Sun,” Soundgarden’s signature hit, originally from their 1994 album Superunknown. A ruminative version of “Fell on Black Days,” also from Superunknown, deftly balances the song’s lyricism and darkness. “Like a Stone,” featuring Hall’s typically robust singing, is from the eponymous 2003 debut album of Cornell’s later band Audioslave. The EP concludes with a reflective interpretation of “Sunshower,” a Cornell solo penned for the soundtrack to Alfonso Cuarón’s 1998 film adaptation of Great Expectations.
The Obsessed series has been called “stirring” by Rolling Stone, “amazing and intimate” by Billboard, “fabulous” by Stereophile, “chilling” by The Huffington Post, “soaring and moving” by All Music Guide, and “superb” by Time Out New York. Previous EPs this year have celebrated Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, The Cranberries, P!nk, Radiohead, Jack White, David Bowie, Beck, Muse, and Nirvana.
In February, Lena received widespread critical acclaim for her performance of the title role in the feature film Becks, which won the U.S. Fiction Award at the LA Film Festival, and is currently available on iTunes and VOD. The New York Times called her the “charismatic, tone-perfect lead,” with the Los Angeles Times adding, “Sexy and sexually frank, Becks works thanks to the musical talent and offbeat charms of its lead. Hall feels authentic at each moment.”
Obsessed features Justin Craig on guitar and keyboards; Matt Duncan on bass, keyboards and saxophone; and Brian Fishler on drums and percussion. The album cover is photographed by Melisa Halland designed by Stephanie Layton. Each set of videos features a different outfit created by renowned designer Malan Breton. James Eades serves as Director of Photography.
LENA HALL is a Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee who will appear opposite Jennifer Connelly in TNT’s science fiction epic “Snowpiercer.” Following her Tony-winning Broadway run in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Lena toured North America alongside Josh Groban on his “Stages” tour and portrayed the dual starring roles of Hedwig and Yitzhak in Hedwig in Los Angeles (LA Drama Critics Circle nomination) and San Francisco. She originated the role of Nicola in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots, and can be seen on HBO’s “Girls,” Amazon Prime’s “Good Girls Revolt,” and heard voicing the fan-favorite role of Countess Coloratura on “My Little Pony.” Hall’s most recent stage appearance was starring with Marisa Tomei in Lincoln Center Theatre’s How to Transcend a Happy Marriage. Hall’s two solo musical revues, Sin & Salvation, which played the legendary Cafe Carlyle, and The Villa Satori: Growing Up Haight Ashbury, both received rave reviews and have spawned live albums. @lenarockerhall
LENA HALL – “OBSESSED: CHRIS CORNELL” TRACK LIST
- Black Hole Sun
- Fell on Black Days
- Like a Stone
SKB RECORDS, originally conceived to bridge the gap between theater and rock music, has become the leading independent force in the last 18 years, featuring some of the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway’s brightest stars. Founded by Grammy Award winner Kurt Deutsch, SKB/Ghostlight has won Grammy Awards for The Book of Mormon, In the Heights, and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Recent notable cast recordings include the 2018 Tony winner for Best Musical, The Band’s Visit, and the blockbuster viral sensation Be More Chill. SKB/Ghostlight has also released solo albums from Patti LuPone, Kelli O’Hara, Sutton Foster, Billy Porter, and more. The label continues to support the new generation of musical theater composers and has developed extensive relationships with Jason Robert Brown, Michael John LaChiusa, and David Yazbek, as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pasek & Paul, Tom Kitt, Joe Iconis, and Shaina Taub. SKB/Ghostlight Records is part of the Arts Music division at Warner Music Group.