About Adam: Pat Redmond
May 08, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

J. Lo and behold! It seems every actor is angling for a music career these days: Russell Crowe’s 30 Odd Foot of Grunts has a new disc in stores, and even Steven Seagal has recorded with producer Wyclef Jean, who admits: ”His voice is, um, I was, um — well, he’s a great guitar player.” We asked Josh Sarubin, VP of A&R for Arista Records, to grade these MTV wannabes.

Kate Hudson
SONG ”All the Way” in the just released ”About Adam”
VERDICT ”It’s not bad. She could use a little vocal training. She has a nice, regular female voice, but it’s not spectacular. Some of those notes were a little tough.” C+

Nicole Kidman
SONG ”One Day I’ll Fly Away” from ”Moulin Rouge”
VERDICT ”She’s got a capable voice, nothing more — a little better than the others. The low key stuff sounds okay, but when she gets up there, it’s brutal.” B?

Ewan McGregor
SONG ”Come What May” from ”Moulin Rouge”
VERDICT ”Obi-Wan, bring it on! He sounds pretty capable. His voice has a ’70s, ballady, Gordon Lightfoot quality. You can hear him doing some Seals & Crofts songs.” B

Gwyneth Paltrow
SONG ”Bette Davis Eyes” from last year’s ”Duets”
VERDICT ”She can totally sing. She can hit all the notes; she’s got a little character to her voice. I would definitely take a second look at her if I got that tape.” B+

Jamie-Lynn Sigler
SONG ”Blood & Steel” from the 2000 recording of the musical ”Eagle Song”
VERDICT ”She sounds exactly like a high school girl in a theater group. It sounds like her speaking voice, but she’s singing.” C+

Catherine Zeta-Jones
SONG ”True Love Ways,” a duet with David Essex, released as a single in 1994
VERDICT [10 seconds in] ”If this was a normal demo I got, it would be off already. When she starts to move out of her range, it gets a little frightening.” C

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