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.
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+
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?
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
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+
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+
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