Zooey Deschanel
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Actress-singer Zooey Deschanel is about to take her music project, She & Him, on the road, and to help out with vocals she’s enlisted Lavender Diamond singer Becky Stark to come along. For the two-and-a-half-week tour, which kicks off on July 23 and includes an appearance at the Newport Folk Festival on Aug. 2, Stark will handle harmonies on tunes from She & Him’s debut album, Volume One, and Deschanel will join her for a Lavender Diamond favorite, the song “Garden Rose.” There’s also talk of matching costumes and dance moves.

The two L.A. friends have been writing together for some time, Stark tells, and recently debuted one such collaboration, titled “Teach Me How to Waken,” at a show at the Vista Theater in Los Feliz. Deschanel also recorded a cover of the ABBA classic “Chiquiquita” with Lavender Diamond, which you can hear on the band’s MySpace page. It’s also being sold as the B-side to “Open Your Heart,” a song that currently accompanies a series of JCPenny adds. Of all this good fortune, Stark says, “I feel so lucky. I am in awe of Zooey who is just a tremendous singer. I’m so happy, it feels like it’s Christmas!”

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