April Showers by Celia Berk

CREDITS

Louis Silvers/ B.G. DeSylva
Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Scott Lehrer at Big Orange Sheep & 2nd Story Sound, NYC

Art Direction by Stefan Bucher for 344books.com
Photo: Helane Blumfield | Hair & Makeup: Maria Miliotis
© 2022 Gramercy Nightingale Music Co. All Rights Reserved.

ABOUT THE SONG

April Showers

Louis Silvers/ B.G. DeSylva

Celia Berk, vocals
Tedd Firth, piano
Arranged by Tedd Firth & Mark Nadler

CELIA:

My recording of April Showers was prompted by my collaboration with Director Mark Nadler and Music Director Tedd Firth. As we were developing my cabaret show ON MY WAY TO YOU: Improbable Stories That Inspired An Unlikely Path, I shared that April Showers is the earliest song I can remember hearing. My father loved Al Jolson and was always singing this signature Jolson song. Mark, a Jolson aficionado, quickly spotted it as the perfect way to set the scene for the stories we would tell in the show, starting with Jolson’s.

I decided to release April Showers as a single in time for the show’s debut. Luckily, Tedd and I were already in the studio working on an album, and we were able to take advantage of that opportunity to record it.

A century after its first recording, its message shines through: Life is not without its troubles. But with the right attitude, you can spot the good things that come after a storm. That’s certainly been true for me.

As you can hear, Tedd and Mark shaped April Showers in a way unlike Jolson’s version. And, as an introduction to my collaboration with them, well — as Jolson would say — You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet!

More Recordings:

Still, Still, Still by Celia Berk
Celia Berk Holiday Bells Medley on Gramercy Nightingale Music
Celia Berk A Simple Prayer
Celia Berk Manhattan Serenade on Gramercy Nightingale Music
Celia Berk You Can't Rush Spring on Gramercy Nightingale Music