We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered
Michelle Berting Brett
Long ago and oh so far away . . . the world fell in love with the Carpenters and their era-defining repertoire of songs. “We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” is a celebration of those songs and one of the most successful recording acts of all time.
This CD represents just a small portion of Karen and Richard Carpenters' musical legacy and the music that is performed in the National touring shows "We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered" and "Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters' Christmas" that authentically recreate the Carpenters' songbook. The record was recorded in Nashville, Executive Produced by Mark Brett, Produced by Harry Sharpe, with the seasoned players who also tour with the show.
Karen and Richard Carpenter sold over a hundred million records in just over a decade and still hold the record for the most consecutive top-ten singles. The dynamic combination of Karen’s voice and Richard’s compositions and arrangements created Grammy winning magic and won them a worldwide legion of loyal fans.
The concert show, “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” began in a small cabaret club in Toronto, Canada in 2009 and has grown to a National touring show. It has criss-crossed the U.S. from northern California to New York City including SOLD OUT engagements in Las Vegas. The show has been met with enthusiasm from Carpenters’ fans and reviewers alike! Launched in 2013, "Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters' Christmas" is a natural offshoot of "We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered" and celebrates the Carpenters' biggest hits with a full complement of their classic Christmas repertoire. Produced by Mark Brett, Music Directed by Harry Sharpe, with Michelle Berting Brett on lead vocals, and a 7 piece Nashville band who have worked with a Who's Who of the music industry (from Donna Summer to Wynonna Judd to Michael McDonald to Bruce Hornsby).
Produced, Arranged, and Conducted by Harry Sharpe Recorded by John Billings at Funky Tymz Studio, Nashville, TN Mixed by Neal Cappellino at The Doghouse, Nashville, TN Mastered by Eric Conn at Independent Mastering, Nashville, TN Executive Producer: Mark Brett
Michelle Berting Brett – Lead Vocals Harry Sharpe – Music Direction, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals John Billings – Bass George Perilli – Drums Matt Berry – Guitar Kenny Anderson – Tenor & Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute Chris West – Tenor Saxophone on “Merry Christmas Darling” Stephen Sturm – Pedal Steel Jamie Lynn Godfrey – Background Vocals