Melissa Errico was born in Manhattan, New York, and had an early interest in theatre. She first appeared in a Girl Scouts musical production before deciding that music was something she wanted to pursue. Errico was cast in the first national touring company of Les Miserables, one of the most popular musicals of all time. She continued with more stage credits throughout her career, acting in films and televisions shows as well.
Errico’s latest album is the soothing and beautiful Lullabies & Wildflowers, a nice collection of songs that the talented vocalist assembled to reflect the journey of motherhood. Drawing on some of the greatest contemporary composers, the album features recognizable songs with Errico’s own touch and is a lovely gathering of music designed to soothe the soul and warm the heart.
For Errico, the songs function as a collection of love letters from a mother to her child. In a day and age that often lacks authenticity and tenderness, one can feel the affection in these songs as Lullabies & Wildflowers unfolds. The album, Errico’s second solo project, offers calm to infants and parents alike, providing serenity and sweet dreams.
The Tony-nominated actress, singer, and mother certainly has a full plate, but Lullabies & Wildflowers shows a genuine ability to slow the world down and proceed with calm. The album’s arrangements are given modern treatment by producer Rob Mathes, helping bring a rather settling tone to the piece. Whether it’s the classic “Mockingbird” or the tender “Goodnight,” the arrangements are diverse and friendly.
Errico’s voice is great and settles agreeably with the soft tones of the album. She’s light-hearted on “Someone to Watch Over Me” and a bit sensual on “Wind Says Shh,” displaying pleasant range throughout the album. Most of the album has a jazzy feel with some pop influences and light tinges of gentle folk music. The songs sway with rhythmic care and gentleness like the rise and fall of calm waves.
The title, Lullabies & Wildflowers, is nicely indicative of the overall scope of the album. The majority of the album serves as a soft lullaby, comforting to the ear. Other tunes, like “Wildflowers,” are more cheery and give the album a buoyant and heartening tone. This combination makes the album perfect for a wide range of listeners.
Errico demonstrates her ability to curtail the louder tones required for musical theatre, giving Lullabies & Wildflowers a smaller feel and softening the tunes evenly to create a beautiful effect. The harmonies are lovely and the backing band is gracefully matched to the nuances of Melissa’s voice, making the whole album a comforting treat.
Lullabies & Wildflowers will be released on April 29th, 2008. Her other release, Blue Like That, is available now.