Chatback With Shoshana Bean

Fresh off her European tour with Postmodern Jukebox, Shoshana Bean is returning home to Los Angeles this weekend with her one-night-only show at The Hotel Café. With an impressive number of Broadway shows under her belt, Shoshana has also released several independent solo albums, including: Superhero, O’ Farrell Street and her semi-acoustic EP, Shadows to Light, which was #1 on the iTunes R&B and Blues chart. I got to talk with the powerhouse vocalist recently about her upcoming show, what she likes to do on her days off and what she considers her career highlight.

Hey Shoshana! You have a performance coming up at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles on May 14th. What can audiences expect to see/hear?

A lot of new music! Trying out a few tunes I’ve written in the past few months…I’m also throwing in some old tunes and a few covers as well.

What are some of your favorite songs from your albums and why?

“Blood From a Stone” is one of my favorites because it’s a rare occasion that I wrote the type of song I set out to write, which I feel authentically represents the kind of music I was raised on and inspired by. I also love “This War” as it’s highly personal and again, I’m proud of how it so articulately describes my feelings during a very difficult end to a relationship.

You’ve been in Godspell, Hairspray and a little show called Wicked. What is your fondest memories about being a part of those productions?

Hairspray holds the crown for my favorite experience in a show for life! Not only was it the most magical two years of pure joy and amazing experiences, but it was the most amazing education on how to be a member of a company and how to be a lead. It created a family for life. My very best friends are people I met in that show.

What has been your career highlight thus far?

I have so many it’s hard to say…singing back up for Michael Jackson was one, the Hairspray and Gypsy run was another, the release of my first two albums were huge moments…I could go on and on. I’m very grateful for every opportunity large AND small so it’s hard to narrow it down!!!

When you’re not on stage, traveling or making albums, what is a typical day in your life like? 

Oh man, it usually involves sleeping in…I love a good 10-12 hours. Coffee first, walk the dog, yoga always…probably a zillion errands, maybe meeting someone for lunch or maybe even songwriting. And then if I’m lucky, out at night to hear amazing music! As long as I have yoga, my dog, coffee and music…it’s been a good day!

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