Kristin Chenoweth is a busy gal: The pocket-size actress and singer released her fourth studio album, Some Lessons Learned, back in September; is currently shooting ABC’s soapy drama GCB, which will debut in March; and has been tapped to host the second edition of the American Country Awards this coming Monday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Amid all that, though, Chenoweth found time to tell EW about her musical tastes, by revealing what’s on her iPod. For starters, Chenoweth admits: “My iPod music is all over the place.” Honestly, whose isn’t? From Dolly to Adele and Dusty to Chely, here’s a sampling of who trips Chenoweth’s musical trigger:
BLOSSOM DEARIE She’s a jazz artist that I adore. She was way before Diana Krall and could sing a lyric like no one else. I love “A Fine Spring Morning” and “Thou Swell.” What can I say? I was born in the wrong time.
DOLLY PARTON At least once a day, every day, I listen to “Little Sparrow.” I also like [1995's] Something Special. I covered her song “Change” on my recent album. She is the epitome of the word entertainer. And what a great human. Real heart.
ADELE I know! I’m late to the party. But 21 — whew. Gut-wrenching. Anyone who has ever been in love and hurt, this is your album.
EVA CASSIDY There was an angel on earth and her name was Eva Cassidy. [Cassidy died in 1996 at age 33.] Her album Songbird has just about every great song ever written. And her voice! “I Know You By Heart” is a particular fave.
PINK MARTINI I highly recommend Joy to the World, but I like their older stuff from Sympathique. I want to get up and dance when I play them.
CHELY WRIGHT I love all of her albums, but her most recent, Lifted Off the Ground, is inspiring. I love “Wish Me Away” and listen to it every day.
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD One of my all-time favorite albums is Dusty in Memphis. Her sound was unique and has guts. “Son of a Preacher Man” just plain ol’ makes me hot. “I Only Wanna Be With You” is great. The list of her songs go on and on.
PLÁCIDO DOMINGO Nothing makes me more pleased than to hear Placido Domingo. I have a recording of his Pagliacci. It’s an instrument at its best. I revere him. I admire his technique. I love his heart.
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