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In this episode, we again welcome a returning guest, as we begin a new 2-part interview with Laura Dickinson. Hopefully you recognize her name, but even if you don’t, you’ve heard and enjoyed her voice if you’ve watched Phineas and Ferb, Sofia the First, and other shows, or if you were a fan of Groove 66 at Disney California Adventure. In the 2-1/2 years since we first talked, Laura’s been quite busy with a number of projects that will be of interest to Disney fans, and music fans.
In this episode Laura talks about:
- Whether working on Sofia the First still makes her “cry tears of joy”;
- How working on Sofia is different than working on Phineas and Ferb;
- Which she likes better and why;
- The Sofia the First spinoff, and how her role is changing on that series;
- Favorite things she’s done on Sofia;
- The end of Phineas and Ferb for her—which included belting the highest note she’s ever sung on TV;
- The challenges of theme park performing;
- “Mickey’s Detective School”;
- Live musicians in the Disney parks;
- Preparing for and caring for her voice in harsh singing conditions;
- Other challenging performances;
- Working on Pitch Perfect and on its sequel;
- Why she recorded One for My Baby, and what it was originally going to be instead;
- A peek into the process of making the album;
- Jazz and a capella both taking off right now, and the role she’s playing in it;
- Her favorite big bands from the classic years;
- How she chose which songs and which arrangements were going to go on the album;
- How arranging works and what it’s like.
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Music and voiceovers provided by Rick Moyer.
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