Even though Heather Headley has traded in her Broadway career for a recording career, she isn’t ruling out a return in the future. “The beauty of Broadway is when I’m 60 years old, if they allow me too, I can go back,” said the 28-year-old Headley, who in 2000 won a Tony award for her starring role in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida.”
“But right now, I can’t dig into it like I would want to,” she said. “Like I want to leech on to it again and stick my paws in, and I can’t do that unless I have, like, two years of my life to give, and I don’t.”
Headley’s debut disc, “This Is Who I Am,” was released last week by RCA. She says the transition from singing on Broadway to working on an album wasn’t easy.
“I had to learn the difference between singing for 1,600 people every night and singing in a studio,” Headley said. “The audience would give me all the energy I needed, even on days when I was tired, to get through… So a lot of times I would close all the windows… put maybe one candle on and close my eyes and pretend I was back in the theater.”
Headley has been out supporting the album’s release with recent appearances on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and the syndicated series “Soul Train.” She’s scheduled to perform tomorrow (Oct. 17) at the Palladium in Detroit and on Saturday in New York at local radio station WBLS’ fourth annual “Circle of Sisters” event at the Javits Convention Center. Also slated to perform during the gathering are Destiny’s Child’s Kelly Rowland, Avant, Syleena Johnson, and Rayvon. For more information, visit circleofsisters.com.
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