Kristin Chenoweth stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday (Oct. 4) to talk about the inspiration behind her recently released seventh studio album, For The Girls.
“I wanted to celebrate women who’ve come before me, like Dinah Washington, Eva Cassidy, Judy [Garland] of course, Barbra [Streisand],” Chenoweth said in a joint interview with Stumptown star Cobie Smulders. “And I think nowadays we’re looking at different lanes, musically, being broken because I have a voice that kinda does a lot of different things, and it’s never been celebrated. But with this record I get to have the opportunity to do it all.”
Woman power-fueled features on the new album include guest appearances by Reba McEntire, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Dolly Parton, the latter of whom the Broadway star was particularly thrilled to duet with on her iconic hit “I Will Always Love You.”
“I’m not over it. Not over it,” Chenoweth gushed about recording with the country legend. “I still wonder if it actually happened. The first time I heard she was gonna do it, I did, like, the ugly cry.”