By MIKE CHAIKEN
A new representative to the music world is making its big entry into the world on Saturday.
That’s when Bristol resident—and Northeast Middle School sixth grade science teacher—Elizabeth Egan debuts her new album, “Inspire,” on the stage of the Thomaston Opera House.
Elizabeth explained the move to record the album came at the behest of Thomaston’s David Verdosci, who is best known as a leader of the children’s group, Sunshine Road. Elizabeth said she and David both attend Bristol’s St. Anthony Church, where she has been the head cantor for many years.
Elizabeth said people would hear her voice and would urge her to record an album. But she kept putting it off.
She said the conditions finally were right and working with David, an album was born.
Most of the songs on the album were composed by herself, Elizabeth said. Three other songs on the albums were composed by others, but were favorites of hers.
Elizabeth said her music probably is best described as new age, Celtic spiritual. Elizabeth is half-Italian and half-Irish. But she always has been more drawn to her Celtic roots. “It came out in my singing,” she said.
Most of the arrangements on the album were handled by David, said Elizabeth. David pulled out a variety of different types of instrumentation, but was able to keep it sounding authentically Irish. Also, said Elizabeth, most of the voices in the background choral work are her own. David pulled off some studio wizardry to allow Elizabeth to sing with her self.
When Elizabeth heard the finished product, she said, “I felt grateful and overwhelmed at the same time… It was something I wanted for my whole life.”
Although she has sung for years, Elizabeth said until the album was finished she had never heard her own voice… because she was singing at the time.
“It was a treat to hear what other people,” said Elizabeth.
Up until this point in her life, Elizabeth said most of her experience and background in music came from a spiritual place. Prior to coming to St. Anthony, Elizabeth, now 35, said she cantored at St. Margaret’s Church in Waterbury. She started when she was 16 and continued on for 10 more years.
As for what audiences will hear when they come to the Opera House on Saturday, Elizabeth said she will be singing all of the tracks from the new album. There also will be two special moments in the evening. During one song, she will be singing with her father Gerard Egan. Additionally, she will be singing “Forever,” a song inspired by her two sons, Andrew Spina, 9, and Ryan Spina, 7. And both boys will be joining their mother on stage to help sing the song.
Elizabeth Egan will be performing at the Thomaston Opera House, 158 Main St., Thomaston on Saturday. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a performance by Sunshine Road. Elizabeth will follow.
Tickets are $13.50, with a $2 discount for children, students, and seniors. They are available by calling the box office at (860) 283-8558 or visiting Thomaston OperaHouse.org
By MIKE CHAIKEN