Diaa Bekheet | Washington, DC – American actress and singer Rachael MacFarlane is releasing her new album Hayley Sings Tuesday. It showcases 14 jazz, blues and Big band oldies from the 1960s and 1970s reimagined for more contemporary audience. I talked with MacFarlane about the album’s collection of jazz and pop standards, and asked her why she is revisiting those years.
“My Dad introduced me to that music, you know, Carole King, Jim Croce, and Paul Simons when I was about six,” said MacFarlane, who started doing voice acting and kids animations some 15 years ago. “So, it was basically the soundtrack of my childhood, and for me it was really a treat to revisit it and tackle some of those iconic songs and put any spin on them.”
MacFarlane also talked about her music career, and answered some questions from Jazz Beat international audience in Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt, and in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
Two songs, “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Makin’ Whoopee,” will be included on the September 30 season-opening episode of Fox TV’s American Dad.
Rachael Ann MacFarlane was born on March 21, 1976. She’s best known for her appearances in Codename: Kids Next Door as supreme leader Numbuh 362 and the FOX animated series Family Guy and American Dad.
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