Lea hits number one spot on iTunes jazz chart

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leah salongaby Rowena Joy A. Sanchez
Manila Bulletin, August 12, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – International singer Lea Salonga is ecstatic that her latest album, “The Journey So Far,” has topped the jazz category of the US iTunes chart.

In a taped phone interview aired Aug. 12 on “Balitanghali,” Salonga said, “I’m just completely floored and overjoyed and I feel incredibly blessed that all this good stuff’s happening, so to everybody who has brought the album so far, thank you very much."

As of Aug. 12, “Journey,” which was released last Aug. 9, is at number five on iTunes' jazz chart. But it remains on the “What’s Hot” list on iTunes' jazz section.

In an article on BroadwayWorld.com, Salonga described her album—which features songs recorded live at the Café Carlyle in New York City—as “an introduction to who I am,” and that it is a “very personal” compilation, “touching on my life as well as my career.”

“…[It’s also] an introduction to what I've done. There are people who know the sound of my voice, so this is kind of a musical resume, a summary of my musical career,” she added.

Salonga apparently cherishes the latest recording, saying that “it’s a memento, a lasting souvenir of this very special time in my life.”

“The Journey So Far” contains songs “from my homeland, musical theater, film and the jazz and pop worlds”—as Salonga said in the same BroadwayWorld.com article — and is produced by Nashville-based music expert Chris Keaton.

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