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Article By Saba Hamedy
LATIMES.COM - February 2015
GRAMMYS 2015: CAROLE KING MUSICAL 'BEAUTIFUL' WINS
The Broadway cast recording of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" on Sunday won the Grammy Award for musical theater album.

Steve Sidwell and Billy Jay Stein, who produced the musical with Jason Howland, accepted the award, given out as part of a pre-telecast ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

Article By Adam Balkin
NY1.COM - June 2013
SPECAL SOFTWARE ALLOWS "SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK" ORCHESTRA TO PLAY AWAY FROM STAGE
Actors flying around. A stage show with special effects that rival blockbuster movies. If you've ever been to the Broadway production of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,'


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Article By Billy Jay Stein
Keyboard Magazine - July 2012
5 THINGS I'VE LEARNED ABOUT COMPOSING FOR TV
I've been composing music for television for over 15 years, writing thousands of tracks for shows like Pawn Stars and Sex and the


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Billy Jay Stein (right) and Steve Sidwell Accept Grammy Award


Interview
Synchro Arts - 2013
BILLY JAY STEIN TELLS US ABOUT HIS WORK AND WHY HE IS A SYNCHROARTS USER
Billy Jay Stein grew up in the 1980's working with two tape decks and a pile of synths. He tells us about his journey, his work today and why he is a SynchroArts user.  How did you get into audio production? Growing up in the early 1980s, I had a small studio with a Moog Source keyboard, Korg Polysix keyboard, and two Sanyo tape decks rigged together to create 2 track mixes. I recorded my own songs and my rock band in high school. I guess you can say I have always be into audio production!

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'BEAUTIFUL' Album Is No. 1 Cast Recording on iTunes Charts. Co-Produced and Mixed by Billy Jay Stein
The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, now available for digital download via iTunes and Amazon, is the #1 Cast Recording on the iTunes Charts. The album, produced by Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell and Billy Jay Stein, with Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer, is #4 on iTunes Top 10 Soundtrack and #41 album. The Original Broadway Cast Recording will be available in-stores on May 13, 2014.

Like the musical, the Cast Recording of Beautiful features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including "You've Got a Friend," "One Fine Day," (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman," "On Broadway," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," and many more.

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Fun Home - a finalist for the Pulitzer Drama Prize 2014.   Electronic Music Design and Synthesizer Programming by Billy Jay Stein
"Sister"  -   premiers at  TriBeCa Film Festival 2014.   Composer: Billy Jay Stein
Roland Users Group Article From Roland Users Group Magazine, Spring 2004 - "He's shared the bill with the likes of Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crow, but composer, keyboardist and producer Billy Jay Stein mixes it up with a wide range of projects. The classically trained pianist and NYC music scene veteran has written and produced over 700 tracks for MTV's new daily show, Boiling Points, performed with Linda Eder and Ray Charles, written songs for HBO's Sex and the City and produced Vanessa Carlton."
Muse Research Receptor - Billy Jay Stein, Arranger, Programmer, Keyboardist, New York City, "When programming and orchestrating on the fly, you have to move fast and have no fear of crashing. As an electronic music designer for Broadway shows such as Spider-Man and Jekyll & Hyde, I continually rely on my RECEPTOR 2+ PROs to deliver the sounds and stability I need. Having a Receptor in the pit means never having to worry 'will my rig crash?!'"
Becky Baeling, ALL OVER ME - Written By Billy Jay Stein, Jason Paige, Tony Moran, and Becky Baeling. Vocals recorded at Strange Cranium.

ALL MUSIC GUIDE review:    It's "All Over Me"’s dry production, funky, vintage-sounding instrumentation, and sassy vocal that make it the album standout. Together with "If You Love Me" (already a single during summer 2003), "All Over Me" proves that Becky Baeling has the energy and ability to back up her album's titular creativity...
Linda Eder's new cd, THE OTHER SIDE OF ME is being released September 30th, 2008 on Verve Records. Produced, engineered, and arranged by Linda Eder and Billy Jay Stein. The Other Side of Me, produced by Billy Jay Stein gets 4.5 out of 5 stars (AMG Album Pick) from ALL MUSIC GUIDE.
Review by Jonathan Widran

The utter brilliance of the renowned vocal great's first official foray into rock-edged country music should shutter for good the adage that an artist must stick to a single genre to be marketable and successful. Over the years, the world got so used to her glowing interpretations of Broadway standards--and her keen ability to carry on the grand traditions of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand--that any deviation might have been seen as risky or crazy. But the truth is, as the singer puts it, "This isn't so much a departure as it is me getting back to who I really am." The colorful mix of material (from the rousing, gospel-influenced "Back to Life" by superstar pop songwriter Kara DioGuardi to Eder's own explosive, very personal blues-rocker "Waiting for the Fall") and loose and high-spirited arrangements reflect the kind of music that moved her as a child, when she first started playing the guitar and writing songs. Musically, she and producer Billy Jay Stein back up with great integrity and passion her assertion that stepping into the ballgown and singing standards is like playing a role, while this rootsy music is more natural for her. Although the album was released by the great jazz label Verve, songs like the uptempo country jam "Pieces," the jangling "Prayer for Love," and the largely acoustic ballad "If You Believe (The Way I Do)" would find a joyful home on mainstream country radio. Beyond the rootsier songs, Eder engages in some magical cover versions of the heart-tugging parent to child classic "If I Could," Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" (done with equal parts wistfulness and dreamy atmosphere) and, more graceful yet, the Indigo Girls' folk-pop gem "Ghost." While Eder will always be welcome performing with fellow Broadway aficionados Michael Feinstein and Marvin Hamlisch, this stellar journey of the heart should find her making reservations to take the stage at the CMA Festival in Nashville any year now. This is a side of the singer that should stick around for a long time.

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  "One of Strange Cranium Productions, Inc. NYC's main tasks is electronic production/design for a vast array of Broadway shows and major CD releases, and they've got the synth collection to prove it (this is only one of FOUR insane synth-filled rooms). Can you spot the recently-purchased Master Buss Processor?"
Linda Eder: "A New Life"
Music: Concerts reviewed by Linda Amiel Burns on TheaterScene.net

Christiane Noll, Linda Eder and Robert Cuccioli.   Music Director: Billy Jay Stein.
"The concert was called 'A New Life' based on the iconic solo that Linda sang in Jekyll & Hyde. On stage was a band of eight fabulous musicians led by her musical director Billy Jay Stein... The audience jumped to their feet to give her several well-deserved standing ovations for an outstanding evening of song!"
Linda Eder, A New Life
Linda Eder, A New Life
www.lindaeder.com
From LINDA EDER Official Website:

"I've known Billy Stein for many years, but it wasn't until I spent a full year working with him on THE OTHER SIDE OF ME that I really understood the depth of his talent and his sense of humor. He is a classically trained musician who lives on the cutting edge of today's popular music, and he is carrying on the tradition of his famous last name with brilliance and passion."   --Linda
Linda Eder, Musical Center at Strathmore (2011)-- Musical Director, Billy Jay Stein

MD Theater Guide Review--
For me, despite listening to that glorious voice, the highlight of the night was listening to the incredible musicians who backed her up: Musical Director Billy Jay Stein--an amazing keyboardist who at times was playing the Steinway and his Keyboard Electro 2 at the same time. Allison Cornel, who played viola and keyboards--sang gorgeous vocals with Linda on "Falling Slowly" from the movie Once. Also in the band were Jerry Marotta on drums, Peter Calo on guitar and keyboard, who also provided vocals, and David Fink on bass.   [Read Entire Review]
Izibor CD Laura Izibor, DON'T STAY - Billy Jay Stein Keyboards and Engineer

"Upbeat, infectious and joyful" - Pride

"Modern classic" - Elle

Officially nu-soul’s hottest prospect - Irish singer/songwriter and producer Laura Izibor releases - "Don’t Stay", her stunning new single via Atlantic Records. The piano-led track tipped earlier this year by Observer Music Monthly as "one of the most impassioned soul performances you will hear all year", is the second to be lifted from her highly anticipated debut album, LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD - May 18th.

Hot Press recently declared her "undoubtedly one of the greatest voices Ireland has ever produced, a brilliant soul singer, an exceptional performer and a fine songwriter". High praise continues on both sides of the Atlantic with US music bible Rolling Stone tipping her as one of the hottest artists to watch this year.
FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed "Best of New York" by New York Magazine and "an invaluable New York institution" by The New York Post started its Fall 2011 season with the first New York joint engagement of the club's founder MICHAEL FEINSTEIN and critically acclaimed vocalist LINDA EDER. The two powerhouse performers shared the spotlight in their show "Two For The Road." The evening featured classics from Harold Arlen, George Gershwin and Sammy Cahn; hits from newer writers like Peter Allen, Joni Mitchell and Michel Legrand; and selections from Michael's CD The Sinatra Legacy. Music Director Billy Jay Stein conducted a seven piece band.

Spider Man Billy is currently working on SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK on Broadway. He is the ELECTRONIC MUSIC DESIGNER and KEYBOARDIST. The score is written by BONO and THE EDGE and directed by JULIE TAYMOR.   TicketMaster
Music written and produced by Billy Jay Stein and STRIKE AUDIO is featured on PAWN STARS on THE HISTORY CHANNEL this season. Pawn Stars
The Haunted Music written and produced by Billy Jay Stein and STRIKE AUDIO will be featured on HAUNTED on ANIMAL PLANET this season.
Music written and produced by Billy Jay Stein and STRIKE AUDIO is featured on PARANORMAL STATE on A&E this season.Paranormal State
Linda Eder, "Soundtrack" released OCT 13th, 2009. Billy Jay Stein on piano, keys, and vocal engineering. With Tony Levin (Bass), Jerry Marotta (Drums), Lonnie Plaxico (Bass), Peter White (Guitar), and Ben Butler (Guitar).
See the band at Town Hall, OCT 17th at 8 pm.

Linda Eder possesses one of the greatest contemporary solo voices of our time, she won a Drama Desk Award for her performance in Jekyll & Hyde, and has appeared on prestigious concert stages throughout the U.S. The show is packed with energy and grooves that keep your toes tapping. Multi-talented piano man Billy Stein is at the helm of a 7-piece band featuring guitars, fiddle, B3 and lush backing vocal harmonies, offering up some of the classic sounds that have made Eder?s arrangements famous. This show has something for everyone. Ticket Price $55 & 50 Where to Get Tickets Click here for a mail order form for single tickets and/or subscriptions and Onsale now at Ticketmaster
HANDEL'S MESSIAH ROCKS aired nationally on all PBS stations in August 2009. A 50 city National Tour kicked off in November 2009. The live DVD and cast recording CD was produced, mixed and recorded by Billy Jay Stein. It was released on SONY CLASSICS. Olde School
Music written and produced by Billy Jay Stein will be featured on Nurse Jackie this season.
East Village Opera Company gets Grammy nomination for "Best Classical Crossover Album" for the record "Olde School." Billy Jay Stein was the recording engineer, pro tools engineer, additional programmer and editor for album. Billy also mixed the bonus track, If God Be For Us (bonus track available only on iTunes). Olde School
Strike Audio is Launched! Strike Audio is the first and only subscription-based production music library for use in television shows. Created by Billy Jay Stein and Michael Rosen.

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'Jekyll & Hyde' at The Kennedy Center
Review by Mara Bayewitz -- (2012) dcmetroarts [5 out of 5 Stars]

Billy Jay Stein's lightning bolts of electric music blend with the live orchestra so well that it sounds like a new musical genre. If I had my druthers, I'd call it 'TechnoHyde.' Jekyll and Hyde is simply miraculous, and chilling, sexy, romantic, ironic, dangerous, tragic, jaded, modern, classic, kinky, edgy, and absolutely spectacular. The musical is based on the acclaimed novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, about a London doctor who accidentally unleashes his evil alternate personality in his quest to cure his father's mental illness. Since then, the story has morphed from this version into several other interpretations, but this national touring production, headed for Broadway in April, stays true to the original, classic story. The twist? The music has been updated from the original score, to highlight the edgy rock vocals of Constantine Maroulis, and the soul-piercing vocals of Grammy-winning R&B star Deborah Cox. The result is like moving through a dessert buffet, from polite petit-fours one can handle delicately in one's pincer grasp, to a cascading chocolate fountain that spills onto the floor--with well-dressed guests on their hands and knees licking it up.


Cast Recording Available from Amazon
CD Review: Jekyll and Hyde
(2012 Concept Recording)
Co-Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Billy Jay Stein

Ultimately, this excellently produced cast recording (Broadway Records is now 5 for 5 quality-wise) serves its purpose. I am far from a Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical fan, and yet, this concept recording has actually made me interested in seeing the forthcoming revival. I'll never be a Jekkie, but now I have something unexpected to look forward to this spring.   (Read Full Review)

Linda Eder - a reunion made in heaven at The Town Hall
Reviewed by Sandi Durell--on October 14, 2012.

"Sometimes revisiting old times and old friends can be daunting and disappointing but not when it's part of Linda Eder's "A New Life" and her visitors are Christiane Noll and Robert Cuccioli, all the reason for the cult club known as Jekkies. Here it is 15 years later and the voices are as, and more, powerful, nuanced and magnetic than ever."

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Town Hall
ALTAR BOYZ
PRODUCED BY BILLY JAY STEIN, DOUG KATSAROS, JON KAPLAN
Review by Amazon.com

Altar Boyz may ride on a single idea, but that idea is brilliantly carried through: What if there was an openly Christian boy band? Because the show's success depends on that one concept, every detail has to be perfec--and it is. Each member of the titular quintet is typecast--the Hispanic one, the gangsta one, the could-be-gay one, etc.--and the singers perfectly ape the perky 'N Sync/American Idol style, easily navigating between yelping pleading and bombastic bravado. The booklet even comes complete with lengthy, smarmy thanks from the Boyz ("big props to the Big Man in the sky"). As for the music, it's drenched in cheesy synths and appropriately catchy: Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker (contributing six songs each) may have gleefully nailed the genre's inane lyrics, but they didn't forget the melodies either. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
Bonnie's Eye Reviews
Handel's MESSIAH ROCKS: A Joyful Noise

A true sign that Christmas is near is when productions of Handel's Messiah begin popping up. Tonight I was in the audience to experience the The National Tour of Handel's Messiah Rocks:A Joyful Noise at the Bank of America Theatre. I was excited about seeing the production. I remember the first time I heard the music to the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar. I could not believe the power in the music, singing and feeling of connection that I experienced. I also am one that LOVES George Fredrick Handel's masterpiece, The Messiah.

The production incorporates an orchestra and a rock band. It works! The music is exciting, smooth, blended, and moving. The violinist that soloed in the song "He Trusted You" was awesome. He was the the thread, the third voice in the piece. Chris Raymond on the guitar and Alex LeCavalier on the bass put the rock in the Messiah. There is great potential in this piece of work. Handel's MESSIAH ROCKS: A Joyful Noise has to project the feeling, meaning and soul of the words. The audience should feel the spirit of the piece in such a way that they will want to make this production part of their holiday tradition.

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LaChanze Performing Handel's Messiah Rocks
New York Times

The New York Times describes Handel's Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise and the reinterpretation of the most famous selection from the Oratorio "Hallelujah", by saying it, "...combines Handel and Sunset Strip-metal in one slick, efficient mash." For more information on Handel's Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise please visit; www.handelsmessiahrocks.com.
Music review: 'Handel's Messiah Rocks' draws big crowd to Proctors
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

BY GERALDINE FREEDMAN

"Handel's Messiah Rocks" on Tuesday at Proctors was a multimedia extravaganza that strayed about as far as one can get from Handel's oratorio and still claim some of his inspiration and vision.

The creative team created a strange amalgam: hints of a classical string section interspersed delicately among hard rock vibes that overwhelmed with amplification, singers that screamed their lyrics and a light/smoke show backed with images projected on a screen.

If it was taken as just a rock show with some religiously based thematic material, the high energy of all the performers occasionally thrilled. One example was when baritone Matthew G. Myers, red lights, thorns projected on the screen, and rock guitarists got down and dirty with some dark, gritty playing in "He is Fire" (Part I).

Soprano Ramona Keller usually had softer, gentler instrumental backing to her several arias, which allowed the lyrics to be better understood. Only after she'd sung a few stanzas did she start to belt them out a la Aretha Franklin supported by high volume rockers. People familiar with the arias could only smile as Keller valiantly attempted to navigate some of the melismatic singing typical of Handel's aria that Howland had left in. Lance Horne led a terrific group of players. Electric and acoustic guitarist Chris Raymond especially impressed with his ability to play more typically acoustic guitar lines on his electric guitar. The huge crowd seemed to dig the offerings and couldn't resist when Ayesa got everyone to stand to sing the Hallelujah chorus, which Davis had moved to near the end of the show.

Billy Jay Stein Arranger, Engineer, Mixing, Producer
Handel's Messiah Rocks
ALL MUSIC GUIDE
Review by James Manheim

Why has Handel's Messiah so often served as the basis for arrangements in contemporary popular styles? Is it simply the familiarity of the source material or its aspect of imposing spectacle? At any rate, you can now get this full-blown Christian rock Messiah to go with your Young Messiah, gospel, and R&B versions. It includes the participation of no less than the Boston Pops, and it has been broadcast on U.S. Public Television in live performance; in short, no expense was spared. The conception is also original, and it offers possibly the most productive way of going about adapting Handel's Messiah to a modern idiom. Handel music is used motivically, without any attempt to force entire numbers into a rhythmic system to which they are alien. Individual sections, such as "Comfort Ye" (track 2) or the audience-chant "Hallelujah!" chorus, work very well. Many parts will connect with the intended Christian rock audience, and the album marks another entry in the fascinating reception history of Messiah.

Billy Jay Stein Arranger, Engineer, Mixing, Producer
JOE BUDDEN
(4 stars album pick)
Review by Jason Birchmeier

A well-known veteran of the New York mixtape scene, Joe Budden was no rookie when he recorded his self-titled debut album. The Jersey City rapper had worked the mixtape circuit relentlessly, freestyling over all kinds of beats. But all of this fanfare belies the fact that Budden is far from your typical East Coast rap sensation and is actually quite noncommercial. Unlike, for instance, 50 Cent, another rapper who initially made his name on the mixtape scene before debuting in 2003 with much fanfare, Budden doesn't rap about guns, drugs, or violence; furthermore, he's not anyone's protégé, he's not particularly fashionable, and he's not into beefing. Yet while he's not gangsta, he's nowhere near backpack either. He raps about himself and is good-natured and often humorous, and he raps in a fluctuating, conversational flow over beats. In sum, Budden is one of those very few major-label rappers who is truly an anomaly, and that itself makes him noteworthy. His 75-minute debut album is wonderfully all-encompassing.

One blogger writes: "The perfect example is this CD's best track "10 Minutes". Over a nice track, Joe is able to talk about several different issues going on in his life and keeps you interested at the same time. And yes, the track is actually ten minutes long and not boring. This song alone may be worth the price of the CD."

Billy Jay Stein, keyboards and string arrangments on the song "10min"
Billy Jay Stein for Joe Budden
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Handel's Messiah Rocks On August 11th, 2008, The East Village Opera Company released it's second studio album, Olde School on Universal/Decca. Billy Jay Stein was the recording engineer, pro tools engineer, addtional programmer and editor for the entire album. Billy also mixed the bonus track, If God Be For Us (bonus track available only on itunes).
Billy Jay Stein is produced the music for the DVD and CD of Handel's Messiah Rocks. The show features LaChanze of The Color Purple, J. Robert Spencer of The Jersey Boys, MiG Ayesa of CBS' Rockstar: INXS and Keith Lockhart with members of the Boston Pops.
Available from Amazon
Handel's Messiah Rocks
Suburban Girl SUBURBAN GIRL, featuring Alec Baldwin and Sara Michelle Geller is released on DVD on Jan 15, 2008. The movie features the song, "HAVIN A PARTY", written and produced by Billy Jay Stein and Malissa Hunter.
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