Lesley French (The Singing Doctor)
by Gary Powell
As a senior at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, Lesley came to me as a referral from Jamison Stewart, also a singer who was my intern at the time and now owner of Coach Connect and Road Connect. Lesley came from a very strong choral program there directed by Cindy Couch. Fast forward just a few years and I now have to call her Dr. French! She is currently in her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in E.N.T. (Otolaryngology / General Surgery Internship). She has the goal of working medically with singers since she both knows the musical and medical sides of vocal issues.
On June 16, 2005, I recorded Lesley in my Austin, Texas studio singing “I Wonder” from Sleeping Beauty. Lesley’s excellent intonation and her natural and unweighted high-end make her the perfect choice for remaking these all-time great American hit songs. I recorded Lesley with a Rode NTV through Mark McQuilken’s RNP (Really Nice Preamp).
Walt Disney Records VP, Ted Kryczko, and I keep needing Lesley’s wonderful soprano voice, so we fly her down occasionally from Nashville. We have also recorded her in New York City at Avatar Studios while she was on break between undergraduate school and medical school.
Congratulations to Lesley French and David Childs on their recent marriage. David is the Assistant Professor of Choral Studies at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. David composed two lovely choral pieces for the wedding ceremony which was held in Austin, Texas on June 8, 2008.
These Lesley French solo performances can be found on various Disney Karaoke and other recordings listed below. Please note that I do not sell these recordings. For more information please go directly to Walt Disney Records.
“Once Upon a Dream”
“Zipadeedoodah”, “When You Wish Upon a Star”, “Prince Ali”