Oscar darling “La La Land” became a musical masterpiece thanks to more talents than just stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.
The backing vocals and choral numbers were provided by a team of expert vocalists including Los Angeles session singer Gaby Santinelli.
The soprano was part of a choir of 40 singers performing on four tracks in the film, including opening number “Another Day of Sun” and the Hollywood party song, “Someone in the Crowd.”
Gaby told ENTITY, “It’s a thrill be part of such a special film that people love so much. When I was hired, it seemed like just another job as I didn’t know anything about the movie but, of course, the music turned out to be fantastic.
“We recorded it all during one afternoon at Fox Studios in Los Angeles, it took three hours at the most, and the result has been a chart-topping soundtrack album and a movie that’s the toast of the Oscars.”
It’s also the latest in a string of hit films featuring Gaby’s voice. Her previous credits include the “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter” movies as well as “Godzilla” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
She had been working as a stage actress and singer when she got the break into movies in the most unusual circumstances …
“I was having a pedicure in Agoura Hills, California, when I mentioned to the woman next to me that I was an operatic soprano and had just come back from performing in ‘Phantom of the Opera’ on the English stage. She mentioned that her neighbor worked in music for movies and arranged to introduce me to him. Before I knew it I was singing on big films.”
On Oscar day she was part of of the BBC’s coverage, giving her insider’s perspective and singing on the pre-show, as well as being interviewed on air by ENTITY managing editor Sandro Monetti.
“Ryan Gosling cannot carry a tune in a bucket…”
— BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) February 26, 2017
In between working on movies, Gaby works as a dialect coach. You can learn more about her at gabysantinelli.com.
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