Acclaimed songwriter and gay dad Scott Alan is releasing an album which features the voices of more than a dozen gay and trans dads from the entertainment industry.
Written as a musical love-letter to his own daughter, Alex Vivian, Alan teamed up with musical director Ben Cohn for his ninth album, “Nothing More,” which celebrates the unconditional relationship between parent and child.
The album, which comes out 12:00am September 24th, includes collaborations with famous gay dads like Kyle Dean Massey of Wicked, Olivier Award-winner Matt Henry of Kinky Boots, Taylor Frey of Hairspray’s national tour, and Raymond J. Lee of Honeymoon in Vegas.
"'We’re Gonna Be Dads' is the second track on “Nothing More” and the first song I ever wrote for this album," Alan said. "I’m thrilled to have husbands and soon to be dads to Rafa @taylorfrey & @kyledeanmassey singing this song on the album."
It also features Claybourne Elder of Company, Rory O’Malley from The Book of Mormon, Jared Gertner from Ordinary Days, Blake Bowden of Australia’s The Phantom of the Opera, Johannas Nymark from Copenhagen’s Aladdin, Sam Harris from The Life, Daniel Torres of Evita, and Joe Aaron Reid from the West End’s Dreamgirls.
Weeks before the double-disc album is set to drop, Alan said he believes “Nothing More” will be especially important in the wake of some “horrific comments” about U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten, who recently became dads.
“The horrific comments that I’ve read about @chasten.buttigieg & @pete.buttigieg’s adoption of two gorgeous twins is exactly why it was essential for my new album to feature only Gay and Trans Dads,” Alan said on Instagram. “Still so much growth and love needed in this world. Love is love. Nothing More. Nothing Less.”
In addition to the many voices of Broadway’s gay dads, Alan’s album also features several recording artists who are gay fathers, like Duncan James of British boyband Blue, Brody Ray, Ian H. Watkins, and Markus Feehily of 90’s Irish boyband Westlife.
Feehily told The Sun that he was honored to have been headhunted by Broadway moguls Cohn and Alan for the song “Don’t Grow.”
“When two Broadway legends get in touch to invite you to sing on their amazing new album, especially such a beautiful song about the father-daughter relationship, you jump at the chance,” Feehily said. “It is incredible to be part of this.”
And it sounds like the former Westlife singer may have a bright future in theater, according to Alan.
“Ben Cohn and I were thrilled when Mark accepted our offer to join our collaborative album,” Alan told The Sun. “The opportunity to have someone of Mark’s stature, whose voice emotes so much strength and emotion, singing my music and lyrics and Ben’s arrangement and orchestration is beyond our wildest dreams.
“One of the greatest parts of working together in the studio with Mark was his instinctive theatricality,” Alan continued. “We were so impressed by his delivery and how much of the story he was able to evoke in three minutes. We both see a bright future for Mark in the theatre. We would be so extremely lucky to have him.”