Vangie Gunn is the featured soloist on Gordon Goodwinâ€™s Big Phat Band in their upcoming release of a remake of the 1984 Chaka Khan hit, â€œThrough the Fireâ€. â€œThrough the Fireâ€ was originally written by David Foster, Tom Keane and Cynthia Weil and performed for Chaka Khanâ€™s sixth album.
Vangie Gunn has been working as a sought-after session singer in Southern California since 1986. She has worked on hundreds of projects for film, television, video games and radio including: â€œStar Wars: Rogue Oneâ€, â€œSpiderman: Homecomingâ€, â€œZootopiaâ€, â€œEvan Almightyâ€, â€œA Bugâ€™s Lifeâ€, â€œJurassic Worldâ€ and Disneyâ€™s Tomorrowland. She is also featured on Disneyâ€™s Phineas & Ferb, Jimmy Neutron, and as a soloist on a variety of online video games including World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, and Hearthstone, and The Call Of Duty series.
While working as a jazz/R&B singer, Gunn toured with artists such as Gordon Goodwinâ€™s Big Phat Band, Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert, Barry Manilow, Patti Austin, Justin Timberlake, Melissa Manchester, Jane Monheit, Eric Marienthal, and Take 6.
Vangie Gunn delivers a confident and seamless rendition of the 1984 Chaka Khan hit, â€œThrough the Fireâ€. The musical arrangement is similar to the Chaka Khan original but with the distinct flavor and style of Gordon Goodwinâ€™s Big Phat (big band) sound.
Gunnâ€™s impressive vocal range is apparent even from the opening notes of the song:
â€œI look in your eyes and I can see
Weâ€™ve loved so dangerously
Youâ€™re not trusting your heart to anyone
You tell me youâ€™re gonna play it smart
Weâ€™re through before we startâ€
Vangieâ€™s jazzy vocals will delight listeners. It comes as no surprise that musical impresario, Quincy Jones, commented that a big part of Gordon Goodwinâ€™s Big Phat Bandâ€™s success is because they always work with â€œsuperb soloistsâ€.
The energetic jazz arrangement and the big band sound really gives Vangie a chance to shine in this performance and to showcase her impressive vocal range. Gordon Goodwinâ€™s Big Phat Band includes a talented ensemble of 18 musicians playing keyboard, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, percussion and bass as well as their featured vocalist.
Vangie and Big Phat Bandâ€™s version of â€œThrough the Fireâ€ has the same type of 1980s sound as the Chaka Khan (1984) original but with an even jazzier (and slightly more contemporary) feel.
â€œThrough the Fireâ€ is out now and available on Soundcloud, Spotify and YouTube.
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