During her run in Miss Saigon she received a note from the casting director working on Disney’s Aladdin, and she set up an appointment to audition for the singing voice of Princess Jasmine. After what was obviously a spectacular rendition of her chosen audition piece, “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid, she was chosen for the part. Lea as Eponine, along with the stunning success of the movie, the song she sang with Brad Kane (the singing voice of Aladdin), “A Whole New World,” was nominated for (and won!) Best Song at the Academy Awards, where she and Kane performed an elaborate rendition of the song during the ceremony.
After the release of Aladdin, Lea recorded an international album with Atlantic Record which she self-titled (sold over 3 million). Among the wonderful songs submitted by various writers, the first single released was “We Could Be In Love,” a charming duet alongside Brad Kane, whose voice blends seamlessly with Lea’s. A couple of years later, she recorded a song with pop star Peabo Bryson entitled “How Wonderful We Are” for the soundtrack People, a special shown on Disney Channel.
As a bona fide “Disney Princess”, Salonga can be heard on screen as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s blockbuster smash Aladdin. In a recent article in Southwest Magazine entitled the “50 Greatest Movie Soundtracks,” Aladdin was ranked #17 with specific note made of Miss Salonga’s version of “A Whole New World.” She is also the singing voice of Mulan in Mulan and Mulan 2. She recently released an album “Inspired” available at her website www.leasalonga.com
Brad Kane known now as Caleb Kane, he first came out with his song “This Close”, which was played on the movie “Devil’s Pond”. He now has a website and has released a number of new songs. His last single, “Go Mad”, was released in March 2006.
Edited by pubertrx on 21 Mar 2008, 20:33
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