Zachary James Announces Debut Visual Album ‘CALL OUT’ Featuring All-Female Composers

By Chris Ruel

Star opera and Broadway performer, Zachary James, announced the December release of his debut visual album, “CALL OUT.”

The album showcases the new compositions of 11 female composers with text ranging from Twitter to Edgar Allan Poe.

The visual album takes its cue from innovative predecessors such as The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” and “Hard Days Night,” Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” and Prince’s “Purple Rain.” James uses a collection of music videos to use visuals as a medium to engage both the eyes and the ears of the audience.

“This medium pushes classical music more into the pop world, inviting audiences to experience the genre in a new way,” James stated in the press release announcing the album.

The works contained on “CALL OUT” were programmed originally for a Carnegie Hall performance that was subsequently canceled because of COVID-19. James’ project not only opens the door for the audience of that canceled performance but invites the world to experience a reimagined version of the program.

Accompanying James on “CALL OUT” is pianist Charity Wicks; pianist Bonnie Montgomery; Brandon J. Acker on the theorbo; guitarist Frederick Poholek; steel guitarist Kevin Skrla; Jeffrey Zeigler plays cello; and Megan Nielson provides additional vocals.

The 11 female composers are Juliana Hall; Kristin Hevner; Missy Mazzoli; Bonnie Montgomery; Rene Orth; Rachel J. Peters; Paola Prestini, Florence Price, Kamala Sankaram; Barbara Strozzi; and Persis Vehar. Florence Price was the first African-American woman recognized as a symphonic composer and to have her work played by a major orchestra.

The December digital release will be available on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora.