ARTABAN The Other Wiseman
Take a gander at the wealth of talent and experience in our soloists on this first The Other Wiseman CD.
Dallyn sings masterfully as Artaban, the other or fourth wiseman and chief protagonist of the story. Not only does he exhibit a wonderful tenor range and vocal mastery, but he also exudes with emotion and understanding of Artaban’s character, a powerful reflexion of all the roles he’s played over the years on stage and in film.
Darrell’s mature baritone voice fits perfectly with our vision of Artaban’s father, Darius. The farewell duet between Darius and Artaban, “You Are in My Heart and in My Eyes,” is one of the vocal, dramatic, and soul-felt highlights of the album. We are grateful that Darrell accepted our invitation to sing as Darius in our production, given his extensive and exceptional vocal training and over decade-long performing experience on the operatic and concert stage in Europe and in the US.
Cecily graciously accepted our invitation to sing the role of Sariah for this CD production of Artaban, The Other Wiseman. Her bio reveals an incredible number of operas, musicals, and concert performances jam-packed into the last half-dozen or so years, all over the country. Cecily’s beautifully-lyrical, yet dramatic, voice was exactly what we were looking for to portray Sariah’s sentiments about the child, Jesus, in her show-stopping ballad, “He Looked at Me.”
In addition to Justin’s brilliant job in directing the men's and women’s choral groups on this album, he consented to use his gifted tenor voice to sing the role of Philo, renowned Jewish philosopher and statesman and Artaban’s close friend. Justin’s years of performing opera and musical theater proved useful in his dramatic rendition of Philo. It was quite entertaining watching Justin coach his wife, Cecily, and she, in turn, coach Justin, as each of them recorded their respective songs. And what made it even more interesting was the fact that they each took turns tending their newly-born child while the other sang. What a great family and talented team!
Bradley is relatively new to professional acting and singing. He had just recently come off a brilliant run playing the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Hale Center Theatre in Salt Lake City, when he stopped by Solarium Studios to record Kaveh’s dramatic duet with Artaban. We were pleased to find that Bradley’s tenor voice is very distinct from Dallyn’s and that the listener can easily distinguish who is singing what during the dramatic vocal interchange.
We’re so glad that Grace, Gwen, and Samantha accepted our offer to participate as soloists, each one singing just a couple of lines. Grace and Gwen have not been singing professionally since they were young teen-agers. At fives years of age, they started singing professionally with their father and two older brothers. You can read all about that in their respective bios. Samantha (Sam) is only 15 years old. We wanted to have Sam’s pure, innocent, and beautiful voice portray young Tziporah’s character and expression, and that’s exactly what she did!
Daniel Carter - Composer & Lyricist
Justin Bills - Musical Director
Mike Carson - Accompanist
Michael Jesse Bennett - Narrator
Stoker White - Recording
Dan Freed - Artist
Artaban - Dallyn Bayles
Darius - Darrell Babidge
Sariah - Cecily Ellis-Bills
Philo - Justin Bills
Kaveh - Bradley Lever
Raechel - Grace Bjarnson
Tziporah - Samantha Gibbons
Older Tziporah - Gwen Juvenal
Chorus - Children's
Chorus - Men's
Chorus - Women's