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Saturday March 16, 2013

LOS ANGELES -- Last week, singer-actress Megan Hilty wrapped her second, and possibly final, season of the TV musical "Smash."

But no time for curtain calls -- a day later she made her Carnegie Hall headlining debut to a sold-out house. She spent this week racing around New York, getting the word out of her first solo album, "It Happens All the Time," which was released Tuesday.

"It’s been a whirlwind," Hilty said, with a sigh, speaking by phone from what she said was only quiet spot she could find: the lobby of Marriott Marquis hotel.

The 31-year-old Broadway veteran doesn’t ease on down the well-worn Broadway-diva CD-debut road, usually leading to a set of classic standards.

"I wanted to do something unexpected," Hilty said.

"It Happens All the Time" began as an album consisting solely of contemporary-pop covers "But then Columbia started sending original songs along, and things started to evolve." The result is a collection of wide-ranging genres: modern soul, ‘70s pop, contemporary alternative.

"I guess it is a breakup album, but not a cry-your-eyes-out kind of album," Hilty said. "That’s why we went with ‘It Happens All the Time’ as the title. People fall in and out of love all the time."


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