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Will They Like Him? Yes.
We've rarely had a solo album garner as much instant reaction as label co-founder Philip Chaffin's Will He Like Me?, which dropped a week ago Friday. We're sure a lot of that is due to the very impulse of the album – reimagining the Great American Songbook for the post-marriage-equality era, using 17 classic songs to tell a gay man's love story – but from mainstream publications to theatre-centric sites, from LGBTQ online mags to personal blogs, folks have been hailing the concept and praising the execution. And since it's an album that we poured our hearts into – not to mention our first new release in two years – that's been enormously gratifying.

The New York Times featured the album in its 2018 Holiday Gift Guide (the first solo album on our label to make the Gift Guide), raving, "From 'When I Marry Mr. Snow' to 'I Got Lost in His Arms,' Chaffin tells a familiar story that has never sounded so new." At Talkin' Broadway, Rob Lester wrote an expansive piece, noting, "Chaffin's versatility is shown to good advantage, with faces of love that let him show the rush of romance, a little sass with a wink, and mood from delight and devastation. While the LGBT perspective is prominent, it's the dynamic and vibrant singing, thoughtful interpretations, and consistently winning instrumental settings that make the whole package so very rewarding and engaging."

At Gay Boy Bible, Rev Nathan hailed, "Unabashed, confident and relatable, Chaffin chooses songs that bring to mind an honest picture of gay men in love. The giddy first feelings; the minor (or maybe major!) irritations that getting to know someone bring out; the hard-won steadfast love that grows from fully sharing a life together; and finally the inevitable high price anyone pays for having a genuine and mortal love. Chaffin's vocals are golden." And at Another Damn Blog, Jamie Bowden-Smith predicted the album would bring "delight to a gay male audience who, just once, would like a gay romantic song that wasn't all heartbreak and despair. My husband, who long ago gave up seeking anything useful from mainstream artists that would speak to him personally, was enraptured by this album. It worked for him. He was delighted by it. And not just for 'gay rights' reasons – he specifically noted that Philip was one of the best singers he'd heard in years and that the album would've worked for him even if the roles were reversed and it was Philip singing about a woman."

But perhaps nothing pleased and touched us more than an email we received from a gay couple, Chuck and Bob, who'll be celebrating their 56th year together in December. They wrote that they've "been waiting a very long time for a CD like Will He Like Me? to arrive. In a complicated (or maybe simple) way, it's our story too." It's all of ours – gay and straight. That's the beauty of the Great American Songbook, of course: that the emotions and situations described are universal. We're so proud to be reinventing the songs and stories of a previous era for the lovers of a new one.


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