online listen
tv show star sings too
nice voice that gets buried at times
ok, but I like her on tv better
clip is the bad choice for the single
1.5 from me and a converted 1.8 from allmusic

her site

from the album - No Cure

released Mar 12th, 2013


Stage and television actress/singer Megan Hilty is best known for her turns on Broadway as
Glinda in Wicked and Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5: The Musical, and for her role as Ivy Lynn on
NBC's musical drama Smash. Born in Bellevue, Washington, Hilty started her vocal training at
age 12 and studied at Redmond's Washington Academy of Performing Arts Conservatory High School.
After graduating from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, she moved to New York City, making
her Broadway debut in August 2004 as the standby for Glinda, the Good Witch of the North in the
Oz-themed musical Wicked, which was based on Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and
Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Hilty took over the role in 2005 and after ending her
run in 2006, played Glinda in Wicked's first national tour and in a sit-down production in Los
Angeles throughout 2007 and 2008. Late that year, Hilty joined the production of the musical
adaptation of the film 9 to 5 in the role of executive secretary Doralee Rhodes, which was
played in the 1980 film by Dolly Parton. With songs composed and written by Parton, the
production included Hilty's Wicked collaborators actress Stephanie J. Block and director Joe
Mantello, along with Allison Janney and Marc Kudisch. For her performance as Doralee, Hilty
earned acting nominations from the Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Awards, and
the Drama Desk Awards. At the same time, Hilty was establishing herself on the stage, she was
also accumulating several television credits, with parts on shows ranging from children's fare
such as The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Phineas and Ferb to comedies like American Dad!,
Family Guy, and Louie to dramas including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Desperate
Housewives. Starting in Feburary 2012, Hilty starred as veteran stage actress Ivy Lynn on
Smash, a musical-within-a-musical that followed the development of a Broadway production about
Marilyn Monroe; one of the songs she and co-star Katharine McPhee performed, "Let Me Be Your
Star," was nominated for an Emmy and a Grammy that year. Early in 2013, Smash's second season
premiered, and Hilty's debut album It Happens All the Time -- which featured songs by written
Damien Rice, Ne-Yo, and Carrie Underwood -- arrived shortly after.

Album Review - from allmusic

When It Happens All the Time was released, Megan Hilty was best known for her show-stopping
turns in Broadway productions including Wicked and 9 to 5: The Musical, as well as her role as
Ivy Lynn on NBC's musical-within-a-musical TV series Smash. However, the songs she chose for
her debut album weren't show tunes or standards; they were contemporary pop with a capital P: a
glance at the liner notes reveals songwriting credits for Ne-Yo, Carrie Underwood, and Glen
Ballard. Her desire to bring something unexpected and perhaps more personal to It Happens All
the Time is admirable, but Hilty's approach to these songs is too reverent and stripped of her
best work's vibrancy and nuance. It doesn't help that the production and arrangements tend
toward pop's milder side, draining more daring choices like Damien Rice's "The Blower's
Daughter" and Taylor Swift's "Safe and Sound" of much of their rawness. It Happens All the Time
succeeds with lighter fare such as the airy "Hopin'," the Ne-Yo and Underwood-penned "Walk
Away," and the single "No Cure," which is one of the best examples of when this album gets the
balance of intimacy and polish right. "Wise Up" is another highlight, with Aimee Mann's subtle
songwriting allowing Hilty to deliver one of the album's most sophisticated vocal performances.
Of course, she never sounds outright bad -- "Dare You to Move" and "Be a Man" showcase her
powerhouse vocals particularly well -- but a lot of the album ends up underscoring that
conveying the sentiments of a pop song isn't the same thing as portraying a character in a show
tune (even if it's a particularly heartfelt one). As always, Hilty is a dynamic performer with
a beautiful voice, but It Happens All the Time is often so sanitized that a livelier set of
more traditional songs might have made for a better debut.

Track Listing

1. It Happens All the Time
2. Be a Man
3. No Cure
4. Walk Away
5. Safe and Sound
6. The Blower's Daughter
7. Hopin'
8. Wise Up
9. The Heart of the Matter
10. Dare You to Move