LOS ANGELES -- Stars of the hit TV drama "Felicity" celebrated the release of the
show's soundtrack Tuesday with performances by pop songstresses Joan Jones and
Morley, and one of the show's stars, Amy Jo Johnson.
Huddled in the Grand Salon at the University of California, Los Angeles, the cast and a crowd
of students watched live sets from the three artists who contributed songs to the album.
"You have to get it," Johnson, whose "Felicity" character Julie Emrick sings and plays guitar,
insisted during her acoustic set. "It's an awesome CD; I have it in my car. I make everyone
listen to it when they come over to my house."
The soundtrack, which hit stores Tuesday, is comprised of 15 songs that have been featured
during the WB Network show's first season, including previously released tracks by such rock
and pop artists as Sarah McLachlan, Peter Gabriel, Remy Zero, Joe Henry, Neil Finn and
"Music is such a big part of the show," said Keri Russell, who plays the show's namesake
character, Felicity Porter. She said the soundtrack "is all music that we love."
"I love our theme song, and people are always asking, 'Where can I get it?' " the actress said.
"The Felicity Theme," written by the show's co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams
and producer-songwriter Larry Klein, closes the album. Abrams was also at Tuesday's party.
The soundtrack's first single is Heather Nova's
"Heart and Shoulders" (RealAudio excerpt),
which will be accompanied by a video featuring scenes from the show.
Though the album includes several recently released tunes, a few tracks were dug up from the
past, including Peter Gabriel's 1977 song "Here Comes the Flood" and Queen of Soul
Aretha's Franklin's version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," originally recorded by folk duo
Simon and Garfunkel.
Dressed in a red tank top and black pants, Johnson began her three-tune performance with
"Puddle of Grace" (RealAudio excerpt),
her song that appears on the CD. "I wrote that song for my mother after she passed
away," she said after finishing the ballad. "I'm really excited it's on the soundtrack because it's
very dear to me." Johnson plays in the Los Angeles band Valhalla.
Jones and Morley (born Morley Kamen) each performed songs featured on the soundtrack,
with Jones offering "Everyday Down" (RealAudio excerpt)
and Morley singing "Slingshots."
"Everyday Down," which originally appeared on Jones' album Starlight Criminal
(1998), made its television debut on the "Felicity" episode scheduled to air the night of the
album's release. The song is available for download on the official "Felicity" website
"The music totally sets the mood of the scene," UCLA freshman Justina Rapala, 18, said. "I
love the show's realness, and the songs on the soundtrack seem really reflective of that."
In between the artists' sets, students were awarded T-shirts and copies of the CD for correctly
answering "Felicity" trivia.
"It's really cool they had a gathering like this for college students," freshman Donna Hong, 18,
said. "I like everyone on the cast, and it's really neat to have them here."
The complete track listing for the "Felicity" soundtrack is: Neil Finn,
"She Will Have Her Way"; Heather Nova, "Heart and Shoulders"; Sarah
McLachlan, "Good Enough"; Ivy, "I've Got a Feeling"; Scout, "Day Before
Yesterday"; Remy Zero, "Hermes Bird"; Air, "All I Need"; Aretha Franklin,
"Bridge Over Troubled Water"; Joan Jones, "Everyday Down"; Joe Henry,
"Angels"; Amy Jo Johnson, "Puddle of Grace"; Morley, "Slingshots"; Peter
Gabriel, "Here Comes the Flood"; Kate Bush, "This Woman's Work"; and
"The Felicity Theme."