'At Last' expresses Utah recording artist's joy of music

Published: Saturday, Nov. 2 2013 12:00 p.m. MDT

Valaura Arnold (Refinement Records) Valaura Arnold (Refinement Records)

DRAPER — On Valaura Arnold’s newly released CD, “At Last,” the Utah recording artist wanted her “personality to be part of the tunes” while expressing the joy she finds in music.

“I've done a considerable amount of recording, but this is my CD — with the music I love,” she says. “I just have always wanted to sing and to know that it brings pleasure to others. I was able to take so much creative license and just let my personality be part of the tunes."

To celebrate the release of “At Last,” Refinement Records, Arnold’s recording label, is hosting a concert Saturday, Nov. 9.

On the CD, “There are a variety of styles. There is a really fun big-band version of ‘Time After Time’ by Cindy Lauper and also Vanessa Williams’ 'Save the Best for Last.’ It's a totally new twist on a couple of great tunes. You won't even recognize them at first,” Arnold explains.

Valaura Arnold (Refinement Records) Valaura Arnold (Refinement Records)

The title track is Etta James' "At Last" because “I have a deep love for big-band jazz standards.”

When Arnold performs two other American Songbook classics, "Misty" and "Sentimental Journey," at concerts, they “always bring the house, so I knew I needed to include them,” she says. “The neatest part of the recording of ‘Misty’ is that it's just me and the guitar, and we laid down what was supposed to be ‘scratch vocals’ to just get a feeling for it, but it turned out great, so we kept it.”

The CD also includes two new songs by Nashville writer Tom Worth. “I fell in love with them when he played them for me,” Arnold says. “One is titled ‘Nothing Is Impossible’ and the other is ‘Fake It 'til It's Real.’ They both have messages that you can live life by. Tom originally created them to be country tunes, but we arranged them to have a Michael Bublé feel.”

Valaura Arnold (Refinement Records) Valaura Arnold (Refinement Records)

“At Last” has a bonus track, which Arnold penned herself. “It's kind of a teaser for what I hope will develop into a Christmas CD next year,” she says. “It's about all of those feelings and memories that we can't help but revisit during the holiday season and how they bring us home.”

Arnold, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, lives with her family in Salt Lake City. For more information and a preview of “At Last,” visit Valaura.com.

If you go

What: “At Last,” Valaura Arnold Launch Concert

When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

Where: Refinement Records, 12244 S. Business Park Drive, Draper

How much: $2 at the door

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