No, it wasn’t love at first sight between Leonard and me. I already knew his work well when I first met him in a hotel elevator in Hartford, Connecticut, where I was singing at the local university auditorium and he was performing in the concert hall. I had always pictured that, whenever we met, I would start an intellectual discussion about life and work, from which he would deduce that I am a sophisticated person. But at the actual moment, of course, I behaved like any fan – not to say like a groupie – and I was treated accordingly. So, I was surprised when, two years later, I was asked to join his band as a background singer. Although I came to the audition with trepidation, I was hired – without Leonard recognizing me. During the tour we have shuddered over this many times: imagine if we had remained two ships that sailed past one another in the night! To make a long story short: we are friends for life. I’m convinced that Leonard has loved all his singers, but Laura Branigan and I are, if he is asked for favorites, always mentioned.
Jennifer Warnes “Ik heb een ego als de Eiffeltoren” [Jennifer Warnes ‘I have an ego as big as the Eiffel Tower’] door Jip Golsteijn (De Telegraaf: December 24, 1992)
Contributed and translated by Anja Deelen