28 December 2010

‘Big Bang Theory’ star Kaley Cuoco records ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ for HSUS

Kaley Cuoco, the beautiful and apparently multi-faceted star of the CBS hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” recently utilized the musical talents of her rocker boyfriend Christopher French (Annie Automatic),  warmed up her vocal chords and crooned a version of the classic song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to help benefit the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

The idea was hatched while Cuoco was recovering in the hospital from a freak horse riding accident that occurred earlier this year. The fall left the 25-year-old star with a nasty sounding open compound leg fracture.

According to HSUS :

During her long hospital stay, Kaley's boyfriend, Christopher French of the group Annie Automatic, stayed by her side and played his guitar for her. Seeking some distraction from the pain, she asked him to play something she could sing to. He strummed a playful version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Soon they were laughing, and as they played various versions and traded choruses, it seemed as if the music was helping her overcome her discomfort. And so, although this is her only foray into singing in public, Kaley and Christopher decided to record the song in support of the The HSUS and our work for animals.

Shortly after being released from the hospital, Cuoco joined forces with French, her sister Bri—who filmed the session— and French’s photographer Noa Shaw to officially record the song.

If you picture a recording studio with all of the technical bells and whistles you would be wrong. The tune was recorded in Cuoco’s living room so she could remain home while still recovering from her injuries.

The end result, a fun, upbeat and very heartfelt version of the Academy-award-winning ballad made famous over 70 years ago by Judy Garland.

The song is available for purchase at the iTunes and AmazonMP3 stores. Proceeds support the HSUS’s work for homeless dogs.

“Kaley and I are happy to be able to help draw attention to the important issue of animal adoption and rescue and raise a little money, 99¢ at a time,” says French.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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