Hear Scott Bakula Sing

By Christian
September 27, 2001 - 8:20 AM

While William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy launched ill-advised musical careers following their success in the Original Series, Scott Bakula was already singing before he ever appeared on television. Several of his most successful songs are now available online for free download.

As part of its celebration of the 35th Anniversary of Star Trek, EMusic has made available the entire Quantum Leap soundtrack album for free MP3 download to visitors who sign up for their free 30-day trial. Included are Bakula's renditions of songs such as 'Blue Moon of Kentucky,' 'Imagine,' and 'Somewhere in the Night.'

Bakula told the site that singing was always something close to his heart. "The theatre that I had done as a child and growing up in St. Louis was predominatly musical theatre," he said. "When I had to make a decision about where to go when I was leaving St. Louis to pursue this business, it seemed obvious that I would go to New York City and pursue the musical theatre. So the acting and the music came hand-in-hand for me, and it's just kind of my first love, I'd say."

In addition to the songs, an audio interview with Bakula is also available, in which the actor talks some more about music, his Broadway background, and his ambitions to direct. Other features added to EMusic include a look at the songs recorded by Shatner and Nimoy, a musical retrospective looking back at the premiere of 'Encounter at Farpoint' ten years ago (including a downloadable version of the entire soundtrack of the episode), and a music video of Neil Norman and his Cosmic Orchestra performing Star Trek music.

All features can now be downloaded from EMusic as part of its celebration of Star Trek's 35th Anniversary. During this celebration, EMusic offers Star Trek fans the ability to sign up for a free 30-day trial version of its music downloading service, allowing them to download up to 100 free Star Trek MP3s. Some of the MP3s available include the themes from TOS, TNG, DS9 and Voyager, as well as various soundtracks from the series and films. Next week the site will be updated with the full MP3 soundtrack for 'Star Trek: Insurrection' and clips of Nichelle Nichols singing, which will also be available to people signing up for the trial version. Finally, the site is also planning to add music clips from Enterprise to its collection.

In order to sign up for the trial, all users have to do is create an EMusic account and choose the 100 tracks they want to download, which can be done here. In order to ensure the same person can only sign up once, the site requires visitors to enter their email address and credit card number, but the credit card will not be charged unless visitors decide to subscribe to the company after the free trial run is over.

EMusic is the world's first authorised distributor of MP3 music from major artists. The company licenses its music from labels and believes in rewarding artists for their music. For every track which is downloaded from the site (including the tracks included in this new offer) the company compensates the artist. In addition, by participating in this free trial you will not only be supporting the artists, but also TrekToday.

The tracks are available in the regular MP3 format, meaning that they can be easily and conveniently played on PCs or portable players, and can even be burned to CD-R for playback on any CD player.

To download your 100 free Star Trek MP3s, please follow this link.

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