Kristin Chenoweth is covering some classics on her fifth studio album, “The Art Of Elegance,” due out Sept. 23. The 13-track set finds Chenoweth taking on Johnny Mercer’s “Skylark” and Frank Sinatra’s “I’m a Fool to Want You,” among other songs.
Also on the album is a cover of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” also previously recorded by Nat King Cole, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
“Charlie Chaplin’s timeless and poignant lyrics continue to echo optimism through the ages. Seemingly never more appropriate, his simple, heartfelt sentiments carry a necessary reminder to us all ... Smile,” Chenoweth told The Huffington Post.
“Smile” is actually one of Chenoweth’s favorite songs of all time. The Emmy and Tony Award winner said that, as morbid as it sounds, she hopes someone will sing the song in her honor when she dies.
Take a listen to Chenoweth’s version below.