Sally Dworsky

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Sally Dworsky is an American singer-songwriter and playback singer in animated films. She is notable for co-writing the song "That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You", and for singing, with Michelle Pfeiffer, the Academy Award-winning song "When You Believe", in the 1998 DreamWorks animated film, The Prince of Egypt.

Early life[edit]

Dworsky was born to Robert and Shirley Dworsky,[1] and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota.[2][3] She has one sister, Rabbi Susan Dworsky,[1] and two brothers,[1] pianist Richard Dworsky[4] and former lawyer turned drummer and author Alan Dworsky.[5] Dworsky's family is of Jewish background.[6]


In Minnesota, she was a member of the bands Moore by Four[4][2] and Players.[4] In Moore by Four, her voice was described as "sparkling", "marvellous separately - together [with band members], they're dynamite."[7] She also appeared in lead roles in musicals at the Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis.[4][8]

After moving to California,[4][3] where she appeared in a featured role in the Los Angeles production of Les Misérables,[4][9] she toured with Don Henley as a back-up singer,[4][3][10] and was noted by a reviewer for a "strong solo" in "Sunset Grill".[2] She also recorded back-up vocals in the studio for artists including Neil Diamond,[4] Luther Vandross,[4] Bonnie Raitt,[4] Bob Seger,[4] Paula Abdul,[4] Peter Gabriel,[3] R.E.M. and Midge Ure.

She began performing as a singer in films in The Wizard (1989), and also recorded songs for The Lion King, The Prince of Egypt,[11] and Shrek.[12] As the singing voice of Nala in The Lion King, she sang part of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight",[13] which won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Original Song. One of the songs she recorded for The Prince of Egypt was "When You Believe" (in a duet with Michelle Pfeiffer),[14] which won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Original Song.[15] One reviewer wrote about the song, which was also recorded and released by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, "the film version of the song will move you in a wholly good way ... singers Sally Dworsky and Michelle Pfeiffer convey the hope and amazement every living Hebrew must have felt at hearing Pharaoh's own emancipation proclamation."[14]

In 1991, she gave her first solo performances, in the Twin Cities and in Los Angeles,[4] and followed this in 1997 with a solo album, Habit Trail.[3][16] Ten years later, she released a second solo album, Boxes, about which one reviewer said, "Sally Dworsky weaves a delightful blend of contemporary folk and pop".[17] Dworsky has also performed on A Prairie Home Companion.[18]

Dworsky joined the group Uma (Chris Hickey and Andy Kamman) as a back-up singer after they had signed a record deal with producer Don Gehman's label Refuge, an MCA affiliate, and had begun recording,[3][19] so the album Fare Well (1997) was re-recorded.[3] It got a lot of airplay on KPCC.[19] One reviewer said "the results are appealing harmony-filled folk-rock that could be labeled as Simon & Sally (instead of Garfunkel)",[3] while another commented "the album comes alive only when Sally Dworsky steps up to the mic. Let the girl sing more often."[20]


  • 1997 - Fare Well - Uma (Chris Hickey, Sally Dworsky, Andy Kamman)[21]
  • 1997 - Habit Trail - Sally Dworsky
  • 2006 - Start It All Over Again - Sally Dworsky and Richard Dworsky
  • 2007 - Boxes - Sally Dworsky


Other credits[edit]



  1. ^ a b c "Funeral notices: Dworsky, Shirley". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 31 August 2004. p. B6. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Bream, John (23 July 1990). "Passion, musicianship are Henley's hallmarks". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. p. 5B. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Bream, John (13 March 1998). "Musicians en route to Minnesota roots". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. p. E3. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Bream, Jon (3 May 1991). "Dworsky Steps Into Spotlight With First Solo Performances". Star Tribune. Retrieved 30 April 2019 – via
  5. ^ Pfister, Darlene (19 February 1997). "A New Beat". The Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. p. E9. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
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  7. ^ Habich, John (10 October 1986). "Four is audience's lucky number". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. p. 3C. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  8. ^ Bream, Jon (28 September 1984). "Singer Steele will make pop music debut via two jobs". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. p. 2C. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  9. ^ Sullivan, Dan (3 June 1988). "'Les Miz' Barrels Into Town". The Los Angeles Times. p. 14, pt VI. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  10. ^ Gettelman, Parry (29 June 1990). "Henley faithful to trademark sound". The Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, Florida. p. A2. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  11. ^ Seymour, Gene (21 December 1998). "Animated films: Talk about a difficult job". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. p. 5E. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  12. ^ Hischak, Thomas S. (October 6, 2011). "Dworsky, Sally". Disney Voice Actors: A Biographical Dictionary. Jefferson, NC; London: McFarland. p. 66. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  13. ^ Commander Coconut (1 July 1994). "Play ball, shut up, make better movies". The Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, Florida. p. 1, Calendar. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  14. ^ a b Peyton, Jeffrey (24 March 2005). "Don't miss animated retelling of the Exodus". Columbian-Progress. Columbia, Mississippi. p. 4. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  15. ^ a b Welkos, Robert W. (24 February 1999). "Oscar's Big Song Squabble". The Los Angeles Times. p. D1. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Raúl Melo". Archived from the original on 11 January 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  17. ^ Wakefield, Mare (June 2008). "Ex-soldiers, electrified 'Soul' and 11 more things we loved this month". Performing Songwriter. 15 (110): 29. ISSN 1068-9664. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Prairie Home Companion at Town Hall – April 11, 2008". Rattle My Cage. Archived from the original on July 8, 2008. Retrieved September 4, 2009.[unreliable source?]
  19. ^ a b Rauzi, Robin (30 July 1998). "Fanning Out". The Los Angeles Times. p. 54. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  20. ^ Siblin, Eric (8 November 1997). "Letting her hair down". The Gazette. Montreal, Quebec. p. D3. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Music Reviews". News-Press. 26 December 1997. Retrieved 30 April 2019 – via
  22. ^ Hischak, Thomas S.; Robinson, Mark A. (2009). "Can you feel the love tonight?". The Disney Song Encyclopedia. Lanham, Maryland; Toronto; Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press. p. 29. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  23. ^ "Play Ball, Shut Up, Make Better Movies". The Orlando Sentinel. 1 July 1994. Retrieved 30 April 2019 – via
  24. ^ "Oscar in Brief". The News Leader. 21 March 1999. Retrieved 30 April 2019 – via
  25. ^ Roland, Tom (1 October 1996). "Epitome of country/rock crossover". The Tennessean. Nashville, Tennessee. p. 4A. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  26. ^ "ASCAP's award-winners". Billboard. 109 (40): 104. 4 October 1997. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 4 May 2019.

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