Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Vocal Recital 2012: Love You Didn't Do Right By Me

This song from White Christmas is just a dream to perform. I connect with it and will be singing it for years to come. Rosemary Clooney sings it in the film and it is hands down my favorite part. Who can forget that voice and that amazing black dress and those male dancers all in black with "attitude"? I know I have big shoes to fill, but it is a song that needs to be carried onward. And I will gladly be a part of that movement. Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Vocal Recital 2012: Santa Baby

In November I was able to do my yearly recital at the Jubilee of Trees down in St. George, UT. It was a fun experience. I felt like a rock star on the big stage! Here is one of my favorite selections from that afternoon, Santa Baby...Enjoy!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Songs I Love to Sing: Belle

'Tis the Season! I did this production of Beauty and the Beast six years ago during the Christmas Holidays. This play is loved by many. I knew in portraying Belle I had some big shoes to fill and that there were high expectations from the audience. Fortunately we had an exceptionally talented cast and crew and we didn't seem to disappoint once the show started and we could feel the audience right there with us. This was hands down one of my favorite numbers in the show. I always stood behind the door waiting with anticipation and delight to come out on stage. Making that entrance was "magical", no question.

This production was significant for me because it was when I had vocal cord damage and learned that I had acid reflux. The director introduced me to Speech Level Singing and I have been a disciple of this method ever since. As I listen to this performance I can hear how much stronger my voice is now. It makes me happy to know that I have improved instead of digressed, or worse, lost my voice all together. This production also was double cast. Usually I am not a fan of double casting, but being cast with Jillian Brown Durham was sheer delight from beginning to end. I was so grateful for her friendship, professionalism and support. It also helped tremendously to have another person in the role at this time of my poor vocal health. I knew that if I wasn't able to do the show she was right there to step in. It helped with my sense of confidence and security.

Click the word "BELLE" below and enjoy the song!