The repertoire for this debut show, stemmed from the songs I had heard from early childhood. When I was growing up our home was always filled with my father’s music–from the piano, radio and phonograph. I also heard great live music of every genre, but mostly Swing, Jazz, Classical, Opera and Negro Spirituals. This was before televison, the internet and streaming) In our home I learned the”Count of Basie” and the “Duke of Ellington” were royalty.
I have to tell a story through the lyrics every time I sing or select a repertoire. Perhaps it’s my stage training, but a song is a play in three acts–period. This particular story had to have been gritty and I wasn’t holding back. Check out the yards of organdy on this dress designed and made especially for my debut by my dear friend John Miller!