November 9, 2015 |
In a shadowy corner of a dreary bar, perched atop a barstool with her hollow-body electric guitar and sultry voice, Lera Lynn added an extra touch of mystery to Season 2 of HBO's "True Detective. " With the series falling short of expectations, she may have even stolen the show. The path from independent recording artist to the small screen was a fortunate confluence. "My manager worked with T. Bone Burnett on the 'Raising Sand' record with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant," she said.
October 9, 2015 |
If you're in University City in the next 24 hours or so, you have two chances to catch up-and-coming local singer-songwriter Jacob Snider at World Cafe Live. Tonight, Snider co-headlines with Jean Rohe at the West Bank musical mecca. Tomorrow he returns to sing "Jealous Guy" as part of WXPN-FM's free noontime celebration of what would have been John Lennon 's 75th birthday. It's probably fitting that Snider, a 25-year-old native of suburban Boston who grew up in Montgomery County, is part of the salute to a baby-boomer deity like Lennon.
October 7, 2015 |
Mary Jane Murphy, 89, formerly of Fairmount, an office administrator for a commercial real estate firm and a gifted singer, died of heart failure, Tuesday, Sept. 29, at St. Joseph's Manor in Meadowbrook. In 1988, Miss Murphy retired as director of office services for Strouse, Greenberg & Co. in Philadelphia. Miss Murphy joined the firm in 1958 as executive secretary to the controller and later was promoted to personnel manager. Before she left the firm in June 1988, Miss Murphy placed a classified ad in The Inquirer seeking her replacement; it described her to a T: "It is ONLY for a pro-active person who is able to market the HR function thru enthusiasm and interpersonal skills and achieve positive results.
September 11, 2015 |
HELEN KEMP was internationally known as a specialist in teaching children to sing, but in later years she discovered the pleasures of teaching singing to seniors. She trained children and their teachers in the art of choral singing for more than seven decades. When she went to a retirement home in Doylestown, she organized retirees into a chorus that was highly acclaimed. Helen Hubbert Kemp, a lyric soprano who sang with some of the leading orchestras of her day, a former faculty member of the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., and a composer of more than 35 anthems, died Aug. 23. She was 97 and lived in Jamison, Bucks County.
August 9, 2015 |
Another celeb marriage falls It's been a harsh summer for celeb couples. Jake Owen on Friday said he and model Lacey Buchanan will seek romantic consolations elsewhere after three years of marriage. "Sadly, Lacey and I have decided to end our marriage," the country star tweeted. "We want to focus on our daughter Pearl and make sure she has a beautiful life. " Jon Stewart's final show: Good ratings We turned out in droves Thursday to watch Jon Stewart break our hearts in his final apperance on The Daily Show . The extended episode drew 3.6 mil viewers according to Nielsen.
July 25, 2015 |
Tyrese: Radio too white? His latest car pic, Furious 7 , has made a trillion dollars. He's designing a talk show for OWN with Run D.M.C. 's Rev Run , and he has scored his first No. 1 album on the Billboard charts, with Black Rose . Yet, Tyrese Gibson , 36, seems irked it took him 17 years to make it. Radio stations, he suggests, prefer to play white R&B singers. "If Justin Timberlake , Robin Thicke , and Sam Smith are singing R&B/soul music, how is it possible that they're being played by . . . [these]
July 25, 2015 |
Anyone who knows jazz in Philadelphia knows Wendy Simon. Throughout the 1980s and '90s - whether as a soloist, paired with local-legendary pianist Eric Spiegel in Tuxedo Junction, or with Mark Shaw's society orchestra - the singer was renowned for her low, delectable voice, her innovative scat-singing, and her delicate way with a ballad. "My vocal range changed, though, and I'm actually singing higher," says Simon, "which is unusual because most singers lower the keys of their songs as they age. What I love most that's changed with age is having the confidence of my experience and the courage to continue to strive to go beyond my self-imposed limitations in all aspects of my life, as well as my art. " Some of those experiences kept her off the stage for 18 years, a spell happily broken when she returns to live singing this weekend at Paris Bistro, with the accompaniment of the Tom Adams Trio.
July 23, 2015 |
Like fine wine, Jade Starling just gets better and better with age. Pun intended, but "Better and Better" is a song off Starling's new hit album, which just landed in the No. 24 spot on the August Billboard Top 100 dance chart. Starling has been a musician with Pretty Poison since the early 1980s. Her new stuff has the benefit of authorship from longtime writing partner Whey Cooler, who's also credited with helping Pretty Poison reach its great success. Now, Starling is promoting her new, much anticipated solo debut, "Captive.
July 2, 2015 |
A memorial prayer service is to be Saturday, July 11, for Antoinette Marie Galizia Favata, 92, a Bucks County native who died Saturday, March 7, of causes related to aging at a hospice in West Palm Beach, Fla. Mrs. Favata, a singer and secretary, was the mother of U.S. Eastern District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe. "To all who knew her, she was a most warm, generous, and loving person with the ability to give comfort to those in need," her family said in a statement. She was married to Lucien Russell Favata, who died in 1986.
June 19, 2015 |
FOR SINGER-songwriter Jonatha Brooke , words and music just weren't enough. Through June 28, Brooke, a favorite of the "AAA radio" (WXPN) crowd, is performing her piece, "My Mother Has 4 Noses," at Malvern's People's Light theater. The show, which ping-pongs between monologues and original songs, chronicles the life and death of Brooke's mother, who apparently was the very definition of the word "eccentric. " While Nancy Lee Nelson (who liked to be known as "Stoney," from her maiden name, Stone)