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Call Answered: Facetime Interview: Nikki M. James & Amy Wolk: "I Only Have Lies For You" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Amy Wolk, Call Me Adam, Nikki M. James at The Algonquin HotelLive from the Helen Hayes Boardroom at The Algonquin Hotel in NYC, I decipher the lies from the truth with Tony Award winner Nikki M. James & two-time Mac Award winner Amy Wolk as we discuss their new live game show I Only Have Lies For You, which will return to the Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street) on Sunday, January 21 at 9:30pm!

Scheduled to appear on January 21 are Helene York (American Psycho, Bullets Over Broadway), Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea), Alyse Alan Louis (Amelie), Pearl Sun (If/Then), Eric William Morris (Be More Chill, Mamma Mia), and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Freaky Friday).

In I Only Have Lies For You Broadway panelists are pitted against each other in a lying contest. Two teams of three will go head-to-head telling stories, some of which may not be true---it is up to the other team to guess, Truth or Lie. Click here for tickets!

Additional dates for I Only Have Lies For You are March 18, April 22, May 20, & June 18 all at 9:30pm.

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Call Answered: Graham J at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Graham JI am so excited to get to interview international singer, Graham J, who will be making his US debut at The Laurie Beechman Theatre this January! Graham J is fast gaining an international reputation as one of the finest singer/songwriters of his generation. Acclaimed for his highly emotional interpretations, outstanding and unique vocals, and his eclectic mix of repertoire, his music is being played on stations throughout the UK, USA and Canada.

Of his NYC debut, Graham says while his music has universal appeal, it is written from the point of view of his life as a gay bear. He considers himself to be a torch singer. Graham J will present his one-night-only US debut at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on January 26 at 7pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on Graham be sure to visit and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a singer? This probably sounds a bit strange but my family tells me I was singing before I could talk. My parents say that I’d run up and down my cot all night singing. Much to their annoyance. When I got older I just new I wanted to sing. I liked that when I sang people paid attention to me. I suppose you can call it middle child syndrome. I was always fascinated by big personalities on screen and stage. Instinctively drawn to the theatricality and glamour of singers like Shirley Bassey, Liza Minelli, Sinatra and Tony Bennett. The same can be said of the great classical singers such as Callas, Sutherland and Pavarotti. I was spellbound by the way they’d tell a story and hold an audience in the palm of their hand. I always knew that this was what I wanted to do.

2. This January you are making your USA cabaret debut at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. What made now the right time to do this? Hubris? Stupidity? I’m only joking. It’s long been a dream of mine to perform on Broadway. When David Goodman from Bear World Media approached me with the idea of showcasing my music in the USA I jumped at the chance. He’s been an incredible champion of mine over the last year and a half. I felt that if he was willing to put his neck on the line for me I’d be foolish to say no. I’ve been having moderate success in Europe for the last few years. The BBC has been very good to me. I’ve been conducting a network tour for the last year. It’s now time to test myself in a bigger arena. The sophisticated NYC audience has long been both the cradle and graveyard for many artists. To paraphrase RuPaul they value "Charisma, Uniqueness and Talent." My music is quite unique as it blends various elements jazz, classical and pop. I’m also a big hairy white guy with a genre(ly) confused Diva trapped inside. It’s time to test my metal.

Graham J3. What are you most excited & nervous about with this premiere? I’m most excited about sharing my original music with a new audience. I’m also most nervous about this. My songs cover a wide variety of topics. They can be about love, war and everything in between. It’s always a terrifying thing for an artist to reveal their inner life. We want to be loved and respected but that also comes with the fear of rejection and criticism.

4. Since this is your first time performing in the US, what should people know about you before coming to see this show? My shows are an eclectic mix of repertoire. They incorporate my own original songs with a mix of standards, showtunes and reimagined pop songs. There’s always a slant or an unexpected twist. You never know what you’ll get. I also try to add humour to my show. You’ll laugh and cry and hopefully come away a lot happier. My voice is also a quite wide-ranging alto which allows me to play with lots of vocal colours and effects.

5. While your music is universal, you have said it is written from the viewpoint of being a gay bear. What is one song that you wrote that surprised you people related to? That’s a tough one. I’d say it’s a toss between "Love Lies Bleeding At My Feet" and "Always By Your Side." I wrote "Love Lies" in about twenty minutes. I was reading a lot of distressing headlines in the news and the song came to me. The morning it aired on radio in Ireland I received a beautiful e-mail from a Catholic Priest. He told me that he was really moved by the message of the song which is that we all have to love one another and put aside our differences. "Always" is a fragment from a musical I’ve started to write. It’s about Robbie Ross’s infatuation and unrequited love of Oscar Wilde. A lot of people both gay and straight, male and female have approached me about it. I suppose we all hanker after the one that never was.

6. Your debut album is called Wild Is. Playing with the title, what is the wildest thing you've done both on stage & in your life thus far that made you go, "Whoa, that was crazy!"? Where to start? Is this a family friendly article? Lol! I suppose one of the maddest things I’ve ever done on stage belongs to my past as a classical singer. I used to sing as a guest soloist with the Belfast Bach Cantata Consort. My host/ the organiser held a very boozy lunch before we went on. She had us drinking gin and wine from very, very early. Let’s just say that I was very chilled by the time the performance came. I’ve listened to the recording, it was some of my best singing so it can’t have been that bad for me lol. In my personal life as an exercise in confidence building I took part in an erotic photoshoot. I was in various states of dress and undress throughout. The result of which has actually crossed over into my musical life. For the craic I recorded a dance version of Shirley Bassey’s "Never,Never,Never." If you search for it, you’ll see me sitting on a chair pretending to smoke a cigar while wearing a bowler hat and a leather chest harness. It’s very Liza.

7. Your music has been described as having a sense of mourning, loss and ultimately resolution. What do you mourn today? What has been your greatest loss? What is one of your resolutions for this New Year? I don’t think I’m any longer in a state of mourning as such. Obviously, we always reflect on the past and the what ifs and the what could and should have been. At present I’m the most positive and happy I’ve been in a long time. I’m living and singing my truth. My greatest loss was that of my partner Declan. He lost his battle with depression a few years ago. His death shook me to my core and made me look at my life. It made me finally decide to be true to myself. I decided to leave classical singing and move into Jazz and Cabaret. I decided all I wanted was to sing and to be happy. I’m an entertainer at heart and I want to make people forget their troubles for an hour or two. As for my resolutions, this year I’ve decided to teach myself the guitar. Heaven help the neighbours. They’ve already put up with hours of singing and piano.

8. Let's have some fun with two song titles off your debut album Wild Is. First, "Life on Mars." What is your vision of what "Life on Mars" is like? It’s very theatrical, dramatic and gets very high. Very Vaudevillian. I was inspired to tackle it after seeing Jessica Lange perform it in American Horror Story Freak Show. I was sitting up in bed the night it aired and thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen.

9. Another song on your album is "Into My Arms." If you could have anything come into your arms right now, what would hope it would be? I’m going to be a bit cheeky with this. If I could have anything I wanted I suppose it would have to be a multimillion dollar record deal. I’m technically an "indie" artist. I wear a lot of sequins, they cost a fortune!

10. Let's end this interview on looking towards the future. I read that you will be working on some new music to be released this year. What can you tell us about this new work? I’ve been very fortunate. The BBC asked me to record a song for a new documentary about how Irish music and musicians have influenced life in Liverpool. There’s an amazing cast of other performers including Elvis Costello, Christy Moore and Chris Hawkins. I’ve also busy writing a lot of new material. I’ve written a new love song called Déjà Vu. I’m very lucky to have a close group of very good friends. Two of them came over to a show I was doing in London. Afterwards we were drinking cocktails in a private members club in Soho. I was watching how they unconsciously checked in on each other. By the time I’d flown home to Dublin I’d written the song. It’s receiving its premiere at my show in the Laurie Beechman. There are also plenty of other new songs dealing with all sorts of topics. You’ll just have to come and listen.

Graham JMore on Graham J:

Graham J. is fast gaining an international reputation as one of the finest singer/songwriters of his generation. Acclaimed for his highly emotional interpretations, outstanding and unique vocals and his eclectic mix of repertoire. His music is being played on stations throughout the UK, USA and Canada. Graham's first album Wild Is received much acclaim with four and five star reviews from magazines such as Maverick Magazine and Blues Matters.

On his debut album Wild Is...Graham explores elements of jazz, blues, classical and alternative contemporary. The avant-garde, almost vaudevillian, presentation underlies themes of evolution and transformation which define the work. The strictures of Graham's extensive operatic career as a rarely found tenore contraltino, though strongly acknowledged, are overthrown by his love of a broader breadth of influences including Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey and Karen Carpenter. A sense of mourning, loss and ultimately resolution permeate Graham's choice of repertoire echoing the work of truly indefinable characters like Rufus Wainright, Antony and the Johnsons, Bjork.

Graham was approached by BBC 6 Music and BBC Merseyside to record his own version of Ian Prowse’s "Does This Train Stop on Merseyside." This recording will feature as part of a new documentary about how Irish Artists have influenced musical life in Liverpool. Graham J’s performance will be featured alongside contributions from major musical artists including Elvis Costello, Christy Moore and Miles Hunt.

2018 will bring exciting new material to be released.



Call Redialed: Will and Anthony Nunziata: "The New Classics" at Feinstein's/54 Below

Will and Anthony Nunizata, Photo Credit: Michael Kushner PhotographyThe boys are back! Will and Anthony Nunziata are starting the New Year off with the debut of their concert The New Classics at Feinstein's/54 Below. From Rodgers & Hammerstein and Billy Joel to Sinatra and Adele, The New Classics is an unforgettable evening of music and laughs where everything sounds new and always feels familiar, with hits like "Unchained Melody," "New York State of Mind," Adele’s "Someone Like You," "The Prayer," as well as brand-new soulful original tunes.

Come start your New Year off with the timeless songs of then and now. The New Classics will be premiering at Feinstein's/54 Below on Saturday, January 13 at 9:30pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on Will and Anthony be sure to visit and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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1. On January 13, you are returning to Feinstein's/54 Below with a brand-new, one night only concert, The New Classics. What should excite fans about this upcoming concert? 

Will: We are going to be premiering fresh arrangements of classic Broadway songs and standards, but what I’m most excited about is our debut of original songs that I think the audience is going to really dig.

Anthony: I am excited for our fans to hear our original soulful pop music we’ve been working on this past year!

2. What makes you nervous about this upcoming concert?

Will: Nervous? I’m excited!

Anthony: I hope Will remembers his lyrics! ūü§≠

3. What song are you each excited to debut?

Anthony: "Will You Be My Everyday," an original song I composed with Jeff Franzel and Tom Kimmel.

Will: "Love Is Love Is Love" - one of Anthony’s original songs that he wrote with Jeff Franzel.

Will and Anthony Nunzaita4. This concert is described as an unforgettable evening of music and laughs. In putting this concert together, what song, that you will perform as a duet, just makes you laugh non-stop during rehearsal?

Will: I would say "You’re Nothing Without Me" from the musical City of Angels - it’s a fantastic melody by Cy Coleman with extremely witty lyrics by David Zippel.

Anthony: Ditto. This is such a fun song. It’s so clever and I try my best to make Will laugh when we sing it. And usually he breaks, so this is always a fun moment in our concerts. 

5. Since the concert is called The New Classics, what original songs of yours do you hope will become "New Classics"?

Will: All of them! :)

Anthony: My goal is that the songs sound familiar and have a timeless melody and lyrics, saying something familiar in a way that has never been said quite that way. That’s always the goal. I have been fortunate to work with collaborators who have written for major pop stars and classical crossover artists, and I’ve learned so much from them.

Anthony and Will Nunziata performing, Photo Credit: Walter McBride6. Over the past few years, you have been expanding your repertoire to include songs like Adele's "Someone Like You" and Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind." What made you want to bring these songs into your concerts as opposed to keeping the shows to songs from the American Songbook and Broadway?

Will: I’m really interested in exploring songs like this that I consider part of the canon of "The New American Songbook."

Anthony: The goal is to take a "new" approach to music  — with those two songs, the idea came from the lyrics telling two distinct stories yet there is a common emotion of yearning and from that common thread Tedd Firth and myself arranged the mashup to tell a "new" story - and as always, the goal is to tap into people’s deepest emotions and have them connect with something within their own lives while listening.

7. You are currently working on another full length CD which will feature original songs as well as fresh takes on timeless classics. What can you tell us about this upcoming album?

Anthony: We will be releasing the album sometime in 2018!

Will: Stay tuned!

Anthony and Will Nunziata, Photo Credit: Michael Kushner Photography8. Since this concert is taking place at the start of 2018, what are some of your goals for the new year?

Anthony: To continue to create music that connects... 

Will: To continue to be kind, patient, and grateful.

9. One classic song you almost always perform is "The Prayer." What do you pray for as we begin 2018?

Will: Peace and love.

Anthony: Love, peace and hope.

10. What is something about you both that would make your fans' jaws drop with an "OMG" reaction?

Will: I think they seem to enjoy when we get into a tiff. We are very different, and thus the bickering sometimes. But I’m grateful that at the end of the day we are loving and respectful for one another... and that Anthony knows I’m usually right. :)

Anthony: Oh, Will.

Will and Anthony Nunziata, Photo Credit: Mchael Kushner PhotographyMore on Will and Anthony:

Over the past 5 years Will & Anthony Nunziata have performed over 300 concerts and outreach programs across the country headlining major performing arts centers, theaters and symphony concert halls. The renowned singers, songwriters, Netflix-bound comedians and Carnegie Hall Headliners are the Brooklyn- born, classically trained singing and comedy brother duo hailed by The Huffington Post as "a nearly impossible pairing of talent, stage presence and charisma." They recently headlined Carnegie Hall for two sold-out concerts with the New York Pops Symphony Orchestra.

The brothers have brought their distinct take on classic & contemporary songs to performing arts centers and theaters, as well as intimate cabaret venues and symphony concerts with orchestras such as the New York Pops, Detroit Symphony, Cleveland Pops, Colorado Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Toledo Symphony, and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The brothers studied music, acting and directing at Boston College, and trained in improv comedy at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City.

The two will be featured in the upcoming Netflix comedy The Last Laugh starring Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss to be released in 2018.

Featured on Good Morning America and The Rachael Ray Show, Will & Anthony are most proud of their "ARTS MATTER!" Educational Outreach Initiative and Master Class Workshops that educate and inspire students to fearlessly pursue their passions.

Will is an acclaimed stage director and Anthony an emerging songwriter whose original songs are featured on the brothers’ EP The Gift Is You and upcoming album that will include fresh takes on timeless classics as well as originals.


Call Answered: Katie Garibaldi: "Home Sweet Christmas"

Katie Garibaldi, Photo Credit: Megs Marvels PhotographyChristmas is the most magical time in the city. It's also a time for self discovery and discovering new talent like indie singer Katie Garibaldi. She's has a soud all her own that has been described as a cross between folk, country, & chamber pop. 

Katie just released her ninth album, Home Sweet Christmas, a collection of original holiday and faith themed songs. Filled with lots of emotions and love, this album will surely be one to listen to whenever you need a lift! Home Sweet Christmas is available via iTunes and Amazon!

For more on Katie be sure to visit and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, & Spotify!

Photo Credit: Megs Marvels Photography1. Who or what inspired you to become a singer/songwriter? I feel like being a singer and a songwriter is who I’ve always been, ever since I was a young child. I would constantly make up melodies in my head and want to sing them, even making up lyrics that didn’t quite make sense. But usually I would have pieces of songs and just wasn’t sure what to do with them. I wasn’t really conscious about it; it was just the way my world was—always humming and always thinking of lyrics. But my mom would play the piano and sing in the house, so without a doubt I’m sure that musicality sunk into me. I grew up listening to a lot of different musical influences, including the Beatles and Michael Jackson. When I learned the guitar around age 11, that’s the moment I remember consciously wanting to write songs and to use the guitar to pull those songs out of me and actually give them life.

2. Why did you want to record a Christmas album? I like a lot of music, but by far, Christmas music is my favorite. I love the way it puts you instantly in good spirits and personally, it takes me back to the best childhood memories from the holidays. It was kind of this dream of mine in the back of my head to write my own Christmas album, but I didn’t want to feel pressured to write it just for the sake of having a Christmas album out. I wanted the songs to be true to my voice and just come in its own time. So last year I wrote "Tomorrow is Christmas Morning" and released it as a single, which is also on the album. Ever since I wrote that song, the other songs just naturally followed and pretty quickly I had these 11 original songs so I thought, ok, it’s time to make that album!

Katie Garibaldi, Photo Credit: Anna Haas/Red Hare Photography & Design3. I love how the album is primarily original songs with a few traditional tunes mixed in. What was the hardest part about writing this album? Which song just flowed out of your so effortlessly? Thank you! All the songs are original and then I also added "Silent Night" at the end because I’ve always wanted to record my own rendition of that classic since it’s my favorite. There was actually no hard part about writing this album. All the songs were really fun to write and I remember getting excited about each one as the inspiration was coming to me. The songs came about in different ways, some with the melody first, some with the guitar chords first, and sometimes I wrote the whole song just singing it in my head before even picking up the guitar. I never forced anything or sat down like an appointment to write a Christmas song. I wrote this album in the same exact way that I write every one of my other albums. I just let the muse take me where it leads, and it just so happened that every time I opened my mouth to sing, a holiday or faith-themed story would come out. It was pretty funny because the inspiration would surprise me, since I’d be writing a holiday song in like March, so it feels almost weird taking credit for it when it’s sort of an out of body experience when I’m writing a song.

4. One of the songs on your album Home Sweet Christmas is "Jesus Touched My Heart." When have you specifically felt like Jesus has touched your heart? When you give your life to Jesus, there is no day that he doesn’t touch your heart because he’s carrying you. That’s how I feel. I have bad days all the time but I think my saving grace is knowing that God is with me and has been there all along. He’s in my heart so as long as my heart is inside me, He’s there too. I just have to remind myself to keep my heart turned towards Him. I’m not usually so vocal about my faith because it’s always been something so personal and special to me, that it’s like I almost wanted to keep it between me and God. But this album gave me the space to talk about my spirituality a little more and I think no matter what religion you are, you can relate to the messages on the album because the holidays are supposed to be a time of giving, forgiving, and giving thanks. I believe Jesus touches my heart every time that I’m given the opportunity to sing the songs He’s placed in my hands. Music connects us to each other.

5. Another song is your latest single "Tomorrow is Christmas Morning." What is your favorite part about waking up on Christmas Day? I think Christmas morning is the most magical and special time of December 25th. As a child, the best part of course was waking up and running down the stairs with my brother to see what Santa brought us. My parents went all out! We had so much fun. Now that I’m older, I’m obviously not awaiting Santa Claus anymore, but that same joy and anticipation for the day still remains. Now running down the stairs has turned into making coffee with my husband in our Christmas mugs and sitting by the tree, and then visiting our families to laugh about all the silly things we get each other. If every morning was like Christmas morning where we all wake up feeling excited and happy, just think about how great each day would be.

6. One more tune on your album is "Unhappy Holiday." What has been your worst Christmas ever? I’m sure there was a teenage year or two that I wasn’t particularly excited about the holiday, just for the reason alone of being a teenager haha. But I don’t really remember that. There have been a few recent holidays that I wouldn’t call the worst, but they were just harder because loved ones were missing. It’s during Christmastime when you really feel the absences of family that isn’t here anymore.

Katie Garibaldi, Photo Credit: Megs Marvels Photography7. You also do a beautiful cover of "Silent Night." How do you enjoy spending a quiet night in by the fireplace? (and if you don't have a fireplace, let's pretend you did because this song always makes me feel like one should be in front a fire place listening to it). That is so true! We do have a fireplace, but we haven’t lit a fire in some time. I think we are due! A goal for this Christmas! Well for me, the best part is sitting in front of the fire with fuzzy socks on and letting your feet warm up. And the other great part is the crackling sounds. I could listen to that all night.

8. What are your top five favorite things to do during the holiday season? I would say sing Christmas songs, get a Christmas tree, bake, watch my family open their gifts, and then be super lazy the day after Christmas if at all possible.

9. What is your Christmas wish for 2017? My wish is that people will listen to this new album and hear the songs I wrote. I spent the first part of the year writing them and then we started the studio work in June. It’s been a whole year of a lot of heartfelt preparation and I just want to share the songs with everyone. My wish is that they’ll listen to Home Sweet Christmas throughout the year, and not just during the holiday, since it hopefully puts you in good spirits.

10. Since your album is called Home Sweet Christmas, what is your most cherished Christmas memory? There are a lot of favorite memories I have from Christmastime, both from childhood and in adulthood. I’m lucky! I have such an incredible family and husband. But the first memory that just popped into my head is decorating the house and tree as a kid while my parents had old holiday records on and we would all sing with them really funnily and just crack up at how much fun we were having. My mom had bins and bins of Christmas decorations we would put up every year. It was pretty funny—just so much Christmas! It was the best. Those are the moments I’ll always cherish.

Katie Garibaldi, Photo Credit: Anna Haas/Red Hare Photography & Design More on Katie:

Katie Garibaldi is a San Francisco, CA based singer/songwriter and guitar player who has been releasing music independently for about half of her life thus far. Elmore Magazine describes Katie's sound as, "sweet, smooth music that is equal parts old‚Äźschool pop princess and folk songstress." The songwriter has a characteristic musical style wherein her country‚Äźtinged dreamy folk gives her a distinct sound—ethereal Americana with sparkling memorable melodies. But this prolific artist continues to stretch the boundaries of any genre’s walls with the release of her new full-length album this holiday season, Home Sweet Christmas, a collection of original Christmas songs that embrace Katie’s operatic vocal prowess and soulful folky affection, but also songs that branch out into traditional country and even gospel atmosphere.

Her latest release, prior to Home Sweet Christmas, Rooted Clarity, recorded in Nashville, TN, is an EP that houses five songs which focus on self‚Äźdiscovery and faith and combine Katie’s folk‚Äźdriven roots with a mix of classical and country string arrangements together. The sonic result delivers an effective and effortless sound that perfectly highlights the singer’s trademark, soulfully vibrato-smitten and sometimes operatic voice. This mini album, available everywhere and also released on limited edition 10” HIFI vinyl, has garnered Katie dazzling reviews from the press, including No Depression, who writes, "Katie sings with vibrancy, hitting high notes even Joni Mitchell would appreciate. Katie packs a wonderful folky extravagance. This woman doesn’t have to prove a thing to anyone – she is a powerhouse driven by an intoxicating vocal tone. It reaches heights that are so easy on the ear that it’s a treat, a pleasure to listen to. The voice – free of bombastic notes – is just pure musicality." The Daily Country says, "Garibaldi’s light as a feather vocals exude a strength that makes you want to believe in yourself and pursue your dreams and most importantly, gives you the courage, and clarity, to be yourself, trust yourself and allow yourself to fly." The sweet soprano weaves between airy and operatic delving into the emotional depths of the stories behind these five brand new original songs, one of which, "I Am," premiered on The Boot, the top source for the latest in country music.

Katie GaribaldiAnother standout song from Rooted Clarity, "Delightful" has become highly identifiable with Katie Garibaldi, even lending its name to describe her sound in many instances as "delightful Americana." "Delightful" has received a plethora of positive reviews as well as a nomination in the 2016 Hollywood Music In Media Awards. And the song's official music video, filmed in Nashville and directed by Anna Haas, has taken the international independent film festival market by storm, gaining multiple nominations and awards. Since its worldwide premiere on The Alternate Root in August 2016, it continues to screen at film festivals internationally and the video has earned its own reviews from film blogs and critics, including Top Shorts film festival’s Les Brandt, who says, "Haas and her crew did a great job of becoming ‘secondary’ to this video and allowing Garibaldi to shine. Mission accomplished! One word, wow…" Indie Spoonful, writes, "Katie got the title right because this song and its video are a pure delight from beginning to end…The video takes us on a journey of self-discovery." And Skope Magazine declares, "With a hushed reverence for the world is the gentle spirit of Katie Garibaldi’s ‘Delightful.’"

Katie GaribaldiOther accomplishments for Katie Garibaldi since the release of Rooted Clarity include the LA Music Critic Award for Female Country/Americana Artist for 2016 as well as Female Americana Artist of the Year from the Indie Music Channel in 2017. The indie artist was also featured on Acoustic Guitar magazine's "Acoustic Guitar Sessions" with a live performance video sharing her songs and the stories behind them.

The rootsy songstress' previous release in 2014, Follow Your Heart, recorded at Tiny Telephone Recording Studios in San Francisco and engineered by Ian Pellicci, is a country‚Äźesque collection carrying her powerful message of the importance of having the conviction to follow one’s heart. The record includes performances by notable musicians, including the Magik*Magik Orchestra [Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, John Vanderslice, Glen Hansard], and Philip Brezina [The Brothers Comatose] on fiddle. The album brought Katie multiple songwriting awards as well as hometown credit for "Artist of the Month" by The Deli Magazine SFFollow Your Heart also gained esteemed reviews, such as Guitar Player magazine calling Katie "a gifted songwriter with a gorgeous voice," and praise from Music Connection magazine, who says, "Garibaldi is blessed with a sweet and pure soprano, and we hear a sincerity in this artist that is real." Her earlier work, including pop-country inclined album Next Ride Out (2009) can be found at digital stores.

Katie Garibaldi, Photo Credit: Anna Haas/Red Hare Photography & DesignThis determined and enthusiastic national touring performer has been named a Music Connection magazine "Top 100 Live Unsigned Artist" and has acquired a devoted fan base over the course of her career, due in large part to her engaging live shows and personal connection to her listeners through her music. An active voting member of the Recording Academy, an endorsed artist of Breedlove Guitars (who worked with her to build a custom Master Class guitar), G7th Capos, Fishman, Reunion Blues, and Pig Hog cables, and a singer/songwriter who has continued to release a consistent stream of original new music, the ever-evolving Katie Garibaldi has proven to be an artist with staying power.


Call Answered: Sarah Stiles: "Squirrel Heart" returns to Joe's Pub this January (2018)

Sarah StilesOne of my favorite musicals is Avenue Q! Upon it's Broadway closing in 2009, Avenue Q did something no other show had done at the time, it re-opened Off-Broadway at New World Stages. It was there, I got to feel special when I saw Tony nominee Sarah Stiles as "Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut."

Now, I am able to return the favor and make Sarah feel special with this fun interview about the return of her show Squirrel Heart at Joe's Pub this coming January! Squirrel Heart is a marathon of musical genres and caffeinated emotions wrapped up in 20 or so costume changes and big hair.

Cartwheels at birth, pooping nerves, working in Television & Theatre, developing Squirrel Heart, Sarah & I cover it all!

Squirrel Heart will play Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street) on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 7pm & Monday, January 8, 2018 at 9:30pm! Click here for tickets!

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1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Born that way. My mom says I was born to applause. Which is literally true because she pushed me out in a home birth surrounded by her hippy friends who were holding hands and singing songs. I cartwheeled outta that vag and took center stage to the roar of the crowd.

2. This January, you are returning to Joe's Pub with your show Squirrel Heart. What are you looking forward to most about this return engagement? Not being so stressed and worried leading up to it. The first time we did it I was PETRIFIED that I would get laughed off the stage, and not in a good way. I got so nervous my body shut down. I lost my voice, I couldn’t sleep, I got super skinny cause I couldn’t stop pooping, it was awful. But the show was really great and we’ve since made it even better. I love doing every single second of SQUIRREL HEART. There are no wasted moments. I’m really confident in it this time.

Sarah Stiles3. How did you come up with the show's title Squirrel Heart? It's the title of a poem I wrote awhile ago. When Holly Gewandter and I were coming up with the show we were inspired by that poem. It is now woven into a medley that is ultimately the heart of the show. "The Squirrel Heart Medley" is a true collaboration between my Musical Director Brian Nash, Director Darren Katz, and Holly and me. Once we created that piece, the rest of the show fell into place pretty easily.

4. If you were a squirrel, what do you think your New Year's wish would be? I read this wrong. I thought the question was "If you were a squirrel, what do you think your New Year’s PLANS would be?" So here’s that answer: I would grab an acorn or two, a thimble of champs and lay out in sheep’s meadow watching the fireworks and those nut jobs with glow sticks do the midnight run.

Sarah Stiles as "Lucy The Slut" in "Avenue Q"5. What did you learn from the first engagement of this show in 2016 that you will now bring with you in 2018? The people who show up want to have fun, they want to be filled with joy, they want to smile and laugh and explore your world with you…all you have to do is stay present and bring them on the journey. It’s actually really simple and sweet. And truly whatever happens, happens. Messy is ok as long as you’re ok with it. I didn’t know that the first time around. Now I do!

6. For people who didn't see this show the first time around, what can they expect? It’s a nightclub act with theatrical moments. It’s fully staged and intricately designed but feels off the cuff and spontaneous. I got stories and songs and my morning poems and dance numbers and lots of costume changes. I play the ukulele one time, hand out four packs of goldfish and there may or may not be puppets.

7. Press notes say, Squirrel Heart is a marathon of musical genres and caffeinated emotions wrapped up in 20 or so costume changes and big hair. What are some caffeinated emotions you want to slow down in this coming New Year? Are you suggesting caffeinated emotions are bad? Why are they bad?! Why would I want to slow down?!? AND HOW CAN YOU DO IT WHEN YOU HAVE SO MANY THOUGHT AND IDEAS CONSTANTLY SWIRLING-……Yup seeing it now.

Sean Bridgers & Sarah Stiles in "Get Shorty" on EPIX8. Your press release also mentioned that while you were busy on the West Coast playing "Gladys" in the new hit EPIX series Get Shorty, you also missed the NYC theatre scene. What was the exact moment that made you go, "I miss the bright lights of Broadway"? I missed people laughing at me! I would do these funny scenes in Shorty and not a peep, cause duh we're filming, but it totally messed with me. It took me awhile to get comfortable. I was like, this is cool and all but I’m too needy. I gotta get back on a NY stage so I can get some instant gratification. Also I was really hungry to sing again. I got to sing a tiny bit on Shorty and made me all cravey.

9. I was lucky enough to see you in Avenue Q as "Lucy The Slut/Kate Monster." What I want to know is how are you going to make your audience at Squirrel Heart feel special? Hmmmm... well….Coming to my show is like coming into my bedroom and looking through my private drawers so…that’s pretty special.

10. You also made quite a splash in Showtime's I'm Dying Up Here as "Toni Luddy." When has there been a time in your career when you felt the sentiment of "I'm Dying Up Here"? Oh yes. So many times. Failure is an important part of being a performer - It means you were brave. And I consider myself a little warrior.

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On Broadway, Sarah was nominated for a Tony Award for "Best Featured Actress in a Play" for her role in Hand to God. Additionally, she has appeared as "Muriel" in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever with Harry Connick Jr. and Jesse Mueller, popped her puppet sex cherry as "Kate/Lucy" in Avenue Q, and took turns playing multiple eccentric children in The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee. Sarah received critical acclaim as "Little Red Riding Hood" in The Public Theater’s Into the Woods, presented as part of its Shakespeare in the Park programming. In addition, she voices "Lacey" on Nick Jr.’s Sunny Day and "Spider" on Pasek and Paul’s James and the Giant Peach album. Sarah made a splash as "Toni Luddy" on Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here and is in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming feature Unsane.