Ballads By Bali

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Vandana Bali (Urban Peacock Studios)

Noted in the San Francisco Bay Times “10+ Best Shows of 2006,” and recently profiled by India Abroad, Vandana Bali is a classically-trained vocalist with a three-octave range and two albums who enjoys singing powerhouse songs just as much as she loves singing sultry, soothing standards. Her primary influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Patti LuPone, Sam Harris and Barbra Streisand.

Born in India, she grew up in a New York household where she could hear legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar in one room and Streisand, The Police and the Beatles in the next. Bali feels the story-telling tradition of Indian music has drawn her to cabaret. After moving to California, she found that the air pollution wreaked havoc with her voice and started working with a nonprofit promoting clean air policies. Today she works in government, running clean vehicle and alternative fuel infrastructure programs.

In honor of her parents’ 43rd wedding anniversary she is kicking off 2007 with a show full of positive songs about love and life at Martuni’s Piano Bar on February 17, before heading out to London and L.A. with her “Power of Love” show. The show debuted last year, featuring 14 ballads and show tunes including the works of Steven Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gershwin, and Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.” Listen to samples of her high-powered voice online.

February 8, 2007
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