Lillie Kae’s entrance into the jazz/cabaret scene came on the heels of an impressive run in touring productions of West Side Story, Sunset Boulevard, Evita and Crazy for You. After a two-year stint performing in the Broadway production of CHICAGO, Lillie Kae took time off from the stage to pursue other personal interests – primarily to dedicate quality time to her young family.
Lillie Kae recently celebrated the release of her first studio recording, I’m Glad There Is You, and the release of her first single, “That’s All,” by performing a stunning set of jazz standards at Birdland in New York City, Las Vegas, and at Englewood’s BergenPAC, where she opened for Broadway legend and Pulitzer Prize-winner Marvin Hamlisch. Additionally, she just wrapped up a live performance (Sunday October 5, 2008), “wowing” a crowd of over 20,000 and receiving rave reviews alongside Jazz superstar John Pizzerelli, his big band orchestra and Jazz/Cabaret star Tony DeSare
The album, I’m Glad There Is You, features the sparsely orchestrated, intimate brand of jazz first popularized by Nat King Cole. Lillie Kae honed this sensibility over the course of her work with celebrated guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and his protégé, Edward Decker.
The result is spare and smoky, featuring renditions of standards such as the single “That’s All,” “Day In, Day Out,” and “Talk to Me Baby.” The album also features rarely recorded verses in “What Is There to Say” and “I’m Glad There Is You,” along with other gems from a golden age in American songwriting.
Lillie Kae’s debut as a solo artist has won her an impressive following from within the industry. After attending one of her recent engagements, multi-platinum singer/songwriter and performer Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson raved, “There wasn’t one song that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. The choice of material and Lillie Kae’s interpretation were simply beautiful.”
Similarly, Lynn Dimenna of WVOX said, “The two words that describe Lillie Kae’s gorgeous sound are heart and soul—the perfect package of a wonderful vocal instrument and stage presence. She will be a force to contend with for years to come!”
Lillie Kae’s musical pedigree stretches back to her teacher, Lynn Starling, who has coached some of the brightest stars of Broadway and Opera; Lillie Kae started with Starling when she was just 19 years old. Of her student, Starling has enthused, “Lillie Kae is a rising star who interprets songs in a way that touches and moves the listener to tears.” As a dancer, Lillie Kae took her training from one of Broadway’s all-time greatest, Ann Reinking.
Regarding the Performance
The Metropolitan Room is located on 34 West 22nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue New York, New York 10010 for reservations call (212) 206-0440
There is a $20.00 cover charge and 2 drink per-person minimum. Please plan on arriving early for the best seats. Reservations are suggested. Additionally, the engagement is to be a quiet show www.metropolitanroom.com
For the latest on information about Lillie Kae’s musical career, visit www.lilliekae.com