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Randi Fay featured in Green Bay Press Gazette

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 6:31 PM Comments comments (189)

Randi Fay won't forget where she was when she learned she scored her first two Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards nominations.
The jazz singer from Green Bay was 12,000 feet above sea level skiing the See Forever run in Telluride, Colo., when she and her husband, John, decided to stop at a wine hut on the hill. John got a message on his phone. It was a photo of a tweet from Press-Gazette Media announcing Randi's nominations for female vocalist and jazz artist.

Her reaction: "What?!"

It's fitting that the news came to her in Telluride, where she wrote "Falling," the title track off her 2014 album of all-original music with her ensemble Limited Edition.

She's had weeks for the news to sink in, but Fay still can't quite believe she'll be in a room filled with some of the state's finest musicians for Sunday night's WAMI Awards ceremony at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee. The little girl who grew up with older sisters in a house where The Beatles and The Monkees were inescapable says she's still in shock that she's now "WAMI Award-nominated artist Randi Fay."

"I'm happy my form of jazz is recognized as a form of jazz, because we have preconceived notions about everything, and it's not as brainy as some jazz appears to be, though my guys are so brilliant they make it seem not brainy," she said. "I'm thrilled, because I love to sing my heart out, and I'm glad there's appreciation for that."

Fay talks about her style of "lyrical jazz," how she went from being a veterinarian to a performer and where you're likely to find the mom of three grown children on her day off. First, however, a few words about her name. People have been mispronouncing it her whole life. She explains it with a rhyme her friends at veterinary school made up years ago: "It's Randi like Gandhi, not Randy like candy."

Earliest music memories: "I was in love with 'Mary Poppins.' I was in love with 'The Sound of Music.' I was in love with 'Jesus Christ Superstar.' All these shows that were the '60s and '70s Broadway shows."
Her love of classic '60s vinyl inspired her and a childhood friend to make up their own girl group, T&M Temptations. "This was fourth grade on the front lawn and we were looking up at the stars wishing Davy Jones would come sing with us." (T&M, by the way, were Tim and Mark, the boys they had crushes on.)

Career paths traveled: A graduate of Preble High School, she got her biology degree at Boston College, where she met her husband. They moved to the Twin Cities to get their master's degrees. During their 15 years there, she practiced veterinary medicine for 10 years before they moved to Green Bay in the late '90s. A series of injuries to her right hand over the course of several years eventually sent her career in a new direction.

"There's a saying that if you keep banging your head against something maybe you need to find a different route," she said.
She dabbled in local dinner theater. Her first music project was a CD of lullabies to express her love for her own kids, who were away at college. She began working with multi-instrumentalist and producer Hans Christian of Studio 330 in Sturgeon Bay and then playing with pianist John Contratto. She's been doing music full time since 2010.

"It's all kind of one of these things where these opportunities that present themselves, you don't know where they're going to take you but you just keep saying yes and you are brought somewhere."

What's lyrical jazz: "There was a time in the '40s and '50s when jazz was the people's music. It's what kids (sneaked) away and would go listen to. It was kind of like whatever the scary music is now parents don't want their kids to listen to, but there was something so true about the '40s, '50s and '60s. What I'm talking about is the standards. I don't want to claim that I can write a standard or rewrite a standard, but I love the feel of the standards, where the lyrics matter. I'm a lyricist. I can communicate my lyrics more easily than I can the music that's in my head.

"I'm playing with these amazing, brilliant jazz/blues, multitalented, multigenre musicians, and we get out there and are we going to swing it? Let's do it Latin. Let's do this. We're taking music and just giving it this jazzy, bluesy, Latiny vibe, and I'm singing away, so it's just these lyrical, catchy tunes and great rhythms — reminiscent of the standards but contemporary."

Who's who in Limited Edition: Bob Balsley, guitar; Mick Maloney, bass; Greg Pagel, piano and keyboards; Kevin Crocker, drums; Kurt Risch, percussion and drums. "My group is called Limited Edition, because we may never play the same song the same way twice."

Musical influences: The Monkees, The Beatles, writers Harold Arlen and Hoagy Carmichael, lyricist Johnny Mercer and singers Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Shore, Julie London and Doris Day

Her two favorite places for songwriting inspiration: "Telluride, which is this glorious mountainous region with these towering peaks and this beautiful valley. My whole experience of becoming a songwriter and a performer has played out there quite a bit. It's just a really intense and beautiful place for me. The other place is Door County."

Where you'll find her on a day off: "I'll be with my dog, in nature, on the beach." Or enjoying her new granddaughter.

Upcoming gigs: Fay has tightened her playing schedule this year to concentrate on writing. She's taking an online songwriting class through Berklee College of Music and a digital audio workshop to learn home recording. Look for her next at 8 p.m. May 1 at La Vie Boheme, 421 George St., De Pere, and 7 p.m. May 15 at Chefusion, 307 N. Broadway, Green Bay.

[email protected] and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @KendraMeinert.

Randi Fay received two WAMI award nominations - Green Bay Press Gazette

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 9:22 AM Comments comments (101)
Green Bay's Randi Fay scored two WAMI award nominations for female vocalist and jazz artist

Daddy D brings Country Jamboree to Riverside Ballroom

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 6:21 PM Comments comments (3)
Daddy D Productions comedy musical variety show, sound lighting and production by Sonic M.D. Daniel Collins green bay wi

Kyshona Armstrong at Fox Valley Technical College

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 6:08 PM Comments comments (3)
Kyshona Armstrong filled the commons of Fox Valley Technical College with the bluesy and soulful strains of her original music in February.

Kyshona Armstrong at Fox Valley Technical College, Oshkosh Campus CommonsKyshona Armstron at Connections Cafe, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton Campus

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 5:33 PM Comments comments (105)
Three great nights of comedy musical Theatre at the Riverside Ballroom courtesy of Daddy D Productions.   Check out this cast: Parker Drew, Maria Sausen, Everette John Berchmans, Mark Jackson, Douglas, , Charlie Hagen, Sarah Fairchild, Linda Kozlowski, , Sam VanBeek, Barbara Hinnendael, Jeff Hinnendael, Darren Johnson and under the direction of Peggy Anderson.

The FOH setup for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumThe FOH setup for this show actually included the mixing console instead of using the wireless remote control via tablet setup.  With so many things going on at once, being able to grab faders was definitely the way to go.

Valentine's Day with Randi Fay and Limited Edition!

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 5:28 PM Comments comments (103)
Randi Fay brought out the heavy artillery for the Valentine's Day show at Thornberry Creek in Oneida, WI.

Keggers Lyric Room features White Chocolate

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)
White Chocolate played the Lyric Room at Keggers on February 13, 2015.

Minnesota's 4ONTHEFLOOR plays the Lyric Room at Keggers

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 5:17 PM Comments comments (101)
Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, the Lyric Room proudly presents the 4ONTHEFLOOR!

Sonic M.D. concert production at Green Bay Lyric Room at Keggers Daniel Collins Audio Engineer

Final Shock Rocked the 80's in Little Chute

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 7:44 PM Comments comments (302)
Rodney celebrated his 50th birthday party at the M&M Bar in Little Chute on January 31st with Final Shock and a special appearance by Bad Habitz.

Final Shock at Rodney's 50th birthday party with production by Dan Collins of Sonic M.D. Green Bay Wisconsin concert production company

Daddy D proudly presents Cabin Fever at Heritage Farm in Kewaunee

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 9:32 AM Comments comments (111)
Why go to the theatre when the theatre can come to you? Warm your hands and hearts at Kewaunee's mid-winter festival with a night of socializing, raffles, food, drinks, dancing, and Daddy D musical comedy revue at Heritage Farm!

Daddy D Productions Green Bay Dinner Theatre presents Kewaunee Cabin Fever at Heritage Farm