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Summertime

modcloth dress, thread necklace thanks to sandra batts bijoux, mac lipstick ruby woo

 

As announced here a week ago, Sunday night I performed for the first time at Davenports Piano Bar. It’s hard to describe the whole experience and I’m still processing it in my head. Although it’s always been a dream of mine, I never knew how great it’d feel to stand up there behind that mic and just sing my feelings away.

 
 

 

The sensation of belonging right there, on that stage in one way or another is the realization of a dream.

 
 

 

Incessantly biting off my nails, rushing to the bathroom to wipe of my tears (yes, I cried before the show and the mascara was not water proof), mispronouncing a word here and there, tripping on the microphone cord, forgetting the lyrics, cracking my voice: all of those fears faded away as soon as I stepped on stage to made a proud discovery. I can actually do this.

 

 

Keeping within the Summer theme for the show and inspired by Eva Cassidy’s and Norah Jones’s interpretations of this great classic, I performed “Summertime” accompanied by the talented Claire Bigley on the piano.“Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer (which was a number one summer hit in 1979) followed, and I also shared the stage with Cara Dawn (she sings “Time after Time” like no other here), who I not only admire so much as a musician but who’s become a true inspiration to me and a great friend. Together we sang “The boy is Mine”, a 1998 number one summer hit.

 

 

I must thank Gillian Kelly our musical director for putting together such a fun show. Claire Bigley for giving us the beautiful accompaniment, the other vocalists for being so patient with the newbie, my friends and family that came to the show, my family in Brazil who are always so supportive, and especially my husband, who’s played audience and heard me practice the songs enough times to never wanna hear them again.

 
I write this post in honor of my grandpa who passed away a few days ago. He was my very first “audience” when I was a little girl I’d wrap a scarf around my head, grab the hair brush (you know, the mic) and perform as he kindly applauded.
 
 

Summer Hits

I should first apologize for my unannounced absence but it’s for a good reason. I’ve kept busy with rehearsals for my singing debut.

 

                                                    Photos by Kicko Campos

 

You read it right. For the first time ever I’ll perform along side other talented vocalists at Davenports Piano Bar Cabaret, September 2nd at 7:00pm in Chicago. And for someone who’s used to the shower a mic stand is a big deal. If you’ve been following me you probably know I sing in all my videos (but if I’m breaking the news right now just head over to my Youtube channel for samples) and that I can’t do without music. But performing live is new scary territory.

 
 

Thankfully, I’ve been working with two incredible vocal coaches (check them out here) and that put me at ease. Back to the show, it’s a collection of No 1 summer hits top 40 to Broadway. Till then what I’m singing (and wearing) will be kept secret but if you really wanna know, make reservations here under Cabaret and I’ll see you then!