MP3 Arlene Murray - JAZZ: Jazz Vocals
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JAZZ: Jazz Vocals, BLUES: Blues Vocals
The soothing vocals of Ms. Murray will invoke a variety of feelings in you. She has the unique ability to get inside a lyric, transforming it into a deeply emotional and personal expression of jazz.
Arlene Murray is very versatile. She can change the ambience and tempo from swinging dance music, to easy listening music for cocktails or dinner. Her songs encompass the unique style of Shirley Horn, the longing ballads of Billie Holiday, to the playful sound of Astrud Gilberto.
Ms. Murray began singing at age 5. She grew up in a family where music was part of their everyday life. She listened to her parents and uncles sang to the tunes of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. In high school, she was the vocalist of her school band. They played mostly at school events and functions. Around that time, she was also learning how to play the guitar. After high school graduation, she went directly to the Conservatory of Music at University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines where she majored in Voice. During that time, she was also a vocalist in a seven-piece band called the Majestics where they played in nightclubs in Manila.
She was part of the first batch of international singers to perform in Fukuoka City, Japan. She performed in hotel venues in the Southeast Asian Circuit such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Tokyo from 1976 through 1983.
With Hong Kong as her home base, Arlene Murray was the resident artist at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong for seven years. She worked as singer, model and actress. She modeled for Alpha Romeo, Vidal Sassoon, Remy Martin, Matheus, Yves Saint Laurent, and Christian Dior to name a few. She appeared in MGMs FORCED VENGEANCE directed by James Fargo which starred Chuck Norris. She also had the opportunity to take part in a John Duigan project called Far East--a story of a Vietnam veteran. John Duigan is an exceptional Australian Film Director whos famous for his work such as Sirens, Lawn Dogs, The Journey of August King, Flirting, and many more.
In November of '83, Ms. Murray relocated to San Francisco, California and studied acting at American Conservatory Theater where her first job as an actor out of ACT landed her a role in a stage play written by established San Francisco playwright Jeannie Barroga. The play showcased her love for singing, acting and dancing. It also gave her the invitation to become a member of Actor's Equity Association.
The Arlene Murray CD is Ms. Murray's debut album after several years of hiatus while she raised her children. According to her, "now that my daughters are grown and are able to fend for themselves, it's time that I follow my passion for music." The album is a collection of traditional standard songs.
Ms. Murray is also a painter and a writer who is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Her passion for life is depicted in her songs, artwork, and poetry (to view Ms. Murray's poetry and artwork, please go to http://www.iamarlenemurray.com.
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