AUDREY'S DEBUT ALBUM:
AUDREY BERNSTEIN LOVES BLUE
Audrey Bernstein’s Kickstarter Project: ENDING APRIL 1, at Midnight
I’ve had many interesting experiences in my life. A lot of them were directly related to trying NOT to sing... but singing was always what I loved to do, and what I knew I should do. I was so afraid of failing that I feverishly took on every other challenge in the book. But life has a funny way of doing things. Somehow I found my own voice here in Vermont - the 2nd time around. With Blue of course. :) IN 2009 I moved from Los Angeles to Stowe Vermont to take a "year-long" break. It was actually one the worst times of my life. Inadvertently I began to sing... Three years later I'm the happiest I've ever been. Vermont has been a place filled with healing and support for me, (not to mention a lot of amazing musicians). The perfect combination to help me finally find my voice. I never thought I'd be able to sing like this in public, only in hallways and bathrooms. :)
Jazz Singer Audrey Bernstein is a STYLIZED mixture of Vintage, MODERN, Earthy, CHIC & GLAMOUR. Unabashedly COSMOPOLITAN, while REAL & accessible. Her SOUND is UNIQUE with hints of Blossom Dearie, Julie London, Chet Baker, & even a little SINATRA thrown in, but clearly it’s her own. Performing an ECLECTIC selection of Jazz Standards, ballads, swinging Up-tempos & Bossa Nova, her VOICE is LYRICAL & Enchanting with Wonderful Phrasing. And man, that girl can swing...
This Kickstarter project is to raise funding for the release of my first album AUDREY BERNSTEIN LOVES BLUE
Album Release Date: April 2013.
Most you know that Blue is my bunny, and he is a large part of the inspiration and the name of the album, “AUDREY BERNSTEIN LOVES BLUE.” The other part came from the famous Jazz album by Miles Davie “Kind of Blue.”
" I feel very privileged and lucky to have some of the finest musicians working on this album with me. They have all been playing so beautifully and totally blowing my mind!"
The album was recorded at John Moore’s super spectacular recording studio - Mountain View Studios, with Ray Vega on Horns, Joe Capps on Guitar, John Rivers on Bass, Caleb Bronz on Drums, and Dan Skea on Piano. Thank You to everyone who has been so generous and supportive, this is one of the best experiences of my life. I feel totally fortunate to be making this album and working with these incredible musicians.
"Just finished listening to the rest of the album and I'm really impressed. You have developed a style which is uniquely you, you have found those jazz notes that live between the keys, as cousin Lenny used to say, your tone is very rich, and easily recognizable as you. I enjoyed all the songs very much and I'm sure if you could keep that band with you, you could get gigs anywhere." Love dad, 2/4/2013
PLAY TRACK FROM AUDREY BERNSTEIN LOVES BLUE - FEVER
AUDREY BERNSTEIN LOVES BLUE, includes nine gorgeous Jazz standards - Fever, Blue Skies, Angel Eyes, Black Coffee, The Thrill is Gone, A Foggy Day, The Best is Yet To Come, One Note Samba, and You Go To My Head.
"What I like most about Audrey is her authenticity. Each song she sings is a believable story. She’s got a warm and unique vocal quality, and swings like crazy. Recording this CD with her was a beautiful and satisfying experience." Dan Skea, Jazz Pianist, 2/4/2013
So... Now it's time to produce the actual CD. Let's just say that financially, "IT TAKES A VILLAGE..."
The Kickstarter funding will help to finance the expenses of everything involved in making this album. There are lots of ways to support... and great goodies too!
For example, the Licensing fees alone are over $2000 for these nine songs...
- compensating the musicians
- recording studio
- graphic artists
The fundraising goal is $6000, which will cover the minimum essentials needed. (Kickstarter is an all or nothing fundraising platform, if the goal of $6000 is not met, no financial transactions will occur.) If the project were to raise more than the goal of $6000, the transactions do go through, and I would love love love to take The Jazzers on a small tour this summer including Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, and several Jazz festivals.
First stop, *Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Vermont Debut Album Release Concert - May 18th 2013
*tickets on sale now www.sprucepeakarts.org/
"Audrey is an experience best savored in concert. When you hear the CD you’ll be struck by the depth and range of emotions in the music coming from someone so young. In concert you will see that intensity, and watch her inhabit the feelings that make the songs essential. The song ends, and a real person is right there – modest, honest, playful and eager to please. Audrey Bernstein’s artistry comes from life experience, gumption, and the willingness to abandon everything to the music." Lance Olson, Executive Director, Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation, 2/8/2013
"Audrey exudes Blossom Dearie and Julie London all rolled up into one spectacular vintage." Taryn Noelle, Actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, July 18, 2012
"Audrey Bernstein is a natural entertainer - able to captivate and inspire her audiences by being a conduit for poetry and mischief in the same breath. Her voice is warm and smooth and her whole being is compelling. I don't know how she does it, but she always elevates the night and creates a room that is flirty, intriguing and more exciting than it was before she got there.” Tatiana von Furstenberg, New York City, May 2012
"Audrey Bernstein & The Young Jazzers are a always hit at The Bee's Knees. She is one of the few performers that I get stopped for on the sidewalk by fans wanting to tell me how much they love her or asking me to book her more often. Polished, professional, and engaging - I love Audrey Bernstein!" Sharon Deitz Caroli, Owner/Booking Agent, The Bee's Knees, Vermont, June 2012
LIFE BEFORE JAZZ...
As a perennial fixture on the New York and Los Angeles social scenes, Audrey Bernstein channeled a lifetime of creative endeavors and incorporated her illustrious social circle into her unique approach to life and entertaining. In a short period of time Audrey ran an eclectic gamut of activities that culminated in not only a diverse range of expertise, but with an internationally-known and sought-after social circle comprising some of the top talent in the contemporary music, fashion, art, sports, and food worlds.
“Style Profile: Renowned L.A. Hostess Audrey Bernstein is a mash up of Martha Stewart, Holly Golightly and Peggy Guggenheim--with a penchant for chic entertaining.For years, she attracted the most eclectic crowds to her weekly parties at the old Les Deux and the Tower Bar….” Latimes.com, All The Rage, 2008
After finishing high school, Audrey moved to New York and was quickly swept into the 80’s alternative art scene. (Most famously by Sonic Youth for their album cover (Sister). At 21, she sought a drastic change in lifestyle and moved to Stowe, Vermont where she fell in love with snowboarding. She quickly gained confidence and began competing.
While snowboarding and competing in the US and abroad, Audrey worked her way up until she was ranked 7th in the world overall. Eventually she moved back to New York to resume her creative callings. Once back, Audrey, who had been throwing get-togethers and hosting dinners for her fellow competitors on the road, began hosting intimate soirees. Mixing New York’s bohemians, fashionistas, artists, musicians and taste makers, her little soirees soon transformed into Mothra, and Karaoke Nights - two weekly parties that attracted one of the most diverse and star-studded crowds on the East Coast. In 2000, Audrey relocated to Los Angeles and soon began hosting comparable events—including the wildly successful Cachet at Les Deux Café—as well as planning events for a long list of corporate clients.
"The crowd is hip and casually fabulous." - Vogue, 11/99
In 2004, Audrey shifted gears again, this time opening The Bluebird Bakery in Culver City, which seamlessly blended the glamour of her celebrity nightlife with the warmth and intimacy of a small café.
In 2006 Audrey was chosen as the West Coast Face of Boots UK, invited by Vogue to host their annual Holiday Television Special, asked by C Magazine to be their INSIDE HOLLYWOOD featured guest, a guest on the Martha Stewart Radio show, etc. It was then that Audrey started to focus her lifetime of creative experience into the life style/foodie website "Oh-Audrey", which integrated her inspiring group of friends with her unique approach to life, cooking, and entertaining.
SO..... Audrey remained the go-to girl for top national publications for advice on style trends, party-planning, and general life style, as evidenced by features in the The Los Angeles Times, Daily Candy, WWD, Paper Magazine, ELLE, I.D. Magazine, Glitterati, Angelino Magazine, Allure, LA Magazine, and others. All the while dabbling with singing here and there...
“…You are the reason the Dakota event was such a hit. You performed above and beyond expectations and everyone (the client) was molto pleased. I look forward to working with you as mush as possible. Much thanks and looking forward to the next one.” - K. Cooper Ray WAGNER/JUNKER, Los Angeles, 2007
AND THEN IN 2009 Audrey made another big change. Moving back to Vermont to take a "year-long" break, she inadvertently began to sing. Three years later Audrey has now become one of Vermont’s Jazz gems, and as Sinatra said, “The best is yet to come.”
“We love your sound"- Nola Pemberton, Leunig’s Bistro, Burlington Jazz Festival, Burlington, Vermont 2012
"When Audrey Bernstein picks up a microphone, people take notice. Her velvety voice, good looks, and ability to connect with an audience are what you'd expect to find in a big-city venue." - The Stowe Reporter, August 2, 2012
"Audrey is my new favorite jazz singer. She phrases lyrics and melody in wonderful, surprising ways. And she swings! Her voice is absolutely gorgeous." - Joe Capps, Jazz guitarist, 2/9/2013
EVERY PLEDGE COUNTS
If you can’t help with the funding right now, don’t worry, but pretty please help spread the word- Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blogs, Instagram, please include #ilovebunnyblue, #audreybernsteinlovesblue and please forward to all of your friends that like Jazz... and/or Bunnies!
Thank you so much for all your support & bunny love!!!!
XOXO Audrey & Blue
Risks and challenges
This is my first ALBUM. (I have recorded a few demos.) It’s incredible how many steps there are to do after each phase is completed: I was so happy when we recorded, and then painstakingly finished mixing! But of course once that was done, the next hundred steps were impatiently waiting to be worked on.
I have been so fortunate to have so many amazing people who are so supportive and reassuring to me. Some I’ve known forever, and some are actually new “fans” contacting me with much appreciated support and encouragement.
So the only thing I can really see as a risk in this project is being overwhelmed by the amount of tasks to do every day to get it all out there on time. But I do have a confirmed Debut Album Release Concert, with live recording, seating 450 people, at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, on May 18th 2013. We will be ready!!
I have done a lot of big projects before this, and I have a huge amount of energy for doing the things I love. And I love to sing, I love to perform, I love the way the guys on my album sound, and I LOVE BLUE. So I’m not worried!:)
- (22 days)