Nia Savoy, the muse of Songbook South and our first regional Michael Feinstein Songbook Academy winner, has won another major competition Friday, March 23rd at the Kreeger Theater in Washington D.C. Sponsored by The National Society of Arts and Letters and The American Pops Orchestra, Savoy was one of 10 finalists, chosen from hundreds of applicants, who performed with a Jazz combo before a live audience judged by a variety of entertainment industry luminaries: Jim Caruso (Birdland Jazz Club), Baayork Lee (Tony-winning Broadway Legend), Kelly d’Amboise (Signature Theater and APO Resident Director) and Robert Pullen (Emmy nominated Producer and owner of Nouveau Productions). Savoy treated the audience to stunning performances of “Solitude” by Duke Ellington and “Cash for Your Trash” from the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’. With her first place win, she received a $500 cash award and has been guaranteed a mainstage performance in the 2018-19 American Pops Orchestra season.
Miss Savoy is not new to the national winner’s circle. In 2015 she won the national Young Arts Jazz Vocalist award that led to her being selected by Mikhail Baryshnikov to appear in a production he directed in New York City.
In 2014, Savoy won the national Great American Songbook Inspiration Award at the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative Vocal Competition held at The Palladium Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.
Miss Savoy’s convincing and expressively forceful performances continue to bring her considerable acclaim from industry professionals that have led to a flood of performance opportunities still pending as of the writing of this notice.
Shreveport's Own Soon To Be Broadway Super Star!
Exciting news brewing for our favorite Broadway belter, Bridget Winder! She is making a deal on a huge new bi-coastal project! You'll be so excited for her, once we can tell you all about it..........and yes, it involves singing! She can't stop raving about Naz Edwards and Daryl Kojak, since working being introduced to them at our Songbook South Inspiration Weekend; she is still working with Naz and intends to use Daryl once she becomes a full-time New Yorker. Meanwhile, you can view her amazing art work and hear some of her vocal talent at her website:
And, oh yes, she was amazing with The Bill Causey Big Band on April 17th at the Paradise Theater of the Margaritaville Resort Casino!
More info on her bi-coastal project and her other successes will be forthcoming!
We couldn't have been happier when our first Songbook South High School Vocal Competition winner February of 2017, Caleb Freeman, went on to win 2nd in the nation (The Songbook Celebration Award) at the Michael Feinstein Songbook Academy High School Vocal Competition in Carmel, Indiana in July of 2017.
He returns to Shreveport next month to sing with the Bill Causey Big Band on May 22, 2018 at the Margaritaville Resort Casino 6-8:30 p.m.
We can't wait!
FROM OUR STAGE TO LA!
Isabella Fowler is making her mark in LA and coming to big and little screens near you! Here she is giving us some Coco Chanel "realness". (No, seriously, she is playing the famous designer, Coco Chanel, in her new movie Famous Little Girls.)
She's also been filming many commercials, modeling and working on various other projects while she has been away from her dear home of Shreveport. No surprise. We always knew she was fabulous!
We will keep you posted on all of her new projects!
CALEB FREEMAN AMAZED AT MARGARITAVILLE! HE'S COMING BACK!
Award-winning vocalist, Caleb Freeman, performed with The Bill Causey Big Band in the Paradise Theater at Margaritaville Resort Casino, Tuesday, May 22nd. He performed a variety of big band hits from The Great American Songbook. His set lists included Oh, Look At Me Now, Sway, A Foggy Day, Summer Wind, The Good Life, and Feelin' Good, just to name a few. The audience was so impressed with his nuanced vocals and powerful performance they gave him a standing ovation at the end of his last set.
The band was so impressed, they asked him back for another appearance immediately following the show!
PLEASE JOIN US IN WELCOMING CALEB BACK FOR HIS SECOND BIG BAND APPEARANCE!
Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
Margaritaville Resort Casino
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Complimentary tickets available at
The Band House - Bossier City
DON'T MISS THIS AWARD-WINNING PERFORMER SINGING THE GREATEST MUSIC OF ALL TIME!
THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK!
NIA WINS, AGAIN!
WHAT'S NEW WITH ISABELLA FOWLER? SHE'S AN AWARD WINNING ACTRESS, NOW!
Iabella Fowler is racking up the awards for her recent performance as Young Coco Chanel in the movie Famous Little Girls. At the Mindfield Film Fest she won Best Supporting Actress, and The Five Continents International Film Festival awarded Isabella Special Mention Young Short Film and Special Mention Team Performance Short Film.
Isabella appeared in the local Shreveport Little Theater production of HONK, Jr. as Penny the Swan last Summer while home between major projects last Summer.
Lately, she booked a SAG role on Disney Channel! Isabella Fowler's hard work and dedication are paying off. Isabella has done feature films and worked on Nickelodeon, yet this is her first role for Disney. She will be walking the red carpet in Hollywood again for her show "Any Minute Now" which has gotten selected for airing in the Hollywood Reel Independant Film Festival.
We are so proud of her tremendous accomplishments and know there are more to come in the future!
Is a busy woman these days, gracing the stage for the American Pops Orchestra in many of their performances after her win of their NextGen vocal competition in 2018, including one show with actress, Morgan Fairchild.
She has appeared in several musical performances in and around Washington DC in shows such as Mamma Mia and Aida and just finished a run as Shug Avery in Alice Walker's The Color Purple at Riverside Center of the Performing Arts. She has several other performances slated through September 2019.
In May, Miss Savoy graduated from Howard University and will go forth to conquor the theater and cabaret scene. She is working currently auditioning and working on multiple exciting offers for future engagements.
Beautiful, Belting Bridget Will Soon Be Belting on Broadway???
Songbook South and Songbook Academy Star Caleb Freeman........
Has been incredibly busy persuing his Music Theater degree at Wichita State. He has played Seymore in Little Shop of Horrors and Horton in Seusical the Musical at WSU.
Following his Feinstein Songbook Academy roots, he performed (February 2019) for the Joplin Little Theater's Benefit Concert called "With A Song In My Heart", and for the first time,with WSU Jazz Arts as a featured vocalist.
Caleb recently made his concert debut with Michael Feinstein and the Carmel Symphony at The Palladium in Carmel, Indiana, April 13, 2019. Singing his hit tune, "Who Can I Turn To", he brought the house down and received a 60 second, rousing ovation from the Palladium audience, which was followed by a huge hug from Feinstein!
Caleb is enjoying his Summer break, but will resume performing at WSU in the Fall with the Music Theater department and their Jazz Arts Ensembles, while contemplating other professional gigs on the side.
Looooooks like it! Not only did she just finish an amazing, sold out show showcasing her vocals while she painted a huge painting at the West End Lounge in New York starring a number of her Broadway friends, but she just completed a
reading for her new show "Alfo Learns To Love" directed by Dennis Grimaldi at The Players Club. This show will be moving to a larger stage, very soon. Meanwhile, follow her on her social media pages and check out her amazing work on her website:
Her star is ascending quickly!
Isabella has won more awards for her portrayal of Young Coco Channel in Famous Little Girls. She has a cameo she's doing in the Disney Network's Just Roll With It, airing later in July. Isabella has starred as Lymon in the movie Elle Twelve and has played roles in a few other movies in Hollywood, as well. She just played the role of The Cat In The Hat in Seusical Jr. with Shreveport Little Theater Academy, and she recently released her first single as a singer/songwriter. Yes, songwriter. Check out her song "Big Eyes" on the numerous sites listed below. You can catch her multiple award winning performance (Coco Chanel) in her award winning film (Famous Little Girls) on Amazon. Her performance as Emily Newbauer, in Just Roll With It, ("Blair Gets Grounded") was added just for her and should be airing around July 17th ; she alo did a voice over role on a different episode of the same show, but it's unclear when that will be airing. We are so proud of her accomplishments and the amazing body of work she has already amassed! Go, Isabella!
Two More Songbook South Singers Are Finalists In National Competition
Songbook South High School Vocal Competition top 10 finalist, Trevor VanEaton, and Grand Prize Winner, Cassidy Ewert, are heading to Carmel, Indiana in July as top 40 national finalists in the Michael Feinstein Songbook Academy and Vocal Competition. They will be attending an 8 day vocal intensive where they will work with Grammy and Tony award winners, as well as other entertainment industry stars including Broadway star, Laura Osnes, and Michael Feinstein, himself. The week will culminate in vocal competition to name the next Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador. Naturally, we think we have two great choices for them. Cassidy and Trevor follow former Songbook South Vocal Competition winner, Caleb Freeman, to this same competition where he won 2nd in the nation in 2017. Follow us on social media to get updates from Carmel, July 13th - 20th!
TWO MORE SINGERS NAMED TOP 10 IN THE NATION FROM SONGBOOK SOUTH!
From our Songbook South top 10 just one year ago, Cassidy Ewert (Songbook South Grand Prize Winner 2018) and Trevor VanEaton rose to the top 10 in the nation at Michael Feinstein's Songbook Academy July -2019! Both of these fine vocalists worked, tirelessly, sun up to sun down, for an eight-day vocal intensive which culminated in a national top 10 being announced and a concert/competition to determine the top 3 and the next Songbook Youth Ambassador! Cassidy and Trevor spent their week being mentored by Broadway stars Nat Zegree and Tony award-winner Laura Osnes, Grammy award-winners Sylvia McNair and singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, and the one and only Michael Feinstein, along with host of other top vocal instructors and music directors from all over the US.
From the Songbook repertoire, Cassidy sang "September In the Rain" and an uncommonly fast arrangement of "Come Rain or Come Shine", Trevor performed "At the Crossroads" and "Here's That Rainy Day" for his selections.
Trevor's vocal coach for the week was operatic baritone, Daniel Narducci, and his music director was Chicago cabaret star and nationally renowned pianist Beckie Menzie who's credits include Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Birdland in New York.
Cassidy's Academy vocal coach was none other Michael Feinstein's middle school choir director, Elaine Moebius, who has enjoyed a 36+ year of teaching vocal music and is a valued vocal clinician in the Mid-West. Her music director was Russ Kassoff who has numerous titles and credits to his name, including touring as pianist to Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli!
Safe to say that Cassidy and Trevor has experienced a life-changing week in Carmel, Indiana........and it all started a year ago at Songbook South in Shreveport, Louisiana!
Congratulations to Cass and Trev!
You did us proud!
......Well, she is still working out of D.C., doing lots of theater and auditions, but most recently she has been recently named among the top 10 in the 2020 Rising Star Peforming Arts Competition sponsored by the Howard County Arts Council in Maryland. She will compete for the grand prize of $5000 on Saturday, March 28th at the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center in Columbia, Maryland.
We are so proud of Nia and we hope she collects that prize! Toi! Toi!
Cassidy Ewert and Trevor VanEaton have been busy bees since returning from their victories at the Summer Songbook Academy. Since then, they reunited with Russ Kassoff to perform in September at the Songbook South High School Vocal Competition, Trevor toured with his university and performed in a variety of holiday showcases, Cassidy a holiday CD, both performed on a variety of holiday engagements with Songbook South Singers and both of them got invited to perform with Broadway's Hugh Panaro, and internationally known opera star Sarah Jane McMahon on the Shreveport Symphony's Holiday Pops Concert. The pair sang a duet of the Christmas Song together and joined forces with Hugh and Jane on a couple of house-pleasing, holiday favorites. Both of the students said it was one of their dreams to perform with a symphony, they just didn't know it would be so soon. Glad we could help, Trev and Cass; now, go get some well earned rest! We are proud of you.
A Good Time Was Had By All, And To All A Good Night!
Cassidy Ewert and Trevor VanEaton perform with the Shreveport Symphony!
Huber and Freeman slated to perform with the Shreveport Symphony!
Although they have been incredibly busy with their own professional appearances throughout the U.S., Leah Huber and Caleb Freeman eagerly accepted an invitation to come home and perform with our very own Shreveport Symphony and special guests, Craig Schulmann and Tamra Hayden.
The evening is to be filled with performances of many Broadway favorites. Freeman is scheduled to perform a bespoke orchestral arrangement of Who Can I Turn To from The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd, a Freeman fan favorite. Huber is scheduled to perform the Bernstein tour de force, Glitter and Be Gay from Candide. Both Huber and Freeman will perform with the visiting artists, also.
Songbook South is forever grateful to Maestro Michael Butterman and Assistant Conductor to the Shreveport Symphony, Kermit Poling, for providing this amazing opportunity for our nationally recognized talent!
Get your tickets now for the Saturday, March 28th performance!
SONGBOOK SOUTH SINGER ENSEMBLE COMES IN SECOND FOR COMPETITION!
A portion of of our Songbook South Singers performed an audition to sing at the Municipal Auditorium with the rock band, Foreigner. After making top 5, the Songbook ensemble didn't quite make enough votes from the public at large to edge out the larger group of singers to cinch the top slot.
Our singers out performed them all, and we are happy about that! You guys rock!
To watch our YouTube audition, click here!
.........More to come.........