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NEW APPLE INTRODUCES

DISCO LIVES

A NIGHT OF MOTOWN

SHAYLA  AND THE SHAYLETTES

AND DJ STAR FROM STUDIO 54

DANCING

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DJ STAR

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SHAYLA EDMONDS

 Shayla Edmonds Jazz, Blues and Mo' Metropolitan Room New York, NY
"Shayla Edmonds is clearly a jazz singer, but to describe her that way is to ignore her broader appeal. Her show kept this dyed-in-the-wool cabaret critic happy, as it obviously did for a mixed audience of jazz, cabaret, and even Motown fans, who got a few numbers to relish.
With four instrumentalists and two backup singers accompanying her, Edmonds virtually danced along with her vocals, her mobility on stage an attractive plus to her singing. If the vocal arrangements themselves – of songs varying from Ellington to Cole Porter – broke no new ground, they were captivating and well done, including an uptempo “Blue Skies,” “Fever,” and a strongly delivered “Proud Mary.”
Musical Director Lucy Galliher on piano, bassist Hideshi, drummer Glenn Soriano and Ron Service on sax and flute did the instrumental honors, with one-named backup singers Kimberly and Leslie. As good a collection as they were, and they had ample opportunity to show their mettle, they understood it was Edmonds' show, supporting her agreeably without ever overshadowing her.
A composition of Edmonds' own, “Blue-Eyed Blues,” commemorated an audition at which she lost the part because “they needed a blue-eyed blonde.” For laughs, and she got them, at her encore she reappeared adorned in a blonde wig. Edmonds came across as unfailingly warm, personable, upbeat and joyous."
 Peter Leavy Cabaret Scenes August 12, 2009 www.cabaretscenes.org

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SHAYLA, (Lead singer,of the group). Shayla began her music career by co-writing a song for Betty Wright (of Clean-Up Woman), and went on to sing with Lionel Hampton, sang background for Fred Schneider (of the B-52s) and was the  Lead singer of The Cover Girls doing 60s cover songs. I also opened in Paris at the Olympia Stadium for Sydney Youngblood and toured with the Marvelettes, doing both lead and background vocals before going solo and making her own CD..

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