10 September 1948, New York City, New York, USA
Lyricist/singer Lorraine Feather's work has been heard on numerous records, in films and on television. Her songs have been covered extensively by adult contemporary and jazz artists, including Phyllis Hyman, Kenny Rankin, Patti Austin, Diane Schuur and Cleo Laine. As a jazz singer, Lorraine has recorded eleven albums, three with her vocal tri...
Lyricist/singer Lorraine Feather's work has been heard on numerous records, in films and on television. Her songs have been covered extensively by adult contemporary and jazz artists, including Phyllis Hyman, Kenny Rankin, Patti Austin, Diane Schuur and Cleo Laine. As a jazz singer, Lorraine has recorded eleven albums, three with her vocal trio Full Swing and eight as a soloist. All of her work as a recording artist has featured her own lyrics. Her CDs have received glowing reviews in every major jazz magazine--Jazz Times has called her "a lyrical Dorothy Parker" and her work "pure genius." Dave Frishberg said she is "the best of the new crop of jazz lyricists." Her 2001 release, New York City Drag, featured contemporary lyrics to formerly instrumental pieces written by Fats Waller; she did similar treatments with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn instrumentals on Cafe Society, Such Sweet Thunder (all-Ellington/Strayhorn), and Dooji Wooji. Lorraine's 2008 CD Language (Jazzed Media), her most successful solo venture to date, reached the #1 spot on both the national charts and the Amazon jazz vocal charts, and was co-written with Russell Ferrante, Shelly Berg, Eddie Arkin, Tony Morales, Terry Sampson, and the Hornheads' Michael B. Nelson. Tierney Sutton, Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne guested as vocalists.Lorraine began working in television as a lyricist in 1992 and has received seven Emmy nominations. Her lyrics for children include Disney's Dinosaurs series on ABC with composer Ray Colcord, and an ongoing body of work with composer Mark Watters, including the MGM films Babes In Toyland and An All Dogs Christmas; the theme for MGM's TV shows All Dogs Go To Heaven and The Lionhearts; Candy Land and the My Little Pony films for Hasbro. With Watters she also wrote "Faster, Higher, Stronger," the finale to the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics, sung by Jessye Norman, and also recorded by Ms. Norman for the Philips label.In 2003, Lorraine co-wrote the songs for Disney's feature film The Jungle Book 2 with Australian composer Paul Grabowsky. In 2004, Lorraine and Larry Grossman were asked to hand-tailor a song for Julie Andrews to sing in The Princess Diaries 2. This marked the first onscreen singing performance by Ms. Andrews in many years. Both releases were hits for Disney.In 2009, Lorraine and New York animator George Griffin completed an animated short based on "You're Outa Here," from New York City Drag. As of July 2011 it had been accepted to 39 festivals worldwide and won several awards, including Best Music Video at the South Beach Animation Festival.Lorraine's 2010 release of Ages (Jazzed Media) showcased her lyrics as always, to music by Russell Ferrante, Eddie Arkin, Shelly Berg, Dick Hyman and Béla Fleck. This CD brought her a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Her 2012 Jazzed Media album, Tales of the Unusual, featured essentially the same composers but also a piano/vocal version of Duke Ellington's "Jubilee Stomp" (originally lyricized by Lorraine as "Indiana Lana" for the Dooji Wooji album), a Russell Ferrante arrangement of the Feather/Tony Morales composition "Five," and an adaptation of a film theme by Nino Rota.As of May 2012, Lorraine is working on a new solo CD for late 2013, and also a new album of stride adaptations as half of the duo Nouveau Stride, with St. Louis pianist Stephanie Trick. The two women have recorded half of an album to be entitled Fourteen, including pieces by James P. Johnson, Fats Waller and Willie "The Lion" Smith, with Lorraine's added lyrics, planned for completion in November 2012.
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