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Kirabelle Frabotta

Air Date: 06-22-13

Kirabelle's vocal style and musical ear has been influenced by the greats: Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Doris Day, Jo Stafford, Blossom Deary, and Anita O'Day.

As a singer/songwriter, she has written a range of musical compositions inspired by Folk, Pop, and Jazz artists the likes of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Ricki Lee Jones, John Hiatt, Alicia Keys, Patty Griffin, Natalie Merchant, Ben Folds, Dolly Parton, Tom Waits, Norah Jones, Loretta Lynn, Alanis Morrissette, Eryka Badu, Chrissie Hynde, and John Mayer.

Born into an eclectic musical family of Welsh, Scots, English, and Italian ancestry, including a familial relation to Swing Band legend, Guy Lombardo, Kirabelle was raised on radio, quite literally, a product of her environment joining her mother, a D.j. and program director at a non-commercial college station. Her formative years were spent on the other side of the mixing board, sometimes with her younger brother in tow, adorned with the industry standard of the times: gigantic sound isolating studio headphones, nearly engulfing her small noggin. Patiently perched on the edge of her seat, she often waited for the opportunity to speak into the microphone for an impromptu PSA or found herself tasked to find an obscure record from the great wall of vinyl. Her daily diet of musical genres, consisted of all of the four major food groups plus dessert to which she gleefully devoured listening to a diverse sampling of every genre the station had to offer with the likes of Adrian Belew, John Cage, Duke Ellington, Sarah McLachlan, The Ramones, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Erik Satie, Johnny Cash, Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt, Kate Bush, The Clash, George Bizet, Johnny Lang, Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart, The Cocteau Twins, Brian Eno, Mozart, The Art of Noise, XTC, Debussy, Windy & Carl, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Patsy Cline, Paul Simon, Laurie Anderson, Bob Dylan, The Stranglers, Pat Metheny, Elvis Presley, Thomas Dolby, and so on and so forth, quite possibly and very likely in that order on the Alternative Sampler program. Although Kirabelle's musical focus has been squarely rooted in Folk, Swing, and Jazz, every artist or composer within ear shot has directly or indirectly nurtured her love for all musical genres which is reflected in her style.

Kirabelle's 'Wildwood Flower' EP release showcase with Cellist Josh Dent and Good Lupine was in The Pike Room at The Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan and at The 5 Spot in Nashville, TN. Through the years, Kirabelle has performed with many of Detroit's fine musicians, was the featured vocalist in Symphony "pops" concert with Rich Ridenour, opened for Ben Sharkey at Cliff Bells, performed on local television stations, is featured in a documentary about the legendary Elderly Music in Lansing, Mi, performed at the Ford Arts, Beats, and Eats Festival, as a vocalist at various jazz clubs around Detroit, most notably, Cliff Bells, along with Baker's Keyboard Lounge, Northern Lights Lounge, Bert's Place, as well as Tallulah's of Birmingham, the Blackhawk Grille in Kalamazoo, The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, The Polish Mission, The Rust Belt Market, The Detroit Institute of Arts, First Mondays at The Henry Ford Museum, The Virgil H. Carr Center, and Andiamo Showplace.

These days, you can find Kirabelle, her banjolele, guitar, soprano, tenor, or baritone ukulele in hand, busking and entertaining crowds on the streets of Music City - Nashville, Tennessee - home since May. She has also found her niche playing various clubs and cafes around Nashville on a regular basis. You can catch Kirabelle performing weekly at Myridia in East Nashville, or Cafe Coco in Midtown. She's also performed as a Featured solo artist at Regions Free Festival at the Schemerhorn Symphony Center, at The Bluebird Cafe, The Corsair Artisan Distillery, B.B. King's Blues Club, Drifter's BBQ, The High Watt, The Springwater, 12th & Porter, and the 5 Spot. She's played in New Orleans on Bourbon Street and will also be performing at SXSW 2013 in Austin, TX.

Kirabelle Frabotta's original compositions take on a timeless feel and her ear is tuned to creating new arrangements of familiar and less familiar standards and pop songs - especially those from the Great American Songbook. Her Seven Song Solo EP, 'Wildwood Flower", features her originals plus a special cover arrangement. It is released on iTunes with Kirabelle's lullaby CD, 'Songs for Baby Beans,' is also scheduled to release on iTunes in 2013.

In addition, a Swing Trio EP: "What About You?" ( with guitarist, Rob Bourassa and cellist, Mike Karoub) is already out and scheduled for re-release and purchase on iTunes in 2013.

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