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4 minute Break: Watch me (and the audience) sing Olivia's "Hopelessly Devoted to You" + AUG 19 Show

 

Happy July friends! 

You know you've done this.  So, now, watch me (and the audience) sing Olivia Newton-John's hit "Hopelessly Devoted to You."  And, please join me on August 19 at 7 pm at Martuni's for  "Concert for A Cause: An American Cancer Society Benefit"  where I'll feature Olivia classics along with pop and Broadway songs. I'll donate 20% of ticket proceeds to ACS.  I'm grateful to have the talented Alan Choy join me on piano!  TICKETS ($25)

I'm excited to share my new single (Hoplessly Devoted to You - Live)!  It's available for purchase on CD Baby,  iTunes and Amazon. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about this song!  Thank you for your support.  

Vandana

An Open Mic for the Record Books with Ben Prince

 

Some nights are so special that you realize you're part of something bigger than yourself!  Sunday, July 2nd's open mic at Martuni's with Ben Prince was one for the record books!  This was Ben's last one before he takes off for his 4 month gig!  There was so much talent in that room - Russell, Kalil, Jesse, Nikki, Courtney, Cris, Shun, the cast of The Four Immigrants (TheatreWorks Palo Alto), Branden, Paul, Daniel, Sheelagh and so many, many more lovely souls!  I was humbled and blown away by the talent, energy and, most of all, the community spirit!  Music brings us together, it connects us and it is the ultimate universal language.  I had fun singing my final four songs with Ben until he's back in November.  

The Wizard and I

Unexpected Song

Hopelessly Devoted to You (sing along, of course!)

The Nearness of You (soft, sultry jazz standard)

 

Wednesday Night Open Mic with Maddaline!

 

I attended a fabulous show at Martuni's at 7 pm and ended up staying for Maddaline's open mic.  What fun!  I didn't bring my sheet music with me but it doesn't matter with all the pianists here because they can play everything!  I sang The Wizard and I, The Nearness of You, Someone to Watch Over Me, God Bless the Child, My Heart Will Go On and Love Changes Everything (with Alan Choy on piano for this song).  That last song was a request for Christian!  He loves it!  And, it was Martuni's 21st birthday so it was extra fun spending time there that evening.

Sunday Fun Open Mic with Ben Prince

 

What a fabulous night!  Ben Prince is the best on piano and there was an exceptionally talented crew here tonight: Dan, Jason, the lady who guested with the SF Symphony (from Nova Scotia along with several other visiting pros.  I had a blast meeting so many new friends and singing some favorites: The Wizard and I (Wicked), Unexpected Song (Song and Dance), Let it Go (Frozen), With You (Pippin).  I'm already looking forward to next Sunday!

Fabulous Tuesday Open Mic with Alan Choy and Dina M. Rao!

 

What am amazing night!  I had a blast meeting so many new people, especially the crew from Amsterdam and London! Alan and Dina are a sheer joy and I am grateful for the chance to hear them and sing on Tuesday's!  I sang a bunch of songs, some that I will sing at my August 19 Olivia Newton-John tribute show + American Cancer Society Benefit at Martuni/s (click for $25 tickets).  Here's what I sang:

1. Love is A Gift - ONJ
2. Dancing Round and Round - ONJ
3. The Wizard and I (Wicked)
4. The Power of Love - Celine Dion
5. Love Changes Everything  - Aspects of Love
6. Duet with Raymond Gonzales (sing with the SF Gay Men's Chorus)- As Long As You're Mine (Wicked)
7. I Honestly Love You - ONJ

Father's Day Open Mic with Ben Prince and his family!

 

What a fun night!  Ben Prince is always incredible on the piano and it was such a treat to meet his family!  Not only are they super cool, they are super talented, witty and fun!  It's always great to see Jesse, Tom, Russ and Charles as well as meeting so many new folks!  I had a great time singing a variety of songs: country, Broadway, a power ballad and a smooth jazz standard!  Love changes everything, The Wizard and I,  Dancing Round and Round, One moment in time and he Nearness of You.  

Martuni Monday's with Joe Wicht on the 88s!

 

I generally miss Martuni Mondays but had to come in after the Warriors win and sing!  It was great to see Jesse, Tom, Verne, Wynn and so many others as well as meeting new friends like Kalil!  I arrived pretty late and only sang Meadowlark and One Moment in Time.  We were all blown away by Kalil!  Wow!  What a voice and incredible interpretation of standards and that energy!  He's one to watch for sure!

Sunday Open Mic at Martuni's - Always Fun!

 

Of course I had to come here!  Ben Prince is one of SF's finest pianists and it's always so much fun!  It was the night of the Tony Awards so it was a pretty mellow which was nice.  It was great to see Linda, Charles, Geovany and meet so many new folks!  I sang The Wizard and I, Always Starting Over and I Honestly Love You.  

Open Mic at Mission Ranch in Carmel

 

I was visiting friends in the Monterey Bay area and wanted to sing.  One of my friends suggested Mission Ranch (owned by Clint Eastwood) and mentioned they have a piano bar.  Well, I'm so glad I went!  It turns out the pianist on weekends also plays at Martuni's during the week so I felt at home and loved meeting so many new folks, including Bob, John and the ladies with the wedding party!   I sang Unexpected Song, The Wizard and I, One Moment in Time and The Power of Love.  I look forward to singing there again!

Oakland - I'm Coming for you on September 17, 2017 at 7 pm!

 

Hey East Bay peeps!  I've heard you loud and clear and I am coming to YOU so show me some love and join me on September 17 at 7 pm at the Washington Inn Hotel in downtown Oakland.  More soon - just please get this on your calendars now!  

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  • August 19, 2017
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