LORRAINE FEATHER is a lyricist and jazz vocalist who was born in New York, the daughter of jazz writer Leonard Feather and god-daughter of Billie Holiday. Lorraine started her career as an actress in New York, transitioned into singing, and discovered that lyric-writing was her greatest gift. She has had songs recorded by numerous jazz artists including Diane Schuur and Cleo Laine, and has earned seven Emmy nominations as a lyricist, primarily for animation.
Since 2001 she has focused on recording solo jazz albums, first featuring the music of Fats Waller and Duke Ellington with her added words, then focusing on all-original material written with living musician/composer collaborators including Russell Ferrante, Shelly Berg and Eddie Arkin. DownBeat has called her “enchanting and exceptional” and Jazz Times has described her work as “pure genius.” In 2011, Lorraine’s Jazzed Media release “Ages,” which focused on stages of life “from zero to sixty,” was a Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Her next two releases were also nominated.
Lorraine discovered Stephanie through the recommendation of a musician fan who had become aware of the young pianist’s online performance videos. The two women became mutual long-distance fans, arranged a meeting in California to try out some material together, and decided to create Nouveau Stride. Their show includes a multimedia component with a Fats Waller video, an award-winning cartoon Lorraine produced of one of the Waller songs in their show, projected lyrics and piano-cam.