BIO (of sorts..)
It all started during a car ride to a place called Jeraco Enterprises way up in the town of Milton, Pennsylvania. Not only was my grandfather getting a new seal cap for the bed of his new Chevrolet, he was playing the "new" Sinatra disc he had picked up to blast in the plush cab of his Silverado. Up to that time, I knew of Frank Sinatra as the singer of the "Theme From New York, New York," arguably one of his biggest hits. From that day forward, however, to the strains of a song called "The Last Dance" penned by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, an obsession was born.
I was born into a musical family, you could say. My father sang in the men's choir at church and was an avid fan of opera. Needless to say, Luciano Pavarotti was my idol by the age of seven. I was just beginning to learn how to properly pronounce the different dialects of Italian that arias required when my voice matured and I could no longer hit the high notes. I needed to find a new platform for what was becoming a major love in my life: singing. I found welcome arms in a course called The Great American Songbook. Frank Sinatra became my instructor, so to say, along with the likes his contemporaries, among them Tony Bennett, David Allyn, Dick Haymes, Johnny Desmond, Nat "King" Cole, Johnny Janis, Mel Torme, Jimmy Roselli, Bing Crosby, and Perry Como.
It sounds silly to some, but I learned about life and love through this music, and its safe to say that, no matter what mood you're in, there's probably a Sinatra song to go along with it. I'm proud, in my little way, to carry on the tradition of a great style in the American music medium. Thank you for visiting the site, and please check out some of my interpretations as well as photos from the journey I've had thus far with some amazing people I've been privileged to meet and work with.
Debut performance at "The Sinatra Birthday Bash"
Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey
December 4th, 2016
To friends and performers
I've met along the way thus far.
I've been lucky and blessed to work with
them and be in their company.
Laura Anne Turk