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About Lorraine Feather

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LORRAINE FEATHER
BIOGRAPHY

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 nine albums, three with her vocal trio Full Swing and seven as a soloist. All of her work as a recording artist has featured her own lyrics, and 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,” and Dave Frishberg has referred to Lorraine as “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), reached the #1 spot on both the national charts and the Amazon jazz vocal charts. Her 2010 Jazzed Media release is Ages, a project focusing on stages of life. As of six weeks after its release, Ages has received dozens of rave reviews, reached the Top 20 on college radio, and been featured on America’s largest radio network, Westwood One.

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; and “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-tool 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. To date it has been accepted to 37 festivals worldwide and has won several awards, including Best Music Video at the South Beach Animation Festival.

Lorraine lives in the San Juan Islands of Washington State with her husband Tony Morales (formerly the drummer for The Rippingtons) and their two dogs. She is the daughter of jazz writer Leonard Feather and the goddaughter of Billie Holiday.

Lorraine Feather joined the JazzTimes community on Apr 07, 2010