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participated in the Oprah/Walk on May 9th, 2010.
Delores' latest endeavor is:
Delores is now a member of ASCAP as a creator of music and songwriter and now has her
own publishing company, Lines and Spaces Publishing. Her songs are listed
right after this paragraph.
And there will be many more to come. All songs are listed with ASCAP.
(Music and Lyrics): Delores Ashford Pownall
Arranger: Steven Newcomb
Pianist: Steven Newcomb
Bass: Thomas Morgan
Drums: Ben VanderWal
You Make Me Shine
Is dedicated to God, because He inspired all of these songs. I am just the messenger. He truly makes me shine.
"You Make Me Shine"
You Were the Man
This song is dedicated to the late, great Miles Davis
in tribute to the man and his music.
As a young girl I had a crush on him.
I only had one chance to see him in person when I was young,
but he will always live in my memory.
"You Were the Man"
He's My Drip
Inspired by my allergy doctor, Arthur Lubitz.
He made a comment about my allergies. He said:
"I don't know whether the drip is in the front or the back."
That inspired this song.
"He's My Drip"
Forget About Tonight
Speaks for itself. Listen to it well and just remember tomorrow is a bright, new day. Anything can happen.
"Forget About Tonight"
The Love affair Is Over
We all have to know when to let go
"The Love Affair Is Over"
Leave Me Alone
One phrase describes this song. Wake up!
"Leave Me Alone"
Yesterday Becomes Our Tomorrows
is dedicated to my late mother, Louise, my late brother, Frank,
Gary Spero and to everyone who has suffered losses, in one way or another.
There is always daylight and hope.
"Yesterday Becomes Our Tomorrows"
It's a Strange Land
We're living in strange and changing times
"It's a Strange Land"
Music Mgmt had a booth (#108) at the JazzImprov Convention
26th, 2007 to the 27th, 2007 the
New Yorker Hotel
Eighth Avenue (at 34th Street)
Delores A Pownall is originally from Chicago. She began taking
private classical vocal instruction at Roosevelt University from Professor
Scanlon. She later went on to the Fine Arts School near the end before its
closing and continued at the American Conservatory with private classical
vocal instruction. Her intention was to be a cabaret singer. She sang at
Andy's in Chicago and at the Chicago Summer Concert Festival at the Civic
Center in Chicago.
She moved to New York and began
working with Carlo Monati, an outstanding classical vocal teacher who felt that she should
pursue a classical career because she had a natural classical legit voice. She studied with
Carlo Monati for two years and decided that she did not want to sing
classical even though she liked it. She felt that she was being forced into
something that she did not want. So she started to work with Jerry King and
Lynn Starling, a vocal and acting teacher. She did the Band Shell in
Central Park and then she had her first night club gig at Jan Wallman's
club in the Village. She also sang at the Needham Pub in New York. She moved
back to Chicago where she began vocal lessons with Marc Innis. Since she
had gone to a finishing school for modeling, she began to pursue
that, which led her into films and print work. She moved back to
New York in 1998.
She began taking vocal classes
from the late Ann Tell. By this time she knew that cabaret was not
for her any more. She had grown up listening to Jazz and it was
probably there all along, she had not realized it. Her favorite
singers were Sarah Vaughn and Ella FitzGerald. She felt her voice
was more like Sarah's. She did a concert at CAMI Hall called "An
Afternoon of Jazz Vocals" (across from Carnegie Hall) in New York.
This concert was dedicated to her mother, Louise, and her brother,
Frank, and her late voice teacher, Ann Tell. She then did a
two-day Tea featuring Jazz Vocals at Christ Church at 60th and
Park Avenue. After Ann's passing she did not look for another
voice teacher right away.
It took her a while to find the
right vocal coach and she found that person at the IAJE at a
workshop she took with the New York Voices. And she took a few
classes with Kim Nazarian of the New York Voices. She then did six
weeks at Miss Elle's with "An Evening of Jazz Vocals". She began
writing songs, she had never thought about that, it just happened.
It was at Miss Elle's where she began to produce shows every week.
That was something she had never thought about doing. But God gave
her the wisdom and knowledge of how to go about it. She produced 55
shows there on Thursdays, from Jazz to Cabaret, R&B, gospel,
classical and folk. Most of her shows were Jazz. She had such good
Jazz musicians that played for her, that had graduated from
prestigious musical schools, like the Manhattan School for Music.
She wanted to help find them work.
at Miss Elle's was not about making money, it was about the love
of the art. She gave the artists 80% of the door. That's when she
decided to go into management and look for other venues. She was
at the former West End Cafe 7 to 8 months bringing in jazz
musicians and singers for Saturday brunches until music was
discontinued at the West End. She also was able to book some of
her musicians into The Garage. She stayed at Miss Elle's for three
and a half years until Miss Elle's closed its doors January 1st,
She is very grateful to Miss Elle
for opening her doors to her and letting her pursue artistic
events there. She is currently working on festivals for her
artists now and getting them more club work. She was an Associate
Member of IAJE until it closed in 2008. She is a member of ASCAP and the International Women in
Jazz. Nothing makes her happier than to see her artists
performing, whether it's singing or playing jazz. She intends to go back into
performing when she
can find the right accompanist as good as her late accompanist,
Bruce McKinnon. He was a very good, gifted pianist.
Delores left New
York in 2007, but she is back in New York now with the same
dedication, desire, dreams and passion for the Arts.
These are two of
Delores' original songs, lyrics and melody by Delores, vocals by
Mala Waldron, to whom she is thankful for recording these two demo
songs. These are just two of many songs Delores has written (which
are all copyrighted).
inspirational song on celebrating your spiritual growth and
knowing who it is that makes you shine and inspires you.
a romantic song about reconciliation between husbands and wives or
two people in a relationship, giving themselves enough time to
resolve their differences.
When the IAJE existed, Delores was in their Membership Directory under the
name Delores Ashford.
She feels extremely blessed.
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