My musical repertoire consists of a dreamy and exciting blend of contemporary music, classical music and oldies, as well as original music full of delicate, sultry vocals and pianistic style. In a variety show, I can launch into an improvisation of Brazilian-inspired music, go on to sing pop vocals to classics like "The Rose," "Suzanne," and "Autumn Leaves," and follow-up with dance music. It is pretty simple: I love to sing and play music and bring enjoyment and excitement to my listeners through and through! I aim to please and love to partner up with my clients to make a great musical performance happen.
Price Range: Negotiable
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, French, Spanish
What to Expect
Generally, I like to stay in regular contact with event organizers, as necessary, regarding your needs and details. In particular, I will plan to be at your event early to set-up my equipment and do a soundcheck. As the event progresses, I may switch instruments (if pre-agreed) and may ask you about how the sound is coming through. Afterwards, I will break-down my equipment, check-in with you, and say farewell and until the next time! Positive reviews are gratefully appreciated following a performance.
Born in New York City, Isabel started singing Lou Rawls' "You're Gonna Miss My Lovin" at 6. As a kid, she'd sit with her father who'd ask her in his native Spanish starry, philosophical questions about everything around her world. This brought the future artist in tune with her poetic side early in life.
Later on, Isabel graduated from Cornell University and studied at Mannes College of Music and Hunter College. Starting out on musical stages, she sang back-up vocals for a Brooklyn rock band, The Defenders. Not long after, she discovered her own love for songwriting and formed her own band in 2005, Isabel and The Whispers, which toured the Big Apple for years.
Venues where Isabel has performed include the famous Bitter End (a musical home to Bob Dylan), Columbia University, The Triad (where Joan Osborne sang), St. Patrick's Old Cathedral and many more venues, drawing fans and praise for her soulful pop and folk songs and jazzy cabaret performances.
Fellow singer-songwriters like Aimee Mann and Suzanne Vega and the vocal purity of artists such as Nat King Cole and Joao Gilberto have inspired her solo artistry and lyricism.
Additional Booking Notes
Technical requirements: Sound-system is great to connect keyboard and/or vocal microphone
Please take note that my set is fully modifiable according to your needs! In general, many love my performances of the following classics:
"Autumn Leaves" (in English and French, if desired)
"Suzanne" (Leonard Cohen)
"The Rose" (Bette Midler)
"Take Five" (jazz standard by Dave Brubeck)
"Cabaret" (from the Broadway musical)
"The Girl from Ipanema" (Brazilian bossa nova)
"Duke's Place" (By Duke Ellington)
"Annie's Song" (John Denver)
"Sunshine on My Shoulders" (John Denver)
"Moon River" (From the movie by "Breakfast at Tiffany's")
"Piano Man" (by Billy Joel)
"My Foolish Heart" (the classic jazz standard)
"Canon in D" (classical music)
"Romance" (traditional Spanish instrumental piece)
"Over the Rainbow" (on keyboard)
"My Cherie Amour" (sung by Stevie Wonder)
"The Entertainer" (Scott Joplin)
"Fur Elise" (Beethoven)
"You Must Have been a Beautiful Baby" (classic)
Waltzes, Mazurkas, Preludes and more by Frederic Chopin
Music by Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Debussy and much more
My original singer-songwriter music either sung and played/fully instrumental
Original dance music arrangements
Influences & Inspiration
Nat King Cole, Aimee Mann, George Michael, Harry Connick Jr., Sade, Eva Cassidy, Coldplay, Joao and Astrud Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Cranberries, Beck, Hall and Oates
Piano (if provided). Otherwise, I bring my keyboard, keyboard stand, microphone, boom mic stand, amplifier, extension cables, guitar stand (if needed)
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