I am Nancy Gilliland, an alto singer and pianist. I interpret songs of the 1920s - 1940s with emotion and sensitivity.
The music I loved in my youth is popular again with a new generation: George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, Rodgers and Hart, Schwartz and Dietz, etc. Songs made popular by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as well as classic Broadway show tunes are part of my 1,000-tune repertoire.
Older audiences are delighted when I am able to satisfy their requests for rarely performed hits from the past. And through my research, I am able to share anecdotal histories about these songs and their composers.
Younger listeners in their 20s, 30s and 40s particularly like my medleys of the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, James Taylor, Patsy Cline, '50s hits and bossa nova favorites.
For the really young at heart, I play Sesame Street tunes and Disney classics.
I enjoy losing myself in the beauty of a ballad or torch song and can take control of a room with my voice and music. My classical training gives me a vehicle to deliver the full impact of these tunes.
Comedy numbers include tunes by Dave Frishberg, Martin Mull, Tom Lehrer and even a tribute to Marlene Dietrich, ending with Mel Brooks' salute to Dietrich from "Blazing Saddles", "I'm Tired!"
With my incredibly vast and diverse repertoire, I am able to please customers again and again with musical variety and sophistication.
I perform regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area and am available for private parties and special events. I look forward to sharing my music with you.
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