Editor's Note: To help kick off the upcoming T.H.E. Show, TAS founder Harry Pearson will introduce singer Napua Davoy at a Thursday evening reception starting at 6pm at the Flamingo Hotel, Executive Conference Center at The Home Entertainment Show. The reception is open to all T.H.E. Show registrants, including TAS Golden Ear Club members. The reception will include a cash bar and hors'deuvres.
Following is the press release announcing the event and providing information about this exciting performer.
Napua translates to "flower" in Hawaiian. Just as the image of a Hawaiian flower conjures up the beauty of sight, Napua's vocal talent brings forth an undeniable beauty to sound. At the show, Napua will premiere her new compilation disc, "All I Want". In this collection, she captures your fantasy and your soul in a diverse presentation of styles that range from jazz to opera, yet flow seamlessly into one another.
In addition to brand new spins on well known classics by Gershwin, Joni Mitchell, Johnny Mercer, and Gian Carlo Menotti,the disc also contains songs from Ms.Davoy's two musicals Stella Rising and Miami. Since her amazing vocals premiered on her 1990 Columbia album she has expanded her abilities to include writing and composing.
Miami's "For the Love of Money" exposes the basic human frailty that trades mankind's compassion for greed in an infectious groove, and Stella Rising's "Darling Don't Leave Me" uses the white-hot power of Napua's classically trained mezzo-contralto voice to sear the emotion of loss. The full power of her ability to convey emotion through opera is displayed in her version of "Pieta Signore".
Since having come to theatre in the past 10 years, she has written and performed her one woman show Stella Rising, a unique play about the trials of dealing with a parent with Alzheimer's and how it brought them closer, where she plays 10 characters and sings original music.
Her latest play, Broadway bound Miami is a musical story about a love triangle in the background of mob bosses and the Cuban communities in New York City and Miami set in 1939.
Truly a Twenty First Century artist embracing influences that were clearly separated only a century ago, Ms.Davoy is among the first vocalists to perform both popular and operatic music superbly, much less whilst peeling off rapid and robust licks on the piano. But it is her ability to write moving and memorable melodies which carve heroically through complex harmonies into songs that bristle with depth and freshness that may be Ms.Davoy's most precious gift.
New releases to look for are the soundtracks for both plays, High Standards (an intimate collection of The Great American Song Book), Jazzical Diva ( a collection of napuafied French & Italian Art Songs) and Danceable Jazz ( a collection of original jazz tunes to which one must dance, dance, dance).