Mothers Let's Celebrate Who We Are
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from a family of ten children, Geri has been singing since she was 8 years old. After high school, this vivacious blond traveled and performed with her own group on the hotel and lounge circuit between Chicago and the West Coast including the Showrooms of Reno, Tahoe and Las Vegas, Nevada. When she wasn't performing on stage, Geri could be found in recording studios in Chicago where she became a most-in-demand singer for numerous national and local commercials including the The Yellow Pages, Manpower, State Farm Insurance, Miller Beer, and United Airlines to name a few. After leaving Milwaukee Geri became the featured singer with the Ray Anthony Orchestra, and later moved to California joining Tony Orlando's new show. After a year of travel that kept her away from her family, she settled into the LA music scene singing backup for Donny and Marie Osmond, England Dan & John Ford Coley, and composers Bob Alcivar and Quincy Jones. Geri recorded the vocal song-track for Rita Moreno in the PBS series Tales of The Hollywood Hills and is a featured soloist on three albums produced for the Equity Fights AIDS Foundation, namely Sing Before Breakfast, Keep Your Undershirt On, and Early Kern. As a singer she was the opening act for Bob Hope, George Burns, and comedian Tom Dreesen. She later went on to Broadway where she won the coveted role of Marilyn Monroe in the production of MARILYN: An American Fable which led to her one woman show Marilyn Monroe - thru the Eyes of Norma Jean. Geri and her husband in recent years have written and recorded original musical production numbers for Merle Norman and Estee Lauder for their convention showcase productions, and she is the featured singer on a theme song for the Las Vegas Convention Center and Visitors Bureau. Geri recently finished her first CD with her husband and musical director, Jim Robak, produced by Darryl Kennedy. The CD is a tribute to "Mothers" everywhere and is dedicated to Geri's late mother of 10 children, June, to whom Geri makes special tribute with her original song and tour-de-force vocal, "I Will Sing For You". "Let's Celebrate Who We Are", the album's title song, is dedicated to mothers everywhere. "No One's Ever Gonna Love You...More Than Me" is focusing on the object of your unrequited love, whether it's a loved one - lover, spouse, child, pet - or anyone. "Just Know" was inspired by the circumstances of her daughter Amy who was working at the World Trade Center and escaped the horrors of September 11th. "Pick Me" is dedicated to the many children in foster care and orphanages who are looking to be part of a family. "When You're Out of Chocolate Do the Samba" is a tongue-in-cheek song dedicated to chocoholics around the world to get up and dance when their supply runs out. "That Place Is In My Heart" is a dream fantasy with a very romantic lyric about falling in love that could be the synopsis for a short film. "Dream Sweet Dream" is a lullaby dedicated to mothers and their new babies and those of us to would like to reminisce about those times. "Curvy Women Are Here To Stay" supports all of those women who feel left-out because their bodies don't conform to today's fashion standards. "America The Beautiful" is Geri's dynamic rendition that interweaves some of Enio Morricone's themes from "Once Upon a Time In America" Geri & Jim have two daughters - Amy, an attorney in Boston, and Gina, a graduate of the University of San Francisco who manages a restaurant there. Geri, an avid golfer and health advocate, lives in Los Angeles with her husband - composer, arranger and musical director - Jim.