Late Night Harp
Michelle Whitson-Stone began studying classical harp at the age of nine, soon to discover that learning the subtle intricacies of the harp while her older sister was in the next room plying the fine art of percussion instruments would alter her musical path... Perhaps she owes her sister a debt of gratitude for heading her onto a road less traveled, as she is now one of a relatively small group of harpists around the country who specializes in standards, and is fast becoming known for her interpretive sound and sophisticated use of jazz voicings. In 1999 she received a top award at the International Pop and Jazz Harp Festival and was subsequently invited to the Festival in 2001 to perform as part of the New Talent Concert Series. A student of world-renowned jazz harpist, Stella Castellucci, Whitson-Stone is also an award-winning actress. Her years of experience as a professional actress allowed her to hone a gift for storytelling which she brings to the harp through her arrangements of great pop and jazz standards. Her tasteful jazz stylings reveal depth and a remarkable gift for artistic expression. During her thirty-plus years as a harpist, she has performed for many dignitaries and celebrities including Presidents Clinton, Ford, and Reagan, as well as Henry Mancini, Bob Hope and Quincy Jones. She is a veteran of numerous films, television shows, commercials, and music videos. When not performing, Whitson-Stone teaches and records in the Los Angeles area.