Love You Madly
Growing up surrounded by music, country to Bach, Sandy never listened to jazz until she heard a recording by Ella Fitzgerald, then songs by Lena Horn and Blossom Dearie; she was hooked. In her teens Sandy was crazy for Doris Day and Shirley Bassey, and by her twenties was singing in a band. She studied with some of the best teachers in the Delaware Valley, including voice and stage presence under the watchful eye of Bucky Harris, and voice with Lenny Payton, former music coordinator on several New York based television shows. After working the circuit for eight years, Sandy left the music business to raise her family, never thinking to sing, professionally, again. Twenty-five years later, after having spinal surgery behind her voice box, and wearing a neck brace for 3-1/2 months, there was concern that she would not be able to sing again. It was a very long 3-1/2 months. Once the brace was off the work began; get the voice back!! A year later Sandy was working clubs in Portland and 2-1/2 years later Darrell Grant produced and arranged this debut CD for her. With these new and sophisticated arrangements to the ageless music of Duke Ellington; the sensitive and soulful musicianship of Darrell Grant, Mel Brown, Andre St. James and Dave Evans, and the lusty and straight-out interpretations of these great standards by Sandy Dennison, 'Love You Madly' is the real thing!!!