Born: February 27 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Having used theatre and opera to grow her creative wings, vocalist, pianist, composer & lyricist Napua Davoy dissolves boundaries and unites essences in this groundbreaking recording. Her warmth and emotional gravity burn soothingly while dismantling us with her white hot mezzo contralto. Her pianistic and arranging skills only heighten the realization of music whether hers or not. 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 her most precious gift.
In addition to brand new spins on well known classics by Gershwin, Joni Mitchell, Johnny Mercer, and Gian Carlo Menotti, Napua Davoy’s new album “All I Want” contains songs from her 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.
New releases to look for are the soundtracks for both plays, High Standards (an intimate collection of The Great American Song Book), New 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).
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new york, NY
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students