Born into a family of musicians from Upstate, New York, Calabria Foti (Cah-LAH-bree-ah FOE-tee) was completely immersed in music from the very beginning. Says Ms. Foti, As a kid I was always around some kind of music. On any given day, I could hear my mother playing Chopin Etudes in one room, while in another room my father would be playing Bach Partitas on trombone, and on another day they would be playing American Songbook standards together, like Gershwin, or Porter or Berlin, or sometimes a song they wrote. It was a great way to grow up!
Highly trained and gifted musicians, her parents passed on amazing intrinsic musical skills to their daughter (including an incredible memory and understanding of music after only one hearing) and their deep love for music and education. We were always going to classical concerts and jazz clubs, so consequently, I got a great deal of exposure to both sides of the musical tracks. I have been in love with all genres of music ever since. Calabria's first instruments were jazz guitar and bass. And because of her love for classical music, she also took up the violin and became very successful, including holding positions of concertmaster and associate concertmaster in several orchestras.
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This recording of Calabria Foti's voice is some of the most beautiful and artistic music I have ever heard. - Johnny Mathis
Calabria is a truly marvelous singer in every way. She has the ability to tell a story and touch your heart... one of the best CDs ever. - Johnny Mandel
Calabria is a gifted artist who puts her unique signature on each of these great standards. - Chris Botti
When I first heard Calabria, I thought I had discovered a hidden treasure. - Jorge Calandrelli
Calabria's voice is gorgeous, the tracks with orchestra are stunning, and the feel of the record is fantastic!. - Dave Koz
Calabria is the complete artist - totally lyrical, adding her own fresh approach to every song. - Sammy Nestico