Eileen Howard is one of those rare entertainers with the sensitivity and flair to deeply evoke the human condition in her work. She’s received accolades and awards as a singer, songwriter and actress and is active on the New York and Atlanta scenes as a noted jazz and blues vocalist. She’s also received acclaim as a gifted songwriter. Her latest release, Big City Love, is generating buzz around town.
A delightful and spirited singer who loves to perform, Eileen puts on shows that are heartfelt, soulful, swinging and full of honest feelings. “My concerts are really storytelling with music. I like a variety of music so I perform jazz, blues, funk and sometimes folk or rock. The words that I sing must contain truth about the human condition. I want them to be uplifting, have a sense of hope and redemption, and be life affirming.”
Eileen’s very attractive voice and ability to interpret a wide variety of material with insight, humor and full understanding of the meanings behind the words she sings make her a superior song stylist who is always a joy to see.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Eileen moved several times including spending periods living in Seattle, Chicago and Winnipeg, Canada. “My dad played piano and my mother was a classical singer. They were both involved in musical theater and after hearing them play and rehearse often when I was quite young, I fell in love with the theater, too.” Although Eileen often sang along with records, took piano lessons and began playing the flute in junior high, the arts took a back seat in her life for a long period. She earned a degree in International Studies and Marketing from American University in Washington, D.C., got married, was involved in international community development work, lived overseas (including in Australia and Venezuela) and raised a family. While she had rare opportunities to sing in Paris, Sydney and Caracas, it was not until she moved with her family to Toledo, Ohio, in the late 1980s that she began to pursue her dream of becoming a singer.