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Woo, hoo! My acoustic version of The Wizard and I is available today!

 

This is my all-time favorite song by composer Stephen Schwartz! I love the hope, joy, energy, revelation and confidence that slowly becomes evident as the song unfolds. I hope you enjoy my favorite song! If you do, I would be grateful if you shared it with your friends, especially your friends who love the musical Wicked as much as I do!

I started singing when I was five because it made me happy. I used to walk around the house with a hairbrush and sing along to my idols (Olivia Newton-John, Patti LuPone, Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis at the time). Music made my imagination soar and singing is the best way I know to connect with people and share a bit about myself. 

I trained in classical voice during college and continued to sing songs from Broadway musicals and pop songs (Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Sheena Easton, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan) at European festivals, at weddings, events and at venues from coast to coast including Feinstein's at the Nikko, Don't Tell Mama, the Plush Room, The Fairmont San Francisco, Society Cabaret and as a regular at Martuni's, the top piano bar in San Francisco.

Credits: 
Vandana Bali, vocals, producer
Ben Prince, piano
Tom Disher, recording engineer
Tom Disher, Ben Hicks, mixing and mastering
Vandana Bali, CD cover concept and design
Photo: A.R.
Recorded at Disher Music and Sound, San Francisco, CA

Recording in the Studio with Ben Prince! New EP coming soon!

 

Hi folks!  I'm excited about my new EP (4-6 songs) that I recently started recording in July in San Francisco!  I am over the moon excited to record with Ben Prince on selections from Wicked the Musical!  Stay tuned for more! 

NEW show! NEW Show! Read all about it!

 

I am so excited to announce that I've been busy brewing up a new show for YOU!  I'm guessing I'll perform it this fall in San Francisco so stay tuned!  I'm excited to include songs from brand spanking new Broadway musicals along with songs I know you know that you know you love and that you can't wait to hear me sing!  More soon!

Fabulous Time Singing at the SF Breakfast Club at the Fairmont

 

I'm so grateful that I can share my love for music and singing! Today, I was honored to perform a set of songs from Broadway musicals, pop divas and classic standards at a private event at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.  I am always thankful when Ben Prince joins me and rocks the 88's (piano or keyboard) and helps me organize my set list!  I truly loved entertaining the crowd. 

Set list:

  1. Unexpected Song / Love Changes Everything medley
  2. Someone to Watch Over Me
  3. The Wizard and I
  4. Skylark
  5. Almost Over You
  6. One Moment in Time
  7. Let it Go

NEW Vidoes on my YouTube Channel (2/22 Feinstein's at the Nikko Show!)

 

Hi folks!  I'm exited to add a lot of new videos, many from my February 22 Feinstein's at the Nikko Show!  I hope you'll subscribe to my YouTube Channel  and share your favorite videos with your friends!  See you at a show or open mic soon!  Thank you for your support!

 

First Live Video from my Feinstein's at the Nikko Show!

 

Happy International Women's Day!  I'm excited to share my first live video from my February 22, 2018 "Follow Your Heart" concert at Feinstein's at the Nikko!  Please feel free to share it and help spread the messages of love, hope and determination.  Thank you for your support.  One Moment in Time - my tribute to the stunning Whitney Houston: https://youtu.be/n7MWHbRTKlM
Take care,
Vandana

Fabulous Feinstein's Debut Show on 2/22!

 

More coming soon but suffice it to say that I am feeling blessed and grateful beyond belief for such a fabulous first show at Feinstein's!  81 happy people bought tickets!  Ben Prince and I had so much fun!  It was a sheer joy performing my "Follow Your Heart" show!  The Feinstein's staff is the best!  Attendees raved about the food, service and loved the show, too!  All in all, a wonderful, heartfelt evening of fun, love, music and community!  Pics and videos coming soon!

Set list:

  1. Magic
  2. Unexpected Song / Love Changes Everything Medley
  3. The Wizard and I
  4. Almost Over You
  5. Meadowlark
  6. God Bless the Child
  7. One Moment in Time
  8. Skylark
  9. I Honestly Love You
  10. Always Starting Over
  11. The Man I Love
  12. Hopelessly Devoted to You
  13. Then You Look at Me
  14. Someone to Watch Over Me
  15. Defying Gravity
  16. Let it Go (encore)

LIVE VIDEOS: Grateful for another sold-out show at Martuni's yesterday!

 

I am so thankful that so many people chose to attend my December 9th concert at Martuni's!  It was an energetic 80 minute set with songs and stories and lots of laughs and jokes and a very full, sold-out house!  Nick Perez tore it up on the piano!  He is a truly gifted pianist and I had a great time working with him.  I am blessed to be able to do what I love and am going to keep at it!  You can watch some videos of a few songs recorded on smart phones by audience members during the show.  Scroll down for the links below.  And, here are some pictures before, during and after the show.

Set list

1. The Power of Love (Celine Dion cover)

2. Love Changes Everything (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Aspects of Love)

3. The Nearness of You (Hoagy Carmichael)

4. Meadowlark (Stephen Schwartz, The Baker's Wife)

5. Let Me Be There (Olivia Newton-John country classic)

6. When He Shines (Sheena Easton pop)

7. The Wizard and I (Stephen Schwartz, Wicked)

8. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Carole King)

9. With You (Stephen Schwartz, Pippin)

10. The Waiting (Tom Petty)

11. Come Sail Away (Styx)

12. My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion, Titanic theme song)

13. Let it Go (Idina Menzel, Frozen)

14. I Honestly Love You (Olivia Newton-John)

15. Defying Gravity (Stephen Schwartz, Wicked)

16. One Moment in Time (Whitney Houston)

Cast Party with Jim Caruso at Feinstein's

 

Wow!  We had an incredibly fun night with Jim Caruso when he brought his NYC-based weekly show (which he has held at Birdland every Monday for the past 15 years) to Feinstein's at the Nikko in SF!  A dozen singers, including me, had fun singing an uptempo song and we were all so grateful to have SF's very own Joe Wicht blaze the keys!  It was 90 minutes of jam-packed fun!  

Open Mic at Don't Tell Mama in NYC VIDEO CLIPS

 

Of course I had to sing at a piano bar during my impromptu NYC visit!  Check out video clips of me singing "The Wizard and I" and "Love Changes Everything"!  What a fun time! Gerry Deifenbach was awesome on the piano! 

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