Michael Feinstein


After 15 albums and countless live shows over his expansive career, entertainer Michael Feinstein is widely recognized as one of the premiere contemporary pop vocal stylists. His well-earned reputation as both a sharp musical scholar and passionate performer has been built around graceful and moving interpretations of classic pop standards written by some of America's best-loved composers - Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern - among them. Feinstein's current release, Nice Work if You Can Get It, is a tribute to two of the singer's own musical inspirations: George and Ira Gershwin. Feinstein began his career as Ira's personal assistant, and during his years with the great lyricist, gleaned a wealth of knowledge and insight into the creative force behind timeless songs, many of which appear on his record. But Feinstein also received something else from Gershwin: access to a number of previously unpublished songs performed here for the first time.

Feinstin's first record was released in 1985. Since then, he has performed thousands of shows, including the legendary Algonquin performance and a sold-out Carnegie Hall debut. He's appeared for three Presidents at the White House and before England's Queen Mother, and recently expanded his worldwide audience with a three-week engagement in London's West End and his first tours of Australia. In June of 1997, Feinstein was honored by California State University, Los Angeles, with an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree and is currently devoting much time to composing new music. His intention is to enlarge the catalogue of pop standards and include more original material in his concerts. That, he says, is his most exciting challenge.

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