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Brynn Stanley

Brynn Stanley Performs for Minette’s Angels

Attendees of the Minette’s Angels Celebration of Angels gala on Thursday, April 26th at the Park Savoy Estate will be treated to the soulful jazz vocals of Brynn Stanley at cocktail hour! 

This Fairleigh Dickinson University graduate has been charming audiences on both coasts with her “Classic” EP that contains her unique interpretations of some of the timeless American standards. Her smooth, silky voice has drawn comparisons to classic legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee and modern stars like Norah Jones and Diana Krall.

Brynn got her start playing piano and singing with her sister, Jackie, in her parents’ living room. She would orchestrate family performances, and force her siblings to be in her short films and music videos. And thanks to her Dad’s shared love of The Beatles, Brynn memorized the words to every song and learned to sing harmony. Early stage fright reserved those performances for her family living room, but while attending college, Brynn took a leap of faith and began to sing publicly.

One night, while sitting around a piano with friends singing Broadway show tunes, Brynn’s friends encouraged her to try out for the upcoming musical. She eventually landed the lead role of ‘Sheila’ in the musical “Hair”. The following year Brynn changed her major to pursue her newfound passion.

After graduation, Brynn embarked on a singing career, immersing herself in countless performances with the most polished bands and venues in the Tri-State area. These performances included being the featured vocalist for official events held by the Governor of New Jersey and appearances at Mayo Performing Arts Center, The Metropolitan Room and Shanghai Jazz.

In 2013, Brynn headed West to California to broaden her career prospects and, through newly formed musical relationships, created her first ever original album, 2015’s “Hello, California”. The album is a unique blend of contemporary pop and hints of the jazz she loves, with influences ranging from Sara Bareilles to Michael Bublé.

Ultimately, Brynn knew she wanted to record standards from the Great American Songbook. Thanks to Executive Producer, Eric Lindquist of Sonopath Productions, this dream became a reality with the release of “Classic”, Brynn’s five-song EP. The recordings were done in Los Angeles with Grammy & Emmy Award-nominated engineer Jorge Vivo and producer & jazz recording artist Tony Guerrero at the helm.

Currently, she can be seen performing in and around New York and Los Angeles with her jazz trio at the famous Chateau Marmot in Hollywood, Vitello’s Jazz and Supper Club, Herb Albert’s Vibrato’s and Shanghai Jazz (voted “one of the top 100 great jazz clubs in the world”). While developing a reputation as a soulful jazz singer with an enthusiasm to please audiences of any age, Brynn continues to garner strong reviews from press, band mates, bandleaders and concert promoters.

For more information about Brynn Stanley, visit BrynnStanley.com.

To learn more about Minette’s Angels and to donate, visit MinettesAngels.org.

#MusicMonday: Happy Hawthorne

It’s #MusicMonday, and #HipNJ is here to tell you about an up-and-coming New Jersey band named Happy Hawthorne.

Before we learn about how the band came to be, here is a breakdown of who is who in this Garden State group:

Steve Hawthorne: Lead Singer/ Rhythm Guitarist

Chris DeCheser: Lead Guitarist/ Backup Vocalist

Deniz Piatt: Drummer

Riley Cocchi: Bassist

Hawthorne got started at The Original Music School in Morristown. There, he met Cocchi and DeCheser. Piatt discovered the group online and jumped right in. “I think it adds a unique aspect to the band,” Cocchi says of being the only female band member.

The band says that they are still developing their sound, which sometimes ranges from rock to jazz.  Their songs are mainly originals, but they tend to perform covers at their live shows.

The band treated the #HipNJ studio to a performance of their original song, “Mad Max.” Check it out below.

They didn’t stop there! Happy Hawthorne also performed their cover of “Hang Me Up To Dry” by Cold War Kids. Watch below!

To learn more about Happy Hawthorne, click here.

kelly clarkson

Kelly Clarkson Debuts New Book at Wyckoff YMCA

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino recently helped welcome Grammy Award-winner Kelly Clarkson and her debut children’s book to the Garden State!

Books, Bytes & Beyond of Glen Rock, in partnership with the Wyckoff Family YMCA, recently hosted Kelly for a moderated conversation about River Rose and the Magical Lullaby, an enchanting picture book that chronicles the night before an imaginative little girl’s first trip to the zoo. The book was inspired by her own daughter, River Rose.

“I’ve always dreamed really big,” explained Kelly to the adoring crowd.  “I think you have to be that confident and know you are capable of [achieving your dreams.]  If you don’t think you’re awesome, no one else is going to think you’re awesome…and I definitely think I’m awesome!”

After the discussion, over 400 fans got to meet and greet with Kelly while getting their River Rose books signed!

“She’s just great,” gushed Jennifer Sauer, director of cultural events at the Wyckoff YMCA. “I love what she had to say tonight. She is inspiring, she’s talented, she’s fun, and we feel really lucky to have her here at the Y.”

A Kelly Clarkson project wouldn’t be complete without her American Idol-winning voice, so naturally, River Rose comes with an original lullaby written and performed by Kelly herself! Fans at the book signing were treated to a surprise a cappella rendition of the song.

“It’s INSANE how great her voice is live. Other singers, they get Auto-Tune, but she’s so real and I love that about her,” exclaimed Julie from Oradell.

For more information on Kelly Clarkson and “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby”, visit RiverRose.com!