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Lyricist/singer Lorraine Feather’s work has been heard on numerous records, in films and on television. Jazz Times has called her “a lyrical Dorothy Parker” and her work “pure genius.” Her 2001 release, New York City Drag, featured contemporary lyrics to formerly instrumental pieces written by Fats Waller; she did similar treatments with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn instrumentals on Cafe Society, Such Sweet Thunder (all-Ellington/Strayhorn), and Dooji Wooji. Lorraine’s 2008 CD, Language (Jazzed Media), reached the #1 spot on both the national charts and the Amazon jazz vocal charts. Her 2010 Jazzed Media release, Ages, focused on different stages of life. Ages received dozens of rave reviews, reached the #2 spot in its category for Amazon downloads, and was nominated for a 2011 Grammy in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category.

Lorraine began working in television as a lyricist in 1992 and has received seven Emmy nominations. Her lyrics for children include the feature films The Princess Diaries 2 and The Jungle Book Two; the Dinosaurs series on ABC; and Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween on DVD. Lorraine also wrote lyrics for the MGM films Babes In Toyland and An All Dogs Christmas; the theme for MGM’s TV shows All Dogs Go To Heaven and The Lionhearts; Candy Land and the My Little Pony films for Hasbro; and “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” the finale to the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics, sung by Jessye Norman, and also recorded by Ms. Norman for the Philips label.

In 2009, Lorraine and New York animator George Griffin completed an animated short based on “You’re Outa Here,” from New York City Drag. It was accepted to 37 festivals worldwide and won several awards, including Best Music Video at the South Beach Animation Festival (http://www.lorrainefeather.com/YOH/film/).

Lorraine’s new album, Tales of the Unusual, has a release date of Valentine’s Day 2012. As with Ages, most of the original material was created with living musician collaborators, including Russell Ferrante, Shelly Berg and Eddie Arkin.

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