Callie Cardamon is a West-Coast standards singer whose distinctive interpretations of jazz and pop standards have earned her a global following.
Raised in the Midwest, Callie first attracted major-label attention when she was completing an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and recording songs on the side. At the suggestion of Jovan Mrvos, then A&R at Arista Records, she moved to Nashville to hone her songwriting skills.
Callie was later signed as a singer-songwriter to Sony CBS-New York, but due to the vagaries of the music business, her major-label debut was not released. Instead, she started Primavera Records with Eric Rawson (co-writer/arranger/producer) and released “Time and the Weather,” a CD of all-original material, in 1997. The album, featuring the light-hearted Spanish Wine and the mournful Sometimes I Need a Mother” was well-received by the indie community.
Despite success on indie stations, Callie stopped writing and recording for several years, having grown disenchanted with the business end of making music. During this time, Greg Michaelson, an accomplished vocalist and friend, re-inspired her delight in music and in singing by introducing her to the Great American Songbook. After a long recording hiatus, Callie released “Easy Street” (2010), honoring the great writers and singers of the mid-twentieth century (and featuring her sexy original “Love Jazz”). Easy Street received extensive global airplay, with DJs worldwide pronouncing Love Jazz a new standard.