If you close your eyes and listen to Madeline Forster‘s sweet, rich voice caressing the lyrics to songs such as “Willow Weep for Me” and “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” don’t be surprised if you’re transported back to a 1940’s style supper club. The lovely songstress from Fairport, NY has always been inspired by legendary female jazz vocalists from the Golden Age of Jazz such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn.
Her many followers might be shocked to know that for a time, she thought of giving up music in favor of psychology.
“I enjoyed music all my life, but it wasn’t until my first year of college that I realized how much I missed music and singing. I took vocal jazz lessons and started singing professionally my senior year.”
Now, Madeline Forster can be heard performing at clubs and restaurants throughout Rochester, and can be seen regularly at The Little Theatre Cafe and at Bistro 135. Madeline was also invited to perform at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival this year.
Her first album, Just You, Just Me was released in April to critical acclaim and she happily shared, “”I’m delighted that it’s done better than I could even have imagined!” Just You, Just Me is available through her website and also at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CD Baby and Record Archives. CLICK HERE for samples of her music.
You can enjoy the golden voice of Madeline Forster as she performs with her band at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival on Saturday, July 17, 2009 at 3:15 PM.