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Who's Your Diva? 2013 Q&A

Week 1

Posted: July 31, 2013 - 11:04pm
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Lorie Daniels  Courtesy of Seanna O'Sullivan Photography
Courtesy of Seanna O'Sullivan Photography
Lorie Daniels

For the third year in a row, Juneau Lyric Opera will host their popular fundraiser, “Who’s Your Diva?” This event showcases 10 of Juneau’s best-known voices, who compete for the chance to be named Juneau’s official diva.

Each week through the month of August -— also for the third year in a row — the Empire will present brief Q&As with each of the divas in preparation for the event, scheduled for Sept. 7. Photos of the divas are provided by local photographer Seanna O’Sullivan.

At the show, each competitor will perform two songs, backed by local band Susu and the Prophets and accompanist Rosie Humphery, and then community members will vote for their choice. Votes can also be made in advance online at juneauopera.org.

This year’s divas are Callie Conerton, Cameron Brockett, Christina Bruce, Erin Messing, Hannah Hoshide, Leslie Wood, Lori Daniels, Mary Graham, Shelby Cook and Taylor Vidic.

This week’s featured divas are Lorie Daniels and Leslie Wood.

LORIE DANIELS

First memorable public performance:

Singing my first solo in my seventh grade class play. It was a small part in the musical “Bye, Bye Birdie.”

Three singers who have influenced you throughout your singing career:

Tracy Chapman, KD Lang, and Queen

Three songs you absolutely love to sing:

“Lady in Red,” “We will rock you,” “The Boxer”

Three songs in heavy rotation on your CD player:

“Hallelujah,” sung by KD Lang; “What Ever You Like,” Weird Al Yankovic; “Every Breath You Take,” The Police

Favorite local role or performance:

Motor Mouth Mabel in “Hairspray”

Three local performers you admire:

Myron Welling, Kathleen Wayne and all the women in the Juneau Pride Chorus

Favorite place to sing:

In the car

Famous movie or theater role you would love to get the chance to play:

A female Samwise Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings”

Other interests besides singing:

Fishing, learning to play the violin and hanging out with my family.

LESLIE WOOD

First memorable public performance:

I sang “A Christmas Song” for our high school jazz band concert. That was really fun!

Three singers who have influenced you throughout your singing career:

Julie Andrews, Kathleen Wayne and Sheena Easton.

Three songs you absolutely love to sing:

“Endless Love,” “Greatest Love of All” and “Sarah Smile.”

Three songs in heavy rotation on your CD player right now:

Having small kids, I listen to what they want to listen to mostly, which is Earth Mama, Raffi and Storytelling by Jim Weiss. I really like Earth Mama’s “Less Is More,” and Raffi’s “All I Really Need.”

Favorite local role or performance:

Being the conductor of the Juneau Pride Chorus and a member of the Pitch Hitters, an ensemble of the Juneau Pride Chorus. Of course, then there was singing a solo in the Holiday Pops. It’s hard to choose.

Three local performers you admire:

Kathleen Wayne, she has a wonderful voice and a great stage presenc; Rosie Humphery, she is an amazing pianist and plays with a beautiful expressive quality I admire; and Lisa Ibias, who is passionate and dedicated to her art.

Favorite place to sing:

In the kitchen while cleaning up or cooking.

Famous movie or theater role you would love to get the chance to play:

I would love to play any role availabile in one of the many great theater/opera productions in Juneau.

Other interests besides singing:

Playing piano, reading and cooking.

For more information on “Who’s Your Diva?,” visit http://juneauopera.org./divas2013.html.

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