Karen’s voice is full of heart and soul, with a bit of sass on the side...pop with a jazzy curve! Working in a group like Dangerous Curves has been a long-time dream for Karen. Although she is the resident alto of the group, the girls sometimes make her venture into scary territory...like singing the melody!!!
Karen has traveled the world singing for dignitaries and working with such celebrities as Toni Tennille and Diahann Carroll. Her education ranges from Citrus College for vocal performance to Berklee School of Music for piano and jazz studies (ongoing). Privately, she studies voice, piano and performance. She has truly begun to work on the art of Cabaret, most recently with the likes of Billy Stritch, Marilyn Maye and Jason Graae to name a few.
Karen is currently working on the writing and recording of her first solo EP. In addition to singing with Dangerous Curves, Karen owns her own music studio, Chicksinger Studios, where she teaches voice and piano, sings and plays keyboards with her band called "The Special K Project," writes for BlogHer, and her own blog at Viewpoints of A Chicksinger and somehow finds time to be a wife and a mommy and a really great friend!
If you want to know more about Karen, visit mschicksinger.com!
Margaret (“Gret”) is originally from Woodbridge, CT, where she began her performance career at the age of 5. It was in Woodbridge where she began her formal music training, studying voice with Dr. Louis Negri, and piano with Nina Spacek. She continued her musical education at Boston University’s School for the Arts, where she studied voice with Penelope Bitzas, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. She earned accolades in the Greater Boston area theatre world, winning multiple awards for her work on stage, and appearing as a soloist with organizations such as the Marsh Chapel Choir and Boston University’s Symphonic Chorus.
After a short time studying with David Testa, honing her musical theater skills, Gret followed her career path to New York City, where she appeared in various regional productions. It was in New York that she met and collaborated with Delisco, winner of E! Television’s “The Entertainer with Wayne Newton.” Delisco contracted her to co-write and serve as Assistant Musical Director for his headlining act, which opened to rave reviews at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Soon after, Gret was cast as Tina (plus three other roles) in “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” at the Rio Hotel and Casino and she played the role again when the show moved to Bally's Hotel and Casino. Other credits include "Sister Mary Amnesia" in NUNSENSE at LVH Hotel & Treasure Island, as well as Miss Scarlatte in the hit show "I Don't Have a Clue?" and "50 Shades! The Musical Parody" at Bally's Las Vegas. Gret is also is a vocal coach for local schools and theatre companies, and teaches voice privately.
Lisa moved to Las Vegas in 2002 with her husband, actor/singer Ron Smith. The couple met in California while starring in and co-hosting the famous Wild Bill’s Wild West Extravaganza Show in Buena Park. Prior to that, Lisa spent several years singing in clubs and performing in theatres throughout the Los Angeles/ Hollywood area, worked as a Lead Singer/ Dancer aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Song of America” ship, and appeared as a Featured Soloist in two separate production shows in Tokyo, Japan.
Since relocating to Las Vegas, Lisa has enjoyed recurring jazz appearances at well-known venues such as the SC Prime Steakhouse, Addison's Lounge, Ritz Carlton Hotel (Lake Las Vegas), Bootlegger Bistro, The Tropicana Lounge, Montelago Resort (Lake Las Vegas), Sammy's Restaurant & Lounge, Marche Bacchus Restaurant, ELARA Hilton Grand Vacations Resort, and local jazz hot-spot The Dispensary Lounge.
Most recently, Lisa completed an almost 5-year run at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino as part of their "Gold Coast Classics" weekly afternoon jazz series! In addition to singing with Dangerous Curves, Lisa also performs with well-known tribute group “Shades of Sinatra" and is the co-writer/co-star of several original musical revue shows with her incredibly talented husband, Ron.
Visit LisaSmithJazz.com to find out more about Lisa.