San Francisco vocalist Natasha Miller will return to Yoshi's in San Francisco on December 23 in celebration of her 7th CD release,
"The Secret of Christmas".
It is her second collection of holiday music and features an original song that Natasha wrote, "What Christmas Means to Me" as well as re-imagined holiday classics including, "God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Winter Wonderland". With Sam Bevan at the helm producing and arranging, the CD landscape traverses the sounds of pop, folk, latin and a hint of jazz. The arrangements take on elements of the sonic tapestry of some of Natasha's favorite artists such as The Police, Shawn Colvin (John Leventhal/producer), Bonnie Raitt and are a mixture of those influences with both Sam and Natasha's individual artistic preferences folded in to the mix. As on most recordings and performances, in addition to singing on the tracks, Natasha also plays the violin on a few songs.
Stellar bay area musicians created the beautiful landscape of music and was led by veteran side-man/bassist Sam Bevan who has in the last few years been very busy producing and arranging music for local artists. Colin Hogan joins on piano, keyboard and accordion, Colin Douglas on drums, Rich Armstrong on horns and vocals, Gawain Matthews on mandolin, Matthew Charles Heulitt on electric and acoustic guitars, and Matt Lucas on percussion. The tracks were recorded by Jeremy Goody at Mega Sonic Studios in Oakland, and by Stephen Hart at 25th Studios also in Oakland.
Natasha owns an independent jazz record label, Poignant Records with 8 releases available. Her music publishing company is affiliated with ASCAP. She has produced CD projects at Fantasy Records in Berkeley, as well as at Skywalker Studios. She is a classically trained violinist as well as a songwriter, vocalist, and plays the acoustic guitar and piano.
As a vocalist, Ms. Miller has had the honor of performing at venues such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s in Oakland and San Francisco, Blues Alley in D.C., and the Jazz Standard in NYC.
In Alameda, CA a music fund is named The Flicka (Frederica von Stade) and Natasha Fund, which helps to support music in the public school system.
Ms. Miller is on the Symphonix Advisory Board and also volunteers for, and/or donates her time and financial resources to: Bread and Roses, Alameda Education Foundation, Little Kids Rock, Relay for Life, The Alameda Hospital, Sophia Project, the Midway Women’s Shelter (for abused women and children), Music In Schools Today (MUST), and the Red Cross.
Natasha is the founder and President of the entertainment booking agency Entire Productions in San Francisco.