Lynda Jamison launched her singing career when she was in her forties, relatively late in life for such a life-altering undertaking. Nonetheless, this late start has not stopped her from making a successful transition from Pittsburgh wife and mother to nationally recognized cabaret performer. She has three albums on the streets, two of them under the musical direction of one of the top arrangers in the business, John Oddo, who was musical director for Rosemary Clooney for several years. Jamison's place as a cabaret singer was kicked off in 1993 with a gig at Cardillo's Club Café in Pittsburgh, which she landed with the help of another Steel City jazz singer, Sandy Staley. Along the way, she received some serious mentoring from Margaret Whiting and Julie Wilson. Since then, Jamison has traveled extensively, appearing in some of the major cabaret rooms throughout the country, including the Algonquin, the Plush \Room, and the Cinegrill. Her mid-life career change was also the subject of an eight-page feature in Life magazine. Jamison has all the tools needed to be the effective cabaret singer she is: a flexible, full-range voice that she applies to a variety of musical genres, including jazz. But most all, she is an appealing storyteller, a quality that separates the best of cabaret from the run of the mill. In addition to her performing, Jamison is involved with her Foundation for the Gift of Life, which brings children from other countries needing sophisticated heart surgery to the United States for treatment. When not on the road performing or in the studio, Jamison lives with her family in Pittsburgh, PA.
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