Calabria Foti is an American singer, violinist, composer, arranger, author, and educator. A consummate musician and a dynamic entertainer, Calabria is a connoisseur of music, from Classical to Broadway. Ms. Foti’s recordings and live shows have been praised by such diverse artists as piano virtuoso Van Cliburn, composer Johnny Mandel, trumpeter Chris Botti, and a host of other music and entertainment luminaries. Upon hearing her CD, "A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening" (2007, MoCo Records), legendary singer Johnny Mathis said, " Listening to a beautiful voice is one of my greatest pleasures in life. Listening to this recording of Calabria Foti's voice is some of the most beautiful and artistic music I have ever heard. She is a treasure!"
Born into a family of musicians and music educators, Calabria was exposed to classical, jazz, and popular music at a young age. Passionate about movie musicals and classic films of the late 1920s on, Ms. Foti calls herself a “throwback” , in love with the period of American history that produced the songs of the Great American Songbook and the films from The Golden Age of Hollywood.
Her highly acclaimed CDs are a testimony to her musical sensibilities, and can be heard regularly on adult standards and jazz radio formats throughout the world. She has shared the spotlight and the microphone with TV’s Seth MacFarlane and in 2013, the two paired up to record the duet, “Let’s Fall in Love”, which garnered a Grammy Award nomination.
Equally at home performing musical theatre, jazz, cabaret, or her own original songs, Calabria has been called a “master of improvisation and interpretation”, and her voice has graced several major motion picture and television soundtracks.
Also an accomplished violinist, Calabria created the jazz violin sound for Fox TV’s Lisa Simpson, performed the virtuosic violin solo for the long-running theme to PBS’ Great Performances, and most recently was a featured soloist in the films, Muppets Most Wanted and Sherlock Holmes. She has played violin on hundreds of television and movie scores, and on CDs for Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Josh Groban, Daft Punk, and many others.
With a delightful speaking voice, Ms. Foti has hosted the internationally syndicated radio program “Music Of Your Life” and is heard occasionally as a guest on Sirius/XM Radio’s “Siriusly Sinatra”, where she enthusiastically discusses and plays the music she loves so much. Married to trombonist Bob McChesney since 1985, Calabria and Bob are the parents of two fierce and fabulous daughters.
"Listening to a beautiful voice is one of my greatest pleasures in life. Listening to this recording of Calabria Foti's voice is some of the most beautiful and artistic music I have ever heard. Her heart and mind are on display in every well-chosen song. She is a treasure! What a joy."
singing legend, Johnny Mathis
"You're a wonderful singer and musician, and I love your arrangements!"
virtuoso pianist, Van Cliburn
"Calabria Foti is truly a marvelous singer in every way. She has all the technique and musicality you could want, and she has the ability to tell a story and touch your heart."
arranger/composer, Johnny Mandel
"Calabria is a gifted artist . . ."
trumpeter, Chris Botti
"When I first heard Calabria sing, I felt I had discovered a hidden treasure."
composer/conductor, Jorge Calandrelli
"Calabria's voice is gorgeous !"
saxophonist, Dave Koz
AFFILIATIONS AND CHARITIES:
Society of Singers
Music for Autism
Nafme (music education)