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Aurora (Rory) Barnes is a singer/songwriter, actor and accomplished violinist. Born and raised in New York City, the style and content of her music represent the vast melting pot she grew up in. Aurora's performance career has taken her to many stages including the White House, the Kennedy Center, Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, 92YTribeca, Knitting Factory, Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poet’s Café, The David Letterman Show, The Conan O'Brien Show and VH1's Concert of the Century and Fashion Awards. She has also performed at the Town Hall in Zurich, Switzerland. Aurora's music fuses jazz, folk, soul with catchy pop melodies to create an indefinable sound to support her powerful voice. Her lyrics combine personal reflection with stories of inner struggle that define her generation. This is what caught the eye of independent record label, Dramatico Entertainment, who signed Aurora to a publishing deal in the winter of 2009. Aurora studied at Columbia University and graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Law. She is the winner of the 2001 MERIT AWARD for Popular Voice from the National Foundation of the Arts. At the same time she has been a staple on the New York City Theater scene since she was very young, performing in works by such writers as Suzan-Lori Parks, Jeanine Tesori and working with the likes of Ruben Santiago Hudson, Eisa Davis, Ben Vereen and Gwen Verdon. Aurora made her feature film debut in 2009 with small roles in “The Last Film Festival” with Donnell Rawlings, directed by Linda Yellen and “Get Him To The Greek” with Jonah Hill and Russell Brand, under the direction of Nicholas Stoller. Aurora currently studies in NYC with acting coach, Harold Guskin and vocal coach, Adrienne Angel. She has performed on the stages of the Negro Ensemble Company, Abingdon Theater Company, New Dramatists Theater, The Public Theater and The Zephyr Theater in Los Angeles. "Aurora has a beautiful singing voice with wonderful technique and has made great impressions in the acting industry." -Bernadette Peters.