Latanya Farrell
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Latanya Farrell

West Hartford, Connecticut, United States | SELF

West Hartford, Connecticut, United States | SELF
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"Latanya Opening for Air Supply"

When the Bristol Business Education Foundation recording artists “Air Supply” in a fund-raising concert May 31 at the Palace Theater in Waterbury the opening acts will be “Bristol’s own” Latanya Farrell and The Bookman Styles Band.

Farrell a teacher at Chippens Hill Middle School won on “Connecticut Star Search” and has been a featured performer across the state, including the Bushnell, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, and WFSB Channel 3’s “Better Connecticut”

Air Supply rocketed to the top of the charts with such hit songs as "Lost in Love," "All Out of Love" and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All."

Proceeds from the concert will be used to purchase SMARTBoards for all city public schools.

This fall, representatives from the Bristol Education Foundation attended a presentation given by Ivy Drive first grade teacher Amy Morgan in her classroom using her new SMARTBoard.

As part of the renovations at Ivy Drive and Mountain View schools each classroom was outfitted with a SMARTboard, computer and projector. Dusty chalk boards have given way to wall mounted interactive white boards, a type of touch sensitive computer screen. A projector projects the teacher’s computer desktop onto the board’s surface where users control the computer using a pen, finger or other device.

Concert tickets at $60, $50, and $40 can be purchased at the Palace Theater Box Office: 203.755.4700 or online at www.palacetheaterct.org. Locally tickets can be purchased at Sawe’s Florist, Bristol Board of Education Room 32, City True Value Hardware and Bristol Federal Credit Union.
- Bristol Press, Feb 2008


"Latanya To Star Off-Broadway"

Latanya Farrell and Javier Colon will be featured this month in Songs in the Key of Life, part of the Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge Off-Broadway Series at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.

Songs in the Key of Life takes numbers from Stevie Wonder’s 1976 milestone recording, rearranging them without dialogue to tell the story of an African American family. Farrell and Colon are part of a six-person cast that tells the story through a capella singing with only a drumbeat and percussion. - UNotes, Feb 2006


"Latanya Farrell Wins Talent Contest"

Latanya Farrell, a teacher at Chippens Hill Middle School, is now a star.


In fact, the West Hartford resident even gave out her first autograph Monday after winning the Connecticut Star Search contest Saturday sponsored by WFSB Channel 3. The contest was part of the festivities of Riverfest 2003.


"My phone has been ringing off the hook," Farrell said. Friends, fellow teachers, students and family members have been calling her since the contest was broadcast.

"I always tell my sixth- and seventh-graders to take advantage of opportunities," Farrell said. "This was an opportunity for me," she added.

Farrell entered the contest at the urging of her hairdresser. She said she used to sing a lot in church when she was younger, but has no plans to pursue a professional career. She likes teaching, she added.

Farrell, 31, taught kindergarten and first grade at Stafford School for seven years before moving to the middle school. She has been on family leave since she gave birth to her daughter, Jordan, three months ago. Farrell has since been home with Jordan and her 2-year-old son, Jason Jr., or "Cubby" as he’s known to family and friends.

After a dozen attempts to make a videotape to send to the station, Farrell finally gave up and sat down in a chair, feeding her daughter as she sang "Hero," recorded originally by Mariah Carey. The phone was ringing in the background, but she just kept singing, Farrell said.

Shortly after her husband dropped off the tape, people from the station and Bristol resident Chantele Doucette -- winner of CBS’ Star Search contest -- left a message informing her she was a finalist.

Farrell performed "God Bless America" and won the contest Saturday evening.

"I cannot wait until school starts to talk with the kids about it," she said. - Bristol Press, 2003


Discography

CD - "Feelin' Alright" - Latanya Farrell
(Release Date October, 2008)

Individual Tracks Include:

"Feelin' Alright"
"Me & U"
"The Very Best"
"So Fortunate"

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Bio

Latanya Farrell is a gifted singer, songwriter and performer who moves audiences with passion, energy and a love for music and life! Her award winning vocal talent and style has influences from Natalie Cole to Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin to Ella Fitzgerald. With performance roots in her family church and community events, Latanya's career took a leap forward after she was crowned Champion of the 2003 Connecticut Star Search competition. Following that, she spent time in studios around the country learning the music business, and developing her writing style. In 2008, Latanya released her debut CD Feelin' Alright. This thoroughly soulful blend has something for everyone...from the deeply personal "The Very Best", to the urban-edged "Now That I Have You", or the emotional ballad "So Fortunate". Latanya wrote or co-wrote each track and in her lyrics she reveals her secrets for capturing real-life moments and making them the best they can be!

With her home grown group of musicians, The Bookman Styles Band, Latanya emerges as a band-leader, full of energy, with a unique gift of engaging audiences with her bright smile and impeccable style. Blending Latanya's original music with highly popular cover tunes, they play to packed houses in venues throughout the New England area. Their presence is infectious and keeps the energy flowing throughout the performance with music that ranges from soulful classics to urban contemporary.

Latanya maintains a very busy performance schedule locally and in the New England area with many public and private performances. She is an advocate for many local charities; singing the National Anthem for ‘walk’ events or with her full band for larger scale events. Recently, she was the headliner for the University of Hartford’s Music for a Change series and raised money and awareness for Autism Speaks!

Some Highlights of Latanya’s Performance Career:

* Featured Artist for University of Hartford’s Music for a Change Series to benefit Autism Speaks! (Feb, 2009)
* Released Debut Original CD, Feelin Alright (Oct, 2008)
* Cast in leading role as “The Woman” in New Britain Repertory Theater production of Blues in the Night (2008)
* Opening Performer for Terrance Blanchard, Ives Center-Danbury, CT (Sep, 2008)
* Opening Performer for Air Supply, Palace Theater-Waterbury (2008)
* Co-Wrote and Performed Title Track for Original Motion Picture ‘She’s Got It’ – Winner of TOMI Film Festival’s ‘Best Feature’ (2007)
* Cast as "The Daughter" in Off-Broadway production of Songs in the Key of Life at The Bushnell (2006)
* Cast as "Mrs Sherman" in Hartford Children's Theatre production of Fame-The Musical (2006)
* Champion “Connecticut Star Search” (2003)
* Featured Performer, Foxwoods Resort & Casino Atrium Lounge, (2006)
* Opening Performer for Javier, Capitol Records artist, at The Webster Theater (2005)
* Performed for Beyond the Storm, benefit for Hurricane Katrina relief presented by the University of Hartford. Featuring Wynton Marsalis (2005)
* “Connecticut Idol” Talent Judge during preliminary round of American Idol (2004-2005)
* Featured Performer, Lake Compounce theme park Bristol Pride Day celebrations (2003-2006)
* Featured Soloist, Greater Hartford Arts Council Festival of Lights Celebration (2003-2007)
* Cast as "Miss Sherman", Bristol Footlights production of “Fame, The Musical” (2005)

Featured National Anthem Singer: University of Hartford Men's and Women's Basketball (2002-2008), America East Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament (2004-2006), CT Special Olympics (2005-2009), New Britain Rock Cats Baseball (2006-2007), Boston Cannons Major League Lacrosse (2006), Walk for Autism Research (2006-2009), American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life (2006-2009), WDRC 1360's Brad Davis Listener Luncheon (2006), Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (2006-2008), West Hartford Little League Opening Day (2006-2008)

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Artist is called Latanya Farrell - Please note correct spelling and capitalization

Pronounced: Latanya “like lasagna” – Farrell “like barrel”

The band is called – Latanya Farrell and The Bookman Styles Band

Websites:

www.Latanya.net
www.MySpace.com/LatanyaFarrell
www.SonicBids.com/LatanyaFarrell

Manager – Jason Farrell (860) 869-4622 or Jason@LatanyaFarrell.com