Sheera Ben-David
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Sheera Ben-David


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Sheera Ben-David is the Melinda Doolittle of cabaret. In December 2005, there was no question that Ben-David was the best singer in the final round of the Oak Room’s first (and, to date, only) Young Artists Competition; songs nestled into the warm, earthy folds of her voice like lovers on a bearskin rug. And yet, in a scenario familiar to American Idol’s class act Doolittle, the panel of judges wound up awarding the contest’s grand prize—a two-week run at the prestigious Algonquin Hotel venue—to a younger, sunnier and less accomplished contestant. Recognizing the injustice of this outcome, the Oak Room went ahead and booked Ben-David anyhow for a weeklong run last year, in which the 29-year-old singer demonstrated interpretive acumen to undergird her big and lush sound. (That she moonlights as a cantor at a Rockland County synagogue is a testament to her versatility.)

Ben-David’s taste in material gravitates to the serious side, with many selections by the tormented Belgian troubadour Jacques Brel—to whom she devoted her 2001 debut CD—as well as dramatic pop songs by modern writers, such as John Bucchino’s tender, sad “If I Ever Say I’m Over You.” But the heaviness is offset by haimishly irreverent patter and comic numbers, including a foray into Gallic nonsense in “The French Song.” Her two shows at the Met Room this month offer another chance to hear what makes her singing so satisfying: Others may flash brighter in the pan, but in the final reduction, Ben-David’s rich and substantial taste wins the day. — Adam Feldman - TIME OUT NY, David Finkle (2007)

"In a Crowded Field, A Young Voice Has Her Say"

Sheera Ben-David, who is appearing through tomorrow at the Oak Room in the Algonquin Hotel, stands out as a fully developed dramatic singer who delivers the goods on several counts.

Ms. Ben-David, who placed second last year in the first Oak Room Young Artist Competition, has a strong expressive voice, phrasing that cuts a swath through a song, and a focused interpretive point of view. Like most singers in the subgenre, she is more expressive when holding back her considerable power than when belting. Ms. Ben-David has a particular affinity for the introspective emotional puzzles of the songwriter John Bucchino, two of whose pieces (“Unexpressed” and “If I Ever Say I’m Over You”) are included in her program.

She is also a forthright, amusing raconteur, who recalls having a Guns N’ Roses poster as a seventh grader that prompted her parents to accuse her of worshipping the devil. “And I was,” she adds cheerfully.

Much of her patter concerns her recent marriage to an investment banker. Her version of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” segued with “You’ll Never Get Away From Me,” is a darkly humorous autobiographical commentary on a couple living beyond their means. Her husband, she jokes, arrives home from work at 3 a.m. and can’t sleep from financial anxiety. Yet they have a housekeeper and eat out in restaurants. “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” is her blithe assurance that all will be well.

But will it? The generic hothouse Ms. Ben-David occupies is an extremely crowded arena of jockeying princesses. Her challenge is discovering how to flourish in the great outdoors. - New York Times, Stephen Holden(2006)


1. Sheera Ben-David Sings Jacques Brel

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Sheera Ben-David was brought up in a very musical family. Her mother was a contralto soloist at the New York Metropolitan Opera for 24 years and her father was the first person to receive a Doctorate in Voice from The Juilliard School. Sheera began singing at a very early age and was lucky to have a brother accompany her on the piano throughout her childhood. Her brother, Adam Ben-David, went on to study piano and composition following in his parent’s footsteps, at The Juilliard School. Today, he is her music director.

Sheera is a graduate of the NYU TISCH performing arts university where she studied musical theatre and acting at the Stella Adler conservatory. She has spent the greater part of her life performing: In 1993, a selection of Gershwin songs at The Caramoor Festival called “ A Gershwin Morning”; a full solo concert at Merkin Hall; cabaret sets of Standards and Jazz songs at various clubs around Manhattan, and many benefits and events.

A few years ago Sheera put her love of Jacques Brel’s music into an album, which both she and her brother produced. She then brought her passion to the source and performed to a sold out crowd at the Music Village in Brussels, Belgium- the home of Jacques Brel.

In October of 2006, Sheera received critical acclaim for her week-long debut at the Algonquin Hotel’s famed Oak Room. As a result, she was awarded the Ira Eaker Award for Special Achievement at the Backstage Bistro Cabaret Awards in April of 2007.

In 2008 Sheera looks forward to performing at The Metropolitan Room and The Oak Room and is currently preparing for her first European Tour.

Sheera is completing her second album.