Category Archives: Featuring The Harlettes

Monday, November 5, 2018

Featuring A Harlette: Nicolette Hart – Returning home to start a business in Rochester: a Broadway star, Olympians and a model

DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
Featuring A Harlette: Nicolette Hart
By Mary Chao
Nov. 2, 2018

Featuring A Harlette: Nicolette Hart

Nicolette Hart returned to Rochester to open her voice and acting studio. (Photo: One Sharp Joe (onesharpjoe.com))

It all started in kindergarten when a teacher sent a note home to Michelle Lipman’s parents expressing concern about her shyness. Her mother’s guilt sank in, so she was enrolled in all types of classes that would force interaction with other children, including voice and acting.  

“This was the beginning of what would become my passion, my love, my life and career path,” says Lipman, who now goes by Nicolette Hart.

After intensive training for a bachelor in fine arts degree in musical theater at the University at Buffalo and making it on Broadway in productions such as Legally Blonde, Hart is back in her hometown of Penfield, married to a boy she knew in her youth with a business in Rochester training young actors and actresses. She is among many area entrepreneurs who decided to return home after national and international fame, choosing to grow a business in the Rochester region. Read More

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Featuring A Harlette: Jenifer Lewis Talks Activism, Kanye, Racism, And Bette Midler (Bonus Video)

New York Times
Featuring A Harlette: Jenifer Lewis Talks Activism, Kanye, Racism, And Bette Midler
By Interview by Lauretta Charlton
Oct. 30, 2018

Photo taken of Ms. Jenifer Lewis by 
Oriana Koren
Photo taken of Ms. Jenifer Lewis by 
Oriana Koren

Throughout your career, you’ve played various matriarchs — the mothers in “Poetic Justice,” “The Preacher’s Wife” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” the aunt in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and now the grandmother on “black-ish” — and you’ve named your memoir, “The Mother of Black Hollywood,” accordingly. Did you ever feel typecast? No, I love these roles. What has happened with the younger generation that started watching me on “Fresh Prince” is that I developed a relationship with them. I was parked on Santa Monica Boulevard just yesterday, and a young African-American woman stopped her car, and she just reached her hand out of the window and whispered, “Thank you.” What can I tell you, kid? I’m doing my best. Read More

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Featuring A Harlette: Melanie Taylor – Love Me Still


Produced by:  Keri Larson & Tony Guerrero www.theblackandwhitesessions.com

Vocal: Melanie Taylor

Piano: Tony Guerrero

Written by: Bruce Hornsby & Chaka Kahn

Melanie Taylor is a force to be reckoned with. Her career spans many decades and her list of credits is extensive. She was a legendary Harlette for Bette Midler for almost 10 years and was the 1st female vocalist to tour with the band Aerosmith in 2012. She has recently been touring with Barry Manilow and has worked with artists such as Barbra Streisand, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Chaka Kahn to name a few. Melanie has worked in TV, Film, and Commercials including jingles for Mattel and Toyota, as well as appearances on Oprah, Parenthood, The Oscars, AMA’s, and The Voice, and more. She had a top 5 single on the Billboard dance charts with the capitol records duo, Bardeux. Read More

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Featuring A Harlette: Video – CHARLO CROSSLEY “I KNOW WHERE I’VE BEEN” – To Support Marsha Malamet (Intro by BRUCE VILANCH)

Music & Lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman from the Musical “Hairspray!”) Performed Live (with track) on May 29, 2018, at Catalina Jazz Club in “LOVE DON’T NEED A REASON A Benefit for Singer/Songwriter MARSHA MALAMET.”

You can contribute to Marsha’s much needed medical support at https://www.youcaring.com/malamet

Very Special Thanks to Marc Saltrelli for capturing this magical moment on video. Clifford Bell, Hillary Rollins, and Lampkin Music Group present: “Love Don’t Need a Reason: A Benefit for Marsha Malamet” on Tuesday, May 29th at Catalina’s Jazz Club. Hosted by Award-winning writer/actor/personality, Bruce Vilanch At press time, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Melissa Manchester; Golden Globe/MAC Award winner, Amanda McBroom; Award Award singer/songwriter, Michele Brourman; Actress/ singer, Mary Jo Mundy; Singer, Ken Stacy, Singer, Kimaya Seward; Award-winning singer/musical director/pianist, Todd Schroeder, Former Harlette and Hairspray Star, Charlo Crossley; Pop Producer Greg Wells; Actress/singer, Patricia Whiteman; Songwriter, Alan Roy Scott; Songwriter, Matthew Levine and Award-winning producer/songwriter and Marsha’s producer, Stephan Oberhoff have all signed on to perform. More to be announced. Directed by Clifford Bell. Read More

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Featuring A Harlette: Chrissi Poland – New Gig, New Album, Worked With Bette Midler in 2014

Wicked Local
Marshfield’s Chrissi Poland talks about coming home to perform
By Ruth Thompson
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Chrissi Poland

Singer/songwriter/musician Chrissi Poland, a Marshfield native, will be performing at The River Club Music Hall, 78 Border St. in Scituate, for “An Evening with Chrissi Poland, Ari Hest & Mike Errico” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 26.

While Poland writes her own material and very much enjoys playing different instruments at her live shows, singing is her first love. Read More

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Featuring The Harlettes: The Black & White Sessions : Paulette McWilliams : “At Seventeen” (June 18, 2018)

Mister D: I thought I’d start featuring the Harlettes Bette Midler has gainfully employed over the decades. You know they had to be super-talented and well-rounded to work with the hard driving Miss M. I’ve featured some in the past, but I keep running into their projects and I’d like to pay some respect when I can. So we’ll start out with Ms. Paulette McWilliams who worked with Ms. Midler in 1979-1980. Ms. Williams does an awesome job on one of my favorite songs, At Seventeen, written by the incredible Janis Ian (Some People’s Lives) Read More

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