Betsyann Faiella has been described by The Los Angeles Times’ Don Heckman as “contemporary cabaret at its best” and by Variety as “a swinging jazz seductress.” The music world was introduced to this versatile artist with the 2001 release of her bold debut recording – CAN I BE FRANK? – a tribute to the artistry of Francis Albert Sinatra. Co-produced and arranged by Shelly Markham and Clifford Bell, the CD was recorded in Los Angeles with a number of Sinatra sidemen.
Betsyann has performed her Sinatra show in cultural arts centers, universities, and at some of the world’s most famous Cabaret and Jazz venues. She has made three appearances at the Blue Note in New York (and a week long engagement in the Las Vegas Club), two appearances at New York’s Birdland and four appearances at Ronnie Scott’s in London. The Jazz Tribute to Frank Sinatra drew standing room only crowds to week-long engagements featuring Betsyann’s vocals and jazz greats including Hank Jones, Eddie Bert, Paul Smith, Joe Wilder, Frank Wess and Howard Alden, among others, as well as Londoners Leo Green and James Pierson. Additionally Betsyann has appeared with the late Hank Jones at The Regatta Bar (Boston), Scullers, The Jazz Bakery (LA) and Jazz Alley (Seattle).
Betsyann has often performed her Sinatra show and her other offerings, Call Of The City (it’s about New York), and American Made in a cabaret setting with the intimate accompaniment of piano and bass only. Some other venues where she has been engaged are:
The Colony Palm Beach, St. Joseph’s College NY (multiple engagements), Hofstra University NY (multiple engagements), Connetquot Public Library NY (multiple engagements), Clark Botanic Garden NY, Hopkins Center For The Arts MN, Illinois State University (multiple engagements), Smithtown Performing Arts Center NY, The Cinegrill and The Gardenia in Los Angeles (multiple engagements), Largo L.A. (multiple engagements). In the summers of ‘04, ’05, and ’06, swinging New Yorkers (are there any other kind?) danced under the stars every Wednesday night at Tavern On The Green to the Big Band sounds of the Tavern On The Green All Stars, with vocals by Betsyann Faiella.
Betsyann was discovered singing at The Empire Diner in Manhattan, and soon after launched her professional entertainment career at the legendary cabaret, Reno Sweeney. Soon after her first showcase performance, Betsyann was landing engagements at clubs and casinos all over the United States and every Canadian province. In 2010, the New York Times published Betsyann's memoir of the Empire Diner, which included a description of her first time singing there.
A native of Yonkers, New York, Ms. Faiella (pronounced Fye-ella) was born into a funny, musical family, and attributes her passion for food, music and living to an Italian father and Irish/Bohemian mother who encouraged three daughters to perform shamelessly at every opportunity for family and friends.