Winner of 2009 RISING STAR AWARD!!!

I am SO excited because I just found out that I was awarded the 2009 Rising Star Award from www.GigMasters.com, an online booking site where I am listed…apparently, I am ranked the #1 Jazz Singer in all of the United States AND Canada! Really?!?!?! How cool is that? Yeah baby!!!!

On Monday, March 22, they will be distributing a nationwide press release to all of their press & industry contacts announcing the winners. If you’d like to see my GigMasters profile, you can view it here: http://www.gigmasters.com/singer/LisaSmith/

I know it’s not like winning a Tony or Grammy Award, or anything even remotely similar…but to me it’s a big deal. I’ve worked really hard this past year, and it’s nice to get noticed a little in return. So, thank you to GigMasters for this honor, and thank you to everyone who has supported me and encouraged me to live my dreams and do what I love!!! I am very grateful…

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AZ and PASNV Shows!

Ron Smith, Diane Pearson, Lisa Smith

Hello again! Can you believe it’s only been a week since my last blog post and I’m actually writing AGAIN! Pretty good, huh? So our gig in Arizona at the Roadhaven Resort this past week went FABULOUSLY (here we are pictured with Diane Pearson, Activities Director for the resort, after the show…what a JOY she was to work with…a really sweet gal)!  It was almost like a little “mini-vacation” for us. We drove in on Tuesday, had the show on Wednesday, and drove back on Thursday. We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott at Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center, and let me just say, “WOW!” The hotel was absolutely gorgeous.  Brand new, beautifully decorated, great fitness center, a little bistro in the lobby that serves Starbucks coffee…I mean, really, just about every amenity you could think of! AND we got an incredible deal from Priceline.com…only $60 per night!!! And although we did hit some pretty scary weather on the way down and back (TONS of heavy rain and what felt like 45mph winds at times!!!), we made it safely and had a great time. And the best part? Diane is already talking about having us back again next year…possibly for Valentine’s Day! Here’s a copy of the review she gave us on GigMasters:

“Lisa Smith and her husband Ron were awesome. They came to perform at our resort Jan 20, 2010. Together they performed music from their “Back to Broadway” show, non-stop top notch entertainment. Lisa and Ron are multi-talented. The audience loved them and the comments included ‘This was a Quality act!’ Everyone that attended this event was very impressed. They were very easy to work with and professional. I plan to re-book. It was a great night had by all, thanks to Lisa and Ron.” – Diane P, 01/20/10, Activities Director for Roadhaven Resort, Apache Junction, AZ

Following our Performance, January 24, 2010

Yesterday, Dangerous Curves performed at the Library District Performing Arts Center in the “New York, New York: The City in Song” Show put on by the PASNV (Performing Arts Society of Nevada). We sang a swinging’ 3-part arrangement of “Lullaby of Broadway” and our own trio version of “Girl in 14G”…also performing in the show were the very talented Laurie Caceres, Jim Hodge, Gary Oakes & Lou Garcia, Lee Hughes, Wes Winters, and Tony Arias & Lloyd Ziel. Tons of talent! Thanks Tom and John for inviting us to perform…we had a great time, as always!

Yesterday, the girls and I also received a sweet email from Lolly Sample, one of the ladies who hired us to perform in December at the ROWC Holiday luncheon at Nellis AFB. Here’s what she had to say:

“I’m so sorry for the delay in writing this to you, but before another day goes by, I wanted to let you know how much the ladies of the Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club (ROWC) enjoyed your performance at our December luncheon.  Your choice of songs was perfect, and your presentation was so inviting.  Many truly wanted to sing along.  It was a great kick-off to the holiday season.  We wish you continued success, and thank you again for making our luncheon a truly special event!”

Totally sweet, huh? Yeah, Id say it was a pretty good week! :)

Do You Believe In The Law of Attraction?

Our Lunch at Maggiano's

Karen Merstik, Lisa Smith, Gret Menzies - Our Business Lunch at Maggiano's

Last Tuesday, the girls of “Dangerous Curves” got together for lunch at Maggiano’s, at the Fashion Show Mall, to discuss our business plan for this next year.  First of all, what a great meal!  The chef at Maggiano’s is so amazing and he always creates this INCREDIBLE Gluten-Free version of their Chicken Parmesan and Pasta with Meat Sauce for me (he uses potato chips for the coating instead of bread crumbs).  I absolutely LOVE eating there!

Anyway, we talked through what we’ve accomplished so far since Gret joined the group and brainstormed a bunch of ideas about where we’d like to go in the future.  One of the possibilities we discussed was getting into the Symphony Gig scene.  Almost 2 years ago, when Kai was still part of the group, we were approached by someone from the Riverside Symphony Orchestra following one of our performances, asking if we had a symphony show and would we be interested in working with them.  At the time, however, we were not in a position to even consider it.  But, it has been in the back of our minds ever since…and now we feel like we are finally ready to start considering it seriously.  But where to begin? Putting together a symphony show is a HUGE deal and a lot of work…not to mention a lot of money.  How do we make the contacts…how do we know what exactly they are looking for?  A lot of questions…not sure where to find the answers yet…but we decide to put it out there in the Universe.

Jung-Ho Pak - Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra Conductor

Well, how much do you believe in the Law of Attraction?  Later that night, I get home from rehearsal with the guys (“Shades of Sinatra” has a gig we’re preparing for at the Gold Coast Casino at the end of October) and I find that I have a Gigmasters notification email.  It’s from someone named Jung-Ho Pak, the conductor/artistic director for the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, and he’s asking if I happen to have a symphony show prepared and if not, would I ever be interested in working with an orchestra.  Um…how weird is that?  So I email him back and let him that know that I am definitely interested, and that I also happen to have a female vocal-jazz trio if he’s interested in finding out more about that as well.  So we spend the next couple of days exchanging emails and talking on the phone…what a GREAT guy!  Seriously, one of the nicest people I have talked with in a long time.  Not sure where it will lead…we are discussing the possibility of me going there to sing with the orchestra for either a POPS Concert next summer, or possibly a Gershwin Show in a year or two.  As for “Dangerous Curves,” our biggest obstacle at this point is that we don’t have a lot of great video on us with Gret yet.  And in order to be considered by any of the larger symphonies, you need great video…or at least decent video.  So, for now, that’s one of the first things we need to get together.  In the meantime, we’ll keep getting more gigs here in town (trying to get some video from all of them), concentrate on finishing up our CD, and know that’s the type of gigs we are working toward in the near future.

As for me, I am really excited about the possibility of working with Jung-Ho.  He has a lot of great ideas and says he’s willing to sit down with me over the phone and talk through what would be involved in putting together my own symphony show…which is all new to me.  I know what to do here in Las Vegas…I already understand what the casinos and lounges here like (at least most of the time)…I know what Corporate shows need…but the symphony gigs are a whole different game.  Not sure yet where I fit into that…but I’m excited to learn!

To learn more about Jun-Ho Pak and the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, click on the following link: www.capesymphony.org/cape-symphony-orchestra-meet-the-conductor.asp

“Dangerous Curves” and “Wedding Rehearsal Dinner” Gigs!

Dangerous Curves, Las Vegas

Friday night, “Dangerous Curves” (Margaret “Gret” Menzies, Karen Merstik, Lisa Smith) appeared at the Stirling Club, Turnberry Place, as the guest entertainers for the SWAN (Successful Women Actively Networking) Business Mixer.  Very fun!  They had a great turn out and we had many people come up to us afterward and say how much they enjoyed our performance (plus, we made some great contacts for future gigs!).  On top of that, we were even able to get several pre-sale orders on our soon-to-be-released CD!!  Overall, a very successful appearance. And I know I’ve said it before, but I absolutely LOVE performing with Karen and Gret…aside from their amazing vocal talent, they are both such great performers…really fun to work with.

Ron & Lisa with Anna & Tim (the Bride & Groom)

With Anna and Tim (the Bride and Groom) Following Our Performance

Following our performance though, Ron and I had to immediately pack up all the sound equipment and head out to Summerlin for another gig. It was for a wedding rehearsal dinner party, and Ron and I were hired to provide a one-hour show filled with music about love and relationships (the parents of the bride were the ones who hired us — they had seen Ron and I perform together at the Suncoast a few times, and got in touch with us through my site at Gigmasters).  It turned out great!  The bride and groom (Anna & Tim) were the sweetest, cutest couple, and everyone at the party was so nice!  We received a lot of complimets and even booked a possible Christmas Party gig from it!  I have such a blast every time I get to perform with Ron, and I am looking forward to doing MANY more gigs together!!  Some of the songs we performed last night include: It Had To Be You, You’re the Boss, Just the Way You Are, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Makin’ Whoopee, Get Me To the Church On Time, Fever, Endless Love, Unforgettable, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Together Wherever We Go, and more…  All in all, a tiring, but extremely prosperous evening!!

Are you a woman with her own business?  Visit the SWAN (Successful Women Actively Networking) Website

To hear audio clips and see photos of some of “Dangerous Curves” past gigs, visit the Dangerous Curves Website at www.DangerousCurvesLasVegas.com

To visit Lisa Smith’s GigMasters page and learn more about booking her and Ron, or Dangerous Curves, go to www.gigmasters.com/singer/LisaSmith/

Visit Lisa Smith’s performing website and see/hear video and audio clips: www.lovinjazzinvegas.com