Friday, 3 June 2011
Risa Hall - WHD's Live Guest!
On Wednesday's WHD we gave a warm welcome to singer songwriter Risa Hall who played a live session with fellow musician Paddy O'Hare and treated us to songs from her new album Glass Half...?
Risa was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York and went to the same High School as the Simonand Garfunkel and the Ramones (who were her friends).
In New York, Risa started out as an actor and appeared as Frenchy in the Broadway cast of Grease. In the UK Risa continued her theatrical career with the Heather Brothers’ Sin and Salvation in London (with Sinitta), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (with William Gaunt, Joe McGann and Julie Graham) and numerous voice overs and radio plays.
Music was always Risa’s first love and after being inspired by KT Tunstall and Nerina Pallot, Risa picked up her guitar and wrote an album’s worth of material. Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore, Joan Baez) heard the demos and asked to come on board as producer.
The result is Glass Half..?, an album of ten eclectic self penned tunes. There have been fantastic reviews so far from ‘Sophisticated, melodic pop’, ‘a dynamic album that entertains from start to finish’ and ‘Risa has a lusty Broadway babe voice and can really belt out the tunes ala Bonnie Raitt’