Ann Hampton Callaway Biography

30 May 1959, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Born into a musically nurturing family, Callaway began singing from an early age encouraged especially by her mother, a vocal coach. In addition to singing, she also developed a concurrent career as a songwriter. She has worked with her sister, Liz Callaway, in particular on their original musical show, Sibling Revelry, which has been performed at several venues including London, England’s Donmar Theatre. In addition to working on theatrical stages, Callaway has also appeared extensively in nightclubs, on radio and television, all with distinction. Her appearance in New York in Swing! brought her great public and critical acclaim including a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress In A Musical, and she won the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. She also appeared on the original Broadway cast recording of the show. Her concert hall appearances have included Tanglewood and Carnegie Hall, with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra, with Lyle ‘Skitch’ Henderson and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Reciprocating, Marsalis appeared on Callaway’s Signatures, on which Kenny Barron also plays. She has appeared frequently on television, including The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in the UK on the BBC. Among many prestigious appearances she was a guest at President Gorbachev’s Youth Peace Summit in Moscow and at the White House in Washington, DC, during the Clinton administration.

Callaway’s work as a composer and lyricist has also brought her attention and acclaim. Her songs include ‘The Nanny Named Fran’, written for the CBS television comedy show, The Nanny, and ‘At The Same Time’, which was recorded by Barbra Streisand on her 1997 release Higher Ground. Also, she wrote lyrics to a Rolf Lovland melody, ‘I’ve Dreamed Of You’, sung by Streisand to James Brolin at their wedding and recorded on A Love Like Ours. The association with Streisand continued with Callaway’s ‘A Christmas Lullaby’ appearing on Christmas Memories. A measure of Callaway’s stature as a lyricist can be determined from the fact that The Cole Porter Estate officially recognizes her as the only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter. This resulted from her having set music to his posthumously discovered lyric, ‘I Gaze In Your Eyes’, recorded for the Cole Porter Revisited series. She is also the winner of ASCAP’s Johnny Mercer Songwriting Award. A striking interpreter of the standard songbook, Callaway’s work is suffused with her obvious love for the material. Her glowing voice brings fluid grace to her interpretations and with film, television and theatre projects abounding, her already considerable stature in the world of popular song continues to grow.


Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.


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