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Portrait of Spencer Day
I'm a singer/songwriter and I'm excited about my third CD, “Vagabond.” “Vagabond” spotlights my expressive style of American contemporary music, a blend of jazz, pop, soul and folk. I hope “Vagabond” sets the tone for the 21st-century American Songbook.

I was born in Utah, and grew up in rural Pinetop, Arizona, raised primarily by a single mom who is a music teacher, lyric soprano and a devotee of musical theater. My mother, Jeannie, has had a profound influence on my musical pursuit. I currently reside in Los Angeles.

I'm largely self-taught, and my influences are from such diverse composers as Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Joni Mitchell, Carol King, John Lennon and Paul Simon.

I want to create a passionate fusion of all the musical styles that have inspired me. As I grow as an artist, I hope to continue paying homage to the great artists who have shaped my style and sensibilities. I want to create music that is smooth and sophisticated but teeming with raw emotion and fire under the surface. It is in life’s contradictions where the most beautiful things are created.

I've devoted myself to songwriting since 1998. Since I was a featured performer at the 2007 San Francisco Jazz Festival, I've been headlining at Yoshi’s, the Plush Room, the Great American Music Hall and the Herbst Theatre. In New York City, I received rave reviews in Time Out and Backstage magazines on my performances to enthusiastic audiences at the Town Hall, Joe’s Pub, and the Canal Room. I also headlined at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, The Sheldon Concert Hall in St Louis, and the Dakota in Minneapolis.

Earlier this year, I had the privilege to open for Rufus Wainwright at the Napa Valley Opera House performance. This summer, I was honored to be invited by Jazz legend Marian McPartland to join Nnenna Freelon and Mulgrew Miller in celebrating McPartland’s 90th birthday at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival. In September, I performed at the 51st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival before heading to the Singapore Sun Festival in October. On my return I will maintain a full schedule touring the Eastern part of the country in concert with the upcoming release of “Vagabond.”

I recorded my new CD with Yair Evnine, my longtime guitarist/cellist; Grammy-nominated master drummer Scott Amendola (Charlie Hunter) and renowned bassist Jon Evans (Tori Amos). Artistically, I feel it's been a great collaboration.

I also love composing for musical theater. In 2005, I collaborated with Rafe Chase on a full-length musical, “Someday, Love,” which was performed at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theater. I also starred in the show in addition to writing its score.

I have composed more than 60 tunes and recorded two well-received albums, “Introducing Spencer Day” (2004) and “Movie of Your Life” (2005). The song “Movie of Your Life” won San Francisco Academy of Art University’s 2005 competition for best original song. The resulting music video, produced by the school’s faculty and students, was selected by Dolby Laboratories as a demonstration video for the global launch of the Dolby 7.1 system.

Ultimately, what matters most is the music. Whatever I do, whatever I sing, my primary goal is to keep it pure and honest.
 
 
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