It was a very busy August for IT’S MY PARTY!, the group performed a total of nine shows, finishing with a return to the Honeoye, NY concert series on Friday, August 22. Unfortunately, the weather threatened all day. The crew made a decision to disassemble the light show, rather than have it exposed to a possible cloudburst. As it turned out, there was not a drop a rain, and the crowd was large and responsive.
Wendy Krause, from the Honeoye public library, organizes this series yearly, and does a fabulous job. Every year, the concert series includes a glossy color flyer of the schedule of events. Wendy, and her team, are most interested in the musical integrity of the act. She was particularly impressed with our string section, which included 5 violins that night.
After five incredible seasons with the same vocal lineup, IT’S MY PARTY! is about to begin a new chapter. Kylie has decided to dedicate more time to her classically trained voice at Slippery Rock College, and would like to take a break during the summer. Shelbie is studying theater production at Fredonia, and found it difficult to juggle her commitment to the band and her future profession. We wish both girls success in their future endeavors, and thank them for a great run with the group.
You may have seen a show this past season with Sarah performing with us, while Shelbie was on an internship. We are happy to announced that Sarah is now a member of IT’S MY PARTY!. Sarah is joined by new member, Sierra, a junior at Penfield High School. Sierra has her own solo career, and has been singing classic rock, and jazz for some time now. Finally, we are thrilled to announce the return of Michelle. Michelle is not only a great singer, but a real student of the girl group sound. The new trio is busy in the studio rehearsing and recording. The vocal blend is already coming along, and I know that our fans will be as excited as we are, with the new lineup.
The recording of “You Won’t Even Know Her Name” is now completed. The final steps are mixing and mastering. We will have to make a decision whether to release this as a single, or include it in a larger body of work. The group hopes to record more material in January. This is the first recording to with our new member, Sarah, who is singing the high harmony part. You can hear a rough mix — minus the fade out, which occurs in the mastering process — by clicking the link below.
IT’S MY PARTY! began with conversations between John Giotto and Ron Stein in 1984. By December of that year, John interviewed the first singer, Sharon. Liz and Sonia followed to round out the first trio, and the band debuted on June 15, 1985 at Panorama Plaza, helping celebrate the 175th anniversary of Penfield, NY.
As we begin 2015, the time felt right to reunite the original members, along with the other ’80s lineups for a one-time concert. The plan is to have a concert that would open with the current group and then welcome the three ’80s lineups to perform, culminating the show with the original members. As of this writing, six of the original seven members have made a verbal commitment to perform. Additionally, Larry Goss, and Kelly from the second incarnation have expressed interest in performing. The event will take place in July. We will keep you updated as new developments unfold.