innovative adult contemporary songwriter & artist
"One should probably like Rändi Fay simply because she is one of the nicest human beings ever, but if you take a few moments to listen, a number of things become apparent: 1) her voice is worthy of her "vocalist of the year" nominations and she sings both standards and her own material in a manner that brings a unique and very listenable quality to every song; 2) she is a gifted and talented lyricist-songwriter whose compositions are both engaging and entertaining; and 3) she is a true pro who prepares, chooses her musicians and her material in service of the performance and her audience. Her life, education and career have positioned her to both entertain and offer valuable insights listeners in settings ranging from intimate venues to corporate events."
-George Halas, Producer, Musical-Theatrical at CAUSE:SUCCESS, INC.
A notable singer and songwriter from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Rändi Fay has been nominated for Jazz Artist of the Year for Wisconsin 4 years in a row (2015-2018) by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry. An established torch singer, her enchanting, innovative approach to music can be attributed to a combination of early influences, from Rosemary Clooney, Julie Andrews, Dusty Springfield and Joni Mitchell to the Beatles, CSNY & the Moody Blues. Now, fusing the softness of these nostalgic artists and the richness of her jazz background with the drama of contemporary of symphonic rock, Rändi’s poetic lyrics, dynamic melodies and transcendent vocals captivate listeners. She strives to go beyond simply connecting– she hopes to heal and inspire others through the power of her songs.
In 2001, an injury forced her into early retirement from her career as a veterinarian. Fast forward to 2010 when she took the chance and dove into a music career as a solo artist, discovering that writing and performing music provided an outlet for her to further pursue her love of healing others. Fay hasn’t looked back since, proving that “perseverance, professionalism, sacrifice and a little bit of unconditional love” are vital to her success. She is dedicated to writing her own music at the highest level, recently receiving her Master’s Certificate in Songwriting through the Berklee College of Music’s online extension.
“I have discovered that the more others push against me, the more I become determined to make it happen. And the more I appreciate each experience for it's lesson, for the next opportunity it brings, and also the support and understanding of those close to me.”
Rändi’s music is ethereal and intimate, and she works to reach her listeners through her hashtag #connectingworlds. Her compassion shines through in her kindness, empathy and relatability.
Other accolades include her 2010 release of “Close to My Heart” for Best Cover Album by “Just Plain Folks” in 2017. Her songs “Freely Given” and “Winter Wind” were semi-finalists in the 2017 UK Songwriting Competition. Additionally, she’s received recognition from the College Music Society for her song, “Take Six.” A big believer in collaboration, Fay has worked with songwriters around the world; one of her recent projects include co-writing with artist/bassist Dmitry Zaystev in Moscow for the band Rythmystica.
Coming off her 2017 album, “Chrysalis,” Fay experimented with a multitude of genres, refining her “symphonic pop” sound while intensifying the passion behind her lyrics. Fay returned to the studio to work with Aaron Zinsmeister to record her two 2018 singles, “Supernatural” and "Joy Whispered." These songs prelude her upcoming concept album, “Intuition,” to be released in 2019.
--- For fans of: Evanescence, Sarah McLachlan, the Moody Blues, Enya, Sade, Didot
Outside of music, Fay channels her passion into her outdoor hobbies, reading, learning photography and spending time with her family and pets. She is also an advocate for Mental Wellness, Prevention of Domestic Violence and Abuse, and Animal Welfare.
Rändi's independent music label is Emerald Heart Productions, LLC (est. 2008) and her publishing company is Emerald Heart Music & Lyrics (est. 2014).
milestones of the past years
Rändi first shifted her career focus to performing and producing music. She began to sing with with many fine ensembles in northeastern Wisconsin, including the Emerald Heart Quartet, the Dudley Birder Chorale, the Symphony Chorale/Green Bay Choral Artists, Regency Singers, Steppin’ Out, Broadway Mania, Project Pink, Daddy D Productions, the Allouez Village Band and the Big Band Reunion.
Rändi began her solo career with pianist John Contratto in the jazz duo "Rhapsody." In 2011, she established her jazz/blues ensemble "Limited Edition,” drawing from many of Wisconsin's finest jazz musicians and named for the unique chemistry “seasoned jazzers” bring to a show. Event technology specialist Sonic MD has been an integral part of her show since the beginning, keeping the performance seamless.
Rändi's recording experience includes co-producing three CD's with multi-instrumentalist Hans Christian at Studio 330 in Sturgeon Bay, WI. “Close to My Heart; Love Songs and Lullabies” was released in November 2010, and "Noël" in October 2011. These two projects are the result of rich collaborations with musicians Hans, George Sawyn and Woody Mankowski on both, and Tom Smith and John Contratto on the first. In June, 2012, she released her third CD: "That Old Black Magic." This project features jazz greats Chris Salerno, John Gibson and Danny Lueck, along with Hans and Woody, playing fresh jazz arrangements of beloved standards.
These years saw a new development in Rändi's career: writing and performing original music. Solo and collaborative compositions by Rändi and bassist Mick Maloney have become a regular part of their performances. Rändi’s fourth CD, "Falling" (June, 2014,) is her first all-original offering, bringing in the musical crafting of established talents Bob Balsley, Greg Pagel, Hans Christian, Bob Levy, Kevin Crocker and Kurt Risch. Recorded at Rock Garden Studio in Appleton, WI and co-produced with Marc Golde, "Falling" is a credited venture into her hallmark Lyrical Jazz, further developing Rändi's unique niche in the popular music scene.
Highlights of these years include Wisconsin Area Music Industry nominations for "Jazz Artist of the Year" (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and "Female Vocalist of the Year" (2015). Rändi became a student of songwriting, through the Berklee Online/Berklee College of Music. and expanded her collaborative writing relationships, working with songwriters across the US, Canada and Europe. Rändi added sought-after percussionist James LeFevre and guitarist Scott Dercks to her performing fold, bringing their creative rhythmic flavor to performances. Rändi has also teamed up with esteemed producer and co-writer Aaron Zinsmeister of White Raven Audio in an extensive, expansive recording journey that includes contemporary, ventures into pop, rock, new age, R&B and more. Single releases, “Sleep, Baby, Sleep (arr. Robert Casady),” “Love Is,” “He Said,” “Little Babe” (2016) and “Winter Wind” (2017) have received international airplay, setting the momentum for the release of the CD "Chrysalis" in July, 2017, the single "Moonlight" in October, 2017 and the holiday EP "Evergreen" in November 2017.