Radio, Media and Press
Rändi Fay nominated Best Musician in the Northeast Wisconsin for the fifth year: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
Best of the Bay Green Bay March 2018
Voting continues daily through April 6, following the link above!
“"Raglanders, Sons of Kong, Tre Principesse and Randi Fay among local WAMI Award nominees..."”
Interview with Frank Hermans of
aired 12.20.17 on "Local 5 Live" WeAreGreenBay.com
The Christmas Stocking by Lee Cameron Podcast #128 featured "Evergreen" on it's opening holiday podcast, along with an interesting review of the history of the Macy's Day Parade. Let the merriment begin!
-November 20, 2017
PANDORA RADIO has added “Moonlight” for rotation, creating a second
based on the music of "Moonlight"
-October 25, 2017
WAPL 105.7 Home Brewed featuring "Pheromone" on it's show Saturday, October 28, 9 am CT. Listen Live or stream at link above! WAPL is a terrestrial radio station from Appleton Wisconsin. This mission of the "Home Brewed" show is: "To bring the Best, Original Music from Wisconsin and Midwest Region to as many ears as possible."
Moonlight Song: "... A strong piano intro graced by the grainy, yet soft melodic tones... about finding the honor of love ... Clear vocals, soft sultry, playful accents paints a picture of radiant visuals of thought for the wonders of forever... the captivating piano solo complimenting the angelic, fantasy-like wonder lyrically, with hope for the future with this open-hearted original offering from the stunningly special heart/spirit of Randi Fay." ~ Jaijai Jackson, The Jazz Network Worldwide & Not Just Jazz. October 10, 2017
Moonlight Video: "...Such a beautiful, sensitive heart that lyrically expresses the highest level of love amidst the light in her eyes as the message shares, ‘...the innocence of love, ...that love awaits on the horizon of hope, lighting the way, rising and blooming like the moon... This song shows the reverence to love and trusting in the love ... as the natural flow of the moonlight shining upon us with rays of wonder and hope for a lasting oneness. The soulful theatrics adorning the lyrics resonates the complete message of this song." ~ <em>Jaijai Jackson, The Jazz Network Worldwide & Not Just Jazz. October 10, 2017
• "...rich in overtones, bewitching, catching and absolutely sincere ..." -Dmitry Zaytsev, Songwriter, performer and producer, Moscow, Russia
• "Impossible not to be drawn in. Stunning!" -Arielle Freedburg, Psy.D & Songwriter, White Plains, NY
• "Her extraordinary lyrics, alone, are worth the listen." -Mike Crockett, songwriter, Norfolk VA
• "...each song maintains an essence of its genre and Rändi’s authenticity." -Scott Anthony Andrews, Jazz Composer and Songwriter, Saskatchewan, Canada
• "...an unforgettable journey with mesmerizing twists and turns." -Cindy Yang, Singer-Songwriter-Producer, Miami, FL
• "The whole album has the vibe of a chrysalis... awakening.... all those strings and harmonies.... beautiful!!" -Angela Skinner, Songwriter-Performer, London, England
"The definition of “Chrysalis’ comes from the root of evolving, developing and maturing into one’s own thought provoking journey...hence the wings to fly aligned with beautiful colors. In listening to Randi Fay’s expression musically, melodically, poetically, emotionally witnessing hidden breakthroughs lyrically, to the quiet lullaby’s of a love song to a child that will live on ‘as them’ forever, I was completely entranced with the fusion of the storytelling, blended harmonies, personal characteristic of style embroidered seamlessly into different genres of music... I applaud Randi for her originality, musical versatility, lyrical content and motivated conviction to share the vision of her musical heart as she climbs the mountains of her dreams through various genres of music, beautifully executed."
- #752: February 14, 2018 featuring "Freely Given" (by Rändi Fay)
- #749: February 9, 2018 featuring "Moonlight" (by Rändi Fay & Aaron Zinsmeister)
- #725: December 21, 2017 featuring "Winter Wind" (by Rändi Fay)
- #720: December 15, 2017 featuring "Evergreen" (by Rändi Fay & Aaron Zinsmeister)
- #710: December 4, 2017 featuring "Angels We Have Heard on High" (arr. Zinsmeister)
- #694: November 8, 2017 featuring "Moonlight" (by Rändi Fay & Aaron Zinsmeister)
- #688: October 23, 2017 featuring "Freely Given" (by Rändi Fay)
- #684: October 16, 2017 featuring "Pheromone" (by Rändi Fay)
- #675: September 29, 2017 featuring "Haunting My Dreams" (by Rändi Fay)
- #655: September 9, 2017 "Best of the Best" featuring "Love Is" (By Rändi Fay)
- #595 March 22, 2017 featuring "Love Is" (By Rändi Fay)
- #528 Nov. 28, 2016 featuring "Little Babe" (by Rändi Fay)
- #500 Oct. 19, 2016 500th episode celebration!
- #478 Sept.19, 2016 featuring "He Said" (by Rändi Fay)
- #434 July 19, 2016 featuring "Love Is" (by Rändi Fay)
- #423 "Honoring America," July 4, 2016 featuring "God Bless America" (by Irving Berlin)
- #379 "Celebrate Motherhood," May 2, 2016 featuring "Sleep Baby Sleep" (by Rändi Fay)
- #121 "Celebrate Motherhood," May 7, 2015 featuring "Baby Mine" (by Ned Washington and Ned Churchill)
- #66 "Celebrate Love," Feb. 19, 2015 featuring "Falling" (by Rändi Fay). "Falling" was #10 in the Top Twenty Indie Songs for Sept. 2014 in WOSRadio rotation
- #13 "Celebrate Holidays," Dec. 8, 2014 featuring "Mary, Did You Know?" (by Mark Lowry & Buddy Greene)
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Press for "Little Babe"
Halfstack Magazine Online -Louis Vasseur, 12/29/16
"...music presented the way the artists’ intended it to be... an epic, inspirational and heartfelt journey..."Little Babe” shares the feelings of hope and joy, fear and expectations of a mother towards her unique newborn child. A beautiful story song, “Little Babe” will melt the heart of the most determined Grinch."
Kendra Meinert USA TODAY NETWORK-Green Bay Press Gazette, 12/8/16
"Green Bay jazz singer Randi Fay is out with an original Christmas song and accompanying video...Many hours of love went into this song..."
"Rändi Fay loves to sing her heart out"
Kendra Meinart: The Green Bay Press Gazette, Apr. 18, 2015
Randi Fay won't forget where she was when she learned she scored her first two Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards nominations.
The jazz singer from Green Bay was 12,000 feet above sea level skiing the See Forever run in Telluride, Colo., when she and her husband, John, decided to stop at a wine hut on the hill. John got a message on his phone. It was a photo of a tweet from Press-Gazette Media announcing Randi's nominations for female vocalist and jazz artist.
Her reaction: "What?!"
It's fitting that the news came to her in Telluride, where she wrote "Falling," the title track off her 2014 album of all-original music with her ensemble Limited Edition.
She's had weeks for the news to sink in, but Fay still can't quite believe she'll be in a room filled with some of the state's finest musicians for Sunday night's WAMI Awards ceremony at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee. The little girl who grew up with older sisters in a house where The Beatles and The Monkees were inescapable says she's still in shock that she's now "WAMI Award-nominated artist Randi Fay."
"I'm happy my form of jazz is recognized as a form of jazz, because we have preconceived notions about everything, and it's not as brainy as some jazz appears to be, though my guys are so brilliant they make it seem not brainy," she said. "I'm thrilled, because I love to sing my heart out, and I'm glad there's appreciation for that."
Fay talks about her style of "lyrical jazz," how she went from being a veterinarian to a performer and where you're likely to find the mom of three grown children on her day off. First, however, a few words about her name. People have been mispronouncing it her whole life. She explains it with a rhyme her friends at veterinary school made up years ago: "It's Randi like Gandhi, not Randy like candy."
» Earliest music memories: "I was in love with 'Mary Poppins.' I was in love with 'The Sound of Music.' I was in love with 'Jesus Christ Superstar.' All these shows that were the '60s and '70s Broadway shows."
Her love of classic '60s vinyl inspired her and a childhood friend to make up their own girl group, T&M Temptations. "This was fourth grade on the front lawn and we were looking up at the stars wishing Davy Jones would come sing with us." (T&M, by the way, were Tim and Mark, the boys they had crushes on.)
» Career paths traveled: A graduate of Preble High School, she got her biology degree at Boston College, where she met her husband. They moved to the Twin Cities to get their master's degrees. During their 15 years there, she practiced veterinary medicine for 10 years before they moved to Green Bay in the late '90s. A series of injuries to her right hand over the course of several years eventually sent her career in a new direction.
"There's a saying that if you keep banging your head against something maybe you need to find a different route," she said.
She dabbled in local dinner theater. Her first music project was a CD of lullabies to express her love for her own kids, who were away at college. She began working with multi-instrumentalist and producer Hans Christian of Studio 330 in Sturgeon Bay and then playing with pianist John Contratto. She's been doing music full time since 2010.
"It's all kind of one of these things where these opportunities that present themselves, you don't know where they're going to take you but you just keep saying yes and you are brought somewhere."
» What's lyrical jazz: "There was a time in the '40s and '50s when jazz was the people's music. It's what kids (sneaked) away and would go listen to. It was kind of like whatever the scary music is now parents don't want their kids to listen to, but there was something so true about the '40s, '50s and '60s. What I'm talking about is the standards. I don't want to claim that I can write a standard or rewrite a standard, but I love the feel of the standards, where the lyrics matter. I'm a lyricist. I can communicate my lyrics more easily than I can the music that's in my head.
"I'm playing with these amazing, brilliant jazz/blues, multitalented, multigenre musicians, and we get out there and are we going to swing it? Let's do it Latin. Let's do this. We're taking music and just giving it this jazzy, bluesy, Latiny vibe, and I'm singing away, so it's just these lyrical, catchy tunes and great rhythms — reminiscent of the standards but contemporary."
» Who's who in Limited Edition: Bob Balsley, guitar; Mick Maloney, bass; Greg Pagel, piano and keyboards; Kevin Crocker, drums; Kurt Risch, percussion and drums. "My group is called Limited Edition, because we may never play the same song the same way twice."
» Musical influences: The Monkees, The Beatles, writers Harold Arlen and Hoagy Carmichael, lyricist Johnny Mercer and singers Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Shore, Julie London and Doris Day
» Her two favorite places for songwriting inspiration: "Telluride, which is this glorious mountainous region with these towering peaks and this beautiful valley. My whole experience of becoming a songwriter and a performer has played out there quite a bit. It's just a really intense and beautiful place for me. The other place is Door County."
» Where you'll find her on a day off: "I'll be with my dog, in nature, on the beach." Or enjoying her new granddaughter.
"Rändi Fay’s new turn takes route of original songs"
A woman with a husband and three grown children who once was a veterinarian has a new album of original songs. Not many people fit that sentence. That is why you are now reading about Rändi Fay.
Rändi Fay has a bright, clear, cheery, versatile voice that she adapts to many styles and situations. Her CD of original music is another step along her one-of-a-kind path.
As with three previous albums, Rändi Fay co-produced “Falling.” The 13-song CD arrives today, Monday, June 23, online (www.randifay.com) and will see a flurry of activity in its wake...
The album is unexpected in ways. The music fits into the broad spectrum of jazz, though with colorful tidbits along the way – a whisp of the Orient here, of a European café in an accordion there, of a catchy bass line here, the joy of a Mardi Gras festival there, of snippets of scat singing here and there. A rainy, happy drive with a dog and a visit to a place called Popcorn Alley shape two of the creative songs. Lyrics dig, or they play. There’s nothing stock about the songs…"