A Love Letter to Lena Horne

Welcome to the website dedicated to my new recording project — A Love Letter to Lena Horne. I am lifted and profoundly grateful to our Lena Centennial Campaign contributors whose generosity successfully launched the project.
You can still be part of the experience! Join us now and you will receive the finished recording before the official release — plus wonderful thank you gifts, including private updates on our progress.

I understand that you have many choices about where you put your time and resources and I appreciate your consideration in joining me to bring this new music to you.

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My mission is to engage, uplift and build community through music, creating narrative that inspires beyond the stage.”

— Clairdee

About the New Album

A Love Letter to Lena Horne
Clairdee's fourth recording release as leader

Planned album release: 2nd Quarter 2017

The intrinsic value of music is its remarkable power for bringing people together. It preserves those things that help us experience our common humanity.

While this project pays homage to the groundbreaking singer, actress and activist Lena Horne on the occasion of her 100th birthday — it is also a tribute to my late mother who, like Horne, was elegant, outspoken and wise, and who courageously endured racial and social injustices. My mother's respect and admiration for Horne was a source of pride, dignity, and an example of excellence that she instilled in her children. I am continually inspired by the resilience demonstrated by my mother, Horne, and millions of women and men of their generation and I applaud and celebrate their quality of spirit everyday.

This project is a celebration! You'll hear my artistic expression of songs associated with Ms. Horne from Harlem to Hollywood and beyond.

I can hardly wait to share our thoughtful, lovingly crafted musical arrangements with you.

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To create what promises to be our best recording yet, my music director-arranger Ken French and I are collaborating with our friend and colleague, the Grammy® recognized producer Nick Phillips.

We also have a stellar line-up of musicians — some of whom worked with Ms. Horne!

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The new album will provide additional opportunities for my band and me to present this sensational new show and an educational program in venues and community organizations across the country. My 2017-18 touring concerts will focus prominently on supporting the new recording in celebration of Ms. Horne's centenary.

If your organization is interested in hosting A Love Letter to Lena Horne concert, please contact us.

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Previous events


Preview Concert: "A Love Letter to Lena Horne"

Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, New York, NY


Gold, Silver & Bronze
Glenn Appell
Walter Bankovitch
Stu Brinin
Armand Caputi
Dan Danzig
Claire DeLand
Marcel Holman
Jimmy Jazz Hayes
Melinda Henning
Yvette Johnson
Joyce Kwon
Mark Lemaire
Clif Payne
Al Prichard, Jr.
Jorge Rivera
Chauncey Roberts
AnnieScott Rogers
Sherry Ruskin
George and Penny Siegmann
Neal Snyder and Yvonne Garcia
Faye Thompson
Merrilee Trost
Voorhees Studio, Inc.
Gwen Whitfield
Nancy Zastrow

Centennial Members
Dr. Margie Baker
Billie and Charles Brinkley, Jr.
Carol Chavez
Phyllis Chambers, David Woods,
  and Leila Chambers
Rosette Diaz
JoAnn Dunaway
Sandy French
Rick Gilbert
Tish Glover
Annie Greene
Christine Harris
Jon Herbst and Karla Clement
Karen Hutchinson
Anne Jankiewicz
Denny Klein
James Knox
Elba and Joe Lambert
Kent and Jill Lauder
Louise Lyons
Sue McCockran
Mary McGlynn
Ken Muir and Margaret Rueger
Gary Niduaza
Valerie Noble
Zinta Perkins
Mary Purdy-Read
Denise Richardson
Valerie Stoll Schwimmer
Leslie Tchaikovsky
Beverly Tharp
My Tran
Beth Valentine
Nancy and Jim Vincler
Jim Zimmerman

Russell Gates
Jazz Voices of Poetry
Laura and Parker Page
Melissa Prandi
Peggy Pollara
Suzanne Russell and Bill Slatkin
Lynette Schorno
Con Sheffer
Mary Sheffer
Val Fullove Smith
Donald Waits

Bob and Judy Ipswitch
Tom and Marge Kassis
Tony Misch, Victoria Scott
  and family
Wanda Waldera

Gail Sinquefield