I am a Jazz Singer as well as a Contemporary Singer and Songwriter. I play piano and I sing in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and English. I LOVE music... and I LOVE to Sing. I sing from my heart.
I've been playing and singing since I was a little girl. I can sing ALL the Jazz standards which I just love so much. I can also sing Latin, Bossa Nova, Swing, Blues, Soul, Funk, Reggae and Pop just to name a few. I am truly versatile and can easily sing anything! Jazz is my first love and funk is my passion :) From these influences, I also write my own music and perform them in the L.A. circuit often. I've developed a strong fan base.
My repertoire is expanding every day and I can happily and quickly learn a song with ease and puissance! I'd love to sing for your Wedding, your Graduation, your Convention, your Birthday, Bar Mitz Fa, your 50th Anniversary, or any other special occasion-you name it! You are certain to have a marvelous, memorable and heartfelt time with my music.
I can be hired as a soloist and play my own songs or you may request a trio or quartet in which case I would front the band, look stunning and simply sing. This includes, but not limited to, a drummer, a bass player, and a guitarist or pianist. I have several different phenomenal players that I work with that I can invite to play with me if you let me know your needs. However, please note that if you request a trio or more, that does increase my rate. (Please Note: The pay range I have entered on my profile is per person)
As far as equipment, a PA would be preferable for my services. If you are planning a more intimate setting for your special day or event I am happy to sing acoustically.
Here is my professional Bio:
Lita Flourish was born Carlita Mercedes Penaherrera in Jersey City, New Jersey. She grew up in a small town named Endwell/ population 10,000. The youngest of 5 and a complete surprise, Lita's 4 siblings were much older than her so there was a bit of a generation gap. The result being Lita loved the music that came way before her time.
Lita expressed her passion for music from the very beginning. She was already singing before she could walk or talk, and began playing an old Lowes Organ that her father had bought for her older siblings by the age of 4. Lita played Fur Elise for the first time by ear when she heard it in a MacDonald's commercial at age 5, using both hands to her sister's surprise. Lita's sister was so impressed that she encouraged their parents to get her piano lessons. Due to lack of family funds, Lita didn't have her first piano lesson until the age of 8. She studied privately for the next 10 years with Sylvia Taylor, a musician, composer, and house photographer for the Tri-cities Opera. It was with Sylvia that Lita was able to develop her craftsmanship, sight-reading, and confidence. Lita appreciated the way Silvia taught her how to really listen to music. Upon the listening came the feeling; Lita learned that was the key to opening up and channeling an endless vessel of music and creativity. Lita developed a unique friendship with Silvia that she still expresses great gratitude for. Silvia passed away suddenly of cancer when Lita turned 18, just before she was to perform a piece for the National Piano Guild. Lita continued her musical education in college at Binghamton University. It was there that she discovered a deep passion for acting and writing as well as music.
Lita now resides in Los Angeles. She continues to work and study as a singer, musician, composer and actor. Lita paints as well and hopes to share some of her paintings soon. Lita loves the theatre and you can find her performing on the local theatre circuit. You'll also find her in several Independent films that have had success. Lita performs regularly at such venues as Hotel Café, Room 5, Viper Room, Molly Malone's and Genghis Cohen.
Lita has worked musically with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's very own Kurt Sodergren, and Karl Hunter, Duane Neillson and Lucid Nation (with whom she collaborated and co-wrote the musical, “Mommie Dearest”, a satire based on the film of the same title). Lita was once complimented by one of the greatest Musicians of her time whom she has always loved…Stevie Wonder. “His hand was as big as my head! He held my hand the whole time we talked. It was so sweet. He listened to me sing on a demo I played for him.” When asked of all the different ways she expresses herself artistically, Lita simply says, “I am an artist. I love them all and I do it all with the intention of tapping into that endless vessel .”