The Story of Skylark…so far

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elcome to my website and thank you for taking the time to read about me. I began my journey into the exciting world of show biz after working for many years on the business side of entertainment with media giants HBO, CBS, Time Warner and Viacom. I have always dreamed of being an entertainer and at the tender age of 21, I moved to New York City to pursue a career on The Great White Way as a Chorus Girl. Boom, boom, boom, boom! Those flashing lights and leggy dancers inspired me and I was enthralled by the stage after seeing Ben Vereen in Pippin. It was a life-affirming moment. The starving artist life was, well,  just that, so I got a full-time job, taking dance classes at night with Alvin Ailey Dance Company near 42nd Street. My Broadway dreams never left me and I was destined to be Talent. As fate would have it, I got the opportunity to do radio spots with Fortunoff’s and then more work with MTV and Club Monaco. I also narrated a food show on Ebru TV. I continue to do a variety of voiceover work and love every minute of it.

I also enjoy acting and got to use those old dancing shoes in Julie Taymor’s film, Across the Universe. I was part of a dance ensemble and it was a trill to work with such an icon. I have also worked with Discovery Channel and Viacom Networks and continue to pursue acting in a variety of mediums, including musical theatre.

A lover of radio, I host and produce a show where I interview a diverse clientele including entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, authors, artists and medical professionals, just to name a few. I also produced and hosted an entertainment radio show called On Stage and some of my esteemed guests included singer/songwriter, Melanie of the hit song Brand New Key that put her on top of the charts in the 70′s. I also interviewed her live backstage at B.B. King’s after her show there in Manhattan. I also got to chat with composer and humanitarian, David Amram who scored the classic films, Splender in the Grass starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty, and The Manchurian Candidate with Frank Sinatra.  And let’s not forget the extraordinary, Benny Mardones whose mega-hit song, Into the Night, went to number one in the 80′s. “She’s just 16 years old, leave her alone, they say”. You know it well. We all do. His signature song remains one of the most frequently-played on airwaves everywhere. I remember seeing him on the Johnny Carson show and it was serendipitous for me to meet him on air. What a great guy who is more than his music.

Speaking of music, what can I say, it’s my pulse. I love to sing and perform with my band, Skylark. I got my start on the streets of Manhattan with American folk legend, Pete Seeger and The New York City Street Singers. We went on to perform at prestigious venues including LincolnCenter’s Out-of-Doors Festival, Central Park’s Summer Stage and Celebrate Brooklyn’s Band Shell. The exposure to world music was instrumental in developing my repertoire of American standards and jazz classics, as well as original compositions. Whether accompanied by a full band or a single musician, it’s all about the song and inspiring my audience. Music is healing and I love the magic that comes with live performance. I get to see the affect music has on the human soul. ”Music soothes the savage beast“.

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Copyright © 2012 Christine Larkin