By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
Tonight’s opening was not at a hotel on the Las Vegas strip. There were no celebrities walking the red carpet. It was a house concert held in a private home.
Singer, songwriter Callaghan, only known by one name, is ‘on her way’ to stardom.
Callaghan’s has a refreshing approach to performing a natural, honest expression of each song.
Callaghan described her work, “My music can be called ‘intelligent pop’, which means pop music with meaningful lyrics.
I write reflective ballads based on my experiences, the people I have met, and stories I have heard.
I mix my songs with popular favorites that people will recognize and sing along.
My version of “Folsom Prison Blues” is not like the original but it’s a lot of fun.
I sing songs with a beat that stick in your head while you tap your foot.”
Three of the musical hits for the evening were Callaghan’s “Best Year”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, and “It was meant to be”.
Callaghan’s startling “Best Year” number was so hopeful, with the feeling of optimism that this could be the best year of your life.
Throughout the years the classic “Somewhere over the Rainbow” has been a favorite and now Callaghan added her special touch.
Callaghan’s fresh new sound and unsophisticated performance brought the true spirit of
See Callaghan’s website for a free download of one of her latest song.
Steve Massey, Callaghan’s manager and husband, explained, “The difference between house concerts and the traditional showroom venue is a slightly more relaxed atmosphere.
This is a great way to discover new music and share with it with friends.
You are close to the person who is performing and the entertainer is in a room full of music fans.
Callaghan and Steve were born in England and met in London.
Callaghan has been writing songs since she was 15.
Performing all over London, they produced her first album in 2009.
This sounds like an old movie plot, but fate had a hand in her career.
Callaghan was friends with Shawn Mullins on MYSPACE and sent a direct message to him,
“I love your sound, help me get the sound I want for my music.”
Six weeks later Shawn answered, “I like your music and would be interested in hearing more.”
Later she recorded three songs with him.
Following her current house concert tour, Callaghan will join Shawn Mullins on his tour.
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