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Delilah


Delilah is our Artist of the Week!
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With timeless vocals reminiscent of greats like Natalie Cole and Nancy Wilson, passion is the hallmark of extraordinary vocalist Delilah.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Delilah inherited her gift of music from her parents, who immersed her in performing from an early age. By the age of 10, she was singing and dancing with her family in a 20-member touring ensemble with one of Hungary's noted Roma performers, Bongo Margit, throughout Europe. By the time she was 16, she and her older brother Paul Lakatos, a guitar virtuoso, were performing with violinist Sonny Walker, another Roma legend, who jammed regularly with her father and family at impromptu gatherings in her home.   Unfortunately, the joy of music was overshadowed by politics and in order to escape racial tension in Hungary, Delilah's family moved to Toronto, Canada in 1998. Never one to be without a song, this beautiful singer had earned a reputation as a professional songstress in the Toronto area by the age of 19. She has continued to pursue her dream of sharing her music with a worldwide audience ever since.

Currently, Delilah is choosing new music and making plans for her next album. The chance to work on these four songs with Jim Peterik was been an incredible adventure for this artist. "It has been an amazing opportunity to work with one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Jim Peterik! His songs are so alive and ring true to my heart. The melodies and the sentiment of the songs are one with my soul. Thanks, Jim, for having the faith to let me sing and bring life to your incredible masterpieces. Your kind support and encouragement let me be myself and truly represent who I am as an artist," said Delilah.   Delilah is also grateful for all of those that have shared her journey, "I would also like to thank all the musicians and engineers who made this possible. I especially thank my son, Jason Sereny, who laid down the amazing drum tracks. I love you more than words can explain and your incredible musicality brought new light to these songs," she said.

 

Delilah's new record "Sarah + 1: A Tribute to Sarah Vaughan" due to hit the street January 13, 2015 on Groove United Records will leave listeners demanding more! Delilah's vocal range, timelessness and radiance have only continued to flourish since her last release in 2013 of "Sweeter Life". Her single "Love Life" off the Sweeter Life EP entered the Groove Jazz and Indie Charts in the US & UK in the top 50. The EP was produced and arranged by Academy Award Winner Joe Renzetti (The Buddy Holly Story, etc.) and mixed by Bobby Brooks (Stevie Wonder, Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson, etc.).

As Delilah's voice continues to mature so has her love of Sarah Vaughan. While Vaughan was best known as an extraordinary Jazz singer, earlier in her career in the 40's she performed American Standards while touring the country with the Earl Hines' big band. Like Vaughan, the synergy of Delilah's style moving from Jazz to American Standards - and for Vaughan, from American Standards to Jazz are no surprise as both their voices can carry both genres with ultimate crystalline clarity.

The 4 track EP "Sarah + 1, A Tribute To Sarah Vaughan" features Delilah's favorite Vaughan covers of "Whatever Lola Wants", "September Song" and "Just Friends". The "+1" track is "Smile" the famous song written by Charlie Chaplin as an instrumental in 1936 for his movie Modern Times. Chaplin composed the music, while John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954. The lyrics are based on lines and the theme from the film that everything will be ok, as long as they smile. "Smile" is a very apropos song for Delilah who always promotes a positive attitude in her music and her daily life. The song has been performed by dozens of greats including Nat King Cole, Diana Ross and a duet with Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Delilah inherited her gift of music from her parents, who immersed her in performing from an early age. By the age of 10, she was singing and dancing with her family in a 20-member touring ensemble with one of Hungary's noted Roma performers, Bongo Margit, throughout Europe. By the time she was 16, she and her older brother Paul Lakatos, a guitar virtuoso, were performing with violinist Sonny Walker, another Roma legend, who jammed regularly with her father and family at impromptu gatherings in her home.

Unfortunately, the joy of music was overshadowed by politics and in order to escape racial tension in Hungary, Delilah's family moved to Toronto, Canada in 1998. Never one to be without a song, this beautiful singer had earned a reputation as a professional songstress in the Toronto area by the age of 19. She has continued to pursue her dream of sharing her music with a worldwide audience ever since.

To learn more about Delilah, visit her website at http://www.delilahmusic.com. To listen to, download, or order the album "Sweeter Life," visit iTunes at: http://bit.ly/DelilahSweeterLife or Amazon at: http://bit.ly/Delilah-A-Sweeter-Life-Amazon.  -Source