Meredith McCall

Austin’s “Leading Lady”

By on 6-23-2005 in Meet the Session Singers

by Gary Powell

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There is no doubt that Meredith McCall stars as Austin’s “leading lady” in our rich theatre community here. She can most often be found performing at the Zachary Scott Theatre Center here in Austin.

As a producer, I often look to the lyric to best determine the musical setting for a song. As a songwriter, I get to decide that right up front during the writing process. Ted Kryczko, Vice President of Product Development at Walt Disney Records, also drives this decision about stylistic determinations. In this case, he needed a funny Christmas song for an upcoming project. I penned the lyric first and upon approval wrote the music for “The Silly Words of Christmas Time”. This was indeed a theatrical piece requiring acting skills as well as singing ability.

Craig Toungate, Vocalist Extraordinaire

By on 6-23-2005 in Meet the Session Singers

by Gary Powell

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Everybody in the Austin music scene has nice things to say about Craig Toungate. When I was searching for the right singer to capture the essence of Chubby Checker, all resources pointed to Craig Toungate. Craig and I had served on the board for the Austin Music Umbrella in the early 1980’s, but had never worked together. (Craig has more than a thirty year career as a professonal singer, entertainer and teacher.)

Lesley French (The Singing Doctor)

By on 6-23-2005 in Meet the Session Singers

by Gary Powell

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As a senior at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, Lesley came to me as a referral from Jamison Stewart, also a singer who was my intern at the time and now owner of Coach Connect and Road Connect. Lesley came from a very strong choral program there directed by Cindy Couch. Fast forward just a few years and I now have to call her Dr. French! She is currently in her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in E.N.T. (Otolaryngology / General Surgery Internship). She has the goal of working medically with singers since she both knows the musical and medical sides of vocal issues.