About Can I Be Frank?
Recently, Betsyann was driving on the freeway in Los Angeles when she was moved to laughter and tears by a show on NPR about Frank Sinatra. At that moment she decided she would turn her lifelong adoration of Sinatra’s unparalleled artistry into a very feminine tribute. Can I Be Frank? was recorded in Los Angeles with a number of Sinatra’s sidemen and has a unique approach to familiar and some very unfamiliar territory.
“Very modern American female meets glamorous 1950s broad,” is one of Betsyann’s own description of this shimmering recording.
Betsyann, who is a New York native, got her start as a singer in front of the piano at the famous Empire Diner. She immediately moved on to a real stage at Reno Sweeney, and later s.n.a.f.u, where she fronted a theatrical rock band for late cabaret impresario and composer, Lewis Friedman. She has performed her one woman shows, “But I Was Cool” and “Deeper Than You Can Stand” to SRO crowds across the country.
Betsyann has worked at:
Tavern on the Green
The Blue Note
Hofstra Cultural Center
The William Jefferson Clinton
Presidential Conference at Hofstra University
The Jazz Bakery
Tom Rolla’s Gardenia
Cinegrill at the Hollywood Roosevelt