Corliss Dale grew up in Minnesota listening to some of the greatest jazz singers of our time, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O’Day, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and of course the legendary Frank Sinatra. Their styles became engrained in her and continue to influence her career.
Corliss began singing at age 8, beginning as so many artists have, in church choirs and performing solos at school concerts and talent shows. She is also a trained ballet, tap and jazz dancer which helped her get a job as one of the “Edgewater Eight” at the young age of 16 at the prestigious, Edgewater Inn Dinner Theatre in Minneapolis. She spent 2 years expanding her musical repertoire singing Cole Porter, Gershwin and belting her heart out in Broadway reviews of “Cabaret”, “Guys & Dolls”, “The Pajama Game”. At 18, she left the Edgewater Inn and created her own theatrical group, traveling the country for the next 5 years performing to sold out crowds and receiving standing ovations coast to coast.
While performing in a club in Minneapolis, the owner of a well-known recording studio invited her to do voice over singing work on commercials and record back up vocals for various artists. She soon became a first call studio vocalist and recorded many local and national jingles such as Northwest Airlines, Dairy Queen, Hormel and Land O’ Lakes. Her success in Minneapolis led her to Los Angeles. Continuing her dance and vocal training, she added songwriting and acting to her credits. She was a featured vocalist in a movie of the week, “Reaching for the Stars”, produced by Dick Clark, and landed a costarring role in a PBS Movie Special for the Wonderworks series.
After taking several years off to raise a family, Corliss jumped back into her singing career and began performing in local Los Angeles jazz clubs returning to her first love, jazz and the great American Songbook. She has been a featured artist at the “Jazz at the Hilton Concert Series” in Salt Lake City, and opened for the late great Jimmy Smith at the International Snowbird Jazz & Blues Festival. A performance at Monteleone’s, in Los Angeles, brought her together with jazz pianist and composer, Lou Forestieri. This was the beginning of a great partnership both musically and romantically. Corliss and Lou were married in Positano, Italy in 2002.
Their first album,” Fascinating Rhythms”, was released in 2006 on the British record label, Mainstem Productions. In 2008, they performed at the London Jazz Festival as well as released a second album together on Mainstem records, “Crazy Rhythms”. In 2011, they performed at the Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival, backed by the Salt Lake Jazz Orchestra. Corliss and Lou can often be heard across the BBC airwaves, performing in cabaret and jazz clubs and festivals internationally and domestically. They also write, record and perform throughout the Los Angeles area.
Corliss Dale and, Lou Forestieri happily reside and make music in Studio City, California.