Bettina Devin | Dangerous Type

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Dangerous Type

by Bettina Devin

This CD will appeal to lovers of smooth or straight-ahead jazz, pop with R & B undertones, and certainly variety. There is one balls to the walls hilarious comic song that is practically selling the CD on its own.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. You're the Dangerous Type of a Boy For Me
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2. Beauty and the Beach
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3. Babsie
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4. You Do Something to Me
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5. You Are There
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6. My One and Only Love
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7. The Golden Gate Bridge Song
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8. What's Good About Goodbye?
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9. Blue Skies
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10. Scattin' in the Moonlight
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11. Am I Blue?
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12. Johnny One Note
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13. Never Can Say Goodbye
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14. You're Gonna Hear From Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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BIO


Born and raised in San Francisco, Bettina Devin possesses "that rare and thrilling voice, which can startle you with its power and then grab you with its subtle nuances", as noted by multi-award winning Los Angeles director, Michael Michetti. The key word to describe her career would be "versatile".

While still in college, Miss Devin won a talent contest, which landed her a headlining gig at one of San Diego's finest hotels and nightspots, the Catamaran Hotel, a popular venue for the likes of Sara Vaughan and Carmen McRae. There, she completed a successful three-month engagement. The sirens of L.A. beckoned, and once there, it was not long before she began to win roles on television, film, and stage, while continuing to perform at well-known L.A. spots like the Playboy Club, Vine Street Bar and Grill, and Le Café. She starred in the film "Little Secrets", a silver medal winner at the Houston International Film Festival, as well as appearing in Paramount's "Grease II" with Michelle Pfeiffer. Some of her television credits include "Who's the Boss?", "Alice", "The New Love American Style", and "Throb" (with "Frasier's" Jane Leeves).

Just this week, she has been honored to have been selected for a feature role in the much talked about film version of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, "Rent", directed by Chris Columbus, who has helmed a laundry list of hit movies including "Harry Potter", "Mrs. Doubtfire", and "Home Alone".

Her voice has been heard on many regional and national commercials as well as on CD Roms for Disney, Lego, and Leapfrog, for whom she has created 100 voices. Hers was the voice on the theme song for the NBC-TV mini-series "Moviola". On the Disney/Pixar CD Rom "Jessie's Wild West Rodeo", based on the Toy Story character of Jessie, she recorded the voice of Jessie. Her ability to access the childlike part of her voice has made her a natural for such Disney Records recordings as "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Goldilocks". But her considerable acting skills have contributed to her creation of multi-characters on voiceover projects like the soon-to-be released "Film Noir", for which she voiced 8 characters, ranging from a 6 year old girl to an elderly Eastern European woman...as well as the voice for the leading female character.

On the stage, she has garnered glowing reviews for playing leading roles in many Los Angeles and San Francisco productions including "A Little Night Music" (with Betty Garrett), "Once Upon a Mattress", "New Wrinkles" (a Bay Area Theater Critics Award winner), "Bittersuite" (winner of the Drama-Logue award), and "Dear World" (for the prestigious Forty Second Street Moon theater company). Her starring role in Walnut Creek's Crossroads Theater production of "Moon Over Buffalo" garnered reviews such as "Amazingly funny" and "Flat out wonderful". Most recently, she has been literally stopping shows with her delightfully sleazy Golden Gate Bridge character (from her CD "Dangerous Type"). And in between on-stage performances, she coaches performers in a range of dialects.

Miss Devin's jazz club act has delighted audiences in California, Texas, and Australia, and she has been a guest artist with big bands all over the world, the most prestigious of which being the San Francisco Symphony, after she was chosen by the award winning composer, Billy Goldenberg, to sing for the 50th Anniversary of the San Francisco Ballet, directed by Tony Award winner, Michael Smuin.

In January 2004, Ms. Devin was chosen by San Francisco's chief of protocol for four decades, Charlotte Mailliard Shultz, to be the featured entertainer for San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown's end-of-term party. In the summer of 2004, she was selected to perform selections from "Dangerous Type", featuring the talents of some of the top jazz musicians in the country, main stage at San Francisco Gay Pride.


Looking forward to the spring of 2005, you will be able to catch Bettina starring in a new San Francisco tourist attraction presented by the inimitable international event producers at Gregangelo's Velocity Productions (www.gregangelo.com).

Her debut CD "Dangerous Type" can now be heard on a variety of radio stations all over the nation featuring everything from jazz to swing to pop.

For more information on Bettina Devin, go to www.bettinadevin.com.

REVIEWS

"WE CALL HER "THE DEVINE MISS D" AND SHE DESERVES THE TITLE. DYNAMIC...SUPERB...A SINGER'S SINGER!

A VOICE MADE IN HEAVEN...AND "MICHAEL" WOULD LOVE HER.
BETTINA DEVIN HAS THAT ONE PARTICULAR THING MANY CAN'T FIND....IT'S CALL TALENT! A SINGER, AN ACTOR, VOICE OVERS, YOU NAME IT...BETTINA DELIVERS SUPERBLY!

Jim Stone
Host of Big Band Swing
WLNZ, Lansing, MI
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WHEN THE PHRASE "GOD GIVEN TALENT" IS MENTIONED, SONG STYLIST/ACTRESS BETTINA DEVIN CERTAINLY FITS THAT CATEGORY. LISTEN TO ANY ONE OF THE 14 TRACKS ON HER NEW CD RELEASE, "DANGEROUS TYPE," AND YOU WILL AGREE THAT THIS GAL'S VERSATILE TALENT COME THROUGH LOUD AND CLEAR WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF CLASS! JACK LEBO, ENTERTAINMENT WRITER, NUMEROUS NATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

PS: LOVED THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE SONG, BY RITA ABRAMS...I'M STILL CHUCKLING!

JACK LEBO
SHOWORLD/BIG BAND REPORT
37 LOCUST LANE
LEVITTOWN, PA 19054-3917
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Daily Variety:
"Devin's voice is exquisitely sweet. Her phrasing enables her to caress a tearjerker and carve into some pleasant R&B. Devin has a special kind of impish sexiness. A promising and entertaining artist."

Greg Ptacek: L.A. Music Critic C.C. News
"Devin's shining quality as a singer is her diversity of style, sounding like a young Ella Fitzgerald or Edie Gorme. Devin's own unique personality added the extra something that made the show more than just an exercise in good singing
Gerald Nachman: former theater critic and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Daily News. Bay Area Theater Critics Circle and Drama-Logue award winning writer and author of 2 books and many humor pieces.
"Bettina Devin is an endearing and instinctive performer, a charming bundle of wit, warmth, and performing wiles, who somehow blends sweetness, humor, and sex appeal- ingredients that faintly recall Judy Holliday and Bernadette Peters, but that she turns into a memorable and delicious singing style very much her own."
David Galligan: Los Angeles theater director/producer and former Drama-Logue critic/columnist
"Bettina Devin has the kind of voice that can cradle a lyric or produce goosebumps on a whim. Whatever her mood, as a singer, she's up there with the very best of them."
L.A. Times
"Elegant"
Pat Craig from Contra Costa Times (of her starring role in "Moon Over Buffalo"):
"Amazingly funny, drawing every bit of comedy out of the Ken Ludwig script."

Betty Garrett: Starred in films such as "On the Town" (with Frank Sinatra), "My Sister Eileen (with Jack Lemmon), and "Words and Music" for MGM. She is best known to television audiences as Irene Lorenzo in "All in the Family" and Edna Babish DeFazio in "Laverne and Shirley". Her many Broadway shows include "Call Me Mister", for which she won a Donaldson Award (the forerunner of the Tony), "Something for the Boys","Follies", and "Meet Me in St. Louis".
"I had the pleasure of working with Bettina Devin in a Los Angeles production of "A Little Night Music", in which she played the role of Anne, the virgin. I found her an extremely talented actress, but in addition, she has a phenomenal voice and a delicious sense of comedy. I can't wait to be in another show with her."
Drama-Logue
"A great voice and superb comic finesse"
Oakland Tribune
"Superb"
Greg MacKellan: Co-founder/Director/Producer of the award winning Forty-Second Street Moon Theater, San Francisco
"Bettina Devin's talents as an actress and singer have no bounds. She can belt, scat, soar as a lyric soprano, or happily carry off rich mezzo roles. This diversity of vocal ability combined with uncannily spot-on acting instincts makes her one of the more memorable performers around."
Michael Bruno: L.A. theater critic
"This gal, with her TNT voice and amazing stage presence, all but chews up the scenery."
Bay Area Reporter
"Exquisite"
Michael Michetti: Many time theatrical award winning Los Angeles director/producer. Mr. Michetti is a two-time L.A. Ovation Award winner, L.A. Weekly Award winner, four-time Drama-Logue Award winner, and more.
"Bettina Devin has that rare, thrilling voice which can startle you with its power and then grab you with its subtle nuances. She's also a first-rate actress, so she can turn a standard which you thought you knew by heart into a three-minute play, with delightful surprises along the way."
Rita Abrams: Composer, lyricist, and humor writer whose honors include 2 Emmy Awards, 17 Ascap special awards, and 3 Bay Area Theater Critic Awards. Recently she has composed the music and lyrics for "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus". Since her international hit single, "Mill Valley", she has done many children's albums, film and video scores, humor books, and comedy albums with D. Elmo (Gramma Got Run Over by a Reindeer)
"Bettina was in a musical revue I co-wrote. You could not ask for a better, more talented, engaging, energetic, funny, and all-around professional performer. She delights audiences, and gives total co-operation and support to the creators and producers. And despite her standout talent, she is a total team player who places ensemble above ego. Bettina would be a true asset to any production."
Michael Chapman: Award winning producer and director of Broadway musicals including New York's longest running hit musical satire, "Forbidden Broadway".
"Bettina's vocal pyrotechnics combined with her loving treatment of anything from ballads to sexy R&B , never fail to amaze even the most jaded audience
Morris Bobrow: Award winning writer/director of musicals. Multiple Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards, 2 Drama-Logue Awards, New York Backstage Bistro Award.
"Bettina Devin is one classy singer/actress. She is a natural comedienne who gets every ounce of meaning out of a lyric, and mesmerizes audiences with her impressive voice and engaging personality."
Ed Bogas: Grammy-nominated television and film composer ("Garfield", "Fritz the Cat", "Barbie Nation")
"Bettina "Devin has a marvelous range as both an actress and a singer."
Sue Gaetzman: L.A. theater producer
"I honestly believe there's nothing she can't sing, whether it's Betty Boop or Carmen. The ease with which she performs is nothing short of amazing."
FAN LETTERS
THANK YOU!!!!

Oh Bettina! I just listened to your cd all the way through!!! IT IS FANTASTIC!! Ohmygawsh, I can't tell you how ... relieved I am!! I just had no idea what to expect, as you sing very different types of music than what I listen to!... so I was afraid your cd wouldn't be up my alley!! :} :} :} BUT I LOVE IT! :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

The woman who wrote the insert in the cd is totally right - I can understand everything and you have SUCH a wonderful way of bringing out the meaning in the songs! :) And you sound like you are having FUN too! And you do SO MUCH with some "old" songs which always sound the same!! :) It is just wonderful!! :) I can't wait to tell my cousin in NY about it. He is a jazz pianist:) And yes, I'll tell all my other friends who appreciate music too! :)

Stacey Sanders


What great sound quality - the balance, tone of your vocals and all the instruments, really well recorded, mixed, and mastered. It pays to have the best crew - and the pics are nice too!
M. Perkoff
It is amazing! You are amazing!
What a treat to hear you. Really unique sound, fabulous musicianship, great choice
of material, fun.....etc. etc. It crosses different styles, but never sounds like you're stretching.
Congrats to you ( & Mr. Gualtiero) and your wonderful team!
Really love it,
Thanks to both of you,
S. Rhoades
I love it. I absolutely love it. I have played your CD so many times that I am now able to sing along. Your voice is so delicious, so creamy and full, and rich with flavor. I love the moody and romantic qualities while, at the same time, delight in the energy throughout. Listening to your CD is the next best thing to seeing you in person. Such fun it was to see and hear you on Friday.
L. Mullin





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