Francesca Amari is a versatile singer who has performed in some of the top-rated cabaret clubs from New York to Hollywood, including Birdland Jazz Club, Lyrics & Lyricists, The Triad, Don’t Tell Mama and The Metropolitan Room in NYC and The Gardenia, The E Spot Lounge, MBar and Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. She’s earned critical reviews for her entertaining cabaret shows, and sings everything from jazz standards, show tunes and big band to classic oldies, country and Motown! A set list can vary from "Orange Colored Sky" to "Light My Fire," "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" and"Crazy" to "I Will Survive" or "My Foolish Heart." Locally, Amari performs weekly with a jazz duo(Bill Marx on piano, Doug MacDonald or Peter Curtis on guitar) at AJ’s on the Green and Purple Room; and has appeared at 360 North, Oscar’s, Melvyn’s, PS Underground and Wang’s.
Amari is known for her song interpretation and her honest, accessible and personal style of connecting with her audiences, who often leave her shows feeling like they were just visiting with her in her living room. Her influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Karen Carpenter, Andrea Marcovicci, Frank Sinatra, Nancy LaMott and Linda Ronstadt. She’s toured around the country and won theatre awards as a musical theatre actress and cabaret singer; and is a busy entertainer all over Southern California with regular gigs in San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. She has several cabaret shows, including “A Love Song to Gilda Radner," “It’s HIP to be Square: Guilty Pleasure Song” and "A Couple of Swells: Variety, Duets & More!" She appears locally in "Palm Springs JUMP!" (playing monthly at Purple Room) and "Luck Be a Lady: Let Us Blow On Your Dice!"
What the critics have said:
"Amari is a sparkling package of perky precision & vocal dynamite who seems capable of nailing any type of song she tries."
-Elliot Zwiebach, CabaretScenes Magazine
“Francesca Amari is one of the more talented cabaret artists in this area's vast gold mine of cabaret artists. Her comedy may distinguish her from most of the Broadway-oriented singers who perform with piano accompaniment, but she's also a strong, theatrical vocalist.”
-Bruce Fessier, The Desert Sun
“…a pert Francesca Amari turned "What I Did for Love" into a boldly fervent Broadway reflection.” -Variety