Since Naomi first heard Harry James, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton she felt she was born in the wrong era.
"I have always felt a kinship with the vocal quality of those ladies who sang with those bands. I love Helen Forrest, Doris Day and Peggy Lee. They had a fullness and flexibility one hears in lyric opera, but then they also were influenced by the swingin' blue."s
When Naomi inherited a portion of her grandfather's record collection at the age of 17, she was already singing in a punk-pop band Sons Of The Desert. Between the mosh pit and the Baptist Church choir loft, where she sang in the alto section, she wore the record needle down listening to Billie Holiday, Helen Forrest, Doris Day and Ethel Ennis. Ethel who? Just one of those records that then led her to Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. She entered into the music program at Concordia University in Montreal (did I mention she sings in French too) to study Belle Canto (that's opera folks).
Fast forward through a 20 year singing career in Montreal and Toronto in Musicals and in commercials and film - oh, yes, she acts too. Which lead to producing the one woman show about Edith Piaf "Piaf: Love Conquers All". The show started in Toronto in 2005 and eventually played Off-Broadway for 10 weeks, then traveled to 12 more cities over the next 5 years - over 200 performances. Find Piaf Love Conquers All on FB or visit www.tonepoetproductions.com for details.
Now, based in Austin, Texas, Naomi is the lead singer for Western Swing all-star band featuring Jake Langley, Cindy Cashdollar and Kevin Smith The Bordertown Bootleggers (also on FB and at www.bordertownbootleggers.com).
Naomi and her husband Jake Langley have played together for 12 years and now form the new vintage torch duo Bygone Blue Band.