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December 4, 2003

INTERVIEW

St Louis Post Dispatch

"For me, it's the best of both worlds," says Siegel during a recent tour stop for the Manhattan Transfer in Jacksonville, Fla. "On my own recordings, I get to make my own creative decisions and follow whatever muse I want to follow. By the same token, I love working with the group, and I love singing harmony and also writing arrangements for the group and hearing what I've written." In addition to singing lead on such perennial Transfer tunes such as "Operator," "The Boy From New York City" and "Birdland," Siegel also wrote the vocal arrangements for "Birdland" and many of the songs on the group's albums.

But Siegel has plenty of energy left over for her own solo recordings and frequent guest appearances with other musicians and singers, both live and on record. She's the only member of the Transfer who still lives in Manhattan, and one of the primary reasons is the rich, diverse live-music scene in the Big Apple.

"That's why I live there," she says. "I'm out listening to music whenever I'm there, and I listen to a lot of different things at home. My house is overflowing with music - it's out of control! And when I'm hearing music, I'm always cataloging it. I'm doing A&R work whenever I hear anything that might work as a Transfer song or something that might fit one of my solo projects." More

Posted by acapnews at December 4, 2003 10:40 PM

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