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Babey (Susan Gail Kellerman)

Babey [Susan Gail Kellerman], singer; b. Brooklyn, NY, 4 December 1950. When she was 1 week old her family moved to Woodmere, L.I., N.Y, and 9 years later to Hewlett Harbor, L.I., N.Y.  Her parents are Murray (1914 -1998) and Florence (ne Mendelsohn, b. 1916) Kellerman.  She has 2 brothers, Steven (b. 1941) and Martin (b. 1945).  She started dancing at the age of 5 and her art studies (mainly oil painting, along with pencil, pen and ink and linoleum block) at 7.  She began her piano studies at around 10.  In Junior High School, she started studying voice.

At Fairleigh Dickinson University, she majored in Fine Arts with a minor in Drama, while she continued her vocal studies with Tony Franco in Manhattan.  She moved to Europe, finally settling in Rome, Italy for 10 years where she continued her studies at Temple University at Rome.  While there, she performed at the Cavaliere Hilton Hotel for the American Bicentennial and at La Fontanella and Zi Gaetano.  She exhibited her art work there, and received awards.

She returned to America in 1979, settling in Manhattan, where she continues to reside. She founded and teaches English as a second language at the BLC School of Languages, now called The Language Exchange. She is also a Certified Hypnotherapist and a certified Reiki Master. Under the name Babey (a combination of Babe and Baby) she has performed at many venues around New York, most notably for 2 years at the Beekman Tower Hotel (Top of the Tower Restaurant). She has studied voice privately with Hal Schaefer, who continues to work with her on arrangements.  She also studied with Helen Hobbs Jordan, Bernie Wayne (who wrote special material for Babey) and David Sorin Collyer. She specializes in obscure songs from movies of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

Recordings:
The Song Begins (2000)

Unissued recordings:
The Songs of Sammy Cahn (ca.1997)
Recordings with Sammy Rimington (clarinet)
Broadcasts on WOR Radio with Joe Franklin; WHPC Radio with Michael Anthony

Bibliography:
Profile: Empire State College News Magazine

Websites:
http://www.johnnymercer.com/nysms/babey.htm

Contact information:
www.Babey.com
Babey@babey.com

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