Amid the preshow bustle at Temple’s Hilton Garden Inn last weekend, a striking woman with raven hair threaded her way through the musicians, sound techs and hotel staff. Approaching the raised bandstand, she carefully placed a glass vase with vibrant orange tulips on the stage, in front of the microphone stand.
The woman was the acclaimed singer Calabria Foti, and the flowers, historically symbolic of “energy, enthusiasm, desire and passion,” proved prophetic for the night’s musical offerings. Praised by artists that include Chris Botti and the great Johnny Mathis, Foti’s hip, lyrical performance only raised one question: With a voice like hers, why haven’t we heard of her before?
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