Being raised in Missouri, I've listened to a lot of country music and we were all impressed how Sandy Kastel blended right in with the Legends of the 60's artists. I'm looking forward to hearing more of Sandy's new album, Indiana Rain."
On Sunday, September 26, at the Heroes And Legends Scholarship Awards, held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Kastel mingled with evening’s honorees Bettye Lavette, Don Davis, Jon Platt, Lenny Williams, George Duke and the Holland, Dozier, Holland songwriting team,
G. C. Cameron, Henry Dixon, Louis Price, the L.I.F.E. Choir, Freda Payne and Jim Gilstrap and Company among others performing at the ceremony.
Motown Records songwriter Janie Bradford established The HAL Foundation to give guidance and assistance to youths at risk. As one of the HAL scholarship donors, Kastel was on hand to meet with the scholarship recipients who will go on to pursue their dreams in the arts. Ms. Kastel’s sponsorship support was granted to Clark Reeves. Clark is attending The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in the Los Angeles, CA area.
Although Indiana Rain is her first country collection, she has two earlier albums on the Silk and Satin label. This Time Around pays her respects to the Great American Songbook, while Only In Las Vegas: The Event tips its hat to Broadway musicals. In Indiana Rain, Kastel also displays her considerable skills and sensitivities as a songwriter.
The women Kastel depicts in her songs are much like she is—passionate, strong and independent. “Indiana Rain” is the story of a young woman coping with the loss of her husband. “Rope Me A Cowboy” is a mildly flirtatious, tongue-in-cheek, line dancing dazzler. “Nashville Tonight” tackles the subject of determined women held back by stifling relationships.
In her newest CD, Kastel explores the country, swing and blues roots passed down from a long lineage of performers, including her father, native San Francisco jazz musician Dick Kastel and her mother, artist Wanda Jean, born and raised in Texas on country music.
A self-proclaimed “optimist,” Kastel in music and in person encourages those who find themselves facing life-challenging decisions, such as the unwed mother in “Detours." Another of her songs—“Don’t Tell Me”—is quickly becoming a theme for women who are tired of being told, “You can’t,” “You Won’t” and “You never will.”
As a recording artist, author (Life Choices: Navigating Difficult Paths) and former Miss Nevada in the Miss America Scholarship Pageant, Kastel coaches young women in search of tools to better prepare them for life’s opportunities. She focuses on positive choices, taking control of one’s destiny and making a difference in the world around us.
It’s easy to see how this all-American girl wins the hearts of her audiences with her genuine smile and friendly out-going personality—along with the down-to-earth, easy-to-sing-along-with songs on her new album Indiana Rain.