Sandy Kastel Will Sing In Beverly Hills for HAL Foundation
Takes Time Out from Radio Tour On Behalf Of “Indiana Rain”
(Nashville, TN. Sept. 20, 2010) Silk and Satin Records artist Sandy Kastel will perform songs from her new album, Indiana Rain, Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Aqua Lounge in Beverly Hills as part of the three-day celebration leading up to the 21st annual HAL (Heroes and Legends) Awards Dinner.
Singing in support of the HAL Foundation is a natural extension of Kastel’s enduring interest in redeeming social causes. She is one of the authors of the new self-help book, Life Choices; Navigating Difficult Paths, and her Sandy Kastel Scholarship Foundation has contributed a scholarship to HAL.
The HAL Foundation was established by fabled Motown Records songwriter Janie Bradford to give guidance and assistance to youth at risk. This year’s honorees include George Duke, Lenny Williams, Betty Lavette, Big Jon Platt, Don Davis and the team of Holland/Dozier/Holland.
A high profile and much sought after vocalist in her hometown of Las Vegas,
Kastel had two albums to her credit before shifting to her country music heritage
with Indiana Rain. Lately, she’s been visiting radio stations to support
her first single, also titled “Indiana Rain.”
On Labor Day, Kastel sang the national anthem at the NHRA (National Hot Rod Assn.) Finals in Indianapolis that aired on ESPN2. Just prior to that, she met with Indianapolis mayor Gregory Ballard to present him a copy of her record. Kastel sings about Indiana with some authority since her husband is a native of the Hoosier state and the two have long had a home there.
Kastel’s show business roots are deep. Her father, Dick Kastel, was
a standout tenor saxophonist in the Harry James Band. She spent much of her childhood sitting in light booths in Las Vegas watching her dad back such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ann
Margret, Shirley MacLaine and Carmen McRae.
Wanda Jean, Kastel’s mom, was a Texas-born beauty who made her musical mark in San Francisco as part of a sister song-and-dance team.
A gifted songwriter, Kastel penned “Indiana Rain” and five other
cuts on her new album, which was co-produced by studio wizards Ron Aniello,
Jeff Lorber and Jimmy Haslip.
She will be cheering on Bradford and her good works Sunday, Sept. 26, at the
posh black-tie dinner and awards presentations at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The music video for “Indiana Rain” is set to debut soon.