New Album Coming!

We are in the final stages of preparations for the release of my new cd entitled INDIANA RAIN, coming out in 2010!  I've had the great fortune of working with some of the finest talent in our industry. Ron Aniello, Jimmy Haslip, Jeff Lorber and Pat Coil. This past year has been spent writing songs and recording in studios with great musicians from L.A. to Nashville.

Sandy Time

Thought you might get a kick out of this.  Maybe it will bring a smile to your face as you start your day....

“SANDY TIME”
Written by
Sandy Kastel
 
When asked by her architect “What are you doing up so early?”  This is what she replied.

“It was already 6 am in Las Vegas when I got out of bed here in Indiana!  But I 'woke' up first with Harold at 6:30 am when the alarm went off for him to get up and go play in a golf tournament (which is 3:30 am L.V. time).
 
It's not so much the getting up when the alarm goes off.  It's that Harold keeps all the window coverings closed so that I don't 'see' the sun rising as the day begins. Plus I like to take my time 'waking' up even if I start early.
 
I like to gradually 'rise' and do my routine, like writing my dreams, drinking my hot water with lemons, checking emails, etc. before I am ready to 'face' anyone else. Otherwise it throws me off.  Waking up to the world is a process for me.
 
Of course, I still have a challenge getting out of the house, especially when I get creative or involved in a project, because the time just slips by and before I know it, hours have passed and it is time to 'be somewhere else’.

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Red Hot Redheads

"Hot Summerlin Nights" PRESENTS "Red Hot RedHeads"
Featuring Las Vegas Entertainers
Sunday, July 26th at 7:00 pm

Recording Artist ~ Sandy Kastel
Cabaret Performer ~ Susan Haller
Jazz Singer ~ Diane Ellis
Jazz Piano ~ Joe Darro

Episcopal Church in Summerlin
"The Church that Supports the Arts"
2004 Spring Gate Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89134 [GOOGLE MAP IT]
Suggested Donation $10

Making Music & Living Life

Wow, what a month. So much has been happening that it is just zooming by. I was one of the judges for the Miss Summerlin/Miss Henderson Pageants. I was in a Golf Tournament at Canyon Gate Country Club to raise money for Safe Nest, an organization that helps women and children in need.

I joined Cherrisse Goedhart, Janie Bradford, Freda Payne, Claudette Robinson, Hank Dixon, Scherrie Payne, Marilyn Mc Leod, Raynard Milner, Miller London and more who attended the Heroes and Legends, Evening with the Stars, Charity Reception, a fundraiser for talented young people.

Last week I met with Aleta Mc Cormick, founder of Omni-Equus, specializing in the treatment and rehabilitation of equine athletes, Don Hoglund, DVM, author of Nobody's Horses: The Dramatic Rescue of the Wild Herd of White Sands and Robert Miller, world renowned speaker and author on Horse Behavior and Natural Horsemanship, Ron Wechsler, Joan Waldman along with others to discuss the 'Preservation of the Free Roaming Horse'.

As I said, busy month! Many of you know I planned to do a summer tour this year after the release of my new cd. In preparation for it I was in dance classes and rehearsals. In April I started working out with a new trainer and pulled a calf muscle, which meant I had to take 6 weeks off to let it fully heal. This put a big 'dent' in my plans.

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Update from Sandy

There's so much that's been going on and I've had so little time to share it with all of you.  

This summer has flown by with preparations for my upcoming cd, a book in the works, family plans and surprises.  Where do I start?  

I guess I will work backward.  

Last week I was in Nashville recording at Sound Stage Studios.  Their team was great.

The first session was produced by Jimmy Haslip and Jeff Lorber.

We had Shannon Forrest on Drums, Jimmy Haslip on Bass, Troy Lancaster on Guitar, Jeff Lorber on Keyboards, Charles Judge on Piano/Keyboards and Dan Dugmore on Pedal Steel & Mandolin

The following day Ron Aniello produced more songs.  

The musicians included Shannon Forrest on Drums,  Craig Young on Bass, Troy Lancaster on Guitar, Charles Judge on Piano/Keyboards, Dan Dugmore on Pedal Steel, Mandolin & Dobro with John on Fiddle & Cello.

The engineer on both sessions was David Thoener and he was assisted by Sound Stage Studio's Brad Winters.

Next week I go back in the studio to record my vocals.  I'm looking forward to finishing these songs for my new cd.  It's been over a year ago that we began selecting songs and making preparations.  By January we should be ready to release my first single.

During this process I have teamed up with Ronny Vance out of Boston and am writing a book about my experiences in music and life.

Sandy

Miss Nevada 2009 & Miss Outstanding Teen

Miss Nevada 2009
The new Miss Nevada 2009, Christina Keegan and Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen 2009 Jordan Orris were just crowned this week in Reno, Nevada at the Pioneer Theater. I was asked to be one of the emcees along with Executive Director, Miss Nevada 2002 Teresa Benitez-Thompson, Choreographer Miss Nevada 2005 Crystal Wosik-Scotten and Miss Nevada 2004 Elizabeth Muto.

The Producer Del Beatty put on a fabulous production along with all of the contestants from around the state. The theme this year was Broadway Songs so it was a natural for me to join in the spirit of it by singing 'Don't Rain On My Parade' from the Broadway Musical FUNNY GIRL.

The judges had a difficult time choosing between all the talented girls this year. Each had strong platforms and are donating their time to charitable organizations. When asked the challenging on-stage questions they came back with educated answers and insights about today's top news stories. It was a pleasure watching the girls interact with each other.

They rehearsed long hours, had interviews, visited the children's hospital and still had enough energy to run the show twice before the curtain opened at 7 pm Saturday night to an expectant audience.

Awards were given for the girl who raised the most money for the Children's Miracle Network and for the girl who was involved in the most charitable works. It was a lot of hard work and the girls were up to the task putting on a wonderful performance while making it look effortless.

The talents were acting, ballet, jazz dance, piano performances and singing. It was an entertaining evening with a goal in mind, to crown a new Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen, who will go on to compete in the Miss Outstanding Teen Pageant in August in Orlando and Miss Nevada, who will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas in January 2010.

I know only one girl gets to walk away with the crown in the end, but each one of these girls is a winner. They are following a dream, putting an extra effort into making a difference in the world through their platforms and charitable works and planning for their future by going on to get an education through the scholarships they receive from The Miss America Organization.

I want to say, Congratulations to each and every one of these girls. Enjoy the journey and follow your dreams. This experience will go forward with you throughout your life. The values that you learn today will lay the foundation for a rewarding career and personal growth. Make the most of it and you will be amazed at the results. You are all winners.

Your 'Miss Nevada Sister' Sandy Kastel

Sandy Records 'Session Projects' with Top Musicians

Currently Recording A Series of “Session Projects” With Top Musicians In Cities Around The U.S., The Former Miss Nevada Is Sponsoring A Participant In Nashville’s Team Rio Walk-Run, Which Raises Money For Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Middle Tennessee

While most of Sandy Kastel’s professional and charitable activities are based in her hometown of Las Vegas, the popular performer and recording artist also has a heart for Nashville, where she has spent much of her time co-writing with other songwriters over the past several years.

The former Miss Nevada (www.sandykastel.com) is sponsoring her friend and real estate agent Holly White, who is a part of Team Rio (www.teamrio.org), a Nashville based Walking/Running organization that is currently celebrating its fifth anniversary raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. Team Rio will have over 150 runners/walkers training with a purpose for the 2009 Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon.

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Red Hot Redheads - July 26th 7PM!

"Hot Summerlin Nights" PRESENTS "Red Hot RedHeads"
Featuring Las Vegas Entertainers
Sunday, July 26th at 7pm

Cabaret Performer ~ Susan Haller
Singer ~ Dolly Coulter
Jazz Singer ~ Diane Ellis
Jazz Piano ~ Joe Darro

Episcopal Church in Summerlin
"The Church that Supports the Arts"
2004 Spring Gate Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89134 [GOOGLE MAP IT]
Suggested Donation $10

Nashville Sessions

Been working in the studio again in Nashville.  Excited for everyone to hear the new songs.  I'll keep you posted.  I know it's been awhile, but it takes time to get everything together 'just right'.  So, hang in there.  After Nashville we are heading to Pigeon Forge, which is a great place for the family to come and see a variety of shows and spend their vacation.  We are going to go visit Dollywood, too. Maybe we'll see Dolly!

Sandy

The Follies Closes after 49 years in Las Vegas and Sandy Kastel is there!


If I was on the front of Fashion Icon Magazine today this is what the article might say (IF it was written by a reporter who really cares what I think and IF it was a favorable article...and that's a lot of 'ifs'). So, here goes....

Sandy Kastel attended the final performance of the Follies Bergere Show at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas last night. As usual she was 'dressed to the nines' for the special occasion wearing Dolce Gabanna, Louboutin shoes and carrying a Prada bag. She stepped onto the stage with the alumni of performers who have worked with Jerry Jackson for over the past three decades. The event was the closing of the Follies, which ended it's 49th year run.

When asked by Fox 5 what she thought of the show closing, Sandy said, "I feel it is a continuing trend, which marks the end of an era for Las Vegas. This town is constantly upgrading it's image. It's sad on one hand because this December would have been the 50th anniversary of the show and the new owners could have drawn out the celebration over the next 6 months. It would have brought a lot of new blood into their hotel with all the attention. But It is also a sign of the times. Las Vegas is always reinventing itself and in order to do that some things have to go so that new shows can come into the market. The Follies represents one of the traditions of Las Vegas, bringing beautiful women from all over the world, originating in Paris."

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