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.
My dad is a musician, but he didn't mind getting his hands dirty cleaning pistons on the kitchen table when we lived in Mesquite, Texas!
I was "Dad's Little Helper." He loved taking apart the engines to his cars and cleaning them on Sunday afternoons. As he spread out the newspaper on Grandma's old oak table I brought in his tool box and set it down on the linoleum floor ready to hand him his tools.
When he was done, we would clean up and he would take my sister, Linda, and me for a ride in our new '57 Chevy. It was a Belaire two door in turquoise and Silver. The seats were white leather with turquoise inserts. Dad told my sister and me to keep our shoes off the seats so we wouldn't "hurt the leather seats." We loved going for rides in the new car. It had that "new car smell" and he would let us stick our heads out to feel the wind on our faces.
No wonder I love classic cars! They bring back so many memories.
A few years ago I made my first music video in Nashville and we found a great '65 Ford Mustang Convertible for me to drive. It fit the feel of the song perfectly. We drove it around on the old country roads and through a beautiful street with huge trees with the wind blowing through my hair. It was so much fun!
Here's the video and the lyrics at the beginning of the song...
"Driving south on Hwy 65, the rain was beatin' down, roads were slick as ice. Hot tears burnin' on her cheeks as she cried, her heart breaking from their terrible fight. She packed her bags, grabbed her guitar, and shouted 'I'm not comin' back anymore!'
Nothin's gonna keep me from Nashville Tonight. I can't wait to cross that Tennessee line. I finally broke through the chains in my life and nothin's gonna keep me from Nashville Tonight!"
Hope you enjoy it.