About ThOSE GIRLS
2018 and 2017 BEST VOCAL DUO/GROUP - MANHATTAN ASSOC. OF CABARETS & CLUBS (MAC)!
Those Girls is a new vocal harmony project that promises a great time filled with great music! Eve, Rachel, Karen & Wendy joined forces in 2016 to form this contemporary, four-member women’s vocal group that performs an eclectic mix of music from a wide range of styles - from pop to jazz, the Beatles to U2, country to rock, and everything in between. Their fresh takes on all things vocal have quickly made them a New York City favorite with audiences and critics alike. Those Girls strive to create unique arrangements of songs, and also to bring their sense of humor to performances of all shapes and sizes, creating innovative shows that are fun, high-energy, insightful, and memorable.
"A unique blend of unusual repertoire, killer arrangements, individual performances and exciting harmonies!"
- Times Square Chronicles (T2C)
Eve made a return to cabaret after a nine year hiatus with 2015’s Back to Billy: A Love Affair 30 Years in the Making, for which she was nominated for a Broadway World Award in the Best Show, Female category (directed by Lennie Watts, musical direction by Steven Ray Watkins). She is regularly involved in Lennie Watts’ Arrangement Experience shows and was recently seen in the “Gone Too Soon” series at the Metropolitan Room (musical direction by Ricky Ritzel). She hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest (Olympia, Washington) where she spent her formative years in theatre. While she spends the majority of her time working in the financial services industry, she’s happy that she found her way back to singing. She is a certified life coach and avid traveler. She loves singing in Pig Latin, is not a dancer but pretends to be one, and has a soft spot for spicy cheese flavored microwave popcorn.
Rachel has performed in cabaret rooms, bars and clubs all over NYC, as a featured performer and as a back-up singer. Rachel’s first featured cabaret show was called 5’3” and Under, in which she played “Under”. Other features include A Sign of the Times (the music of Petula Clark) and The Words and Music of Joni Mitchell. Her vocal harmony chops were well showcased as a longstanding performer in D. Jay Bradley’s Annual Christmas Show, a much loved holiday tradition in NYC for more than a decade. As a member of the Poppy Seed Players, through the Kaufman Cultural Center, Rachel has had lead roles in Hannah the Joyful, A Tree Grows Up and Number the Stars. Rachel is also a featured singer in the Jonathan Lewis Band, and was a founding member of the a cappella group Downtown Vocals. She can be heard on several recordings, including Jim Speake’s MAC Award winning Sweet Life CD, Miranda Music’s A New York Holiday, D. Jay Bradley’s Don’t Let Christmas Pass You By, and the Downtown Vocals CD, Tracks. While singing, Rachel can often be found with a shaker, tambourine or some other random noisemaker in her hands. Rachel’s passion for singing started at summer camp, where she played the part of Ado Annie in Hebrew.
Karen is an eight-time MAC Award winner for vocal performance and songwriting, as well as for her vocal harmony work for 12+ years with talented singer/songwriter Michael Holland as half of the pro vocal duo that brought the acclaimed & ridiculous retropop series “Gashole!” to the world. LGNY says “in addition to her sense of humor, she has the kind of voice one longs to hear…her flawless placement, appealing style and dead on performance are electrifying!” and The Village Voice echoed “Mack can sock anything with a rock beat out of the ballpark.” Karen was part of the 25th Anniversary Gala for the NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, and was featured in the UK premier of “Brenda Bly, Teen Detective”, and “Build Me A Bridge - The Music of Miller and Hammonds” at the Bridewell Theater in London’s West End. Club appearances include Town Hall, Symphony Space, B.B. Kings, The Bottom Line, Caroline’s, The Fez, The Bitter End, and numerous college keggers. Always drawn to rich and complex vocal harmony, she spent eight years with Doo•Wa•Zoo, a multi-award winning contemporary a cappella quintet, and she was also part of the vocal ensemble of D. Jay Bradley’s annual NYC Christmas spectacular alongside fellow “Girl” Rachel Hanser. In Those Girls, Karen is in charge of cookie baking and rehearsal space rental and run-on sentences.
A native New Yorker, Wendy has performed as a jazz & cabaret vocalist at clubs in and around NYC including the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Hudson Theater, Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, and The Metropolitan Room. Working with Lennie Watts (director) and Steven Ray Watkins (piano), she was nominated for a 2016 MAC Award for Best Female Vocalist, for her highly acclaimed solo cabaret show, “Where Have I Been All My Life”, She’s been a featured soloist in the First Acoustics Concert series with vibraphonist Stefan Bauer. Wendy started her singing career as a soloist in the Riverside Church's Children's Antiphonal Choir and as a soloist for Holt Rinehart & Winston/Triton Records Exploring Music K-12 series of Albums. Wendy is a singer, songwriter, arranger and a sought after back-up vocalist. In addition, Wendy teaches vocal technique and performance classes, and works with all ages. She has a valid driver’s license and tries repeatedly to make Those Girls learn solfege with no success thus far.
Lennie Watts - Director/Creative Consultant
Lennie Watts is a 13 time MAC, 5 time Backstage Bistro, 3 time Nightlife, and a 2014 Broadway World Award Winner. Active in the New York cabaret scene for over 25 years, he's the only person to receive awards as an outstanding vocalist, director, producer, and booking manager. In addition to directing in clubs & cabaret venues, he's directed events at Symphony Space, Town Hall, and BB King Blues Club. Watts is the creator of "cablab", "Summer In The City", and The Arrangement Experience and Boot Camp, all critically acclaimed professional performance workshops. He is on the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College, as well as a Master Teacher at The Eugene O'Neill Cabaret Conference. Lennie was recently named One of the 50 Most Influential People in Cabaret, and is currently the President of MAC.
Steven Ray Watkins - Musical Director
Steven Ray Watkins has been playing the piano and has been a working musician for over 40 years, and is one of the most sought after musical directors and pianists in NYC. As a musical consultant & vocal coach, he has worked with a myriad of different performers, including Patti LuPone, Hugh Jackman, Beyonce, Anne Hathaway, Cynthia Nixon, Bonnie Franklin, Amanda McBroom, Louise Pitre, and Karen Mason. He consulted on the 2009 Oscars, has musical directed the MAC Awards three times, and has been involved in benefits & concerts across the country, including NYC performances at Town Hall and Carnegie Hall. As a composer, he has written specialty material for the MAC Awards, many cabaret acts, and his song “Give Me A Voice” appears on Lennie Watts’ critically acclaimed CD “I Want….You Want.”