BIO

Angela is an acoustic pianist/singer with a rich warm sound. Her performance is always "live" and adds a touch of glamour and musical excitement to any venue. Her confidence and professionalism creates a sophisticated ambience for International 5 Star Hotel venues along with her elegance and versatile piano styles.

"I love taking request...you never know what song someone will want you to play and sing.... I always go by the feel of the room and my audience. But it's that young dude that wants to hear Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercers' "Moon River" or the older gentleman that request some Billy Joel..."Can you play "Piano Man"? that makes the entire evenings performance unforgettable."

Angela is a strong piano player and performs as a solo entertainer as well as performing duos, trios along with numerous bands with an array of very talented musicians. She is the perfect performer also for lounge and cocktail music as she can take request for a lively piano bar. Angela's repertoire is whatever the venue requires...she is an accomplished, trained musician and sight reader. This is always a plus when performing with other musicians.

"Antonio Carlos Jobim's "The Girl From Ipanema" is one of my most requested songs along with Hoagy Carmichael & Stuart Gorrell's "Georgia On My Mind" and John Lennon's "Imagine". Of course everyone wants to hear some George & Ira Gershwin, Elton John's "Tiny Dancer", some Beatles, Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fur Elise",  "As Time Goes By" from Casablanca, anything by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Santana, Eric Clapton's "Layla" ,how about Pachelbel's "Canon in D", Sting, Sade, Madonna, do you do any "Sinatra"... and something from "The Phantom" is a typical night of performing."

Angela's versatile talent as a entertainer, performer, dancer, pianist and singer has landed her first place in the regional Miss Virginia/Miss America pageant. With her charm, musical talents and stage presence, Angela has also appeared in TV commercials which exhibited her talent as a prismatic performer and entertainer.

Performing  Universal Studios at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville was a highlight in Angela's career. Appearing before thousands at the annual 4th of July Celebration for the City of Virginia Beach , Angela played in a rock/pop band keyboards/vocals as the opening act for recording artist Yankee Grey and also in a variety of exciting concerts and venues performing and traveling the USA.

Angela had the honor of performing as solo pianist/singer and entertainment for Jean Stapleton at the opening night reception dinner and cocktail event for the Broadway production of  Eleanor: Her Secret Journey.

Always exploring new adventures in music Angela has traveled and performed with some of the finest musicians based out of the Eastern United States. Among highlights of Angela's career she has had the privilege of performing with an array of talented musicians. Among which is an original musician of the Santana "family band" members.

Musical entertainment has always been Angela's passion in life. In the studio or on stage...Angela has been performing her love of music... playing the piano, singing and dancing since the early age of three.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Angela grew up on the East Coast where her love and appreciation of all music comes from her upbringing. She was born into a family of musical talent where music was apart of everyday life. Her father was a great inspiration as he always listened to the fabulous entertainers, musicians and singers as he was familiar with "all the greats" and their music. In addition she was very gifted musically...with the sounds of the piano, guitar and vocals. Always entertaining with all styles of music from jazz and gospel, to the classic blues.

Angela began studying dance and music at a young age at the Eva May Morris Dance Studio where she performed at Chrysler Hall and The Center Theatre/The Harrison Opera House. Angela's piano and music theory study began at the age of five with the Larry A. Williams School of Music where she performed in many studio and student recitals throughout the area and also performing at The Chrysler Museum of Art Auditorium in Norfolk, Virginia. Angela had to unique opportunity to study and perform with fellow musician Janice White Hayen, a most accomplished pianist. Showing exceptional talent Angela competed annually in The National Piano Playing Auditions Guild U.S.A. Angela was also accepted into membership of the Art Publication Society of St Louis, Missouri and also a member of Pi Mu for her outstanding accomplishments and musicianship. She attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri to study music, music theory and piano. 

In the early years of Angela's music career as a music director and educator she taught private piano and music theory in the Angela's School of Music where her students would perform piano recitals of musical productions at The Chrysler Museum of Art Auditorium in Norfolk, Virginia. Angela taught music instruction and voice where she produced. directed and choreographed numerous musical productions in the public school system of Virginia Beach, Virginia and The Outer Banks of North Carolina. She also has taught as an Instructor of Music Study and Piano at a college in Virginia.

"I always knew that my love of music and dance would be my passion in life, it reflects how I feel and how I wish to share myself with others. I have so many incredible memories of all the great times and wonderful people I have had the opportunity to entertain, I am so blessed."  

Angela was a featured guest artist in the production of "Friends In Music...Back To The City" Volume II. Angela played keyboards in the group "Mowbray Arch".  The group of musicians include Woody Nordan, guitar; Jack Armistead, tenor guitar; Angela Furr, keyboards; Nicky Bonis, bass; Tony Mirabile, drums; Peggy Debellis Bruce, Diana Berry and Jennifer Phiipps, vocals. The song recorded "Maybe It Doesn't Matter", words and music by Jack Armistead, was recorded at Clay Garden Studio.

As a versatile pianist and vocalist, Angela's forte is her instrumental and vocal interpretations of the fabulous jazz standards and the way in which she improvises the popular songs of today.

Recently performing in Dubai in the Middle East the welcomed reception and appreciation of her musical abilities were always complimented as well the musical selections and requests of the audience. Angela has had the opportunity to perform in the most prestigious dinner clubs, piano bars, restaurants, hotels, private clubs, universities, lounges, concerts, cocktail and dinner parties Internationally, in the USA and beyond.... Having the pleasure to perform and compose her life as a pianist/singer.

                        

                     
 

              
 

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"Angela has played The Harbor Club on numerous occasions. Her beauty is only overshadowed by her talent as a pianist and vocalists. Her range and repertoire appeal to all the cross sections of our membership. It is always a pleasure to have Angela appear at The Harbor Club."

 Mark Linn                        General Manager                   The Harbor Club

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"Angela ...You're Awesome!"

 Mark Montano                         TV Host TLC                               10 Years Younger                   Celebrity Homes

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"...a note of appreciation and admiration of your professional and talented piano performance while I was listening to you in Dubai."....A. Taji

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"Selected as “Best Piano Player”…Angela Furr, a Norfolk native who hails from the Outer Banks has gigs in  Downtown Norfolk and is now appearing at La Galleria.         “Fine sound, Angela!”

Jack  Armistead                 Publisher   Editor                         The Downtowner

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"Angela is am exceptional performer who has assisted us for the past few years in our yearly fundraiser in support of breast cancer research... Her performances have been exceptional, as usual. I have had the opportunity to witness Angela's performances in a variety of venues and the most notable aspect is her consistently high level of performance..."

Robert H. Schnarrs, MD,FACS The Hague Center

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"With Angela's onstage presence, her musical style, talent and repertoire appeal to the wide range of our lounge and dinner guest as our Baby Grand  is the center of our establishment and very much an attraction for our venue. Angela's confidence, professionalism..."

Tony Gargulio     Owner                                          Il Giardino Ristorante