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Eileen Howard is one of those rare entertainers with the sensitivity and flair to deeply evoke the human condition in her work. She’s received accolades and awards as a singer, songwriter and actress. Eileen is active on the New York and Atlanta scenes as a noted jazz and blues vocalist.
Scott Yanow, of L.A. Jazz Scene, described her as “An appealing singer with a powerful voice and a joyful personality.” Noted jazz deejay and critic, Fritz “The Night Owl”, labeled her “One of the most creative and swingin’ singers ever to vocalize on the local jazz scene”. She has received accolades from Jazzis magazine, the New York West Side Spirit, All About Jazz, Jazz Quanta, New Jersey Jazz, BeBop Spoken Here, JazzReview.com, Blues Music, The Columbus Dispatch, and many more.
But more importantly, audiences love her live concerts!
A delightful and spirited singer, Eileen puts on shows that are heartfelt, funny, swinging and full of honest feeling. Her very attractive voice and ability to meaningfully interpret a wide variety of material with insight and humor makes her a superior song stylist who is always a joy to see.
Eileen moved to Atlanta from New York City where she sang at The Iridium, Birdland, Somethin' Jazz and Don’t Tell Mama, among others. Her monthly Bluesy Brunch at the West End Lounge was an Upper West Side attraction and she also performed monthly at Tomi Jazz in Midtown. As an actress, she performed in TV, film and in several off Broadway shows, culminating in a leading role in Mrs. Schrodinger’s Cat at the Manhattan Rep and the New York International Fringe Festival.
When her husband’s work relocated from New York to Atlanta, Eileen jumped into the music scene and has performed at The Velvet Note, The Red Light Café, the Oakhurst Jazz Series, The Strand in Marietta, and sings regularly at Venkman's and Apres Diem. She was invited to write and perform a one-woman Christmas cabaret throughout the holiday season at Stone Mountain Christmas. The Atlanta Journal Constitution featured her in its Northside Living magazine. She also performed in shows at Out of Box Theatre and in the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival.
Prior to living in New York, she had a thriving career for 20 years in Columbus Ohio, singing with a variety of bands, and her own Eileen Howard Band, at music festivals, clubs and concerts including the internationally renowned Columbus Jazz and Ribs Festival and Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival.
Eileen has received critical acclaim and exceptionally positive reviews as a recording artist. She has released five CDs: All Kinds of Weather, Street of Dreams, MakeOver, Blues in the Green Room (her live Blues Cabaret album) and, most recently, Big City Love.
An award-winning actress, Eileen has appeared in dozens of plays and musical theater productions in Ohio, New York and Atlanta, receiving many critical accolades along the way.
Coming from a family steeped in music and social action, her parents were deeply involved in the Civil Rights movement. Marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in Chicago is one of her formative memories as a child that helped instill her passion for social justice. Throughout her life, living all over the world, she has worked to make the world a better place and uses her music in ministries with those on the margins at soup kitchens, food pantries and community arts access programs.
Most recently, she volunteers her talents at Respite Care Atlanta, providing music and opportunities to make music for adults with dementia.