From Samoa To Sinatra
A lifelong musical dream project
Release Date May 12, 2023
As heard on SiriusXM's
In 1958 my mother, Samoan-born Mavis Rivers, was signed to Capitol Records where she recorded three albums, including her debut release arranged by the legendary Nelson Riddle.
in 1960 mom was lured from Capitol Records by Frank Sinatra to sign with his just created Reprise Records label. Mavis became the first female artist on Reprise, and was among the initial recordings released by the label that included Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and of course Frank himself.
FROM SAMOA TO SINATRA is a unique adventure chronicled through music, songs, and stories that describe how a little girl from Apia, Samoa ended up recording and performing with the entertainment royalty of the time, with The Rat Pack, and alongside some of the greatest Jazz and Popular musicians and orchestrators of the day. This is the recording project I always wanted to do, and I knew I HAD to do. Since her passing I had always wished there were a way to find one last opportunity to perform with my mother. Now, thanks to incredible advances in technology, I have been able to do just that, both on recording, as well as live! FROM SAMOA TO SINATRA is a musical love letter from her son to his mother, as well as to the music of the great Frank Sinatra.
Thrilled to say that the good folks at SiriusXM's Siriusly Sinatra Channel are supporting the project and a few of the finished tracks are in regular rotation, and can already be heard in full.
The full recording will be released in May of 2023, with plans to present the show live in small group and big band settings, and of course as a fully orchestrated Pops show for symphony orchestras, and is available to be booked now for the 2023-2024 orchestra season, and beyond. Musically it will not only offer a look into the Great American Standards songbook, but will also offer unique and personal perspectives from a son and his mother who have been fortunate to have had deep and close relationships with the artists and the music.
It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
This Could Be It
I Remember You
Get Out And Get Under The Moon
On Second Thought
People Will Say We're In Love
There’s No You
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
The Best Is Yet To Come
All My Tomorrows
In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening
Pick Yourself Up
Plus much more for live show!