Bio

Meri Ziev, Vocalist

Ocean Ridge, FL (Palm Beach County)

Meri Ziev (she, her) is a communication specialist and an artist whose medium is music and lyric interpretation. As a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, Meri perfectly combines her love of communication, engaging an audience, and sharing music through cabarets, jazz shows and multi-media lecture-performances at a variety of venues including local retirement communities. Out of concern for the health and safety of all during the COVID-19 pandemic, video and live-stream performances are available, and opportunities with safety precautions in place, including masks and physical distancing, are welcomed.

Meri had the honor of performing a live-stream concert produced by the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County’s 2020 Summer Performing Arts Series.  She and her team earned Broadway World Cabaret Award nominations for Best Livestream Concert, Best Vocalist, Best Arrangements, Best Director and Best Musical Director!  Marlon Foster, Visitor Services and Music Manager said, "Meri's performance was great, intimate and refreshing and one of the highlights of the Summer Performance Arts series." Sponsored by Legends Radio and News Chanel 5, her show, “In Other Words”, was directed by Tony Award winner Faith Prince with Musical Direction by MAC and Bistro Award winner Bobby Peaco.  According to Faith Prince, "Meri has a beautiful voice...There's just a warmth about her.  She's that way as a person, too.  There's something very warm, calm and inviting about her." Additional arrangements were created with another MAC and Bistro Award Winner, Christopher Denny, as well as Music Director/Arranger/Accompanist, Phil Hinton, formerly with the BBC Orchestra, with whom Meri completed studio recordings (listen on the Home page!).

     Meri is a vocalist with the Spirit & Soul Jazz Band led by J.R. Apollon (check her upcoming events page!).  Meri is a regular-during non-pandemic times!-at Jazz on J Street.  She has performed with the Jupiter Jazz and Performing Arts Society and she is a member of Women in Jazz South Florida.  Meri is also a proud member of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC), The Mabel Mercer Foundation, and the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County.    

Meri has been featured in Broadway World Cabaret articles penned by Stephen Mosher, including this one:  https://www.broadwayworld.com/cabaret/article/BWW-Feature-Cabaret-and-Concert-Community-Continues-Creating-20201026?fbclid=IwAR1GBPM9-zxTAv2y8kRaZ5Mg3sEkYQDV8_xv7kiksExJeXgDBfCslTMeKj4

Meri is a perpetual learner who continues to hone her performance skills with coach, director and friend Faith Prince, and Master Classes with Lina Koutrakos, Michael Orland, Jason Graae, Sally Mayes, Amanda McBroom and Sharon McKnight.  She studies voice with Patrick DeGennaro, and jazz with Gabrielle Stravelli.  Meri attended three summers at Tim Schall's St. Louis Cabaret Conference, where she had the honor of musical direction by Billy Stritch, Tedd Firth, Alex Rybeck, Christopher Denny and Michael Orland. She has also trained with greats like Ann Hampton Callaway, Marilyn Maye, Karen Mason, Jeff Harnar, Angela Bacari and Peisha McPhee.

[Photo by Jacek Gancarz] 

Genres & Show Themes

Meri puts her personal touch to music from a wide range of genres including songbook standards, jazz, pop songs, show tunes, blues, soul, movie music and more!  Meri is available for hire as a solo artist, with piano accompaniment, jazz duo or trio, or with a full band. Shows available include: 

In Other Words-a personal, musical exploration of communication and authenticity.  Songs include a new interpretation of Besame Mucho, Courtship Dance Medley, Meri's Musical Theatre Mama's Medley, We Belong, and more! Read interviews with Faith Prince and Meri Ziev in the Palm Beach Daily News here:

https://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/story/entertainment/arts/2020/08/12/faith-prince-directs-local-singerrsquos-online-cabaret-show/42205543/

True Colors-A blending of the colors and chiaroscuro-the light and shadows-of life in lyrics. "Come Rain or Come Shine", "Vincent" (Starry Night), "Blue Skies", and, of course, the authenticity of our "True Colors"!  
Chanteuse Secrets-Peek behind the curtains & movie scenes, go backstage at the theatre, and take a glimpse into the personal stories of some of your favorite Chanteuses. They are only secrets until you come to the show!  I can reveal that you’ll hear the music of Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, The Ronette’s & more!  
The Times & Tunes from Daddy’s Dashboard, Part I-The music and culture emanating from the 8-track player and the radio of Daddy’s Buick Riviera, from 1964 to 1965.  A listen-back to a banner year on Broadway (“Hello, Dolly!”), a blockbuster year of films (“Mary Poppins”), civil unrest (“Dancing in the Street”), and the latest & greatest innovations and music associated with the biggest event of the year, in Flushing Meadow, N.Y.-The World’s Fair.  After all, “It’s a Small World”!   
Crossover Hits Part I:  “& All That Jazz”-Which came first, the show tune, the jazz standard, or the movie music? “On the Street Where You Live”, “It’s Only a Paper Moon”, “Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe” and more-Showtunes & Standards & Soundtracks, Oh my! Crossover Hits & All that Jazz!  
A Patriotic Parade of Songs-From the first flag of our country & the patriotic ditties of the time, through the greatest standards of the WWII era (“Stuff Like That There”), right into the enduring folk songs (“If I Had a Hammer”), & melodies that uplifted us while we struggled with the events of 9/11 (The Wind Beneath My Wings”), “This Land”—and this music—were “made for you and me!”  Includes a tribute to the 5 branches of the U.S. Military.  By the way, what exactly is a Yankee Doodle Dandy?  
My Favorite Things-Winter traditions such as "Besame Mucho" under the mistletoe, "Let it Snow" & celebrations around the world, "Mele Kalikimaka" is the thing we say!  Music, among "My Favorite Things", is the, “…Love to Keep Me Warm”!  
Summer Samba & Such- includes “It’s Too Darn Hot”, “Heatwave”, “One Note Samba” & “Summertime”. We live in Florida.  What more do you need to know?! 
Autumn Leaves-Includes “Spooky”, “Old Devil Moon", "Old Black Magic", and of course, "Autumn Leaves". 

PLUS!! Two DUET shows: 

"Legendary Ladies of Song" with Kelly DiLorenzo 
"Steve & Eydie! A Celebration" with David Meulemans