Singin’ for the Kay
Two well-known, and wellloved, stars of the Houston music scene will perform in the third of a spring series of events benefitting the restoration of Rockdale’s Kay Theatre at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Patterson Civic Center.
Featured are Houston pianist Glennie Scott and vocalist, Judy England. The event is called “A Celebration of Spring,” according to Kay Theatre spokesperson Leanna Applegate.
SCOTT—Scott has been a featured performer at many of Houston’s best restaurants and clubs.
She is a presenting artist at Ovations in Houston and has originated shows with many of Houston’s finest vocalists.
Scott has performed nationally in San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Plantation Key, and internationally in Sweden and Norway.
She began playing piano and studying just prior to her fourth birthday. Before beginning her career as a pianist/ singer/entertainer, she attended Rice University, transferring to Centenary College of Louisiana where she received her bachelor of arts degree with a major in piano performance and music theory.
While at Centenary, she sang with the famed Centenary College Choir, as well as played flute with the Centenary Band and with the Shreveport Symphony. She subsequently received her Master’s of Liberal Arts from Houston Baptist University in 1998.
ENGLAND— England, a native Houstonian, got her start in musical entertainment with Houston’s Theater Under the Stars and HITS Unicorn Theatre, where she wrote and performed in many musical reviews.
In 1985, she moved to New Orleans and began to travel as a vocalist for the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra.
One of the most sought after orchestras in the United States, they performed in a variety of venues from society galas, to Mardi Gras Balls, to movie premiers, to jazz festivals.
England has also sung at numerous political affairs including the 1988 Republican Convention, the Presidential Inaugural Gala at Kennedy Center, galas for the Republican Eagles, the inaugural ball for Governor Douglas Wilder of Virginia, as well as appearing before George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Prince and Princess Michael of York.
She shared the stage with the late Pearl Bailey for the National USO Christmas gala in Washington, DC.
England traveled the U.S. with singing partner Harry Connick, Sr., and has been a guest artist with the New Orleans Summer Pops Orchestra, with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and with Harry Connick, Jr. and his Orchestra for the grand opening of the New Orleans Convention Center.
In 2005, following Katrina, she returned to Houston where she has appeared numerous times at Ovations with Glennie Scott.