My Story

I was born in a little cabin in the woods. The midwife was late. Dad delivered me, upside down...my poor mother, right? They named me Savitri, after the Indian god of light and warmth, and yes, I might have had a tortured childhood because of this. My parents, both being talented classical and folk musicians, had me singing before I could talk, and I was in my first musical at age 5. To my dismay, my angelic father passed away when I was 6, but I soon gained another paternal figure who would guide me onto an even more adventurous path of playing and singing.

I am now a professional vocalist, specializing in jazz, cabaret, opera, pop and folk. I've sung in a multitude of venues, such as the Gardenia Supper Club, Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Casa del Mar Hotel, the Troubador, WitZEnd, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. I have my own monthly cabaret show called "Under the Covers with Savi: Songs From a Hopeful Romantic", and I perform as lead singer of my jazz band, Savi & the Hot Toddies. I have toured on my own and with other incredible musicians, including psychobilly band Tiger Army, and the wonderful Circe Link who sings cowboy jazz. I'm frequently asked into the recording studio by many musicians and songwriters, recently singing on Tiger Army's new album "V" and for Lynda Kay's new EP at Capital Studios. I also cantor at a number of churches, and I sing for weddings, funerals, galas and other events.

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PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
 
Jazz & Genre Fusion
  • Solo Jazz/Pop set, Santa Monica Rotary International Food Festival, Malibu, May 1, 2016
  • Lead Singer, Savi & the Hot Toddies, Fairmont Miramar Santa Monica, New Years Eve Event, Dec. 31, 2015
  • Lead Singer, Savi & the Hot Toddies, Casa del Mar Lounge, October 28, 2015
  • Singer & Ukuleleist, The Hunny Buns, Laura Korman Gallery, October 24, 2015
  • Lead Singer, Savi & the Hot Toddies, Casa del Mar Lounge, August 20, 2015
  • Lead Singer, Savi & the Hot Toddies, Casa del Mar Lounge, May 27, 2015
  • Lead Singer, Short set with the Dave Stucky Band, Culver Hotel, May 20, 2015
  • Jazz Duo, vocal and piano, Santa Monica Rotary International Food Festival, Malibu, May 3, 2015
  • Lead Singer, Savi & the Hot Toddies, Fairmont Miramar Santa Monica, New Years Eve Event, Dec. 31, 2014
  • Lead Singer, Savi & the Hot Toddies, Casa del Mar Lounge, Dec 18, 2014
  • Lead Singer, Savi & the Hot Toddies, Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica for SM History Museum Gala, Sept 2014
  • Lead Singer, Savi & the Hot Toddies, Rotary District 5280 District Governor's Ball, Indian Wells, May 2014
  • Jazz Duo, vocal and piano, Santa Monica Rotary International Food Festival, Malibu, Apr 2014
  • Solo Vocal & Piano, Rotary District 5280 District Breakfast, Jan 2014
  • Lead Singer, Savi & the Hot Toddies, American Legion National Commander Dinner, Pacific Palisades, Dec 2013
  • Lead Singer, Savi & the Hot Toddies, Madeline Carlin Celebration of Life, San Diego, Dec 2013
  • Lead Singer, Savi & the Hot Toddies, Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica for SM History Museum 25th Anniversary Gala, Sept 2013
  • Lead Singer, The Good Sauce Jazz Band, Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica for SM History Museum Gala, Sept 2012
  • Lead Singer, The Good Sauce Jazz Band, Bradmore Private Parties, Dec 2010 & Dec 2011
 
Folk, Rock, Pop & Country
  • Featured soprano with Tiger Army, The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA Oct 27 & 28, 2016
  • Featured soprano with Tiger Army, The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood, CA, July 15, 2016
  • Bossa Duo, Monthly Residency at Solidarity in Santa Monica, CA, April 2016 to Present
  • Solo Set, Cave Springs, Dunsmuir, CA, July 4, 2015
  • Solo Set, Handsome John's Speakeasy, Mt. Shasta, CA, July 3, 2015
  • Featured Singer and Background Vocals, Lynda Kay (Classic Country turned Spy Lounge), 2008 to Present
    • George Barris Culver City Car Show, May 7, 2016
    • Monthly residency at The Three Clubs – Third Thursday 9pm
    • Wheel of Fortune Season Wrap Party, Madame Toussoud's Wax Museum, May 16, 2015
    • George Barris Culver City Car Show, May 9, 2015
    • David Arquette Wedding Reception at Cicada Club, April 12, 2015
    • Trevor Project Charity Event, Palm Springs, June 2014
    • Wheel of Fortune Season Wrap Party, Whiskey a go-go, May 2014
    • West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval – Main Stage, Oct 2013
    • Previous residency at David Arquette’s nightclub Bootsy Bellows
    • Producers Guild VIP Event, April 2013
    • LA Weekly Gold Standard & Pancake Breakfast, 2012 & 2013
    • George Barris Culver City Car Show, May 2013
    • Twenty Wonder Show, 2012
    • Past performances:The Troubadour, Peterson Automotive Museum,The Mint, The Echo, numerous private events, and more…
  • Soprano Background Vocals, Circe Link Tour including shows at The Monkees Convention and various public venues, New Jersey & New York, March 2014
  • Solo set, WitZEnd in Venice, July 2012
  • Solo Set, WitZEnd in Venice, Dec 2011
 Opera, Classical, & Musical Theater
  • Solos and Duets with Savi Labensart & H. Waring Sharpe, Magni Christmas Party, Dec 2012
  • Soloist, Westminster Towers Board Holiday Party, Jonathan Club, Dec 2012
  • Opera & Italian Songs, Diadames Annual Dinner, Mr. C’s, Beverly Hills, Nov 2012
  • Soloist, Waltzer Anniversary Dinner, June 2012
  • “May Flowers Spring Concert”, a night of Opera and Musical Theater, Soloist & Producer, Corpus Christi Church, Pacific Palisades, May 2012
  • “Concerto d’Amore”, a night of Opera & Musical Theater, Soloist & Producer, Corpus Christi Church, Pacific Palisades, Feb 2011
  • Solo opera concerts for Santa Monica Rotary International Food Festivals, Malibu, May 2009, May 2010, May 2011, May 2012 & Apr 2014
  • Opera Concert, Corpus Christi Church, Pacific Palisades, October 2009
  • Gilda, Rigoletto, Casa Italiana Opera, July 2008
  • Opera Night “Monks and Raisins”, original show created and performed by Savitri Labensart, The M Bar, Hollywood, October 2008
  • Featured soloist, Ongoing Concerts with Golden West Opera, August 2008 to January 2010
  • Annina, La Traviata, Redlands Bowl, July 2006
  • Solo Opera & Art Song Concert, College of the Siskiyous, Fall 2005
  • Solo Opera & Art Song Recital, Mesa College, Fall 2005
  • Soloist, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, CSUN, Spring 2004
  • Soloist, Dickens Benefit, Oviatt Library, Spring 2004
  • Berlioz Requiem, L.A. Master Choral & L.A. Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Spring 2004
  • Soloist for the Gala for Student National Association for Teachers of Singing, Fall 2003
  • Apostle/Soloist, Godspell, College of the Siskiyous, Spring 1999
Ceremonies, Dinners, & Other Events
  • Headliner at Rotary Club of Santa Monica Dethroning, July 2015
  • Christmas Wedding Proposal, Tustin Home, December 2014
  • Dodgen Wedding Singer, Blue Ox Millworks, Eureka, CA, August 2014
  • Headlined at Rotary Club of Santa Monica Dethroning, June 2013
  • Headlined at Rotary Club of Santa Monica Dethroning, June 2012
  • Headlined at Santa Monica Police & Fire Memorial, Santa Monica City Hall Lawn, May 2012
  • Headliner at the City of Torrance 100 Year Anniversary Gala, April 2012
  • Headlined at Santa Monica Police Chief Retirement Dinner, March 2012
  • Headliner for Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Dinners, Fairmont Miramar, Santa Monica, June 2009, June 2010, June 2011, June 2012
  • Wrote, produced, and performed in variety show entitled “Rotary Through the Decades”, for the Rotary Club of Santa Monica 90th Anniversary Dinner, Casa del Mar, Santa Monica, March 2012
  • Headlined at World Cultural Center in Santa Monica for Martin Luther King Celebration, January 2010
  • Headliner, Ribbon Cutting for Keck Dedication Ceremony at St. John’s Hospital, July 2009
  • Soloist for 40th Anniversary Celebration of Westminster Towers, June 2009
 
CANTOR POSITIONS
  • Cantor, Corpus Christi Church, Pacific Palisades, Fall 2005 to present
  • Substitute Cantor & Nimnic Quartet Soprano, Church of the Visitation, Westchester, Fall 2008 to present
  • Wedding Cantor, Sacred Heart Chapel, LMU, Fall 2005 to 2013
  • Wedding & Funeral Cantor, Various locations including Corpus Christi Church, Visitation Church, Forest Lawn, Good Shepherd Beverly Hills, and more
 
RECORDINGS
  • Nik13/Tiger Army Recording Session, Operatic Background Vocals, Kingsize Soundlabs "Studio V", Mar 2015
  • Lynda Kay Single, Background Vocals, Capitol Records, Apr 2014
  • Jazz Demos, The Woodshed, with Max Haymer, Mike Lindsay, & Hamilton Price, Apr 2013
  • Lynda Kay EP Recording Sessions, Background Vocals, Capitol Records & Nightbird Studios, Producer Brad Benedict, April & Dec 2012
  • The Way Less Traveled, by Robert Brown, Soloist, Nov 2012
  • Lynda Kay album “Dream my Darling”, Background Vocals, 2008
  • Solo album “Dare to Dream”, songs written by Savi Labensart, San Diego, CA 2002
  • Downpour, featured singer, Mt. Shasta, CA, Spring 2000
 
AWARDS and DISTINCTIONS
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Member of Pi Kappa Lamda, music honors society

ACADEMIC STUDY
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with Honors, Department of Music, California State University,
       Northridge, Fall 2004
Associates Degree, Department of Music, College of the Siskiyous, Spring 2000
 
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
  • Santa Monica Junior Chamber – Vice President of Membership, 2011; President, 2012; Chairwoman of the Board, 2013
  • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Avid Hiker & Slackliner