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“Being a vocalist is bringing lyrics and melodies to life.   .....Darkness, enlightenment, hilarity, resolution……This is music to me!”

Russine attributes her musical influences as:  The Beatles, Steely Dan, Elton John, The Carpenters, Loretta Lynn, Peggy Lee, Carly Simon, Manhattan Transfer, Carole King, Michael Franks, and The Eagles, just naming a few.  “These artists opened my ear to harmony and rhythm”, says Russine. 

Musical passion began for Russine in elementary school chorus and throughout Jr High and High school in Canoga Park, CA.  Continuing to The College of Southern Nevada, where she graduated  Phi Theta Kappa in 1999, she performed  two years in the “Vocal Jazz Ensemble”, singing blues, scats, and four and five part jazz harmonies.

In 2000, Russine joined a premier Las Vegas 50’s Doo-Wop A Capella group known as “The Emerald Dreams” with performances in Las Vegas, NV. and  Laughlin, AZ.  

Staying close to her harmony roots, Russine performed with “The Jazzmin Vocal Band”.  Led and conducted by Grammy nominated Rod Henley, of The Four Freshman, “Jazzmin” blended five voices that brought fresh interpretations of jazz and contemporary standards with a lively band.  Previous appearances have been with the UNLV Jazz Bands, Las Vegas Masters singers, The “Dennis Bono Show” at the Southpoint Casino, and The Italian American Club, as well as other local corporate events in Las Vegas.  

From 2013-2020 Russine performed jazz standards to a spirited local las Vegas crowd bi-weekly   in The Suncoast Casino at Salvatore’s Italian Restaurant, with notable pianist/vocalist Phil Baker,  “The Inspiration For The Fabulous Baker Boys”.    

“What I’ve learned on this fabulous tour”.   “Youth is the gift that we don’t know we own.  It’s meant only for the young to learn after they’ve grown”.  Treasure all your moments!

Russine thanks her heavenly family and friends for all their support in her musical journey! 

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