The founder of Urban Bird Records, and its very first musical artist, Tammy Lynn Pertillar is a singer and songstylist whose passion for music was founded during her childhood years. The daughter of a concert pianist and choral director, she does not remember a time when she did not sing.
Tammy is a dramatic soprano who has performed professionally as a soloist and as musical director of IMANI women's A Cappella quartet. Her voice, with a unique phrasing style all her own, has been described as "clear and citrusy," and has a bell-like resonance.
One of her greatest accolades was receiving a 5-minute standing ovation for her A Cappella performance of Francis Scott Key's The Star Spangled Banner at the opening ceremonies for the National Park Service's Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site.
Tammy has enjoyed collaborating in gospel and classical duets, trios, quartets, and Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Bass Choirs, both A Cappella and accompanied. A community artist, she leads workshops on Folk and Native American musical styles of the Southeastern and Eastern Woodlands indigenous communities of the United States. As an educator, she has performed as a member of the Mohawk Trail traveling concerts group for rural education in the arts. She has studied voice at the Levine School of Music, as well as dance and drama at The Artists' Collective.
Over the years, Tammy has worked in arts administration for Sweet Honey In The Rock, has supported concert details for Ulali, and has performed music marketing for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
Her background in musical theatre is notable, and she has performed in community theatre productions of "Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "The Wiz". A member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), she has a background in creative writing. She also has a background in voiceovers and acting roles for radio and television, having started out as a child actress in "The Ranger Station" on CBS.
As an announcer and news reader, Tammy's voice has been heard in English-language program broadcasts on live radio, including WMHC-FM and WHMP AM/FM in Massachusetts, as well as WFWM-FM, WJBC-FM and WESM-FM in Maryland.
A linguist and historian with two Master's degrees and a specialization in comparative Spanish and Portuguese language and culture, Tammy has lived and worked in diverse international fields. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she is an active member of the Ivy League and Seven Sisters Alumni.
Tammy's network of classically-trained accompanists represents the best in technique and performance. Wherever she may be, she utilizes voice as her principal instrument.
Lots of people ask why we call it Urban Bird Records. Here's why:
Like that of human beings, the community life of birds is dynamic.
Birds are social creatures that communicate through song and movement. They build their own homes, utilizing natural materials as tools and structures. They create elaborate courtship alliances. They have immediate and extended families.
Their life cycles are structured to care for their young, and prepare their offspring for the independence of adulthood. They transmit ideas across generations, including providing structured flight lessons and teaching communicative songs by rote.
During migratory seasons, bird formations rely upon elder leadership for guidance. The elders utilize the same visual landmarks that their forebears relied upon to determine the flock’s course and destination.
Because of its ability to thrive in the city yet still carry its native song, the sparrow is the ideal mascot for the Urban Bird Records label.
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The sparrow is a songbird that thrives in diverse locations across the globe. It inhabits wooded areas as well as urban environments.
The sound of the sparrow is so common that people from six continents (Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, South America and Europe) have heard its dulcet tones, and diverse literary sources from B.C. to the present indicate the sparrow as subject.
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