Pianist, harpist and vocalist Corky Hale was invited as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2009-2010 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for her many contributions to the music industry. She was only seven when she was featured performer in a Florida hotel’s house band. She grew up to accompany such artists as Billie Holiday and Mel Tormé on the piano; Liberace, Tony Bennett, Judy Collins, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole on the harp; and sing with the bands of Harry James, Ray Anthony, and Jerry Gray, among others.
Hale’s sold-out performances worldwide led Los Angeles Times’ jazz reviewer Don Heckman to describe Hale as “more than a triple threat.” She made her Carnegie Hall debut as piano soloist with the New York Pops, and has performed at The White House, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and Washington’s RFK Stadium.
In 2003, Hale produced her own show, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, breaking box office records at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Most recently, she produced It’s Magic! – A Tribute to Sammy Cahn. She also produced the hits Fully Committed, Lullaby of Broadway, and Give ‘em Hell Harry.
Currently working on the CD, Corky Hale…and friends – I’m Glad There is You, Hale has been happily married for 37 years to songwriter Mike Stoller. The multilingual Hale is active with numerous charities and political groups.