Where it began.
I sang before I did anything else.
It was music that brought me to performing, and then to the theater. It started with the school chorus, madrigal choir, church hymns. At home, singing along to Linda Ronstadt and Ella Fitzgerald, and later, the great Joni Mitchell. I idolized Bernadette Peters (still do).
Over the years, I've engaged with musicals, folk, jazz, rock, R&B, blues, prog. Explorations are ongoing.
Debut album released June 25, 2021
"This assured metropolitan project has strong echoes of Steely Dan—even early Chicago (minus the brass) in parts—and two not-so-secret weapons in powerful singer Anne DeAcetis and fleet-fingered guitarist James Beaudreau.... Bell Helium's cool grooves and airy production make for a high time."
–Grant Moon, Prog magazine
"[The song Slow Motion] from New York guitarist James Beaudreau harkens back to the past through its soulful jamming. It stirs up the moodiness of The Doors with hints of The Grateful Dead if they were fronted by Joni Mitchell. Delightfully glamorous."
"It's a yacht rock kind of sound...it's a Laurel Canyon sound...but it's got more to it than that. The vocals here are lovely soul vocals, really nicely done, actually...and the guitar and electric piano sparring, trading solos—which is a feature of the work they do—is something very special."
Cole Porter: The Man & His Songs
Friday, October 11, 2019, 7:30pm
Lapham Concert Hall, Port Washington Public Library
Part musical revue, part history lesson, part antiques display (including an Edison Cylinder Phonograph Player!), this night covered some of Cole Porter's most well-beloved tunes along with stories of how they came to be. I appeared with fellow singers Brian E. Long and Karen Santaromita, accompanied by David Barnett on piano with David Goldberg on bass.
I Dream of Sondheim
Take Me to the World,
Life and art being how it is, I moved away from musicals and they from me. But I've always wanted to return to these roots. After Sondheim's death in 2021, I resolved that I would.
The recording of "Move On" below is special to me. I brought it to the memorial service for my childhood mentor, and it reminded me why I wanted to be part of all this in the first place.