Media and Singers’ Reviews
HMAG.com – Hoboken’s Premier Lifestyle Magazine
We All Sing Like Sinatra in the Shower – July/Aug
BJS is featured in the “Faces” profile series, discussing her role as judge in the Hoboken Sinatra Idol Contest, as well as her other local musical appearances.
The Ridgewood News – Oct 31, 2014
Local voice teacher is business award finalist
BJS is a Finalist in HCC Business Awards. Nominated by students including Daniel Purcell, a winner at national
Boston Sings a cappella competition.
GexHub.com – for Group Fitness Pros – Apr 8, 2014
Strike the Right Cord: A Guide to Throat Health
BJS is interviewed for professional vocal health advice for various ways for fitness pros to protect their voices while instructing in large group classes.
NJ.com – Feb 28, 2014
Hoboken’s Barbara Simon guides young singers to careers and self-discovery
Singing training to encourage personal development, and focusing on the singer as a whole person. Predictions about the American Idol season XIII.
Suburban News – Dec 23, 2010
BJS and student Marina Wardell serenade visitors at Ridgewood’s Winterfest outdoor celebration in Van Neste Park, near the Art of Motion studios.
The Jersey Journal – Jan 31, 2008
Voices Raised in Hoboken Clubs
Features 3 professional singers who have studied with BJS. Also featuring two college-bound students who developed music demos / audition songs with BJS.
Hudson Current – Jan 22-28, 2004
How to sing.
How SBS book developed and detailed history of BJS’s career. Includes Stephen Flaherty’s quote – “(the book) combines the technical and interpretive aspects of singing.”
Waterfront Journal – Aug 28, 2003
Tony-Winning Composer Applauds Singing Book
SBS endorser, Stephen Flaherty’s new Irish show “A Man of No Importance.” Discussion from SBS about singing in dialects to access new expressive parts of the voice.
The Jersey Journal – Aug 16, 2001
Dancer Luigi Praises Singing Book
Focusing on singers feeling their bodies from the inside, like dancers. Features jazz dance technique creator Luigi, who’s story is featured in SBS book.
Go Out! – Aug 24, 2000
Hitting the Note with Barbara Simon
BJS singers Allison Strong – wins on the NJN-TV Hispanic Youth Showcase. And Jennifer Gonzalez as “Anita” in NJCU production of West Side Story.
New World Outlook Magazine – March / April 1994
Exploring Halloween: A Youth Group Seminar
An original program, using theatrical images (masks / monsters, Peter Pan, The Addams Family) to discuss spiritual issues such as unresolved grief, and good vs. evil.
December 21, 2016
The Recorded A Cappella Review Board Reviewing Ithacappella’s CD “To Build a Home” by Daniel G. Westbrook
“(‘Madness’) sparkles and keeps you guessing, but even that doesn’t compare to the absolute cherry on the top that is Dan Purcell. Will somebody get this man his Best Male Soloist CARA? I can’t imagine what other performance could match this emotion and delicacy…I can confidently affirm that Purcell is one of the finest soloists I have ever heard.”
July 29, 2014
The Recorded A Cappella Review Board Reviewing Ithacappella’s CD “The Party Upstairs” by Brian Alexander
“Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved.’ This track is ready for some major airplay. The lead (Daniel Purcell) is stellar, the voices blend well, and at certain moments, it’s as if this track is being performed in a live concert hall. The singing is that pure and captivating. This is easily my favorite track.”
February 12, 2013
AcappellaBlog Reviewing Ithacappella at Varsity Vocals Competition by Mike Chin
“Excellent cool timbre from the soloist (Daniel Purcell), selling the emotion of the piece.”
November 20, 2015
VH1.com 10 Bands That Show Why Hard Rock Bands Are Getting Good Again by Doc Coyled
“. . . It’s pure hard rock, with a bluesy underbelly. Lead singer Nick Fargo brings a unique, piercing vocal delivery along with dynamic keyboard and piano playing in the mix, which gives the band another dimension to their meat and potatoes rock”
March 20, 2014
PureGrainAudio.com Dude, Share This: by Graham Finney
“. . . get a load of frontman Nick Fargo who has a set of lungs that most rock frontmen would . . . die for.”
March 30, 2013
Milwaukee Rock Music Examiner – Rock Your MOTHER by Kellie Levans
“The vocals of Nick Fargo are especially exciting, carrying a Seattle sound with the dirty howl of a New York City boy. Nick Fargo can hit every note on the scale, with shocking authority.”
March 25, 2012
gothamrocks.net Sold Out Gramercy Theater Show was One for the History Books by Thor Vanderbill
“Lead singer Nick Fargo stops you dead in your tracks with his voice.”
November 9, 2015
hMAG – Anthony Tamburro Launches New CD “Alaska” at Maxwells by Diana Schwaeble
“His music is roots rock and sounds like something you would hear on a jukebox, when you could walk into a bar and hear something besides the same recycled pop music. There is a longing present in the songs, and the lyrics depict perfect little slices of life.”
Christine Santelli – NYC Blues Hall of Fame – 2016 Grammy Nominated Songwriter
“Reminiscent of Springsteen and Dylan, Anthony Tamburro is an American story teller. His lyrics are filled with imagery of a time and place, breathing familiarity, allowing the listener to nestle into his songs. His rich, sometimes gritty vocals add that perfect “working class” spirit to his songs. …songs with just the right amount of grease.”
February 7, 2013
Media Darlings Reviewing Rent – RENT is Due at Hoboken High School by Jack Silbert
“And Marina (Wardell), who does a show-stopper as ‘Maureen,’ who I’d seen sing before at D’s Soul Full Cafe. Hey, Hoboken’s a pretty small town.”
Oprah’s Pop Star Challenge
Quotes from JaQuita May’s (aka Jackie Perkins’) website about her on-air performance
“Her voice made me say wow.”
“I think your voice is fantastic.”
ALLMUSIC by Ravi
by Heather Phares
“. . . Jackie Perkins’ ‘Nobody Supposed to Be Here,’ which reveals that she has one of the most traditionally ‘pop’ voices in the competition.”
Steve “Silk” Hurley
“I knew when I heard Jackie sing the ‘National Anthem’ on her demo . . . that we had to select her to sing on the show. She didn’t disappoint when the camera’s rolled . . . and the rest is history.”