“It’ll be family fun for all ages, with theatre and contemporary songs,” said the bubbly Ms. Kind. “I’m going to do a lot of stupid things with my audience – you never know what’s going to happen at any given moment – it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The fun-loving songstress just received “a warm welcome home and standing ovation” at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, which concluded its 2011-2012 Solo Sensations series, with Ms. Kind in concert, singing her heart out for her fans.
It was an overwhelmingly great success, so if you missed her there, you’ve got to catch her at the Jersey show. Bring mom and have a blast.
During the interview, Kind recalled the old neighborhood days: “It changed so much,” said Kind, a long-time Los Angeles resident. She had toured her old Flatbush ‘hood and homestead during her recent visit.
“None of the stores are the same. I wrote a whole sheet out from my memory before I came – where the restaurants were, the pizza places, the schools. P.S. 89 is no longer P.S. 89,” said Kind, who attended 9th grade at the Erasmus Hall Annex, Streisand’s high school, before the family moved to Manhattan.
“We were a very nice middle income family and moved into a brand new area when my parents brought me home from the hospital. Flatbush was a mixed neighborhood: Irish, Jewish, Italian. Everybody hung out their windows, you know? Everybody knew everybody’s business.” (Laughed)
Her fave hangouts were Lenny’s Pizza and Mel’s Record Rack.
Growing up, Barbra was her role model. “I loved going with her when she worked as cashier at the Chinese restaurant; I would give the kids lollipops.”
Kind’s lucky break came in her teens, as did Streisand’s, with the release of her first album, “Give Me You,” a collection of contemporary, pop rock songs. “I got my first recording deal before I graduated high school. The recording was the day of my graduation.”
Then, show biz and fame beckoned. Kind’s first nightclub engagement took place right after she made her debut on the Ed Sullivan show in 1969. It was in San Francisco, at the hungry i club in Ghirardelli Square. Back in the day, it was the hot spot for new-wave comedians like Phyllis Diller, Dick Gregory, Lenny Bruce and Bill Cosby. One memorable 1963 double bill featured Woody Allen and a young singer, Barbra Streisand.
Later, Kind’s memorable New York debut at the Plaza Hotel’s Persian Room made headlines.
With no formal singing lessons, Kind describes her voice as “a God-given gift through family genes. Mother had the most incredible soprano voice; she got it from her father, who was a cantor in Russia.”
This fabulous voice was to land her sold-out performances on Broadway and in top concert venues around the world, as well as appearances on the “Tonight Show,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Access Hollywood” and “Good Morning America.”
Ms. Kind’s (2008) re-release of her CD, “Come What May,” has a song dedicated to her beloved Yorkie, Joshie, who passed: “Times Like This” is for dog lovers, but the rest of the songs are a mix of show tunes, standards and a little bit from every genre.
“I sing from my heart and believe that it’s all about the lyrics,” said Kind, who is very spiritual and enjoys meditating and exercising.
“It’s about making people happy and forgetting their problems for an hour and a half or so. Too much stress in the world today, so smile…have fun!”
Kind will perform on May 12, at 8 p.m. at the Sharp Theater
Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, in Mahwah, NJ.