Calli Graver has shaped a versatile career as a crossover vocalist capable of stepping up to the plate of any music genre. Raised by musician parents in Lancaster, PA, Calli’s love for jazz, classical and pop helped shape the genre-bending sound heard in her original music today. Not only has she sung with legends like Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Aretha Franklin, and Andrea Bocelli, but she’s also been honored to work with several symphonies, orchestras and philharmonics spanning the nation. Calli’s newest album “The Sun’s In My Eyes” produced by Ben O’Neill (John Legend, Jill Scott) was released in August 2022 to critical acclaim.
Calli relocated to Philadelphia to pursue her degree from the University of the Arts. She received a Bachelors of Music in vocal performance, followed by a Masters of Music in the jazz studies program. She has performed with prominent jazz figures since graduating, including Christian McBride, Peter Nero, and co-produced an original jazz suite entitled “The Divine Lorraine.” Calli’s first solo endeavor was the holiday jazz album “Cheer!” that she released in 2017.
The impact of Calli’s musical schooling led her to also become an accomplished music educator, helping to ignite the same passion in her students that her educators gifted her. Calli is an adjunct professor at Millersville University and Community College of Philadelphia, teaches k-12 vocal instruction at The Shipley School and Lumberton School of Music, and teaches private lessons from her home. “My biggest job as a teacher is to help my students learn about themselves, their instrument, and find a voice. In that, I’ve found even deeper joy and understanding in my own music” says the artist.
In addition to Calli’s time spent performing in various Philadelphia based bands, she finds balance in time with friends and family. A perfect night off for Calli includes trying a (hopefully) delicious new recipe, watching a favorite tv show, then laying upstairs on the roof deck in South Philly. She loves to learn and still strives to enjoy daily comforts, and her new music certainly reflects that. “The Sun’s In My Eyes” accompanies fans in their day to day journeys, exploring sophisticated writing and musicianship from her incredible band with warmth, nostalgia, and plain ol’ fun!
Calli’s vocal abilities and expressive nature are on full display with this exciting music, and as many projects were delayed due to the happenings of the world, she has anxiously awaited the release of this project! Visit CalliGraver.com for more information.