What Inspires Rachel Chanoff?

I was a special guest artist at Celebrate Brooklyn! for the Helga Davis Love Show before the film Romero and Juliet. I caught up with Rachel Chanoff (artistic director Celebrate Brooklyn!) on stage during soundcheck. 

Rachel's inspiration is Celebrate Brooklyn! Because it's free, the audiences are diverse, they hear great things, unexpected for them and for the artist. Sounds a lot like why I've been singing in public spaces with MUNY since 1999.
  • A little backstory: It was Rachel who was a judge for my Music Under NY audition in 1999 that got me into the program. From that audition she programed me as the opening act for Joan Armatrading at MASS MoCA, fast forward 11 years, Helga Davis WNYC and WOR radio host judged my Battle Of The Boroughs Manhattan performance at WNYC's Greene Space. Helga recently passed by my Music Under NY performance at LIRR, she stopped listened and invited me to be her guest artist. There I reconnected with Rachel. It's a full circle of connections made from performing in public spaces. I love this story.
Comin' Back To Me performed by Cathy Grier NYCSubwayGirl and the Helga Davis Love Show with Sean Dixon - Drums, Fred Cash Jr.- Bass and Ted Cruz- Keyboards
words and music Cathy Grier singerfish publishing SESAC


Helga Davis WNYC + WQXR radio host

Helga Davis WNYC + WQXR radio host of "Overnight Music," passed by my LIRR gig and recognized me from my appearance at the 1st WNYC Battle of The Boroughs.  She was a judge and I was representing Manhattan.  I was surprised to see how fresh my performance that night was still in her mind.  Made this subway performer smile. 

What inspires Helga?  "Beauty and music."

here's a link to my Battle of The Boroughs performance of my song "Comin' Back To Me"