Santa Barbara based vocalist, Irene Fredricey (Vocalist) was invited to join DO NO HARM Band by keyboardist, Jim Thomas. In 2012, she attended a DO NO HARM Band “jam session” and was inspired by the talented musician’s, their repertoire, and professionalism at these productive “jam sessions”. DO NO HARM Band quickly became the exciting and rockin’ current chapter in Irene’s singing/entertaining career. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with Jim Thomas (keyboardist), Tom Woliver (Guitar/Vocals), Barry Birmingham (Drums) and Roger Runjavac (Bass) at keeping decades of great music alive.
BACK STORY ON IRENE’S CAREER:
Irene came from a musical family. By the age of 8, Irene and her older brother, Rick began playing guitar and singing together. As teenagers, they became favorites at local school talent shows. Soon, the Rick and Irene Duo performed the current “Top 40” songs of the 70’s and 80’s eras throughout the Santa Barbara community every weekend. They were Santa Barbara’s most sought after duo at local restaurants, clubs and special events for several decades to come.
In the 90’s, Irene became the Alto vocalist for the Ventura, California based five piece Acapella Doo-Wop group, The Vocal Chords. Year round, The Vocal Chords (Bob Birk, Marty Kinrose, Melody Mize and Diane Stevenett) costumed up in 50’s attire and performed classic street corner Doo-Wop tunes at fairs, festivals, car shows and other special events throughout Southern California. It was during this amazing, musical experience, that Irene developed her keen ear for sweet harmony.
By 1996, Irene responded to a “seeking vocalist” add placed in Santa Barbara’s Independent.
She auditioned and soon landed what became the gift of a 17-year career as a Survivorette/Vocalist in Santa Barbara’s 12 piece band, Soul City Survivors. Soul City Survivors was Southern California’s in high demand energetic Classic Soul, R&B, Funk Disco and Old School band who performed at Clubs, special events, and Casinos throughout California and Las Vegas. It was during her career in Soul City Survivors, Irene developed her voice as well as her love for entertaining and connecting with her audiences.
Other fun projects in Irene’s career include, Sentimental Serenade – Jazz Standards from 30’s-40’s with Keyboardist-Kenny Weiss. Recording vocalist for 20 years with Mark Roberts – The Mark Roberts Band and Big Yellow Moon – Acoustic guitar and three-part harmony folk and original materials with Ernie Knapp and Anny Eastwood.
In Irene’s Spare time, she enjoys time with family and friends, staying active in nature, gardening, cooking.