Ann Hampton Callaway

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Ann Hampton Callaway
Birth name Ann Hampton Callaway
Born (1958-05-30) May 30, 1958 (age 58)
Genres Broadway
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1991–present

Ann Hampton Callaway (born May 30, 1958) is a multiplatinum-selling singer, composer, lyricist, pianist, and actress. She is especially known for writing and singing the theme song to the TV series The Nanny, writing songs for Barbra Streisand and starring in the Broadway musical Swing!.

Early life, family and education[edit]

Ann's mother, Shirley Callaway, is a singer, pianist and coach. Ann's father was journalist John Callaway.[1] Ann's sister is Broadway actress Liz Callaway. They were raised in the Chicago, Illinois, area. Ann and Liz attended New Trier High School (New Trier East) in Wilmette, Illinois.[2][1]

Shirley, Ann and Liz have performed together onstage occasionally.


Callaway was described by The New York Times in 2011 as a jazz-cabaret singer who "smolders more than she sizzles."[3] She performed for US President Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C. and was the invited guest performer for Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev's Youth Peace Summit in Moscow in 1988.[4] She has recorded and performed the award-winning[citation needed] show Sibling Revelry with her sister Broadway star Liz Callaway. Callaway is associated with her tireless devotion to The Great American Songbook.

Callaway signed with the label Telarc International which resulted in the CD Blues In The Night, a tribute to her growing up in the Chicago area. Her CD At Last was released in February 2009 to unanimous rave reviews. Her 2004 CD Slow from Shanachie Entertainment is her most pop-inspired album. Ann has recorded two holiday CDs: Holiday Pops! with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and a solo CD This Christmas (Angel/After 9). Her album Signature features the signature songs of jazz legends of the 20th century, performed with pianist Kenny Barron and guest artist Wynton Marsalis. Other CD recordings include Easy Living (After 9), To Ella With Love (After 9), After Ours (Denon), Bring Back Romance (DRG), Ann Hampton Callaway (DRG) and the live recording, Sibling Revelry (DRG). She has also been a guest artist on over 40 CDs.

Callaway composed over 250 songs for television, Broadway, off-Broadway and several of today's leading interpreters of songs. Her music and lyrics have been performed and recorded by Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, Michael Feinstein, Blossom Dearie, Peter Nero, Karrin Allyson, Donna McKechnie, Harvey Fierstein, Lillias White, Barbara Carrol, Amanda McBroom, Liz Callaway and Carole King. She composed "At the Same Time" for Barbra Streisand and that recording, Higher Ground, debuted nationally at #1, giving Ann her first of three platinum records. Ms. Streisand asked Ann to write lyrics to a Rolf Lovland melody which she entitled "I've Dreamed of You" which Ms. Streisand sang to James Brolin at their wedding. The song was later recorded on her CD, "A Love Like Ours", released as a single and selected for the album, The Essential Barbra Streisand. Ms. Streisand performed both of these songs on her live double CD, Timeless. Ms. Streisand later chose Ann's song "A Christmas Lullaby" for her holiday CD, Christmas Memories.

The Cole Porter Estate officially recognizes Ann Hampton Callaway as the only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, having set her music to his posthumously discovered lyric, "I Gaze in Your Eyes". It was first recorded by Ann for Ben Bagley's Cole Porter Revisited series. Later, the song was recorded by Elaine Paige and was featured in the West End hit musical revue A Swell Party. Ann was one of the creators of the Broadway musical Swing!, writing "Two and Four" as well as several additional lyrics to the standards in the Tony- and Grammy-nominated score.

In addition to the theme for The Nanny, she has written the TV themes for Day's End, Cabaret Beat, and The Jim J and Tammy Fay Show. Ann composed incidental music for the David Weiner play, Baltimore Star and her song "Manhattan In December" was included in the 2005 off-Broadway musical revue A Broadway Diva Christmas. Her songwriting is administered by Williamson Music.


She has produced two public television specials called Singer's Spotlight With Ann Hampton Callaway featuring guests Liza Minnelli and Christine Ebersole, towards her dream of an ongoing PBS series.

Callaway has performed on numerous TV shows including The Today Show, Larry King Live, The Charlie Rose Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and ABC News. She starred in Midnight Swing for the PBS television special Live from Lincoln Center and was featured in another PBS special with Keith Lockhart and Boston Pops. She has also performed for the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular and has made two appearances on NBC's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. She appeared at the Vail Jazz Festival in 2010.[5]

Her voice has been heard in numerous TV jingles and voice-overs including spots for Coca Cola, Ethan Allen and State Farm. Ann has also done extensive broadcasting for Sirius Satellite Radio as a performer, DJ and interviewer. Ann recently appeared in Robert DeNiro's movie The Good Shepherd, was heard on the soundtrack of Queen Latifah's Last Holiday and was featured in the role of Mrs. White in the award winning film Volare for Jim Henson Productions, directed by Temela D'Amico.

Awards and honors[edit]

Callaway's honors include receiving a Tony Award nomination for "Best Featured Actress in a Musical" for her work in Swing! and winning the Theatre World Award for "Outstanding Broadway Debut". She has garnered fifteen MAC Awards from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs, two Backstage Bistro Awards, The 2005 Nightlife Award, the Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award and the Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking. Most recently in 2015, Ann was nominated along with her Sister, Liz Callaway, for a Award for their show Sibling Revelry. This was produced by Black Sapphire Productions at the Hippodrome Casino Leicester Square London.


In September 2005, Ann performed her original composition "Let the Saints Come Marching", written to honor Hurricane Katrina victims, on a national TV broadcast on the Fox News Channel. Her song "Who can see the Blue the Same Again?" was released earlier in 2005 as a single paying tribute to the tsunami survivors and raising much needed money for The Tsunami Fund of the PRASAD Project. In the aftermath of September 11th, Ann composed "I Believe in America", which she performed on Larry King Live and released as a CD single. Just days after the tragedy, Ann heard an 8,000-year-old prayer from the Rigveda and composed "Let Us Be United". Ann recorded the song with Kenny Werner, the Siddha Yoga International Choir and five-year-old Sonali Beaven, who sang in honor of her father who lost his life on Flight 93. It was released on CD and DVD and its proceeds continue to benefit Save the Children and the PRASAD Project. Ann's father was the late John Callaway, Chicago's TV and radio journalist, and an author, moderator and speaker. Her mother, Shirley Callaway, a singer, pianist and coach, was featured at New York's Town Hall, singing with Ann and her sister, Liz.

Personal life[edit]

Ann resides in New York with her wife, Kari Strand.


Solo and Duet CDs

  • From Sassy To Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project (2014), Shanachie Entertainment
  • Boom! Live at Birdland with Liz Callaway, (2011), P.S. Classics
  • At Last (2009), Telarc
  • Blues In the Night (2006), Telarc
  • Who Can See The Blue The Same Again? (2005), Discmakers Single CD
  • Slow (2005), Shanachie Entertainment
  • After Ours (1997), Denon Records
  • Ann Hampton Callaway, (1992) DRG Records
  • Bring Back Romance (1994), DRG Records
  • Easy Living (1999), Shanachie Entertainment
  • Sibling Revelry with Liz Callaway, (1996) DRG Records
  • Signature (2002), Shanachie Entertainment
  • This Christmas (1998), After 9 Records/Angel Records
  • To Ella With Love (1996), Shanachie Entertainment


  1. ^ a b Reich, Howard (June 20, 2000). "She Did It Her Way: Ann Hampton Callaway Makes It To Broadway On Her Own Terms". Chicago Tribune. New York. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Award-winning Broadway actress and singer Liz Callaway to perform with New Trier Choir-Opera on April 26". New Trier High School. April 26, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jazz Listings". The New York Times. 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-05. Ann Hampton Callaway (Tuesday through Thursday) “At Last” (Telarc) is the most recent album from the jazz-cabaret singer Ann Hampton Callaway, who smolders more than she sizzles. She appears with an ace rhythm section composed of the pianist Bill Cunliffe, the bassist Peter Washington and the drummer Tim Horner. 
  4. ^ Dorsey, Kristina (February 12, 1988). "Ten year old Mystic student has peace mission to Moscow". The Day. The Day Publishing Company; republished at p. B1. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Vail Jazz Festival". 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-05. Lineup: Jimmy Bruno, Clayton Brothers Quintet, Bill Cunliffe, Ann Hampton Callaway, Hendrik Meurkens, Vail Jazz Workshop All-Stars, Joel Frahm, Wycliffe Gordon, Benny Green, Tony Monaco 

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