Dear Friends & Family,
It is with great concern we announce the news that our singer China Forbes must take an extended leave of absence of at least one year to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. China had initially discovered the injury to her voice earlier this year, and it was hoped that extreme vocal rest would heal her. But after careful consultation and on the advice from multiple specialists, she has made the difficult decision to move forward with surgery.
The heartfelt wishes and support of the entire Pink Martini family are with her as she undergoes surgery and recovery. Though it is difficult to predict exactly what the future will hold and how quickly she will be able to recover, we very much hope to welcome China back to the stage with Pink Martini as soon as her health permits, and we anticipate many more fruitful collaborations in the years to come.
Pink Martini will continue to tour and record music throughout China’s absence from the stage. We look forward to presenting our amazingly supportive and loyal fans many exciting collaborations with guest and interim vocalists over the next several months.
For our upcoming Summer 2011 tour of the US and Canada we will be joined by two amazing vocalists. The dazzling and charming Lucy Woodward, whose resume includes recordings for Verve Records and Warner Brothers, will take the stage with us from June 24 through July 3, and our good friend, collaborator, and extraordinary singer, Portland’s own Storm Large, will hit the road with us on our scheduled shows from July 4 through July 17. Singers for all subsequent performances will be announced as they are confirmed. We are truly excited to present these new singers to our fans, and are confident you will enjoy hearing our music with fresh ears.
Thanks for your understanding and support.
With lots of love,