Lyricist/singer Lorraine Feather's work has been heard on numerous records, in films, and on television. Her words have been sung by Patti Austin, Kenny Rankin, Phyllis Hyman, Jessye Norman, and numerous jazz artists. She was the lyricist for a multitude of animated projects for MGM Animation, Disney, and Hasbro. Her work as a lyricist has earned her seven Emmy nominations.
Feather has recorded 13 solo albums as an artist since the late 1990s. Her 2001 release, "New York City Drag," featured contemporary lyrics to formerly instrumental pieces written by Fats Waller; she did similar treatments with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn instrumentals on Cafe Society, Such Sweet Thunder. Her 2010 release, "Ages," focused on different stages of life and was nominated for a 2011 Grammy in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category when she was 62. Her next three albums, "Tales of the Unusual," "Attachments," and "Flirting with Disaster," received another four Grammy nominations. All Music Guide has called Feather "one of the most creative lyricists of our generation."
Her 2018 album was entitled "Math Camp," and for this project, Feather produced an animated film with NYC indie animator George Griffin of the song "Math Camp," written with Feather's longtime collaborator Eddie Arkin.
Feather and Arkin wrote the title song for Warren Beatty's film "Rules Don't Apply," released in 2016. The song received a Critics' Choice nomination.
Feather's 2009 cartoon, "You're Outa Here," was based on her lyrical version of Fats Waller's classic "The Minor Drag." It was shown at 37 festivals and won the Best Music Video award at the South Beach Animation Festival. YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlKGDn9WDPU
Her 2021 release was entitled "My Own Particular Life." She is currently working on an album for 2024, "The Green World."
Feather was born in Manhattan. is the daughter of the late jazz writer Leonard Feather, and the goddaughter of Billie Holiday.