Nancy Lee Howe was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and began singing at the early age of seven. By the time she was thirteen years old, Nancy had already turned professional. As an eager and very motivated young talent, Nancy studied singing with Cincinnati's Grace Raines, vocal coach for Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney. While in high school she was the token pop singer on the T.V. show Midwestern Hayride and made regular appearances on the Paul Dixon T.V. show. She also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony pops orchestra in concerts under the direction of Deke Moffit. She appeared at numerous clubs around town, including Lookout House and Stein's Hideaway.
Nancy left Cincinnati and arrived in New york at the age of 21. In the Big Apple her first big break was when she replaced Barbara Streisand at the Village Barn, one of three New York hot spots that included the Copa Cabana and the Latin Quarter. Nancy went on to perform in major resort hotels in the Catskills and Poconos, on the Playboy circuit, and later headlined at the famed Shorham Blue Room in Washington, D.C. Her theater credits include the summer stock shows Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie)
An avid fan of Judy Garland, Nancy's biggest show biz thrill was when she was cast to perform Garland's songs at Radio City Music Hall in a show paying tribute to the life and legend of Judy Garland. That same year, she married her manager, Marshall J. Macks.
Nancy was a headline performer on a number of cruises ships, including the United States that crossed the Atlantic from the U.S. to Europe. She worked countless night clubs throughout the United States and Europe, and became one of the most requested singers on the convention circuit. During her singing career Nancy shared the stage with such notables as Bob Hope, Danny Thomas, Louis Armstrong, Louie Nye, Rodney Dangerfield and Mr. Jiggs, the chimpanzee. She appeared in one woman concert shows backed by orchestras such as Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Warren Covington, Gene Kruppa, and Buddy Rich.
Nancy began teaching voice while still active in show business, and 38 years later continues to coach, inspire, and encourage her students to succeed every day. Today, Nancy is still happily married to Marshall and they reside in Ellicott City, Maryland. They have a son named Ryan and a daughter in-law, Kris.
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