Berklee Summer in the CityApril Bender
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April Bender has been a singer since birth and a songwriter since age 3, when she wrote and performed her first full song. It was about a horse, and a family friend played along with her on guitar. Sure, her songs and voice have changed since then, but her passion for music hasn't.
Growing up, she was involved in many musical theatre productions and choirs, such as the NJ All State Chorus, where she was ranked one of the top five sopranos in the state. She has done several benefit concerts over the years for organizations such as Relay For Life and the Make A Wish Foundation. During high school, April was awarded the Jeffrey Carollo Music Scholarship through the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, which allowed her to study opera there for four years.
Although she was classically trained, she still always knew she wanted to sing and write contemporary music, which is what she continued to do over the years. She started looking for opportunities to get her original music heard, and began performing at venues such as The Bitter End and CBGB in NYC. She was also a semi-finalist for the WOR radio Shining Star contest, and was the only contestant to perform an original song. The song, "Karma," was featured on WOR radio. April was also one of 12 singer/songwriters from around the country selected to attend GRAMMY Camp, a 3-week program that allowed young artists to work with top industry professionals including Earth Wind & Fire, Lamont Dozier of Motown Records, Brandi Carlile, Rickey Minor and many, many more. She recently completed an EP of original songs, entitled Stay A Little Longer, and is currently writing and recording new material.