Since moving to London, Cassandra has worked as a Session & Backing singer for many of the UK’s top artists, performing at events and venues including the Wembley Arena, Glastonbudget Festival, Walk for Life and The O2.
She is now working on her first solo Album which will be released in late Autumn 2013.
For news about live performances with her new Band Cassandra & the AlphaGirls or her Solo Tour Dates please join the mailing list. The AlphaGirls will be touring the UK from March 2013.
1999 Duisburg Band 'Flokati'
Cassandra was born in in West Germany. She left school at 15 to train as a visual merchandiser. Around this time, Cassandra joined four bands as a lead singer, and started gigging and performing in the evenings and on weekends.
After an audition at a music agency in Cologne, she was signed to a major label to develop a solo act. But the contract was exploitative and badly paid. Coming from a working class background, supported just by her single mum, Cass realised that she couldn't afford to give up her job and her other bands for such a risky opportunity.
So she continued performing with local bands instead, and appeared regularly in musicals and at music exhibitions.
After completing her apprenticeship at the store, Cass decided to go back to College to study for her A-Levels in order to move to England and study at University. A year later she moved to the UK, and spent several years teaching, studying music and music psychology.
During these years, she continued building up a career as a session and backing singer for top artists including Brian May, David Gilmour, Joe Walsh, Paul Rodgers and Ronnie Wood. Cass was one of the vocalists for ‘The Strat Pack’, an all-star concert at Wembley Arena to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster guitar.
In 2012, Cassandra goes solo for the first time… with her new band, Cassandra & the AlphaGirls, she’ll be touring the UK, and releasing an album towards the end of the year. You can keep up to date with all Cassandra’s news by signing up to the mailing list.
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San Francisco 2008
Having grown up un the 90's Cassandra was strongly influenced by Sheryl Crow, Bjork, Tori Amos, Alanis Morisette, Kate Bush and Tracy Bonham. She always had a soft spot for prog rock such as Yes, Marillion, early Genesis, Super Tramp, Asia, Alan Parsons Project, Jethro Tull and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
Living in the UK she started going on tour with Rock Bands visiting 100ds of Gigs, this changed her influences and she became more interested in Blues, Rock'n'Roll and Country music including artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Steely Dan, Emmilou Harris, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin and The Black Crowes.
Cassandra moved to San Francisco in 2008 where she randomly met a lady at a bus-stop who used to be a hippie hanging out with Bob Dylan and George Harrison. This led Cass to spend more time in Haight-Ashbury and the Castro. She soaked up everything 'hippie" and 60s such as Jefferson Airplane, Sly & The Family Stone, Janis Joplin and Blue Cheer as well as Jazz, which was completely new to her, including Scott LaFaro, Charles Mingus, Keith Jarrett.
On return to London she rented a room on a houseboat (where every boat-mate had a different music taste ranging from Queens of the Stone Age, Dire Straits, Leonard Cohen to Scottish Folk Music) and started studying for an MSc in Music Psychology where she had the good fortune to meet Peter King (co-founder of Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club) as well as other talented Musicians from all over the Globe. She started working in central London, including Soho where she picked up on new music Catie Curtis, Gaye Adegbalola, Sarah Bettens, Ani diFranco, Brandy Carlile and Melissa Etheridge.
Being friends with people who play and listen to folk and classical music Cassandra started listening to Sarah Bareilles, Monique Brumby, Annabelle Chvostek and visited a lot of classical concerts in 2011, which led to her meeting Daniel Barenboim at the Tate Modern. This opened her mind to new musical possibilities. Cassandra always keeps eyes and ears open for new music and can usually be found at all kinds of music venues in and around London.