Surrounded by art, dance, and music, Priscilla Badhwar grew up in Houston steeped in a rich culture. The whole family is pretty brainy. Her dad worked for NASA. One day, he's explaining how very complex space travel is. Priscilla remarks, "C'mon, dad. It's not rocket science." He deadpans back, "Actually honey, it is." Leaving the music of spheres to her father, she moved to Austin and attained her Bachelor of Arts in Music from The University of Texas at Austin. Her vocal studies included the art song and opera. She became proficient in French. She didn't stop there, though, putting her head down, working hard and attaining Doctor of Pharmacy from the The University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 1999.
Over the years, she has developed a love for Brazilian and French jazz music. Her influences include the French jazz tunes of the remarkable Blossom Dearie and Henri Salvador, and of course the beloved Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, and many more. She has appeared at various venues around Austin including The Blanton Museum of Art, The Vineyards at Florence, and several private engagements. Priscilla currently working on recording some beautiful French tunes made popular by such artists Henri Salvador, Paul Misraki, Blossom Dearie, Charles Trenet and even a lovely Beatles tune sung in French!
Priscilla has a wit dryer than a James Bond martini. She's vivacious, witty, and intelligent. Sometimes she's playful or quirky, other times wholesome and compassionate. Her character and versitility comes through in her singing. She can cover a broad range of musical genres and moods. Priscilla now lives in Austin. She has worked with many esteemed artists in Austin including Eddy Hobizal, David Pulkingham, Steve Schwelling, and Daniel Durham. She is currently a student of Austin's own jazz vocal gem Suzi Stern.