SINGER | TEACHER | ENTERTAINER
Southern Belle Songstress
Her voice has been described as “a beautiful, soaring, heavenly voice which makes the listener feel as if she is singing just for them.” Whether performing with her ensembles or classical concerts, Dianne Cripps brings her stunning vocals to any occasion.
Described by Loretta Barnard in Australia Jazz Net - "she is a dynamo!"
Originally from Virginia, USA, Dianne comes from a long line of bluegrass gospel singers. Her father was a great lover of big band, Linda Rondstadt, and Nat King Cole. Growing up, Dianne was entranced by complexities of classical music while singing jazz in her bedroom. She began her formal music studies at 9 with piano and saxophone and obtained her music degree from George Mason University, USA. She studied with Australian jazz luminaries Judy Bailey and Michelle Nicolle and has done extended studies with one of Australia’s foremost vocal coaches, Alan Hicks. Dianne has performed from the U.S Capitol Steps to the Sydney Opera house in both classical and jazz genres.
One of the most captivating entertainers in Sydney, she presents her music with a special blend of Southern Belle charm and unrivalled musicians which will soothe your soul or make you blush. Dianne performs regularly at bars, restaurants, markets, private parties, weddings, and corporate events to rave reviews and encores.
For weddings and funerals of all denominations, she chooses from a vast collection of sacred and secular music or music of your choice. She always performs them with grace and dignity befitting the ceremony.
As a teacher, Dianne believes everyone can and should sing. It’s her mission to help you overcome your fears that block you from releasing your voice so you can enjoy making music. With a double degree in Music and Psychology plus over 25 years professional singing experience in USA and Australia, you will be in safe and nurturing hands. Lessons focus on proper breathing, posture, support, diction, and interpretation combined with performance psychology. Ages 11yrs and up. Current WWC certificate.
HALF PINT entertains audiences with a vibrant mix of jazz & blues or grooving pop & soul tune covers from across the decades with songs everyone loves!
They perform regularly as a duo or trio at bars, restaurants, markets, private functions, weddings, and corporate events. These include such venues as Fairmont Resort Leura, SCG VIP Members Breakfast, Freedom Hub Speakeasy, Riverview Hotel, and Truefitt & Hill grand store opening to rave reviews and encores.
Like a hug and a peck, and a squeeze around the neck the SOUTHERN COMFORT show is a diverse mix of jazz standards, blues, originals, and reimagined folk and bluegrass tunes accompanied by captivating stories about her life as a daughter of Appalachia.
Dianne is a warm and welcoming host, bringing us all into her world. Experience firsthand that legendary Southern hospitality. A gifted raconteur, Dianne and her Great Southern Band have performed from The Hydro Majestic, Foundry 616, and Johnston Street Jazz. Audiences have been utterly charmed with this beautifully crafted show.
9 JUL - The Birchgrove Restaurant
22 APR - Market Street Asian Tapas
21 MAY - The Birchgrove Restaurant
10 MAR - Butchers Brew Bar
PAST PERFORMANCES 2020-2021
10 Jan - private function
7 Jan - SCG VIP Members Breakfast
17 Dec - The Birchgrove Restaurant
9 Dec - graduation function
3 Dec - Foundry 616
27 Nov - wedding
1 Nov - wedding
30 Oct - The Birchgrove Restaurant
3 Oct - private function
25 Sept - wedding
"Dianne is a warm and welcoming host, bringing us all into her world. It’s the way she was raised, she says, all part of that that legendary Southern hospitality. She’s always in control of her voice, with soulful bluesy vocals..."—australianjazz.net
“It was lovely to work with you again. You and your musicians bring a great vibe tothe dining room.”—Jackie, SCG
“What a special night was tonight! We enjoyed the show immensely. Incredible mix
of jazz, your virtuous voice, your great personality, fantastic band!! Loved all the
stories, so special.”—Nadia & Malcolm
“Half Pint Trio did an excellent job at our event. Would recommend them 5/5 Stars.”—Truefitt & Hill
“Love your performance and your voice. Definitely will come back again.”—Ratna
“We all had a great night listening to your soulful voice and your stories from the
south! What a band!”—Rosa
“We just wanted to say thank you to Matt and yourself for the beautiful singing and
music at our wedding. It really added to our special day.”—Daria & Darren