BELL JAR is ANGELA SCLAFANI’s forthcoming single that blends her pop sensibility with compelling flares of folk and americana. Inspired by Sylvia Plath’s 1963 novel, the song uses literary imagery to encourage the listener to “shatter” the conventions that hold them down- be it family, lover, or state of mind. The single features production and instrumentation by producer/songwriter Katie Buchanan.
SCLAFANI is a New York City-based songwriter, performer, and theater-maker. She has independently released three original EP’s, HISTORY, YOUR GHOST and BLOSSOM, as well as EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, an EP of reimagined Stevie Nicks hits. Angela's music combines confessional lyrics with catchy melodies and dynamic vocals, often echoing the work of multi-genre singer-songwriters like Regina Spektor, Sara Bareilles, and Norah Jones.
A two-time first-place winner of the Great American Song Contest's Adult Contemporary category, her music has been praised for its “engagingly original lyrical story, inventively appealing imagery and smartly crafted melodic design.” Angela’s music earned her a finalist spot in both the 2021 Unsigned Only Competition and the 2020 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She was a 2020 semifinalist in the acclaimed International Songwriting Competition.
Because of her versatile work in both the theater and music worlds, SCLAFANI has had the opportunity to work and perform with renowned artists such as Todd Almond, Courtney Love, Shaina Taub, Liz Swados, Heidi Rodewald, & Years and Years. Her work has been performed in venues such as The Beacon Theater, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Ars Nova, and Rockwood Music Hall. SCLAFANI’s original theatrical song cycle, PASSION PROJECT, premiered at The Green Room 42 under the direction of Mary Birnbaum and featured performances by Tonya Pinkins, Desi Oakley, Grace McLean, Katie Thompson, Arielle Jacobs, Lexi Lawson, Shoba Narayan, and more. Angela's debut musical, THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE, premiered in Ars Nova's ANT Fest under the direction of Hunter Bird. Her latest musical LA PARTIGIANA is currently in development.
SCLAFANI is a 2019 Fred Ebb Award Winner, a 2018 Richie Jackson Artist Fellow, and a 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist. She has developed work at Le Château de La Napoule International Artist Residency, the National Theater Institute, The Orchard Project Greenhouse, Fresh Ground Pepper's BRB Artist Retreat, and Musical Theatre Factory. Angela has been a featured composer in Rattlestick Playwright Theater's NEW SONGS NOW series, Prospect Theater Company’s New Musical Theatre Lab, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues, and NY Theatre Barn’s New Works Series. She earned her BFA at NYUs Tisch School of the Arts.