Jody Mullen is a soprano from New Jersey, but not the kind who has turned to a life of crime ... yet.
Of A Thing Called Hope, her sophomore venture into New York City's vibrant cabaret scene (2017), critic Bart Greenberg writes: "Jody Mullen possesses a beautifully controlled soprano that recalls the glory days of Broadway ingénues such as Barbara Cook and Florence Henderson, and she gravitates toward the same musical catalogue. With her lovely appearance and warm and slightly wicked personality, she seems born to play a Rodgers and Hammerstein heroine." With musical direction by the inimitable Eddie Schnecker, her show features beautiful and uplifting selections from the Great American Songbook and beyond, conceived as a brief escape from the pervasive cynicism of today's climate.
In collaboration with renowned cabaret vocalist Jennifer Blades and pianist Diane Kinsley, Jody appeared in Love Me As I Am, a new duet show centering on love, loss, and life as women, at Don't Tell Mama in Manhattan in 2018. With a set list ranging from beloved jazz standards to ballads by Green Day and Stephen Schwartz, the show received its second performance at the Cabaret at Germano's in Baltimore in February 2019.
Additionally, Jody continues to perform her first one-woman cabaret, Love Letters from Jersey, in venues across the state. Directed by Lennie Watts and premiered at Don't Tell Mama in 2015, Love Letters is a celebration of the Garden State's most iconic musicians, from Frank and Nancy Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan to Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Laura Benanti, and Jerome Kern.
With repertoire that ranges from classical and opera to traditional pop, jazz standards, and cabaret, Jody has appeared as a professional solo artist and entertainer in Prudential Hall at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark), the Gramercy Theater/Live Nation (Manhattan), the West End Cabaret (Manhattan), 440 Gallery (Park Slope), 180 Maiden Lane (Manhattan), the Westmount Country Club (Woodland Park, NJ), St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University, and many others. She was employed as a soprano soloist and section leader at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights from 2008-2020 and has also served as a cantor and soloist at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church (Chatham, NJ), St. John's Lutheran Church (Summit, NJ), St. James Church (Basking Ridge, NJ), and All Saints' Episcopal Church (Millington, NJ), among others. Additionally, she is pleased to work with Music for All Seasons in NJ, performing in both public and private events. She is an alumna of dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, where she sang the roles of Papagena and Erste Knabe in Die Zauberflöte, among others.
Jody graduated with high honors from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she won the LeFrak Prize in Music for her senior recital of American Songbook literature. NJ Mom named her a "Mom-preneur of the Year" in 2016. She currently lives in (where else?) New Jersey with her family.