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Singer/songwriter/composer/lyricist Jeremy Schonfeld’s compositions have won numerous awards and been performed in front of captivated crowds but his latest project Iron & Coal is Jeremy’s biggest project yet. Produced by Werner Stranka & Martin Gellner for Beat 4 feet Productions, the album was released November 2011, and received Amadeus Award nominations (Austria’s equivalent of the Grammy) for Best Recording, Best Mixing, and Best Mastering.

Recorded in Vienna, Austria, Jeremy had internally debated Iron & Coal for years, but it wasn’t until his father fell ill that he began to write the project. The result is a raw take on the things he saw, felt and experienced from adolescence to adulthood as a child and grandchild of Holocaust survivors. As fate would have it Jeremy’s father passed away at the age of 77 on the exact date that Iron & Coal was being mastered.

The singer/songwriter concept album is not a new undertaking for Jeremy, his Drift album was translated into a production as a benefit concert at BB Kings in New York City starring Adam Pascal, Julia Murney, Terrence Mann, Jarrod Emick, and Adam Kantor, among others. The 2009 production at North Carolina’s Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy garnered Schonfeld several “Best of…” honors including “Best Show of 2009” from Triangle Arts & Entertainment, and “Best Original Music” from Indy Week.

Of the production, critics praised “Schonfeld’s courageous rock and soulful song-cycle sensitively articulated a series of moments in a divorce, largely from the husband’s point of view… a prismatic set of rocking, thoughtful, raging, aching – but ultimately joyous – confessions. Four Stars.” (Indy Week). Drift was  previously seen at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).

Other recent projects include: the album 37 Notebooks, which featured the vocal talents of Shoshana Bean, Tracie Thoms, Amy Spanger, Lauren Kennedy, Luther Creek, and Kate Shindle, among others; the holiday musical It Happened One Christmas for the Flatrock Playhouse in North Carolina; the feature film Clear Blue Tuesday, in which he was featured in and wrote two songs; and the innumerable ATrainPlays.  Schonfeld’s new musical, Spun, was commissioned and produced Bloomington Playwrights Project (May 2013), and will be subsequently produced by Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, April-May 2014.  The musical Greta (formerly Kissing Frogs) was recently workshopped by Bridge to Broadway in Southern California, and will be produced May 2014 by Bloomington Playwrights Project.

Schonfeld has also contributed original music to The Broadway Dreams Foundation as well as numerous benefit concerts including “Defying Inequality”, “Broadway in South Africa”, “The Pink Campaign on Broadway”, and “Broadway for a New America”, among others. He has been the featured composer for “Monday Night, New Voices” and “Cutting Edge Composers II”. Jeremy’s recording, “Song for New Orleans,” featuring Adam Pascal, is has been used as part of a recruitment video for the American Red Cross.

Recent stage performances include Madison Square Garden, Birdland, Joe’s Pub, BB Kings, The Public Theatre, Symphony Space, and Lincoln Center, the Upright Cabaret in Los Angeles, 14th Street Playhouse in Atlanta and Boston University’s “BU on Broadway” series. He’s also a regularly featured performer on the Rock and Roll concert series “Rockers on Broadway.”

Jeremy lives in Brooklyn with his Kiwi wife Sarah-Jane, baby boy Gus, and super-cool teenage daughter Alexandra.  www.jeremyschonfeld.com

Site design and illustrations ©2011 Tom Seltzer for Seltzer Studio Graphics. Photography by Leonard Prochazka, except for photo on this page, by Tanner Photography.  Video of Jeremy and Gus by Rod Milam of MilamNYC productions.