Harry Kalas’ Son Vocally Hits It Out of the Park with Album Recorded in East Norriton

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Image via kanekalas.com.

Perhaps when Bryn Mawr’s Kane Kalas left the East Norriton recording session for his “High Hopes” album, he declared that he was “Outta here!”

The phrase would have been a heartfelt nod to his departed dad, Phillies announcer Harry Kalas.

As reported by Michael Tanenbaum in PhillyVoice, Kane clearly inherited some of pop’s vocal distinctiveness. But rather than calling balls and strikes, Kane has channeled it into a retro-1950s singing career, à la Frank Sinatra.

The album is named for dad Harry’s fondness for juicing up the Citizens Bank Park crowd with a not-so-bad version of “High Hopes.”

Kane’s version, however, has the benefit not only of his vast musical training but also a 50-piece orchestra.

The album’s 18 songs are a mix of jazz, show tunes, and a couple of nods to Philadelphia sports fans: “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and “Fly Eagles, Fly“.

The classically trained singer had to adjust to the Rat Pack sound he targeted. He reshaped his “… very heavy vibrato to more of a croon style,” he said. “I love it. This is my preferred style of music.”

The album is on sale at e-retailers like Amazon.

Further detail on Kane Kalas and “High Hopes” is at PhillyVoice.


Title track from Kane Kalas’ debut album, recorded in East Norriton.

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