Singer to perform Feb. 26 at Anthology, calls her return to San Diego "long overdue"
SAN DIEGO -- She may be the younger sister of megastar Barbra Streisand, but this lifelong entertainer stands so firmly on her own that it's easily forgotten. In fact, the only reminder is in Roslyn Kind's voice, with its sudden bursts of a Brooklyn accent when something excites her and the similar qualities of their vocal instrument.
But this finely tuned entertainer, who has been performing since a teenager in the late 1960s, hasn't needed her sister's name to get her where she's been, and she's been everywhere.
An acclaimed singer, songwriter, Broadway star, television and movie actress, she's performed at the best of the best, including the Ed Sullivan Show and Carnegie Hall.
In less than two weeks, she will be making her first appearance at Anthology in San Diego at 7 pm Sunday, Feb. 26.
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News got the chance to dig a little deeper into the soul of this fascinating artist.
Born in 1951, the daughter of Diana Rosen Streisand and Louis Kind, Roslyn Kind ("Rozzie" to family and friends) is the younger half-sibling to Barbra. The Brooklyn native migrated to Los Angeles in 1973, after heading west to play Las Vegas. "Everyone was leaving New York and moving to LA back then," she said.
With family still in Brooklyn, Kind said her schedule used to allow her to return regularly to perform in the past, but this April will be Kind's first return visit in a number of years.
"I'm going to be returning to my roots," she said. "I'm playing [at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn College] just one subway stop away from my old Flatbush train stop."
It's been ages since Kind has performed in San Diego, and she considers this trip "long overdue."
Her most recent CD, "Come What May," is filled with both contemporary and pop tunes that she described as a "colorful journey," many of which she will surely perform at Anthology, along with many others from her career-long repertoire.
One of her favorites from "Come What May" is the single "Can You Read My Mind."
"I enjoyed all [the songs], I like songs I can relate to. I love lyrics. The voice will be there, but you have to tell a story. I live in the lyrics, the story, the interpretation. They have to be true to me and true to my audience," Kind said.
"My soft spot is for theatrical pieces. I like to take the audience on a journey of their emotions. I also love to joke a lot, to entertain," she said.
Her fun and easy nature certainly comes through on the phone, leaving any doubt of its existence on the stage.
Anticipation and influences
Her famous sister has been known to go through bouts of stage fright throughout her career, but Kind shrugs that off as pretty common in her industry.
"In the beginning, I was very nervous, but I still am. I always get nervous right before a performance," Kind said. "But it is a good nervous; it comes from my adrenaline, that anticipation. You want to perform well for your audience, and everything to go right.
"I have my affirmations I say beforehand and that helps. Most of the good artists do get nervous."
Although she counts Shirley Bassey and the Beatles as early influences, she never wanted to get "pigeonholed" with one composer or lyricist, so she's always kept her options open.
"I was listening to the Beatles with my little transistor radio back during the English invasion," she said, laughing.
Sadly, she has never gotten to meet any of them, including her favorite (George), but told a story of a time when her worldly big sister brought her back a record from a trip to London signed by all four.
Never-ending bucket list
Although with such an illustrious career already, it would seem she has pretty much done it all; however, Kind is adamant there is plenty still left on her "bucket list."
"Oh definitely. I'd like to do a major theater piece, a television series, and more CDs," Kind said. "You can never do enough. I'd like to do some other kinds of music, too.
"I've always wanted to do some smooth jazz. Maybe I'll get some of today's jazz hits together and re-tailor them for my next CD."
Organizations she supports
Like her sister, Kind has causes that are very close to her heart.
She supports the Humane Society, donates her time to the Alzheimer's Association (and anything to do with the elderly) and has performed for two AIDs organizations over the years.
After the death of her beloved dog Josh, she decided to focus much of her efforts on organizations that support animals, because pets take care of others, too.
Then a little over a decade ago, she took a break from performing to care for her ailing mother, who died in 2002. It was a difficult time, Kind said.
"I know what it is like, how hard it is to watch a parent turn into a child," she said. "But music always brought her back. Music always put the spark back in her. It is a great communicating tool."
The two losses took their toll, and it was a while before she performed again.
Her connection with the audience
Kind loves to get in touch with her audience during each show, and in some cases, they touch her back. Once, shortly after her beloved dog passed away, she broke down on stage while singing a tribute to her furry companion and a young girl in the front row got up and danced, bringing her back.
Generally, it is Kind who is reaching out into the crowd.
"I look for the person who is sitting by themselves, or looks sad or like they need a lift," she said. "And then I sing right to them. I'm in this business because I love to make people happy. I want them to leave with a positive feeling."
What can the Anthology crowd expect?
"Expect a good time," she replied, with the confidence only a consummate entertainer would enjoy.
If you go
Anthology is located at 1337 India St. in San Diego, between Ash and A streets in Little Italy.
Kind's performance is Sunday, Feb., 26, at 7 pm.
Tickets are $10 to $25 or $44 for a booth.
Parking can be found on the street or in adjacent pay lots.
For more information about Kind, her performance at Anthology, to hear a clip of her singing, visit her event page Anthology website.
You can also learn more about her, listen to tracks from "Come What May" and see her tour schedule at her website.