June 24, 2010 | by David J. Hoffman
Coming into his own

“Out of the tree of life, I just picked me a plum,” croons the fully fabulous and fiercely fantastic Peter Fox.

Fox stands on the brink of possible stardom, if there’s any justice in the music industry, as a singer in the jazz and adult contemporary spotlight. After nine seasons with the Gay Mens Chorus of Washington (GMCW) and recently wrapping up a three year performance run with the close harmony pop a capella group Potomac Fever, the longtime D.C. resident is finally stepping out on his own.

He launches his new self-titled CD tonight at the Kennedy Center from 9 to 11:30 p.m. It’s free. RSVPs are requested at peterfoxmusic@gmail.com.

This GMCW audience favorite is easy to like. His charm is rooted in the easy listening feel of his lyrical tenor voice, a sound rich with feeling that features perfect pitch and phrasing.

The album features cuts such as “When You Meet an Angel,” which he performed with the Chorus in 2005, “Nightfall, an ode to living alone and “I Can Hold You,” by Disney composer David Friedman. Fox calls it “one of the most tender” songs on the album because “the song speaks to hope.”

“I am most struck by the way the singer is offering to hold another who has been battered by life may really be wishing to be held in the same way,” Fox says.

Fox is a vet of the D.C. Cowboys and has been in local solo cabaret presentations such as “American Songbook: A Cabaret” and “Everything’s Coming Up Sondheim.” He performed at the inauguration concert with the Chorus.

“Music is a conduit to what’s right,” he says. “Let’s get people connected to the joy of their own stories.

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