Opera and pop vocalist, actor, and songwriter Avery Leigh Draut's "otherworldly" vocals (Merge Records) have brought her to perform as a soloist with major orchestras like The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In the past year, Avery has made exciting theatrical and musical debuts at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and New York Theater Workshop (Sam Schanwald’s Twin Size Beds), Joe’s Pub (with Max Vernon and a cast of Tony award-winners), COIL Festival (Dane Terry’s Jupiter’s Lifeless Moons), National Sawdust, Brooklyn Museum, and Museum of Sex.
Avery writes for and plays in her own musical project Avery Leigh’s Night Palace, and is currently recording the band's debut album. As a vocalist in collaborators’ projects, Avery has shared bills with Andrew Bird and Kishi Bashi. She is currently performing in Dane Terry's new musical-fiction podcast Dreamboy for the Night Vale Presents network and singing in Max Vernon’s Existential Life Crisis Lullaby at Joe’s Pub.
Avery holds a degree in classical voice from the University of Georgia, where she performed frequently with UGA Opera Theatre and various chamber, jazz, and new music ensembles. Avery has performed as a soloist in operas and concerts in France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Operatic highlights include Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, the title role in La belle Hélène, and Miss Jessel in Brittan's The Turn of the Screw. A flexible and vibrant musical theatre performer, Avery has portrayed characters such as Cinderella in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and Lynnette Fromme in Sondheim’s Assassins.