Blanche Morro was bartending at The Chelsea Pub in Atlantic City one night in the mid-’90s, singing to herself along with the jukebox, when a patron suggested she sing more often.
Morro had been singing in bands for years, and bartending to make some extra money, but the idea of melding the two was new. Her manager at the time was skeptical, she says.
Two weeks after she started performing while also handling drink orders, there were signs up promoting “Blanche, The Singing Bartender.”
The rest is local history. The woman from Atlantic City who now lives in Egg Harbor Township has sung while serving at several different bars and country clubs in southern New Jersey and even received national attention for her unique multitasking.
She reads lips to take orders while singing along to an instrumental, then makes the order while singing, and also uses written notes and hand gestures to communicate with customers mid-tune. Somehow, she says, this all came to her naturally.
“It wasn’t something that I learned,” she says. “It was something that was just there.”
Her current residency is at 25 Hours in Resorts Casino Hotel, where she selects most of the music she plays, but also takes requests.
“I tell people that I know mostly everything, all kinds of music, but I’m not big on rap or hard rock,” she says. “The only time that I wrap is Christmas time, and I don’t even like that.”
In the future, she hopes one day to bring her talents to television and even create some original songs with a writer or producer.
“Eventually, I would love to get my own place,” she says.
See Blanche perform every Wednesday to Saturday at 25 Hours in Resorts from 4 to 10 p.m. She sings starting at the top of every hour until each half-hour.