Michael Feinstein weds longtime partner Terrence Flannery
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Michael Feinstein weds longtime partner Terrence Flannery
Four-time Grammy nominee, singer/pianist Michael Feinstein and his partner of 11 years, Terrence Flannery, were married October 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA.

The wedding ceremony, officiated by close friend Judge Judy Scheindlin, took place on the couple's estate in Los Angeles. Feinstein and Flannery celebrated their nuptials with 115 of their close friends, including Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, David Hyde Pierce, Doris Roberts, Joan Collins and Henry Winkler. There were also special performances by Liza Minnelli and Barry Manilow in honor of the couple's special day.

In spite of the much-opposed Proposition 8, the initiative measure currently on the 2008 California General Election ballot entitled "Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry," the couple firmly believes that their blessed union will be legally recognized as long as they both shall live.

Feinstein, best known as the ambassador of the American Song book, began his career at the age of 20 when he was introduced to the great lyricist Ira Gershwin by the widow of the legendary concert pianist-actor, Oscar Levant. Feinstein became Gershwin's assistant for six years, archiving the extensive Gershwin works and gaining unprecedented access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, which he has since performed and recorded. Discovered by Liza Minnelli, his career took off after his Broadway show, Isn't It Romantic, which opened in 1986. Through his live performances, recordings, film and TV appearances and his song writing (in collaboration with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Lindy Robbins and Carole Bayer Sager), he has become one of the premiere interpreters of American popular song.

Most Recently, Feinstein successfully released his 24th album, The Sinatra Project, a tribute to "The Chairman of the Board" himself, Frank Sinatra.