The Four Freshmen

The Four Freshmen
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 7:00PM

“An Ultra talented Quartet of Vocalists” The Wall Street Journal

“I have loved the Freshmen harmony since the first time I heard them. They are my favorite band to watch perform live.” Brian Wilson 

“I am a big fan! Love listening!” Vic Damone

“The Four Freshmen have endured for the simple reason that they are tops in their class.” Charles Osgood

“…singing a super-tight, ultra-hip four-part harmony over a foundation of straight-ahead jazz… borderline magical, downright electric, inducing chills.” Palm Beach Daily News

Singing with a harmony uniquely their own, The Four Freshmen have enamored listeners world-wide for years, while gaining recognition as one of the most influential vocal groups of all time.  Their tight-knit sound inspired The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, The Mamas & The Papas, Frankie Valli and the Manhattan Transfer.

It all started in 1948, when four college freshmen crafted a unique style of vocal harmony that soon caught the ear of the great bandleader Stan Kenton. Kenton was responsible for bringing the Freshmen to Capitol Records, where they would eventually record 23 albums, thrusting them into the national spotlight.

The Freshmen have recorded over 75 albums, 70 top selling singles, and received 6 Grammy Nominations. The four have toured constantly since their inception, continuing to perform to sold out audiences around the globe.

The integrity of the sound created by the original guys has been meticulously maintained. Die-hard fans and former members alike have agreed that the current lineup; Bob Ferreira, Tommy Boynton, Stein Malvey and Jon Gaines, are second to none.

While paying tribute to such classic Freshmen favorites as “Day By Day” and “Blue World,” the current group also continues to bring new arrangements to their live shows and recordings.  Their latest endeavor, “Four Freshmen & Friends”, features new audience Favorites like “Day In Day Out”, “Moonglow” and “Stompin’ At The Savoy”.  In concert The Freshmen shine on brand new arrangements of “Come Fly with Me” and “I Ain’t got nobody ”. Within their show you will also hear the body swaying “Girl From Ipanema”. One can’t forget the toe tapping “Route 66”.

As four amazing musical talents, their show is one not to be missed!  Whether accompanied by a big band, symphony orchestra or self-contained; their youth, vitality, and talent adds a modern twist of elegance to a time-honored sound. The Four Freshmen are Great Gentlemen of Song and True Masters of harmony.

Two On Tap

Two On Tap
Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 2:30PM

“Our audience absolutely loved the show. I’ve never heard such universal praise and thanks for an attraction!” – Executive Director, Grand Opera House; Dubuque, Iowa

“A charming pair of performers, Giattino and DeStefano create a song-and-dance act that may have roots as deep as vaudeville, but together they add a kinetic flair that gives it a lively currency. The resulting show is simply adorable.”  – New Orleans Times-Picayune; New Orleans, LA

“The charm, the wit, the song, the dance… The audience was wild about TWO ON TAP!” – Ross Ragland Theater; Klamath Falls, OR

TWO ON TAP marks the creative collaboration of celebrated musical theatre performers Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano. Since debuting in February 2010, TWO ON TAP has entertained tens of thousands at theatrical concerts across the USA, gala events, and headline performances onboard luxury cruise liners.

Heralded by presenters and critics, TWO ON TAP aims to breathe new life into classic song-and-dance with clever arrangements, a meaningful connection to the audience, and exciting high-energy routines. Recent accomplishments include multiple appearances at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, headline spots on Queen Mary 2’s historic transatlantic route, and multiple community concert tours including over 100 cities throughout the Midwestern and Mountain states.

Educational outreach and helping to create “tomorrow’s audience” are an important part of TWO ON TAP’s mission, and Ron and Melissa enjoy leading school and community programs in conjunction with their performances. Their innovative “Tea for Two Outreach,” in which local dance students interact with the artists before a concert and join together onstage for a signature song-and-dance group number, has been praised by presenters as an exciting and wonderful way to connect with new audience members and increase ticket sales. Audition workshops for aspiring high-school theatre performers as well as mini-concerts for young people incorporating a structured curriculum on the history and evolution of tap dancing have sparked renewed interest in what some had considered a “lost” art form.

In addition to their upcoming appearances throughout the world on Princess and Cunard Cruises, TWO ON TAP maintains an active concert schedule in the US with performance tours through the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, and Florida scheduled for the 2017-2018 season.

Sidestreet Strutters

Sidestreet Strutters
Monday, March 12, 2018 – 7:00PM

  • “A breathtakingly tight ensemble with flashes of individual brilliance” – The Herald. Lethbridge, Canada
  • “The swing numbers were overflowing with energy and presented with ease and elegance” -Saarbrucken Zeitung, Germany
  • “A fabulous performance” – Jack Fishman. Executive Director, Long Beach Symphony, CA

In 1983 a group of talented musicians attending Arizona State University formed a musical ensemble whose artistic focus centered around the musical traditions of early New Orleans jazz.  Now, over three decades later, the Side Street Strutters continue to expand their musical palette to encompass nearly a century of classic American jazz.

The Strutters have presented formal concerts, symphony pops performances and student outreach programs in all fifty states, seven European countries, Canada and Mexico.  Their superb musicianship and award winning orchestrations have earned them national and international acclaim: NEA awarded fellowships and grants; State Arts Council Roster Artists; First Place Honors, Breda International Jazz Competition, Holland National radio and television appearances; International Association of Jazz Educators Outstanding Musicianship Award; appearances at dozens of European and U.S. jazz festivals, a guest presidential performance, and 12 CD recordings. In addition, the group has been entertaining guests at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. for 22 years.

In 2000, the ensemble took on the challenge of creating a symphony pops program, and has since shared the stage with major orchestras including Houston, Rochester, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Pasendena and San Antonio.  In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the Strutters revisited the roots of jazz with “Back To Bourbon Street”, a colorful show embracing the spirit and festiveness of New Orleans. In 2013, the band unveiled “Shiny Stockings” featuring, for the first time, the vocal stylings of Meloney Collins.  This popular show combined Ms. Collin’s sassy, yet sultry, personality and soulful voice, with the Strutters’ exciting musical arrangements, personable humor and showmanship. The result was a musical theater experience capturing the essential charm and vibrant energy of the golden age of jazz.

The Strutters are excited to share their latest musical project Vinyl Jazz, A Century Celebration. As 2017 approaches and the world embraces the 100th anniversary of recorded jazz, the Strutters with Meloney Collins invite audiences to enjoy a potpourri of jazz, pop and R and B melodies which have shaped our musical landscape. Songs that inspired, lyrics that reflected a particular time in our countries history, and melodies that played a significant role towards the development and enjoyment of American popular music.

The Quebe Sisters

The Quebe Sisters
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – 7:00PM

“The Quebe Sisters simply stopped me in my tracks when I heard them the first time. Their blend of swing with a dash of contemporary color is unique in today’s music world. They project a cannonball of stage presence and man can they play.”
 ~ Jimmy Buffett
 
“It’s an honor to live on the same planet as the Quebe Sisters. They represent everything that I love about pure American music and I’m probably their biggest fan.”
 ~ Marty Stuart
 
“The Quebe Sisters are some of the most talented people I’ve ever met. They do Texas proud. They live in Texas, sound like Texas and they’re prettier than Texas Bluebonnets, and sweeter than sugar cane. I love the Quebe Sisters” ~ Ricky Skaggs

When the Quebe Sisters take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most. Whether the Quebe’s are decked out in denims and boots or fashionably dressed to the nines in makeup, skirts and heels, the fresh-faced, clean-cut sisters, all in their 20s, look as good as they sound. Not surprisingly, the Quebe Sisters receive standing ovations at just about every show they play. It has been that way since 2000, when they started fiddling together as pre-teens.

The sisters’ past is as colorful and eventful as their future is bright. Growing up in Burleson, Texas, a southern suburb of Fort Worth, Hulda, Sophia and Grace were ages 7, 10 and 12 in 1998 when they attended their first local fiddle competition in nearby Denton, and decided fiddling was what they wanted to do. The girls earned solo and group accolades early on, winning state and national championships in their respective age groups in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. The Quebes’ evolution, from the whiz-kid Western swing fiddlers they were back then to the smokin’-hot young adult Americana band they are today, is a remarkable story by any measure.

Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky and many others.

Today, after more than a decade of travelling the U.S. and the world, as well as recording three acclaimed albums, Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe are pros in a variety of genres, and count many famous musicians among their biggest boosters. The Quebes’ unbridled passion for American music, along with their talent, skills and a lot of hard work, has taken them far beyond their wildest early aspirations.

“One thing is for sure, you don’t see a group like the Quebe Sisters come along every day,” famed Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs told listeners on his own show on Nashville’s WSM. “Give them your undivided attention, and if you’re not already, you too, will become a fan.”

ABBA Fab

ABBA Fab
Sunday, September 24, 2017 – 2:30PM

“Absolutely remarkable! 
The sound, the look… without doubt, 
The best Abba show out there!” 
- Trip Advisor 2012, AVI Casino, Laughlin, NV 

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1200 seats – Sold Out – and we could’ve filled the room a second time! 
Can’t wait to bring them back!” 
- Viewpoint Resort, Mesa, AZ 

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I really didn’t know what to expect. I saw Abba live in concert back in the 1970’s and they were terrific. AbbaFab brought it all back to me… the show was high energy and full of the hit songs i remembered. 
The audience were on their feet from the very first song!” 
- Barbara Anne Milsap, Vancouver, Canada 



“Anne & Chelsea replicate the Abba girls to a tee! 
They sound just like the real thing!” 
- Billy Redding, York, UK

ABBA Fab is the product of the hit Broadway musical, Mama Mia. Group founders, Terry and Anne, saw an opportunity to capitalize on the renewed interest in the music of ABBA. The result was the creation of the group ABBA Fab. As the show gained popularity, booking requests began pouring in from towns all across Arizona and California.

Since ABBA Fab’s early days the show’s growth has been exponential. The group has since gone global thanks to Bramson Entertainment, which has them touring with several of the world’s premier cruise lines. While ABBA Fab continues to perform for international audiences across the seven seas, their engagements at home in Arizona remain a cornerstone of their success and popularity.

ABBA Fab has played to sold-out crowds across the U.S. as well as internationally. Among their notable credits are performances at the opening of the ABBA Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, the world-renowned Spago Beverly Hills, and the Navy Shipyards in Chicago.

3 Redneck Tenors

3 Redneck Tenors
Sunday, November 5, 2017 – 2:30PM

  • “Bravo!” – Chicago Herald
  • Finalists on America’s Got Talent
  • Broadway and opera stars in their own respects

A new breed in the “tenor genre” featuring classically-trained veteran artists, is like Larry the Cable Guy meets Pavaro – down home laughs with big city music! Written by opera-veteran Mathew Lord and arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler.

Matthew Lord
A native of California, Matthew Lord is recognized as a versatile performing artist with a voice capable of encompassing repertoire ranging from the 18th Century to the contemporary compositions of today. His stage work is consistently praised for its naturalness, intensity, and commitment. Additionally, Lord has performed in nearly every major opera house in the United States. He made his New York Metropolitan Opera debut in January 2004 in Boris Godunov. Lord also performed in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera as Piangi in the Hamburg, Germany production. Lord’s other concert appearances include engagements with the Detroit Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and Santa Fe Symphony to name a few. He is a proud graduate of the prestigious Juilliard Opera Center.

Blake Davidson
Blake Davidson is an award-winning singer who has performed all over the world, and whose range of experience includes opera, symphony, and musical theatre. He has been presented in solo concerts at NYU, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Tokyo Opera House. Davidson has sung with the Anchorage Opera, the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony (on whose Christmas CD he is the featured soloist), the Fort Worth Symphony, and The Florida Orchestra. Performances outside the US include New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia and the Filharmonico de Jalisco (Guadalajara, Mexico). Early in his career he was seen off-Broadway at 2nd Stage, and as the ringmaster for the Shrine Circus.

Jonathan Frugé
Jonathan Frugé has been hailed as “always funny”, “always good for a smile”, and “gripping” in his vocal performances. A native of Lubbock, Texas, Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University. Mr. Frugé’s credits include choral and solo performances at Carnegie Hall with the New York City Chamber Orchestra, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Meyerson Symphony Center of Dallas along with over 20 featured solos as a student at Texas Tech. Prior to joining the 3 Redneck Tenors, Jonathan performed more than 20 leading roles, 3 original premiers, 4 regional tours, multiple concert appearances, and as Billy Bob in the first licensed production of The 3 Redneck Tenors.

Adam Trent – Futuristic Illusionist

Adam Trent

Adam Trent – Futuristic Illusionist
Sunday, March 19, 2017 – 2:30 pm

Broadway and TV star Adam Trent exemplifies a new generation of magician.

As one of the stars of the hit Broadway show ‘The Illusionists’, which shattered box office records during it’s 2014/2015 run, as well as his appearances on Good Morning America, America’s Got Talent, Disney Channel, ABC, VH1, Rachel Ray, Travel Channel, SyFy and others, he is one of the most in demand illusionists working today.

Described as Justin Timberlake meet David Copperfield, his audience interactive performances are part magic, part concert, and part stand up comedy, with a fast paced variety necessary for today’s theatre audience. Approaching his craftiness with a tongue and cheek attitude allows him to connect with people who normally hate magic shows. He promises that audiences will leave his show feeling differently than they expected to feel after a magic show.

In addition to his regular TV appearances and staggering schedule of over 300 live shows each year, Trent has a vast history of philanthropic work for which US News & World Report Magazine named him ‘1 of the 10 Most Influential Youths in America’.

“So amazing, it’s hard to put into words. Your eyes will deceive you, your heartbeat will race, and your mind will be blown” – NY Theatre Guide

“A long way from the stale, hocus-pocus image of birthday party magicians from the past.” – Associated Press

“The next big thing for magic… a genius headed straight for stardom” – Huffington post

Adam Trent is best described as Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield -GP4T Magazine

Tenoré

Tenore

Tenoré
Monday, January 16, 2017 – 7:00 pm

Tenoré unleashes a glorious sound that breaks down musical barriers, draws together diverse cultures, and celebrates a repertoire of lyrical sweetness and dramatic strength. They are known for their powerhouse vocals, rock star charisma and invitations with audiences to sing along with them. A powerful concert experience.

When John, Paul, George and Ringo arrived in North America so many decades ago, they spawned something called Beatlemania and the world of popular culture has never been quite the same. Since then other singers have incited similar musical mayhem and now, we predict, the group Tenore are poised to deliver a similar cultural wallop. Why? Because The Chosen Three—Jason Catron, Mark David Williams and David Wise – Have It All. They have wit, talent, charm and charisma in spades. And, separate from other tenor groups, they add one additional component to their sold out energizing performances – they regularly invite audiences everywhere to sing along with them, creating a powerful concert experience.

The brainchild of Jill Ann Siemens, founder of the Platinum-Selling Canadian Tenors, adoring fans can now see why Tenore is becoming the powerful musical phenomenon that it is. Fans can expect the experience of a lifetime, where the audience irresistibly leaps to their feet, sways to the music and sings along to beloved tunes that everyone knows. This creates an instantaneous connection between artist and concertgoer.

“It doesn’t matter if you have a crowd of 5,000 young people thundering We Will Rock You or a 2,000 strong audience singing Climb Every Mountain,, there is something powerful and indescribable in thousands of voices singing together . It’s nothing new – you hear it daily in stadiums around the world, in flash mobs, and now, in our concerts. We love to sing – and even if we can’t, as long as the person next to us is singing – we’re in!” says Siemens.

Together Tenore unleashes a glorious sound that breaks down musical barriers, draws together diverse cultures, and celebrates a repertoire of lyrical sweetness and dramatic strength. They enjoy a very special chemistry with each other and their enthusiastic audiences.

When a new musical group first arrives on the scene it is an entertainment industry cliché to talk about the “birth” of a new star. With the launch of Tenore, however, three “stars” really have been born. As solo acts, each shone brightly. Together, they are luminous. These remarkably talented and handsome young men have already accumulated a tremendous amount of professional experience and artistic accomplishment. Those individual legacies have now blended together to form something quite extraordinary.

When the group’s Founder, Jill Ann Siemens, is asked why Tenore generates such enthusiasm whenever—and wherever—they perform, she has a simple but compelling answer, “All the world loves a beautiful song and when the song is sung by three inordinately talented and handsome young men, all the better”. Siemens own passion for the tenor voice dates to her childhood when her father, would sing her to sleep with his own beautiful tenor voice.

The tenor voice has always been the “Everest” of musical culture. Think of the “great” Caruso or Mario Lanza. But the present day love affair with the tenor voice probably dates from the inaugural performances of the Three Tenors—Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras—back in 1989. The stunning success of their concert series spawned other acts—the Celtic Tenors, Josh Groban and Il Divo, etc.—but they all had one mission in common: To bring the classically trained voice to a wider—and for the most part non-operatic—audience. Or, as Jill Ann Siemens, pithily puts it, “To make this type of music user friendly for people who don’t  know arias from their elbows.”

Tenore combines the stunning vocal talents of Mark David Williams, David Wise and Jason Catron. The award winning team of producer/arranger Kent Hooper and Phillip Keveren, the Prague National Symphony…, several seasoned Nashville studio musicians, and the vision of Jill Ann Siemens, Founder of World-Renowned, Multi-Platinum Selling Artists, The Canadian Tenors, have joined together to create a stunning debut album. This was followed by a recent Christmas album, entitled “Christmas with You”, featuring the Grammy award winning vocal pop star, Heather Headley on the title track. Destined to become a favorite, this Christmas album contains the best of tenor classics and pop music. Nominated in 11 categories with the GMA, Tenore has walked away with 4 awards, including Fan Choice of the Year, Seasonal Album of the Year, Traditional Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

Tenore has criss-crossed the globe from Kampala to California, and along with live TV and award recognition, have garnered an impressive, and loyal fan base. Since their sold out debut tour, they have performed in more than 200 concerts for hundreds of thousands of eager, excited fans.

Tenore interacts with their audience in a personal and lighthearted manner, and it’s rewarding to see all the smiles after a concert. They are now positioned to enter the big stage with a team of professionals that are excited at the prospect of now taking them to the top.

“Tenore will blow you away from the first listen, yet addict you like a great Bocelli Record.” – Brett Manning, World-Renowned Vocal Coach and Founder of Singing Success

Melinda Doolittle (American Idol Finalist)

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Melinda Doolittle (American Idol Finalist)
Monday, November 7, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Melinda has wowed audiences everywhere from the White House to the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall. Her debut album, Coming Back to You (2009), garnered rave reviews from critics, including The New York Times which hailed Melinda as one of the most “phenomenally gifted” singers in years. A powerful Pop vocalist.

MELINDA DOOLITTLE became a household name on season six of American Idol. According to Simon Cowell and audiences alike, Melinda is the “one who should have won.”

In 2013 alone, Melinda was featured on 5 studio albums, including her sophomore release You’re The Reason. Her latest album offers listeners a true glimpse into Doolittle as an Artist, as she wrote and performed half of the songs on the album. Melinda told the Hollywood Reporter that she approached the album “from the aspect of love. It’s what shapes my life daily. I wanted to be transparent and honest.” 

Her debut album, Coming Back to You (2009), garnered rave reviews from critics, including The New York Times; which hailed Melinda as one of the most ‘phenomenally gifted’ singers in years.  The album recalls the magic and luster of R&B’s classic artists and features production by GRAMMY-nominated producer Mike Mangini. Recorded with the highest caliber musicians from the musical epicenters of Nashville and New York City, Coming Back to You soars as a soul-baring tour de force with Melinda transforming lively soul, jazz, pop and R&B stylings into a definitive collection of songs that urge the listener to come back again and again.

In 2010 Melinda released her inspirational book; Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life’s Next Level, Doolittle recounts the life lessons that have shaped who she is today.  Illustrated by poignant, often humorous stories, the lessons and “Mommyisms” provide practical guidance to overcoming personal obstacles and achieving the next level in any area of life. Tone deaf as a child, Melinda’s choir teacher would plead with her not to sing, but just silently move her mouth. Undaunted, her love of singing drove her to enter a talent show in the 7th grade, and after much practice and prayer, she stunned the audience with her miraculously spot-on vocals and beautiful voice.  She never looked back.

Melinda went on to graduate with a music degree from Belmont University in Nashville, TN and hone her skills as a background singer with the Gospel group Anointed.  She eventually carved out a niche in the Nashville music scene, singing background for musical legends such as Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, and Aaron Neville, before finishing third on the sixth season of American Idol.

“Idol was an amazing experience for me,” says Melinda.  “I learned so much about myself and made lifelong friendships.  It has also provided me with unimaginable opportunities to sing music I love and have a platform to make a difference.”  

Since her time on Idol, Melinda has wowed audiences everywhere from the White House to the Musicians Hall of Fame, from the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall.  She has gone on to share the stage with some of the very artists for whom she sang background as well as music luminaries such as Peter Cetera, Cyndi Lauper, and the renowned Boston Pops Orchestra.       

In an evening filled with songs ranging from your favorite American Standards to Top 40 Hits, the Soul Songstress brings her indelible charm and powerhouse vocals to the stage in a show called It Must Be Love. Thrilling audiences of all ages, Doolittle reminds America why they voted for her, and proves that the audience always wins.

“Melinda Doolittle has a stunning voice, an infectious personality and an inviting presence. She lights up a stage!”   – Keith Lockhart, Conductor, The Boston Pops

“Ms. Doolittle has a voice that inspires trust… a phenomenally gifted, stylistically adroit singer.” – The New York Times

“Like a young Tina Turner, she can go from a slinky purr to a mighty, gospel charged growl.” – People

Jim Witter: I Write The Songs – The Music of Barry Manilow

Jim Witter

Jim Witter: I Write The Songs – The Music of Barry Manilow
Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter brings Manilow Catalog to Life
Jim Witter is back with a brand new show, paying tribute to one of the most iconic singer/songwriter/composers in popular music history…Barry Manilow. Reminisce as Jim and his band recreate these classic songs in their full Manilow splendor. Iconic songs and multi-media presentation.

From a very early age, Jim Witter’s parents knew he was destined for the stage.  “We would get phone calls from neighbours saying how much they were enjoying Jim’s concert.  Turns out he was on our front porch belting out  tunes for anyone who would listen”, says his mom about the then 4-year old.  “That front porch seemed just like the perfect stage to me”, Jim recalls, “It would have been a shame not to use it as one!”.

Jim has been performing since he was a child, and professionally for the last 30 years.  His first break came in his early twenties when Sony Music Canada signed Jim to an artist development deal which lead to a record deal with FRE records in Toronto.  Jim’s self-titled debut album garnered 5 top ten radio hits, 3 hit videos, and awards from the Canadian Country Music Association, The Big Country Awards, a SOCAN Songwriting award, and others.  This impressive debut lead to a record deal with Curb records in Nashville, home to Leanne Rimes, Tim McGraw and Wynonna Judd.  More impressive chart action followed, and Jim’s album “Forgiveness” was even nominated for a Dove Award for “Inspirational Album Of The Year” in Nashville.

In 2001, Jim produced and starred in “The Piano Men”, a musical journey through the 70’s featuring the hits of Billy Joel and Elton John.  The show was a nod to Jim’s musical hero’s growing up, and was an immediate success.  Still touring, “The Piano Men” is now in it’s 14th season and going strong.  The success of “The Piano Men” led to other shows like “Feelin’ Groovy-The 60’s and the music of Simon and Garfunkel”, and “The Long And Winding Road-The Music of Lennon and McCartney, and the stories behind the songs”. 

Through the years Jim has received much audience feedback requesting a show of Barry Manilow’s material.  “I remember singing Manilow songs while I was playing piano bars in Southern Ontario as a teenager.  I love these tunes.  Everybody does.  Even those who won’t admit it…they love a good Manilow song”.  After carefully choosing the best from Barry Manilow’s songbook, working on the arrangements, and tailoring the visual aspect of the show, Jim’s newest musical tribute “I Write The Songs” is ready to go on the road.

Songs like “Mandy”, “Could It Be Magic”, “Weekend In New England”, and “Even Now” are just a few of the hits you’ll hear Jim and his band recreate in all of their full, Manilow splendor.  Get ready for lots of audience participation too, and lots of laughs during songs like “Copa Cabana” where some lucky audience members become the stars of the song on the giant screen behind Jim and the band!  You’ll learn about some of the TV jingles that Barry wrote that you perhaps weren’t aware of, but know intimately.  You’ll be singing along to tunes like “Can’t Smile Without You”, “Looks Like We Made It”, and others while the lyrics for the songs appear on the screen behind.  Barry Manilow’s songs have the power to make you smile, make you laugh, and even shed a tear.  You’ll hear these songs come alive like you never have before when Jim and his band take the stage. 

Jim still lives in Southern Ontario with his beautiful wife of 25 years, Rebecca, and their four gorgeous children James, Roslyn, Ryan and Luke. 

“…vocals were impeccable…” – The Hamilton Spectator