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Brooklyn-born Steven Chera spent his early years listening to and studying music legends like Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Bobby Darin.
He started to perform at the age of 13, and has never stopped pursuing his music alongside his responsibilities to his family’s retail business.
Though he has been singing since he was a teen, Steven Chera only started pursuing music as more than a hobby in 2005. He has been collaborating with the Bob Kaye Trio, with Bob Kaye on piano, Eddie Cacavalli on drums and Lew Scott on upright bass.
Known for taking American Songbook classics from the ’20s to the ’40s and Golden Oldies & Rock n’ Roll from the ’50 through the ’70s and interpreting them in his own, quintessential New York style.
Chera has delighted audiences at the Metropolitan Room, Don’t Tell Mama, Swing 46, the Refinery Hotel in New York City, Spago in Las Vegas, Hyatt Hotels, and many other venues throughout the country.
Following last year’s releases of In The Key of Jazz: A Tribute to The Beatles, out last July and Smile, released last October, Chera announces the release of his 4th studio album: My Tribute to The King, comprised entirely of his take on Elvis classics. Chera has been honing his Elvis impression to perfection from an early age, and it shows in “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You”. The self taught singer reaches the song’s peak as he croons, “But now I know that I will go on loving you eternally” effortlessly emulating the King while infusing his own brand of charisma.
Be sure to check out Steven and his 4 studio albums on all digital distribution sites. Hope to see you at the next show!
Soular Rhythm Music
Whether you’re considering a small combo for an intimate ceremony, music for your cocktail hour, or a full orchestra for a gala reception, Soular Rhythm Music can fulfill your every desire.
The award winning Soular Rhythm, Referred by Windows on the Water, Mallard Island, the Mill and many other catering facilities is prepared to offer you flexible competitive packages that can include ceremony, cocktail hour and reception performing your choice of music.
Ceremony and Cocktail Hour:
Ceremony Music can include strings, harps, steel drums, piano music etc. We have it all!
We can offer from one steel pan player with tracks if needed to many more pieces for a spectacular sound. You can have a two piece duo which consists of a Steel Pan player and a guitarist/vocalist. If you would like to expand the music we can offer 3 people as well. Bonnie, Jackie, and Junior have been playing together for more than a decade. Jackie is an exceptional male vocalist and guitarist who can sing anything for Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Lord Kitchener, Ne-Yo , Frank Sinatra, and Marvin Gaye. Bonnie is also a talented female vocalist and keyboard player who sings everything from Reggae, Calypso, Soca to hip-hop, R&B and top 40, singing songs of Bob Marley, Marcia Griffiths, Lady Gaga to Rihanna. Junior is a talented Steel Pan Player who has traveled all over the world performing.
We also can add a bass player, Josh who is an excellent bass player/singer who is exceptionally gifted and has travelled around the world playing and singing on several cruise ships. Matt is also available as a drummer as well as a percussionist who goes out on the floor with his congas and really entertains the crowd.
Perhaps you would like to feel like you stepped back in time when the big band era was in full swing. Maybe the newest music and the top hits is what you really like. Soular Rhythm can provide that ambience for you with our excellent vocalists and talented musicians.
Soular Rhythm’s Big Band includes,
Guitarist/Male Vocalist, Male Vocalist/Rapper, Male Vocalist
3 Female Vocalists, 4 Horns (2 Sax, Trumpet, Trombone), Keyboard Player, Drummer, Percussionist, Bass Guitarist, plus Steel Drums if desired.
Soular Rhythm’s unique Band includes
Guitarist/Male Vocalist, Male Vocalist/Rapper, Female Vocalist, Sax, Trumpet, Keyboard Player, Drummer, Bass Guitarist, plus Steel Drums if desired.
DJ and Live Entertainment with Steel Drums/Pans incudes,
Guitar and Steel Pans for Cocktail , 5 piece band with DJ/MC for reception, Guitarist/ Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist/MC , Keyboard , Bass Guitarist, Drummer
• Steel Pans
• Band/DJ Combo
• Jazz Pianist
• Caribbean Bands
Artists featured in Blues Edition include:
Missy Califano-Lead vocals, bass, electric slide guitar, keys. Powerful lead vocals and seasoned performances!
Dewey Dorough-Sax, harmonica, percussions. Winner of the American Music Award, hold gold & platinum records. Played with Charlie Daniels Band, Oak Ridge Boys, James Brown, and many others!
Anthony Holmes-Bass, vocals. Has played with greats such as Etta James, The Shirelles, Freddie Empire, and many more Blues & Motown artists! Solid bass lines, and R&B/Blues vocals!
Russ Rosenbalm-Drums. World touring experience for 30 years!
Andrew Enz-Guitar. Exceptional Blues & Jazz style guitar with crowd pleasing performance!
Casey Wilkinson-Keys. A true genius playing stride piano, jazzy blues, and R&B organ!
Huckleberry Palmer-Trombone, vocals. Talent on the bone is apparent as he joins in the Blues Edition horn section, but also sings with a bluesy voice!
Jeff Taylor-Trumpet. Jeff lends that sweet jazzy blues style, and completes Blues Edition's horn sound!
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING...
Above: William Michals performing "Broadway Unplugged". Photo by Maryan
Variety - ...a voice that knows no boundaries.
Los Angeles Times - The highlight of this company is William Michals.
Variety (New Haven) - Michals is all dark-voiced, dark-browed villainous glamour…
Orange County Register - …a malevolent force of nature.
The Spectator (Raleigh) - William Michals brilliantly humanizes Chauvelin. -
DigitalCity.com - The shining light of the company is William Michals.
Chicago Sun-Times - When he is on stage, he commands it.
Nashville Scene - ...simmering in-your-face sexuality.
Seattle Times - …Michals' powerful baritone.
Talkin’ Broadway - William Michals leaves the audience breathless.
San Diego Union-Tribune - …his passionate, powerful and insinuating baritone.
Pittsburgh Times - …they were upstaged by Michals' passion and his powerful baritone voice. It was easy to forget he was the bad guy. -
Inquirer (Philadelphia) - …but the best, a resonant baritone, belongs to William Michals.
Out Front Colorado (Denver) - The most exciting thing about this show is William Michals’ spectacular voice.
NBCi / Epinions - He brought down the house a couple of times...thunderous applause.
Variety (Los Angeles)- He delivers a passionate performance, really the best of the evening.
The Orange County Register - The production's best vocal instrument, though, belongs to William Michals.…
Los Angeles Magazine - William Michals possesses as impressively entitled an instrument as any the Ahmanson has heard this season.
The Connecticut Post - It’s lucky this production has William Michals.
The Newtown Bee (New Haven) - This velvet-toned bass-baritone…
The Washington Times - …Mr. Michals combines strong and affecting vocals with a sinewy malice .
The News Times (New Haven) - William Michals wears evil like a magnetic field.
SeattleInsider.com - …a deliciously sinister performance, oozing seductive allure.
Talkin' Broadway - Not only does he possess one of the richest bass-baritone voices I have heard recently on stage, but he radiates a dark sensuality…
Sacramento Bee - William Michals adds this sexual edge…
Chicago Reader - …a charismatically villainous Chauvelin.
Chicago Free Press - …the smoldering dark appeal of William Michals.
The Courier-Journal (Louisville) - …a sensational voice of deep, pleasing resonance.
Daily Southtown (Chicago) - …dazzling, dastardly charm and mesmerizing elegance…velvety baritone voice.
The Charlotte Observer - …a marvelous voice, ranging easily from bass to falsetto.
The Boston Globe - Michals cuts the dashing figure in this production…and he has the voice to match…
Washington Post - Michals preens and schemes with flair…
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) - …played and sung to perfection by William Michals.
The Elkhart Truth - The dark-haired baritone exudes a powerful charisma.
Press-Gazette (Green Bay) - …the formidable talent of William Michals…. His voice is deep and powerful.
Kentucky Kernel (Cincinnati) - William Michals brings a sad sort of humanity to the role.
Cincinnati CityBeat - Michals' darkly commanding stage presence makes him riveting.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) - William Michals, swarthy and exotic…
Cleveland Scene - With golden-voiced fervor, William Michals supplies a dosage of testosterone that gives the evening genuine pizzazz.
Providence Best Bets - The strong contralto of William Michals will make any woman swoon.
Akron Beacon Journal (Cleveland) - His stunning voice still rings in my ears.
Green Bay News-Chronicle - William Michals captures the stage.
The Beverly Hills Courier - Michals is faultless.
William Michals made his Broadway debut as “The Beast” in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, performing opposite Andrea McArdle, Deborah Gibson and Toni Braxton, and later returned to play Gaston in the same production. His career has continued in such roles as Javert in Les Misérables, Billy Flynn in CHICAGO, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Captain von Trapp in The Sound Of Music and the title role in Phantom. A recipient of the prestigious Anselmo Award, he also earned recognition by Chicago’s “Jeff” and the National STAR awards for his portrayal of Chauvelin in the national company of The Scarlet Pimpernel opposite Douglas Sills.
He has sung The National Anthem for major league sporting events from coast to coast, and enjoys the rare distinction of performing for the joint leadership of the House and Senate inside The United States Capitol. Symphonic performances of "The House I Live In" and John Williams' "America, The Dream Goes On" have garnered the praise and admiration of many D.C. notables, especially Sen. Orrin Hatch (himself an accomplished songwriter). Mayor Rudy Giuliani personally called upon William to open the December 11, 2001 memorial service at Ground Zero with a solo, a cappella rendition of "Let There Be Peace On Earth", which has been rebroadcast worldwide over network TV, CNN, National Public Radio, and the Internet.
William’s credits extend into the classical world, in New York, Boston, and in recitals at the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals. Operatic roles include Figaro and the Count in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème, and the dark Hunding in Wagner’s Die Walküre. In spring 2005 he’ll star as Danilo in the upcoming Opera Memphis production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow. TV appearances include "Law and Order", "All My Children", and "Guiding Light."
Following the success of his live CD, william michals broadway in concert, William is now collaborating with some of the extraordinary creative talents behind Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, and Charlotte Church, fusing the myriad of musical styles with which he has been associated, and providing the true baritone sound the “crossover” market has so far lacked.
With a varied career on stage, in concert, and in the studio, William Michals continues to live up to the moniker “America's Baritone”.
Michals is all dark-voiced, dark-browed glamour…. – Variety
Michals cuts the dashing figure…and he has the voice to match. – The Boston Globe
William Michals’ voice resonates with emotion. When he is on stage, he commands it. – Chicago Sun-Times
Simmering in-your-face sexuality…. – Nashville Scene
Hot Hits Orchestra Tribute to Roy Orbison
Modeled after the Black and White Nights concert, Hot Hits Orchestra, and 11 piece pop/rock orchestra features Wayne Luchau in an unforgettable production tribute to Roy Orbison. The group consists of 5 piece rhythm section, 3 female backup vocals, 3 violins, and premier vocalist Wayne Luchau.
The Texas Gypsies
he Texas Gypsies have an eclectic sound, combining Gypsy jazz with Western swing, as well as our own unique take on pop and jazz standards, with a look evocative of the '30s and '40s. The group features two guitars, violin and bass, but can add drums and a horn section for an even bigger sound. The music is at once earthy and sophisticated, appealing to a wide audience. This isn't music for jazz purists — this music makes you feel alive.
Performing almost 200 shows a year, we are available for festivals, concerts and private events.
The Texas Gypsies have recently been accepted into two prestigious arts programs — the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces touring program and the Touring Artist Program of the Texas Commission on the Arts. As a result of these designations, your organization can apply for grant money to assist in bringing us to your performance venue or event.
Some other honors are:
* Named "Best Western Swing Duo or Group" by The Academy of Western Artists
* Named "Best of Bands" by The Knot Magazine
* Voted #1 act at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival in 2006
* Featured on Fox KDFW-TV performing the theme song for "Good Day" morning show
* Debut CD "The Texas Gypsies" in 2005 Grammy® voting for "Best Jazz Album"
* Featured band in the June 2007 issue of "International Musician Magazine"
* Texas Gypsies Theme Song included in "Texas Music Project/Don't Mess With Texas, Vol. 3" CD
The Sentimental Journey Orchestra
Through the years, the Sentimental Journey Orchestra has played for audiences of all sizes; from a small wedding reception of 75 persons, to a major corporate event with an audience of 5,500. We've played country clubs, hotels, resorts, charity balls, anniversary parties, retirement parties and charity/fundraising society affairs. We've played on the edge of a meadow, a huge convention center, and the historic stage of Atlanta's Fabulous Fox Theatre for a five hour-40,000 person gig. The band has played in the beautiful Georgia mountains as well as the milltowns of the Southeast to sold-out houses on an annual return event....and we've been through the back doors of more hotels than a cheap detective.
The Rory Partin Band is a must have 18-piece Big Band. They've played 6 Presidential Inagural Balls, for corporate companies including, Coca Cola and the American Heart Association, and for hotels including the Ritz Carlton Lodge, and the Grove Park Inn. Rory says of his music and style, "As a big band and jazz singer, I’m a young Frank Sinatra meets Mel Torme. When I sing R&B and Soul, I’m part Ray Charles passion, Luthor Vandross seduction, and Stevie Wonder funky. My band features musicians that have played with such legends as Bobby Darin, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Maynard Ferguson, The Temptations, and Buddy Morrow." Rory's band, with its swinging saxes, screaming trumpets, smooth trombones and driving rhythm section, is a must-have for your event. The soulful voice of Rory Partin and his Big Band is the captivating escort that leads you through this exciting concert experience. So sit back and relax or get up and dance. If you love great music, jump on board, and get your kicks on SWINGIN’ 66!
Little Big Band
The Little Big Band is a 12 Piece Little Big Band for:
Indiana, Southern Michigan and Western Ohio. We are based in Auburn & Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Playing 1930-40's Swing, Modern Big Band, Blues, Broadway,
Christmas, Contemporary, Dixieland & Waltz.
All of Me
April In Paris
Around The World
As Time Goes By
Autumn In New York
Beer Barrel Polka
Begin the Beginne
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
But Not For Me
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Cheek to Cheek
Come Fly with Me
Do Nothing till You Hear From Me
Don’t Get Around Much
Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree
Fly Me to the Moon
Girl from Ipanema
Hawaiian War Chant
Here There & Everywhere
I Can’t Get Started
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
I’ll Be Seeing You
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
In The Mood
I’ve Heard That Song Before
Jump, Jive, & Wail
Little Brown Jug
Mack the Knife
Minnie the Moocher
Moon Over Naples
My Funny Valentine
My Heart Will Go On
New York, New York
Old Cape Cod
Old Time Rock & Roll
On the Sunny Side of the Street
One O’Clock Jump
Seems Like Old Times
September In The Rain
Side by Side
Sing, Sing, Sing
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Someone to Watch Over Me
Song of India
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues March
String of Pearls
Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
Take the “A” Train
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Till There Was You
What A Wonderful World
When I Fall In Love
You Made Me Love You
You’ve Got a Friend
Zoot Suit Riot