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Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, Wendy Renee has been singing all of her life. She had her first solo performance at the age of 7 and has been on stage ever since. Throughout her professional career, Wendy Renee has fronted numerous bands, and was a worship leader at a prominent church in Minneapolis. She is also a studio session singer, songwriter, actress and model. Wendy Renee has performed in many theatrical productions and had the privilege of performing at the world-renowned Guthrie Theater.
Wendy Renee can now be found performing at country clubs, churches, corporate/private events, weddings and prominent restaurants and bars throughout Southwest Florida. Whether singing as a solo or with her talented duo, trio or band, Wendy Renee continues to impress and delight audiences wherever she performs. Full of energy, enthusiasm and charisma ,Wendy Renee will keep your fingers snapping and toes tapping while you listen to her sing the songs that have stood the test of time! A vibrant performer, she puts her heart and soul into every song. As the music comes alive, she takes the audience on a journey that spans decades. Diverse and dynamic, she and will keep you singing along and dancing to the hit songs we all know and love. You will hear Motown, Rock and Roll, 50’s and 60’s, Disco, Latin, Blues,Country, Jazz and current songs from today.
Wendy Renee has written and stars in her one woman tribute show, “AT LAST,” which pays tribute to the great singers that have influenced her on her journey as a performer – Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and Etta James. You will also find her leading worship at the only outdoor church in Bonita Springs , “The Springs,” located at Riverside Park, every Sunday morning at 9:30am. And last but not least, Wendy Renee is proud to add piano player to her long list of accomplishments. For the past 4 years, she has been taking piano lessons from the world renown classical piano teacher, Suzana Kalinas and is now busy writing and recording her original music.
“Natalie Cole is one of my specialties. “The Very Thought of You” is a show stopper! Sometimes I’ll do a ‘duet’ of Unforgettable,” he says. “It’s fun to watch people’s faces as I sing like both Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie, on the duet! Hilarious!”
Lush… resonant… romantic. The words apply not only to the lyrics of the songs he sings, but also to the qualities of Steven Palumbo’s elegant voice. The sheer love of music and performing comes through in every note he sings.
Currently best known for his portrayal of Dean Martin in a ‘Rat Pack’ tribute, Palumbo’s powerful voice and personal charm play well to fans throughout New England and indeed all along the East Coast.
A natural entertainer, Palumbo began singing during his childhood in Providence, Rhode Island. He took voice lessons and grew up loving all kinds of music. In fact, he was spotlighted early on when selected for the prestigious Barrington Boys Choir (an American version of the one in Vienna). Through that opportunity, he appeared in the operas Carmen and Tosca at the Providence Performing Arts Center, formerly The Ocean State Theater. Roles in musical theatre followed. Though he later graduated from Ithaca College in New York with a degree in education, Palumbo never lost his ease onstage. A teacher by day, professional singer by night, and audiences applaud this doubly-talented individual.
“During my twenties, I had a great experience mastering the Motown sound and songbook,” he says, referring to his seven-year stint as a lead vocalist with TWYCE, the high-profile Motown tribute band from RI. “We did all the classic hits, providing a high-energy opening act for Tavares, the Temptations, Jeffrey Osborne and other greats,” he recalls. The gig taught him a lot about showmanship and stage presence as TWYCE performed in venues large and small, even headlining the big rooms at the Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.
But Palumbo’s range was greater than Motown. He wanted to embrace swing classics, the great romantic American balladeers, so he accepted solo bookings to perform the music of Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin and Mel Torme, among others. He also includes standards from such ‘new classics’ as Harry Connick, Jr. and Andrea Bocelli. Often teaming with pianist Al Sims, the classy combo can fill a room with aching melodies and upbeat jazz standards.
Adding to Palumbo’s intrigue is his “semi-fluency” in Italian. “When I was in college, I was in an Italian honor society,” he said, “and my Italian heritage gives me a good ear for the language.” Indeed, his voice seems particularly passionate and rich when singing the romantic lyrics of Con te Partirò (popularized as Time to Say Goodbye) and Ritorna Me. They are favorites with his audiences and much requested during live shows.
Palumbo gets the greatest thrill from delivering his Dean Martin illusion. “I try to set the mood by holding a cocktail and sporting a tuxedo,” he explains, adding visual texture to the convincing power of his own voice. “I study hours of television videos of Dean Martin’s variety show performances and his speaking manner during concerts and comedy roasts.” Absorbing the nuances of Martin’s cool, breezy style, Palumbo sings medleys of Martin hits and makes them his own with signature details. A true student of Deano, Palumbo constantly adds to his knowledge of the show business legend. “I recently read the book, written by his daughter Deana, that reveals a lot about Martin’s tumultuous family life,” Palumbo comments. “The more I know about the man, greater insight I have into the way he performed, touched certain notes and phrased certain lines.”
Palumbo’s mastery of mimicry even crosses gender lines. “Natalie Cole is one of my specialities. “The Very Thought of You” is a show stopper! Sometimes I’ll do a ‘duet’ of Unforgettable,” he says. “It’s fun to watch people’s faces as I sing like both Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie, on the duet! Hilarious!”
His show is well-suited to small restaurants and lounges where audiences can get close and really succumb to the time-warp spell. “I love singing to regular followers who know me and my music,” he says, citing the coziness of Thursday night shows at Via Roma on Providence’s famed Federal Hill, or the jazzy stints at sizzling Red Sky across from Boston’s Faneuil Hall. “The familiarity between me and the audience just works its own magic.”
While he’s most at home with the supper club set, Palumbo brings stylish, customized entertainment to a wide range of private performances, from weddings to birthday parties to corporate events. He recently sang at a 50th anniversary bash for executives of Warner Brothers Pictures in Portland, Maine. “At big shows, I give them a big show,” he emphasizes, “while private venues allow me the flexibility to perform specific song requests and more obscure titles. Either way, it’s all about being true to the music, to the intent of the song and to reaching the hearts of audience members.”
The 42-year-old Palumbo is married and lives in North Providence, RI with his two cockapoo puppies, Deano and Bennett.
Bob brings diversity to the stage, playing 50 plus years of music. Everything from The Platters to Bruno Mars and more. Bob truly loves Entertaining with emphasis on crowd interaction and offering only the most Popular musical selections for their listening pleasure with Music from the 50s to tomorrows hits. Jerzey BOB is licensed to carry you to an outstanding musical experience.
Singer and songwriter Michael D’Amore was born in upstate N.Y. and raised and resided in New Jersey for most of his life. Coming from a musical family, it wasn’t a surprise that his passion would eventually become his livelihood.
For almost 35 years, Michael has been a professional entertainer based out of the New York metropolitan area. Having performed in several genres, Michael eventually found himself drawn to the harmony of the Classic R & B and Doo Wop sounds.
Michael currently performs as a one man show showcasing the very best of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. He is also a member of The Capris and proud to sing lead on the their hits “There’s A Moon Out Tonight” and “Morse Code Of Love” for music fans around the world.
In recent years he has opened for and shared the stage with groups such as The Stylistics, Lou Christie, John Cafferty, The Loving Spoonful, The Grass Roots, Kenny Vance and the Planotones and so many groups he has admired over the years.
In 2012, his CD “In Harmony” was met with great success. “This is a labor of love and such a great source of pride.” In Harmony is special because Michael played and sang every part on this CD which was something he always wanted to do.
Michael continues to strive for perfection in his craft and will always measure his level of success by the number of smiles in his audiences.
The New Jersey-born singer/writer/arranger, relocated to Naples in 2012. Robert has been singing professionally since the age 16. DiLeo has performed at the legendary Copacabana, the Latin Quarter, Dangerfields and was a familiar figure at the Waldorf, Plaza, Hotel Pierre and nearby Atlantic City’s Caesar’s Palace, The Sands, Resorts and Convention Hall. He has traveled coast to coast and played in diverse and iconic venues ranging from The Riviera in Las Vegas to Asbury Park Convention Hall in New Jersey to the Troubador, Whisky A Go Go and Ye Little Club in Hollywood and the Hungry Eye in San Francisco California. Robert has recorded for many record labels ending with Columbia Records with iconic producer Jimmy “The Wiz” Wisner. DiLeo has appeared with Rodney Dangerfield, Don Rickles, Count Basie, Harry James, Steve Allen, Jerry Lewis, The Four Seasons and more celebrities. Robert has an extensive repertoire that includes songs of Tony Bennett, Sinatra, Mathis, Nat Cole, Elvis, Bocelli, Tom Jones, Broadway, Motion Pictures, Rock, Latin, Standards, Swing, Country and songs in different languages (Italian, Spanish, French and Brazilian Portuguese). Songs for everyone.
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