Donna Washington – Storyteller

Professional author, storyteller and multicultural folklorist, Donna Washington has been featured at hundreds of festivals and thousands of schools, libraries, theaters and other venues around the world, including Canada, Peru, Argentina and Hong Kong.  A multiple-award winning artist with nine CD’s, she presents stories for audiences as young as four and for families and adults of all ages.  

She received a Parent’s Choice Award for her first independent recording Live and Learn: The Exploding Frog and Other Stories. The  ALA Booklist gave Donna’s second CD, A Little Shiver, a recommended review. It also won the  Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and Storytelling World Honors. Her third CD Fun, Foolery, and Folktales also won the Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and Storytelling World Honors. Her fourth CD The Sword and The Rose won an iParenting Media Excellent Product Award, a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and a Storytelling World Award. All of her CDs have won Children’s Music Web Awards.

Her first writing project was an anthology, A Pride of African Tales was illustrated Award winning artist, James Ransome.  The book received rave reviews from the American Library Association (ALA) Booklist and the School Library Journal. A Pride of African Tales has been nominated for the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award.   Donna’s second book, The Story of Kwanzaa, is a wonderful primer for children about the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa. Donna’s third book, A Big Spooky House, is a wonderful book to read aloud at Halloween. Her next book will be entitled Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa and will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

She has  been featured at numerous storytelling festivals including the National Storytelling Festival, the Illinois Storytelling Festival, the Three Rivers Festival, the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, the NC StoryFest, the Corn Island and Cave Run Festivals in KY, and the Broward County Children’s & Ocala Storytelling Festivals in FL- just to name a few.

She also offers workshops in storytelling, writing, education, and creative drama for librarians and educators as well. Some of her recent workshops venues include the National Storytellers Conference, Forsyth School Media Association, US Army Corps of Engineers, North Carolina Library Association Conference, Virginia Library Association Conference, Georgia Council of Media Organizations Conference, South Carolina Library Association Conference, National Storytelling Conference, International Reading Association Conference, Mary Lois Staton Conference at ECU, and keynote speaker & presenter at the North Carolina Elementary Educators Conference among others.

 

"Rat Pack" Tribute

Celebrate the incredible singing talent of these three world-famous artists in their tribute to some of the finest musical entertainment ever performed. Gary Anthony captures the stage presence and humor of “Old Blue Eyes”.

Thrilling fans of Dean Martin, Andy DiMino is a dynamic, professional entertainer. Louie Velez has been captivating audiences with his tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr. since 1987, performing what many consider to be the most amazing impersonation ever seen on any stage.

Joe McElderry: X Factor Winner

JOE McElderry is the X Factor "Golden Boy" with the 24-carat voice and the diamond personality which has made him one of the most loved young singers in Europe.  Most artists only dream of mass appeal; however, Joe has been the sweet-singing hero and heartthrob of hundreds of thousands of fans aged from 5 to 95 since storming to victory in the 2009 X Factor final.

A Swinging Affair: Tribute to Sinatra

Celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ birth at your theater with a tribute by the finest Frank Sinatra impersonator in the world. Hailed by critics because his voice, likeness, mannerisms and gracious style are reminiscent of the great Frank Sinatra, Gary has become the most requested Frank Sinatra impersonator of all time around the globe!

Buddy Holly Tribute

Formed in 2009 while performing together in the hit Broadway musical, BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story, The Rave-ons offer a wide range of 50’s rockabilly classics including songs by Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Bill Haley & The Comets, Little Richard, Carl Perkins and others.  They offer a second show featuring the music of Buddy, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper entitled “The Night the Music Lived” which they are currently performing at the iconic BB King Blues Club in New York City. The show commemorates their final concert on February 2nd, 1959, at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa .

Siren: Neo-Classical Pop String Quartet

The world-renowned Siren electric string quartet is the industry leader in delivering high end, superbly entertaining and outstanding performances. The four glamorous and sophisticated Siren ladies are all award-winning graduates from the world’s leading music conservatories, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. They have combined their classical talents, creative ideas and love of performing to develop a uniquely entertaining show that has been honed over time to create the perfect balance between musicality and entertainment.

These talented ladies were the featured quartet on Gnarls Barkley’s European Tours, performing for 9 weeks in a row on UK’s Top of The Pops. They also starred in Mark Ronson’s music video for Valerie, recorded on the album by The Killers, and have been the support act for Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud, Rod Stewart and Jamelia.  As classical players they have worked with Sir Colin Davies, Maxim Vengerouv, Vladimir Ashkenazy, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Siren have performed at Wembley Stadium with P. Diddy, at the Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and in the USA, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, South Korea, throughout Europe and the UK.

Legacy: Motown Showband

The Legacy entertains audiences with the classic Motown sound from Detroit, exciting, high-energy choreography and impressive showmanship.  The Legacy will take the audience back to the days of The Drifters, The Coasters, The Jacksons, Earth Wind& Fire, The Four Tops, The Okays, Isley Brothers, Kool and the Gang, Jackson Five, Chairmen of the Board, Pharrel Williams and the Temptations.

Neil Diamond Tribute

Rob Garrett has established himself as the world’s most popular and most frequently requested Neil Diamond tribute artist, earning the title “King of Diamonds”. He continues to set the standard in the industry by performing his tribute to the iconic singer/songwriter around the country in venues usually reserved for national/name acts.

He is North America’s most popular and sought after Neil Diamond tribute act. Rob manages to naturally capture the presence, passion and energy of the legendary performer in all his Jazz Singer glory. Those who have witnessed his performances testify that a performer simply can’t get any closer to the performance of Neil Diamond.

MO5AIC Vocal Band

SeaSoundStudio is pleased to announce that MO5AIC from Las Vegas has have been added to its roster. Having worked with Jay Leno, Prince, Tony Bennett and other superstars, this interactive band presents an incredibly tuned show for all ages and demographics. At it's core, MO5AIC creates vocally driven music that holds it's own sonically with any full instrumentaion.  From Jazz and Big-Band to Hip-Hop and Opera, MO5AIC appeals to all ages. Recipient of "The Next Great A Cappella Group" Award from CBS, MO5AIC also on MTV's Top Pop Group

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Voices of 60 Legends

Invite your audiences to enjoy an evening with more than 40 legendary vocalists in one talent-packed show, starring extraordinary singing impressionist, Eric Kearns. You can customize the show for your audience by choosing from more than 60 vocalists to "perform" during your show.

Revisit the days of the popular Crooners with favorite songs by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Nat King Cole and others.

If you seek a show of Pop Singers, Eric will thrill your audiences with outstanding renditions of the best songs of Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen,Barry Manilow, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Paul Anka, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Bobby Darin, Andy Williams, Englebert Humperdinck, Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers, Billy Idol, Paul Anka, Temptations, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Joe Cocker, David Lee Roth -- even Cher and "Kermit the Frog".

If your audience loves the sound of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, book Eric to entertain with the voices of Fred Astaire, Jimmy Durante, Gene Autrey, Al Jolson, Gene Austin, Eddie Cantor, Ted Lewis, Vaughn Monroe and the Mills Brothers.

 

Robin Williams Tribute

The top professional impersonator of Robin Williams in the U.S., David is the impersonator of choice for movies, TV and advertisements.   A clone of Robin in performance, sound, look and wit, he has performed at theaters, in movies, for conferences, at trade shows, and in television shows, including co-starring on NBC’s hit sitcom Community, ABC’s Next Best Thing, CBS’s Family Feud, NBC’s Access Hollywood, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He has appeared in the films, Just About Famous and The Reinactors.

He received the Las Vegas Best Actor Award and the Best Comedian Award from the Reel Awards in Las Vegas--the Academy Awards for tribute artists.  He has also received the Funniest Male Award from the Sunburst Convention in Orlando.  Containing adult comedy and topics, but no vulgar language or material, the Robin Williams Tribute Show contains a Robin’s Classics mixed with David’s original material to create a unique show experience, often incorporating local events and references.

Rich Wyman, 11 ASCAP Awards

A powerful and passionate performer, Rich Wyman energizes his audiences through commanding performances as a keyboardist and vocalist. Described as a combination of Billy Joel, Elton John and Phil Collins, Rich has won 8 ASCAP awards. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Ireland, Holland, Austalia and the United Kingdom. "I’m blown away by his songwriting and performing” -Eddie Van Halen

Britain's Favorite Piano Showman

David Howarth is a Piano Showman with a fresh approach to piano entertainment. David is one of the most versatile and exciting pianists in the world. Originally from England and now based in Dallas, Texas, he was trained at the Royal College Of Music in England.  His unique arrangements of the world’s favorite classical, jazz, movie and popular music will engage your audience, leaving them spellbound and asking for more.

Peter Paul & Mary Tribute

Peter Paul and Mary “Now” is the premier tribute to Peter, Paul and the “late” Mary Travers.   The exciting instrumentation and tight vocal harmonies are as you remember them. Their music and message is as applicable to this generation as it was when they started their journey in 1962. Their performance is fun and enjoyable for the whole family!  You can hear them perform all their greatest hits including: If I Had A Hammer, Blowing In The Wind, The Times They Are A’Changin’, Jet Plane, Puff The Magic Dragon, Song Is Love, 500 Miles, I Dig Rock & Roll Music, Lemon Tree, Light One Candle.

Gulley/Granner: Opera/Pop/Comedy

Metropolitan Opera National Council Award Winners, Gulley/Granner (tenors Ben Gulley and Nathan Granner) have established themselves as top classical artists with true vocal beauty.  With numerous critically acclaimed opera roles, competition wins, major television appearances, international tours and concert credits on their resume, operatic duo Gulley/Granner formed in 2012 after completing a national tour as a Sony Masterworks label group, The American Tenors. It was a great tour, with standing ovations in every venue.

North Shore: Dukes of "Doo Wop"

A finalist on NBD's Sing-Off, North Shore Doo-wop impressed fans of all ages across the nation with their energy and consistent harmonies.  This special art of delivering music without instrumental accompaniment is what North Shore is all about. The award-winning group offers a continuously fresh repertoire of hundreds of popular hits that cover the last five decades. North Shore has appeared as the opening act for The TemptationsThe PlattersBen E. KingJohnny MaestroAl JarreauRoberta FlackFrankie Vallie, and Gene Pitney.

Patrice Kaluza: Making Musical Memories

From the sultry strains of classic Jazz and Swing to the memorable tunes of Broadway and Pop Music, Patrice impresses audiences when singing the great American Standards with her rich, melodic 3-octave voice and vivacious personality.  Described as a blend of Jo Stafford, Karen Carpenter and Linda Ronstadt, Patrice has a multi-timbre, three octave vocal range and recently recorder her CD, At Last with the Todd Sullivan Orchestra of New York City and arranged by Lanny Meyers, a 10-time Emmy award-winning arranger and composer..

Voetberg Family: Swing/Jazz/Classical

Powered by two national fiddle champions, a west coast flat-picking champion and 10 state fiddle championships, The Voetberg Family Band comprises 8 siblings ranging in age from early teens to late 20's who perform Irish, Scottish, American, Swing, Jazz and Classical music.  Coached by several world-class Grammy winners, the band transitions gracefully from blissfully vocal arrangements to power-house instrumentals.

Gladius: Master Classical Guitarist

More than a master guitarist and award-winning composer, Gladius has been called a miracle in the making.  He suffered a mysterious medical condition causing crippling nerve damage and greatly hindering the sensation and dexterity of both hands.  After 10 years, 4 surgeries, 8000 hours of physical therapy and countless prayers, Gladius now performs a unique blend of Classical, Flamenco, Spanish, Metal, Fusion, Standard and Progressive Jazz.

Rod Stewart Tribute

Direct from Harrahs Casino, Caesars Palace, Excalibur, MGM Grand, New York New York and other Las Vegas casinos, John Anthony’s Tribute to Rod Stewart is exceptionally dynamic and energetic. John Anthony is one of the mainstays with the world famous Legends in Concert show. He has toured America, Canada and Japan performing in countless casinos, corporate events, and for numerous fund-raisers. Acknowledged as one of the best impersonators in the business, John passionately covers the genius of Rod Stewart from the early Maggie May days to his current chart- topping revival, Still The Same…Great Rock Classics of Our Time.

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