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Current Performance Experience/Bio:

I am an experienced, diverse female vocalist who sings in a local Topeka, KS band and leads worship in a large Topeka, KS church (Topeka Bible Church--"TBC"). I am a mezzo soprano and have much experience playing various percussive instruments (tambourine, wood block, cowbell, vibraslap, cabasa, shakers, etc.), as well as, simple keyboard/piano. The range and tone of my voice would be similar to that of Norah Jones and Sarah McLachlan (a mid-range, smoky-colored voice). I can sing most soprano-ranged songs, but my range allows me to also sing male-driven, tenor-ranged selections--and I enjoy the variety of both.

Currently, I sing lead, play percussion, manage, and handle bookings for the band, "Duo Du Jour Band," recently founded in Topeka, KS. Check us out at:
https://www.facebook.com/DuoDuJourBand.
We play many venues and events, and have over 6-hours of music (100+ songs) of varying genres in our repertoire. My band plays mostly in the Kansas City, Lawrence, and Topeka areas. We are seeking additional performance opportunities in small music venues, upscale lounges/bars, restaurants, coffeehouses, art festivals, local events, private events/parties, charity events, and the like. Our set list includes songs from the following genres (used where appropriate): Easy Listening, R&B/Soul, Classic Rock, Country, Blues, Alternative Rock, and Jazz/Lounge standards. I enjoy singing a wide gamut of styles and genres, and appreciate that entertaining patrons with a diverse array of music is a must. My band is more than happy to allow clients to personally tailor our play list from our master set list. I am also personally available and open to negotiable hire for studio work and side-gigs, and enjoy the collaboration. I will gladly send a demo, more information, or meet with serious prospects in a safe and neutral locale.

In April 2011, I began a steady position as a Worship Leader in my church of over 1,500 attendees. For two to more Sundays a month, I lead the singing, prayer, and worship for all three services. On the Sundays I am not leading, I am typically singing in the choir or performing special music (solos/duets). My church worship band consists mostly of professional musicians who play in other bands. So my experiences there are diverse and creative.

I have had the great experience of working on two studio projects with Kansas Musicians Hall of Fame 2013 inductee, Kerry Livgren (founder and original member of the 70's rock band, "Kansas"). Demo #3 below is one of those projects. I also have the great privilege to begin a new studio venture with Kerry soon. There are 11 demos below from studio projects with my prior bands (one of which is currently on a break due to losing our drummer to the Nashville music circuit), as well as, covers I have performed recently. Three of the demos are actually shortened versions of the original tunes.

The photos here are all from 2012 to present, but the majority were taken more recently (in 2014). I have included photos from my role as Worship Leader at Topeka Bible Church, as well as, various photos from my prior band's studio projects and gigs. Numerous additional current band photos can be viewed at my band's Facebook Fan Page.

You will also find several URL's of public YouTube videos of me performing with my current band-mate and our prior full-band. These videos were all shot in summer of 2014. There are also two URL's of unlisted/private YouTube videos of myself leading worship in my church. None are professional-quality--they are just iPhone videos of me with my duo, my trio, my former band, leading worship, and singing a duet at my church. My church recently began recording our entire services with the music/worship service time included. For higher quality videos of my more recent worship leading, go to:
http://www.discovertbc.com/sundayservices/. [For 2014 services, click on: Jan. 26, Mar. 2, Mar. 16, Mar. 23, Apr. 20, Apr. 27, May 18, May 25, June 1, July 20, Aug. 17, Oct. 5, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, & Dec.14 (closing song only online for Dec. 14, 2014). For 2015 services, click on: Jan.4, Feb. 1, Feb. 22, Mar. 15, Apr. 5 (I sang the only solo in our Choir's Easter Cantata), & Apr. 19]. Those are the Sundays on which I have led worship that have been recorded and placed on the internet thus far--not the only Sundays I have led. Very recently in August 2014, my growing church opened a brand new sanctuary to be utilized along with the old sanctuary. Both sanctuaries now have live worship bands, so my worship-leading will be increasing even more. However, only one of those two services is placed on the internet weekly based on which building our Pastor is preaching (the other building has live streaming of the sermon). I look so forward to the challenges that coordinating and working with two bands in two buildings will bring, as well as creating music with so many new and diversely gifted musicians. You can also check out our first concert on the church website under, "Special Events," for Sept. 21, 2014 entitled, "Psalm 150 Night of Worship," in which I recently led worship and performed. [Other dates in which I sang under, "Special Events" on our church's website: Apr. 3, 2015 Good Friday Service].

Prior Performance History/Bio:

Besides extensive vocal experiences from ages 9-18 years (church solos, leads in musicals, show choirs, two-time State Choir member, and the like), I toured Europe with the KSU Concert Choir, performing concerts in two countries there (Germany and The Netherlands). I have solo sung the National Anthem at Kauffman Stadium twice, performed a solo Contemporary Christian Concert at the KS State Fair (on the, "Farm Bureau Arena" stage), and have sung professionally for weddings and funerals for many years. I also have much experience performing at ministry events (including prison ministry), local events, private events, and in various music venues/lounges in the Topeka, Lawrence, and Kansas City areas. The bulk of my music experience comes from worship leading and solo-singing in churches for over 20-years and in lead-singing and performing with a few different bands in recent years. In Dec. 2011 and 2012, I was one of three vocalists in my church's, "Live Music Christmas Light Show," in which over 7,000 people attend. I was one of two vocalists for the 2013 show, and parts of this show will be viewable on YouTube, as in previous years. I consider myself a, "closet songwriter," but have performed two of my original tunes and am hopeful to perform more.

Screen name:
Wabash
Member since:
Jun 13 2011
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
30
Gigs played:
Over 100
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week

Influences

I have sung and do sing songs by the following artists/bands: James Taylor, Whitney Houston, Corinne Bailey Rae, Eva Cassidy, Adele, KT Tunstall, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Sarah McLachlan, Etta James, Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks), Roberta Flack, Norah Jones, Michael Buble`, Janet Jackson, The Doobie Brothers, The Commodores, Bette Midler, Ritchie Valens, Steely Dan, Indigo Girls, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss, Faith Hill, Anita Baker, Michael Jackson, The Eagles, Todd Rundgren, Journey (Steve Perry), Leona Naess, Carole King, Astrud Gilberto, Etta James, Madonna, Sue Foley, Susan Tedeschi, Stevie Wonder, Patsy Cline, Van Morrison, The Beatles, The Spinners, The Motels, Amy Winehouse, Diana Krall, Tracy Chapman, Gloria Gaynor, and many, many more. A complete set list is available upon request.

Instrument experience:

Other Percussion:
Expert
Vocalist:
Advanced
Vocalist - Soprano:
Advanced

EQUIPMENT

My band has all needed sound equipment. We look forward to discussing entertainment opportunities for your venue or event!

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