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Cabaret Singer for Hire in Chicago, IL

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Cabaret Singer for Hire in Chicago, IL

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Site Content

Singing The Standards

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Here's A Quick Biography
 

I began my career in Night Clubs and on Cruise Ships some years ago.  In New Orleans aboard The Mississippi Queen Steamboat, I had the privilege of working with outstanding entertainers like:


The Ink Spots

The Four Lads

Allison McKay

and Connie Haines


From there, I was recruited by 

American Hawaii Cruises where I was
privileged to work with: 


The Sammy Kaye Orchestra

The Glenn Miller Band

The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

and   

Maxene Andrews of The Andrew Sisters


Hawaii's nice, but, I missed the change of seasons. (Anything but hot and sunny every single day of my life!) It was wild fun and a tremendous experience, but, I longed for a real house on dry land and a personal life. 


I was hoping to meet a man who wore long sleeves and socks. A grown up perhaps.  

And that's exactly what I did... 

More about my evolution

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I packed up my world, shipped it all back to Illinois and I began working specifically for seniors, private parties, social clubs and organizations. What seemed like a good idea at the time turned out to be a GREAT idea!
 

I have a powerful love and respect for the music of a bygone era and, with updated arrangements to the great songs of  the 20's, 30's, 40's 50's and 60's, my renditions of your favorites are brand new as well as CLASSIC!
Figure that one out!!


I provide the highest quality sound system by BOSE so you can be sure it will sound as though the orchestra is in the room with us. I have played to as few as 2 or as many as 700 people with little or no fuss. You simply supply the electricity and an audience!

In 2018, I performed around 500 shows and I am on track to doing the same for 2019.  If you're interested in having me perform for your special party, even if your event is years away, please call right away to reserve your date, or, I may not be available.  A signed contract is what holds your date and no fee is due until the performance.

It's NEVER to early too schedule your parties for 2019 and 2020.

I'm highly scheduled already in 2019 and have begun bookings for 2020 already.

 Hoping to hear from you soon.

Please remember, Christmas dates are the first to sell out, so, please plan ahead.


  Contact me for available dates and pricing information for morning,

afternoon, evening, weekend
and Holiday Shows.


So many types of shows offered

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The most popular one is the freestyle program, where I select, at random from the hundreds of songs I know.  It's relaxed and spontaneous and the audience is always the catalyst 

for any musical choice. 

I can read a room.

Or, you can request the following... 
Broadway/Movies
Big Band
Christmas/Holiday/Winter
Comedy/Story Songs (Hysterical)

The Food Show
(Only songs mentioning food or drinks)
Alphabet Selections
(you call out a letter and I sing a song 

beginning with that letter)
Children
(Disney, Hans Christian Anderson, etc.)
All 1920's Music
 All 1930's Music
All 1940's Music
50's / 60's Rock
(Don't get nervous... it's Connie Frances, The Monkees, Temptations, The Carpenters, etc...)
The Love Show
(All kinds of love showcased here.  There will be laughter and tears.  This is a popular one)
Jazz
Power Ballads
Easy Listening
Sing-A-Long


May you always sing like no one is listening!

I have 5 Professional CD's always available

  1. Bigger Is Better
  2. Tribute
  3. One For The Road
  4. That's Life
  5. The Secret Of Christmas


There was a 6th one

 but it's completely sold out

Sorry... Oh I mean...YEA!


Please click on the CD page for sound bites.


Come See A Show

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Most of my performances are private however, there are a few library gigs coming up 2019 that you would be more than welcome 

to bring a friend and attend...  

(It's always a good idea to call ahead for a seat, just in case there's a full house)


January 20, AND June 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Woodridge Public Library

3 Plaza Drive

Woodridge, IL. 60517

630-487-2568


Monday, July 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Wilmington Public Library

201 S. Kankakee Street

Wilmington, Il.  60481

815-476-2834


Saturday, January 11, 2020

Oak Brook Public Library

600 Oak Brook Road (31st Street)

Oak Brook, IL. 60523

630-368-7700


More dates and locations are added throughout the year, so, please check back often. Looking forward to seeing you.

Clients

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Please call me for names and phone numbers if you'd like references, but some of the places that I have performed for are:


The Honor Flight Chicago
Del Webb's Sun City
Woodridge Public Library
Palos Park Library
Palos Heights Public Library
Crestwood Public Library
Lincolnwood Public Library

Batavia Public Library

Addison Public Library

Wilmington Public Library

Dundee Township Public Library District

Schaumburg Public Library

Niles Library and Historical Society

Mokina Community Public Library

Oak Brook Public Library

Elk Grove Village Public Library

Indian Prairie Public Library

Yorkville Library

Woody Buick

Pheasant Run Resort

Hinsdale Women's Club

Brookdale Senior Living Properties (Many)

Senior Expo @ Drury Lane, Oak Brook

Downers Grove Women's Club

Arlington Heights Seniors

Elmhurst Park District
Oak Lawn Seniors

United States Power Squadron

Belmont Village(s) All of them
Batavia Park District
The Red Hat Societys
First Chicago Bank and Trust

Carillon Communities

Plymouth Place

Schaumburg Seniors

Church Creek Retirement

Smith Village

Smith Crossing

The Timbers Of Shorewood


PLUS hundreds more retirement communities, assisted living
and memory care centers. 

Quick Story

My passion for music was uncovered long before I could even form complete words and I sang with my dad at gatherings. He was super talented.  From that point on, I was involved in choir, musicals, and singing oh so quietly in my bedroom. I had no idea if I was any good and I didn't relish the risk of being mocked by my young sisters, which was always a possibility. Turns out, I was good enough so I finally decided,  I can do this! Now I do this about 500 times a year wherever you can find seniors gathering.


After producing a 5 song demo tape (yes, I said tape) and mailing out over 400 copies, (which I made myself with a $20.00 duplicating tape deck from Walgreens in hopes of finding a job),  ONE GUY responded, (thanks, Wes) and offered me my very first paying gig on the high seas. Well, kinda... It was on The mighty Mississippi. I accepted that gig on The Mississippi Queen followed by a few years in Hawaii performing on the USS Independence and the USS Constitution with American Hawaii Cruises. That way of life turned out to be no way to live for any extended length of time but the training was invaluable.  I wouldn't change a thing that got me to this place 

right now.   I chose happiness!


Sad update... 

The middle child of the three-Queen family, the Mississippi Queen went into passenger service in 1976, a debut for America's Bicentennial.  She played big sister to the American Queen, which in 1995 took over the title of largest steamboat ever, while playing the successor to the beloved 1926-era Delta Queen.  Hurricane Katrina struck in August of 2005 and that was the end of that. Soon after, The Mississippi Queen sat alone, stripped of her finery and headed to the scrap heap.  The dining room piano was actually pilfered by an industrial crane through the top deck and stolen.  I had so much joy at that piano.  Wonder where it is now.


Wait, there's more...


The Independence and the nearly identical Constitution were launched in 1950 and 1951.  “INDY”, as she was affectionately known, was somewhat overshadowed by her newer sister, 

The Constitution, which was glamorized in film and television roles, most noteably AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, and the famous “porthole” episode of I LOVE LUCY. “CONNIE” was also famous for transporting Grace Kelly’s wedding party to Monaco and was featured on the cover of Life magazine. Nonetheless, the Independence carried her share of dignitaries, including President and Mrs. Truman in the summer of 1958. Both ships were immensely popular on the route that was affectionately dubbed the "Sun Lane".  Both beautiful ships were decommissioned and stripped in 1995 and then, very sadly, sank two years later while being towed to a Far Eastern scrap yard.  


The moral to the story... It's safer to employ me on dry land as every ship I've ever performed on is either recycled unceremoniously or resting on the bottom of the ocean.  Just sayin'.