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Blue Man Group
Sir Elton John
The Rolling Stones
The Gipsy Kings
DJ Ravi Drums
Hall and Oates
Elevation U2 Tribute
Black Eyed Peas
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Blue Man Group
The now world-famous eclectic performing arts troupe have been selling out performances at the Astor Place Theater for several years with their futuristic and original sketches. Onstage numbers include percussion using oil drums covered with colored paint, catching dozens of marshmallows in their mouths, creating spin art by spitting paint, rhythmic chewing of Captain Crunch cereal and an interactive number where an audience member is brought onstage, painted blue like the three cast members and encased in a bucket of Jell-O. They also make use of video projection in a number about technology and fractals and open with a clever number where they 'sing' the Jefferson Airplane song 'White Rabbit' mutely using LED-displays. Although they do not usually perform for private groups, they have performed for a few strategic events such as New Music Seminar, the 1996 Pepsico Marketing Convention and some technology-oriented trade shows. They now have a production in Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel which is available for inbound corporate groups and special performances. They have a touring company which is available for isolated corporate dates, and currently have productions in Boston, New York, Chicago, and Las Vegas
One of the most famous singers of all time, Diana Ross was one of the original members of the Supremes, the most successful female vocal group in history. The Supremes sang such hits as 'You Can't Hurry Love', 'Where Did Our Love Go', 'Baby Love', 'Come See About Me', 'Stop! In The Name Of Love', 'Someday We'll Be Together' and
'Back In My Arms Again'. Her other career hits include "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," 'Touch Me In The Morning," Theme From Mahogany ("Do You Know Where You're Going To"), "Upside Down" and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)." In 1970 Diana Ross launched her solo career and toured before sold-out audiences worldwide for over 25 years. As a lead singer of the Supremes and as a soloist, she has had more #1 records than any other female artist in history. The single "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" remains a staple in her shows and is still her finest message track. She performs for corporate events and appeared at a High Yield bond conference in 1997. In June 1998, she received the Hitmaker Award at the Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Empire produced her for a private event in May 2007 and her all-hit show was fantastic.
If James Brown is the godfather of soul, Donna Summer is the Queen of Disco. In the 1970's she was a pioneering recording artist and superstar of the Disco era, recording many number one hits and appearing in the film "Thank God It's Friday," ironically, as a struggling Disco singer. Her worldwide hits include 'Love to Love You Baby', 'I Feel Love' (1977), 'Last Dance' (1978 - Grammy Award (R&B)), 'Mac Arthur Park' (1978), 'Heaven
Knows' (1979), 'Hot Stuff' (1979 - Grammy Award (Rock), 'Bad Girls' (1979), 'Dim All The Lights' (1979), 'No More Tears' (1979- with Barbra Streisand), 'On the Radio' (1980), 'The Wanderer' (1980), 'Love is in Control (Finger on The Trigger)', 'She Works Hard For The Money', and 'This Time I Know It's For Real'. Her VH-1 special is still one of the network's highest-rated programs ever.
Donna Summer continues to record, tour and perform regularly, playing sold-out
performances at such venues as Radio City Music Hall and the Jones Beach Amphitheater in New York. She often performs for corporate and special events where she is in great demand because her act is high energy and lends itself to situations with a standing/dancing audience. Empire has presented Donna Summer many times and she is always a hit.
Richie dominated the pop charts during that period with an incredible run of 13 consecutive Top Ten hits, five of them number ones. As his popularity skyrocketed, Richie moved farther away from his R&B origins and concentrated more on adult
contemporary balladry, which had been one of his strengths even as part of the Commodores. L. In 1980, Richie wrote and produced country-pop singer Kenny Rogers' across-the-board number one smash "Lady," and the following year, Richie's duet with Diana Ross, "Endless Love" (recorded for the Brooke Shields film of the same title), became the most successful single in Motown history, topping the charts for a stunning nine weeks. Richie immediately set about recording his solo debut for Motown. Titled simply Lionel Richie, the album was released in late 1982 and was an immediate smash, reaching number three on the pop charts on its way
to sales of over four million copies. It spun off three Top Five pop hits, including the first
single "Truly," which became Richie's first solo number one. If Lionel Richie made its creator a star, the follow-up Can't Slow Down made him a superstar. Boasting five Top Ten singles, including the number ones "All Night Long (All Night)" and "Hello," Can't Slow Down hit number one, eventually sold over ten million copies, and won the 1984 Grammy for Album of the Year. Such was Richie's stature that he was invited to perform at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, a spectacular stage event that was broadcast worldwide. In 1985, Richie put his superstar status to work for a greater good, joining Michael Jackson in co-writing the USA for Africa charity single "We Are the World"; the all-star recording helped raise millions of dollars for famine relief. By the end of the year, he was on top of the charts again with "Say You, Say Me," a ballad recorded for the film White Nights but not included on the soundtrack album. The song was slated to be the title track on Richie's upcoming album, but delays in the recording process prevented the record from being released until August 1986, by which time the title was changed to Dancing on the Ceiling (in order to promote Richie's next single release). Three more Top Tens followed "Say You, Say Me," as did "Se La," which became the first of Richie's solo singles not to reach the pop Top Ten. 1987 saw Richie's nine-year streak of writing at least one number one single (a feat matched only by Irving Berlin) come to an end. In recent years he has resumed performing for casinos and select private events. Empire Entertainment has produced him many times and he is terrific.
Sir Elton John
Winner of the 1995 and 1998 Grammy Award for best Male Pop Vocalist, Elton John was the single most successful pop artist of the 1970s, and has continued to score hits throughout the 1980s and 1990s. His career took off in December 1970 with his first hit single, "Your Song." The following year he stormed the charts with songs like, "Levon" and "Friends." Over the course of his career he has had many other hits including "Rocket Man," "Honky Cat," "Crocodile Rock," "Daniel," "Saturday Night's Alright for
Fighting," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Bennie and The Jets," "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "The Bitch is Back," "Philadelphia Freedom," "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," "Island Girl," "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," "Sorry Seems to be The Hardest Word," "Mama Can't Buy You Love," "Little Jeannie," "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues," "Sad Songs," "Candle in the Wind," "I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That," "Sacrifice," "The Club at the End of the Street" and many others. In the early '90s, had another #1 hit with "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" which he recorded with George Michael. He also scored the film "The Lion King" and his soundtrack was an enormous success. He was so moved at a screening for the film "Billy Elliot" that he was inspired to create the music and co-write songs for the soundtrack for "Billy Elliot-The Musical" which debuted in London March 2005. Elton
John continues to record and tour constantly and is an outspoken fighter of AIDS and many other causes. He is the founder of the Elton John Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He has
performed for several private and corporate events for clients such as Taco Bell and ADP
The Rolling Stones
Simply put, they are the greatest rock and roll band in the world. Originating in London, the group was devoted to playing Chicago blues and its offshoots, notably the rock& roll of Chuck Berry, and its early records were either covers of such music or extremely derivative originals.
The Stones' first really successful single was a version of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away," which reached #3 in England and became their first American chart entry.
Their next five UK singles all hit #1. They successfully moved from being a blues-rock cover band to performing original pop-rock songs with a blues base such as "The Last Time" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". After their 1967 Sgt. Pepper's knock-off, "Satanic Majesties Request", they returned to a more basic hard-rock style on the single "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and the album "Beggars Banquet". In 1969 the Stones reemerged as a concert attraction after hiring guitarist Mick Taylor, who in turn was replaced by Ron Wood in 1976. In the 70s, they toured every three years and released a series of million-selling, chart-topping albums.
The band played a world tour in 1981-1982 in support of the huge selling album "Tattoo You" with the #1 hit "Start Me Up". Another successful album, "Steel Wheels", was recorded and released in 1989, accompanied by another world tour lasting into 1990. In 1994, the Stones released "Voodoo Lounge" which yielded the hit "Love Is Strong" and again demonstrated the band's incredible staying power. They started a World Tour which concluded in 1995, but are currently at it again, selling out arenas worldwide in support of their 1997 release "Bridges To Babylon." In January 1998 the Rolling Stones performed their first corporate event for PepsiCo who paid a reported $3.5 million. A greatest hits album, Forty Licks, was released in 2002 and they kicked off a European "Licks" tour in 2003. A new Rolling Stones album is scheduled to be released at the end of 2005.
Blondie (aka Debbie Harry)
Blondie was the most commercially successful band to emerge from the much vaunted
punk/new wave movement of the late '70s. It was their third album, Parallel Lines, which was released in September 1978 that eventually broke them worldwide.
"Picture This" became a U.K. Top 40 hit, and "Hanging on the Telephone" made the U.K. Top Ten, but it was the album's third single, the disco-influenced "Heart of Glass," that took Blondie to #1 in both the U.K. and the U.S. "Sunday Girl" hit #1 in the U.K. in May, and "One Way or Another" hit the U.S. Top 40 in August. Blondie followed with their
fourth album, Eat to the Beat, in October. Its first single, "Dreaming,"
went Top Ten in the U.K., Top 40 in the U.S. The second U.K. single, "Union City Blue," went Top 40. In March 1980, the third U.K. single from Eat to the Beat, "Atomic," became the group's third British #1. (It later made the U.S. Top 40.) Meanwhile, Harry was collaborating with German disco producer Giorgio Moroder on "Call Me," the theme from the movie American Gigolo. It became Blondie's second transatlantic chart topper. Blondie's fifth album, Autoamerican, was released in November 1980, and its first single was the reggaeish tune "The Tide Is High," which went to #1 in the U.S. and U.K. The second single was the rap- oriented "Rapture," which topped the U.S. pop charts and went Top Ten in the U.K. As of February 2003 the band had reformed with Debbie Harry performing as Blondie with a full band.
The Gipsy Kings
This international ensemble of French and Spanish musicians have established a reputation world wide for their beautiful, flamenco guitar-based music and distinctive voices. In the United States they are very popular among the young, educated and well-to-do and are one of the leading groups in the emerging world music genre. They perform an upbeat blend of Flamenco and Mariachi that has yielded popular songs like "Bamboleo" and they cover songs such as The Eagles' "Hotel California" in their own style. A decade ago, in the wake of an army of British and American pop crooners with synthesizers and gravity-defying hair, it would have been difficult to envision the astonishing and enduring success enjoyed by the Gipsy Kings over the past eight years. Hailing from the caravans of a gypsy community in Arles and Montpelier in the south of France, this band of tightly-knit brothers and cousins are World Music's most acclaimed artists, renowned for having dominated the genre ever since their blockbuster single Bamboleo in 1987. With the lightning strumming of multiple acoustic guitars and the signature of their expressive passionate vocals, the brothers Reyes and Baliardo-who speak in the Gypsy dialect of Gitane-have mined their musical and cultural roots, consistently drawing enthusiastic listeners whose language, in most cases, they don't share. There are no other examples of a non-English-speaking band with such a consistent winning streak in the US-where the group is the biggest selling French act ever. The triumph of the Gipsy Kings is revealed most vividly through a telling myriad of charts, awards, reviews, and sold-out appearances. Since the phenomenal debut of Gipsy Kings in 1988 (Top Ten in over a dozen countries, receiving fifteen Gold and Platinum records), their ensuing albums Mosaique, Allegria, Este Mundo, Gipsy Kings Live, and Love & Liberté;-have provided a steady fuel of hits to Billboard's World Music, Latin, and Top 200 charts. With every one of their albums on the Pop Latin chart, the Gipsy Kings were Billboard's #1 charting World Music Artist and #1 Latin Artist of 1994. The group's first two albums achieved platinum and gold status in the US. Still, the exotic
appeal of the Gipsy Kings' sound, stemming from their unique ethnic background-a mixture of Spanish, French and North African influences-which is at the heart of their success. Empire worked with them in Portugal in April 2001 for a corporate event and they were sensational.
Launching his musical career as the lead singer of the incredibly successful rock band, The Police, Sting embarked upon a successful solo career in 1984. His 1985 debut album, "Dream of the Blue Turtles," is heavily jazz-influenced and boasts the participation of a
number of top jazz musicians including Branford Marsalis. The "Dream" tour resulted in a two-disc live album, "Bring on the Night" which featured some new live renditions of Police songs. In 1987 Sting released a second solo album, "Nothing Like the Sun" with the song "They Dance Alone", a political statement against the repression of the
Chilean government under Pinochet. Sting has frequently used his
status as a well-known performer to lend assistance to many worthy organizations including Amnesty International,The Rain Forest Foundation, and many other causes. He has appeared in many charitable concert extravaganzas. He has also performed on MTV's "Unplugged" and has performed for at least one corporation. He won Best Male Pop Vocalist and Best Pop Album "Brand New Day" at The 2000 Grammy Awards. He has performed for a few, select private events.
Having been the most popular Spanish-language singer for two decades, Iglesias crossed over to English-speaking audiences in the eighties and is world-renowned singer for "To All The Girls I've Loved Before". He was a professional soccer player with Real Madrid before concentrating on a career in music. Signed to Columbia Records, he scored a long series of hits during the seventies in Spain and in Latin America. Iglesias entered the British charts in 1981 with a Spanish version of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine." In that year, Columbia awarded Iglesias with a diamond disc to commemorate 100 million records sold. An amazing feat, he then became an even bigger international star with duets with Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Willie Nelson. He is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for record sales. His most current release (May 1996) is entitled "La Carretera (The Road)" and is a collection of ballads and love songs
DJ Ravi Drums
Ravidrums has created a new movement unique to himself. He has taken DJ'ing to a whole new level by adding live drum & percussion Re-mixes on the spot. DJ Ravi Drums plays a large repertoire of musical styles, and makes them his own by adding live percussion. His musical set up consists of bongos, tablas, congas, cymbals, timbales, cowbells and metallic trashcans! DJ RaviDrums brings a passion and electricity to each performance, and also customizes his playlists to suit the specific needs of each
event. DJ Ravi's musical styles can move effortlessly between house, dance, rock, latin,
reggae, swing and hiphop. Besides his regular gig as Hugh Hefner's personal DJ, DJ Ravi has performed at private events for Michael Jordan, Nike, HBO, Access Hollywood,
Symantec, Deisel, Louis Vuitton, NIKE, Mercedes Benz and FOX! DJ Ravi has also been
featured in his own GAP commercial, as well as having a small but memorable role with
Lawrence Fishburne in "The Matrix Reloaded". His list of clients include such Hollywood
heavyweights as Will Smith, Eva Longoria, Quentin Tarantino, Carson Daly, Jessica
Simpson, Halle Berry & Benecio Del Toro. He has brought his energy, enthusiasm, drums & turntables to events for clients including Nokia, Microsoft, Macy's, Simon Properties,
Nintendo and Blackberry.
Somewhere between a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical chamber music ensemble, a Brasilian marching street band and Japanese film noir is the 12-piece Pink Martini. Part language lesson, part Hollywood musical, the Portland, Oregon-based 'little
orchestra' was created in 1994 in Portland, Oregon by Harvard graduate and classically trained pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale to play at political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, clean water, and public broadcasting. They were invited back to play two sold-out performances for the hall's first New Year's Eve celebration in 2003 (and confirmed for 2004). Other appearances include the Kennedy Center, the opening of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and the William Morris Agency's 100th birthday celebration with soul legend, Al Green. Pink Martini's debut album, Sympathique, was released independently on the band's own label, Heinz Records (after Lauderdale's dog, Heinz) and has sold over 650,000 copies worldwide. Nominated for "Song of the Year" and "Best New Artist" in France's Victoires de la Musique awards, Sympathique has gone Platinum in France and Gold in Greece. Empire Entertainment presented them at the Grand Opening of the Portland Saks Fifth Avenue store in March 2000, and they were sensational and for Cartier in Hong Kong in November 2006.
They are ideal for upscale, international audiences and luxury brand events.
Famed for co-starring with Bob Marley on all of his hit records and stage shows during the seventies, the Wailers are still the most celebrated reggae outfit of all time. No other reggae group has so many well-known hits to draw upon, or performs to such
widespread, global audiences, and as with all genuine musical legends, their appeal remains undiminished over time, as each succeeding generation discovers them afresh. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the . Whilst performing to an estimated 24 million people around the world, they've been the first reggae band to tour new territories on many occasions, including Africa and the Far East. At the heart of the current Wailers, you'll find original members Aston "Family Man" Barrett on bass, and guitarists Al A nderson and Junior Marvin, whose recordings with Bob Marley have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. Bandleader Family Man is one of the world's foremost bass players. He and his late brother Carly were members of Lee Perry's Upsetters, and playing countless sessions when first recruited into the Wailers by Marley during 1969. Al Anderson is another iconic figure with a rich musical history, after performing alongside Peter Tosh, Lauryn Hill, Ben Harper, and James Brown, as well as Marley. Anchored by such familiar names, the present line-up is the band's most impressive in years.
Lead singer Yvad was once signed to Tuff Gong by Bob's daughter Cedella Marley among a blaze of publicity, whilst keyboard player Keith Sterling has toured with Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru, as well as Jimmy Cliff and the Wailers. Horn players Nambo Robinson and Junior "Chico" Chin have also backed most of reggae's leading acts, including Dennis Brown and Bunny Wailer, ensuring the Wailer s retain the same, authentic sound they did whilst backing the Reggae King all those years ago. They are joined by backing singers Marie Dominuque Luce and Pascale Kameni Kamga, together with drummer Abongy Balengola and percussionist Ernest "Drummie" Williams. ..The Wailers "live" show consists of Bob Marley and the Wailers songs such as: Lively Up Yourself Could You Be Loved Satisfy My Soul Trench Town Rock I Shot the Sheriff Roots Rock Reggae Get Up Stand Up Who the Cap Fit Kinky Reggae Is This Love Redemption Song One Love Exodus Jamming No Woman No Cry Buffalo Soldier War Stir It Up Plus many other old songs written by members of the Wailers that were performed live during the Bob Marley and the Wailers tours, as well as new original Wailers songs.
The lead singer of the R&B band Rufus from 1972-1978, Khan later went solo and scored big with Ashford & Simpson's "I'm Every Woman", which Whitney Houston subsequently made even bigger. In 1974 Chaka won a Grammy Award for "Tell Me Something Good," a song written especially for her by Stevie Wonder. She also scored big in the 1980's on hits like "Ain't Nobody" and "I Feel For You." She has an extraordinary voice, capable of sultry growls, jazzy dexterity and a diva's power. Whether she's bending a note, perfectly soaring above or below a melody, sliding into a peerless
funk groove, or reaching out to us with aching clarity on one word, there's a perfection and a precision to the music of Chaka Khan that, 25 years after her recording debut, is still without comparison. For female vocalists, Chaka Khan has provided the standard to follow. Crossing the borders between rhythm & blues, jazz, pop, fusion and funk with ease, She has not only become one of the premier vocalists of our time, but one of the few female singers who can legitimately lay claim to the term "diva." She has performed with everyone from Steve Winwood to David Bowie to Prince. She performs with a live band as well as to track.
He emerged from England's house music scene in the early '90s to become the most popular British soul vocalist of the decade. Although his earliest material still showed signs of acid house, by the mid-'90s he had created a distinctive fusion of soul, folk, pop, dance, and rock that brought him success on both sides of the Atlantic. The first single pulled from the album, "Crazy," became a number 15 hit in the U.K. and reached number seven in America upon its release in 1991. Seal was also a success, reaching number 24 in America and selling over three million copies around the world.After the success of his debut, Seal took three years to complete his second album. In between the two records, he appeared on the Jimi Hendrix tribute album Stone Free, singing on Jeff Beck's version of "Manic Depression." In the summer of 1994, he released his second album, which was also titled Seal. Preceded by the American Top 40 hit "Prayer for the Dying," the album did well upon its release, peaking at number 20 and selling a million copies by the spring of 1995, but it didn't really take off until a year after its release, when "Kiss From a Rose" was featured on the soundtrack to Batman Forever. "Kiss From a Rose" became a number one pop single in America and spent a total of 12 weeks at the top of the adult contemporary charts; the single spent a total of 45 weeks on the adult contemporary charts. Its success sent its parent album, Seal, into multi-platinum status; two years after its original release, the album had sold over four million copies in the U.S. alone. Human Being hit the shelves in 1998 with Seal IV following five years later. Seal performed for the GQ Man of the Year Awards in 1999. Empire produced him at the Beacon Theater in October 2004 for a Familial Dysautonimia benefit and he was terrific. Empire produced him again in 2005 in Copenhagen.
Broadway star Sarah Brightman was the inspiration behind such stage hits as Phantom of the Opera and Requiem, written in her honor by ex- husband Andrew Lloyd Webber. Born August 14, 1960 in Berkhampstead, England, Brightman began dancing at the age of three, and ten years later made her London theatrical debut in Charles Strouse's I and Albert. By 1976, she was a dancer on the television series Pan's People, and later led the pop group Hot Gossip, which in 1978 scored a U.K. number one hit with the single "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper." In 1981, she was cast in the role of Jemima in Lloyd Webber's Cats; there she and the composer were introduced, and he divorced his first wife to marry her in 1984.
Their relationship lasted through 1990, during which time Brightman created the role of
Christine Daaé in Phantom, also appearing in Requiem and Aspects of Love; after their
divorce, she toured in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Concert Spectacular. In
addition to her stage work, Brightman also recorded a number of solo albums, including
1988's The Trees They Grow So High, 1989's The Songs That Got Away, 1990s As I Come of Age, 1993's Dive, 1995's Fly, and 1998's Eden. The following year saw the release of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection, which featured some of her finest moments from Lloyd Webber cast recordings, as well as The Songs That Got Away. Luna followed in the spring of 2000; Encore appeared the next year. Brightman then adopted a Middle Eastern theme for her 2003 release, Harem.
English singer Joss Stone was just 16 when she emerged on the pop/rock scene in 2003. Ready to take on the pop domination of Britney and Christina with a sound wise beyond her teenage years, Stone positioned herself among the more established and credible artists (Norah Jones, Jill Scott, Nikka Costa) reigning adult alternative pop/rock.
Born Joscelyn Eve Stoker in 1987, the sun-kissed blonde darling grew up listening to American soul and R&B. Aretha Franklin was a favorite and in time, Stone realized that she possessed an impressive throaty vocal style with both depth and emotion, much like her idols. In 2002, Stone took a chance. She left her family home in Devon, England (also home to Coldplay's Chris Martin) for an audition in New York City. Stone wowed S-Curve CEO Steve Greenberg with her rendition of Donna Summer's "On the Radio," and landed herself a deal. R&B/soul pioneer Betty Wright joined Stone for her first recording, becoming an instant mentor and friend to the impressionable girl with big dreams. Vocalist Angie Stone and the Roots also assisted Stone in the studio in 2003 for what became The Soul Sessions EP. A riveting set of 1970s classics by the likes of Laura Lee and Bettye Swann, as well as tracks by Wright and Franklin, The Soul Sessions EP was accentuated by fellow Miami soul musicians Benny Latimore, Timmy Thomas, and Little Beaver. S-Curve couldn't wait to tell the world about their one-of-a-kind starlet with an old soul, therefore Stone hurriedly crafted this neo-soul gem in just four days. In early 2004, Stone introduced herself to the MTV generation with the funky strut of "Fell in Love with a Boy," which was a rework of the White Stripes hit "Fell in Love with a Girl." The Soul Sessions was a huge success, selling over two million copies.
Mind, Body & Soul was released in 2004, again from S-Curve Records, and its 14 tracks
featured 12 that were written or co-written by Stone. She has performed for select corporate events.
Hall and Oates
From their first hit in 1974 through their heyday in the '80s, Daryl Hall and John Oates' smooth, catchy take on Philly soul brought them enormous commercial success -- including six number one singles and six platinum albums -- yet little critical success. Hall & Oates' music was remarkably well-constructed and produced; at their best, their songs were filled with strong hooks and melodies that adhered to soul traditions without being a slave to them by incorporating elements of new wave and hard rock.
At the beginning of 1974, the duo relocated from Philadelphia to New York. During this period, they only managed one hit -- the number 60 "She's Gone" in the spring of 1974. After they moved to RCA in 1975, the duo landed on its successful mixture of soul, pop, and rock, scoring a Top Ten single with "Sara Smile." The success of "Sara Smile" prompted the re-release of "She's Gone," which rocketed into the Top Ten as well. Released in the summer of 1976,
Bigger than the Both of took off in early 1977, when "Rich Girl" became the duo's first
number one single. In late 1980, the duo released the self-produced Voices, the album that marked the beginning of Hall & Oates' greatest commercial and artistic success. The first single from Voices, a cover of the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling,"reached number 12, yet it was the second single, "Kiss on My List" that confirmed their commercial potential by becoming the duo's second number one single; its follow-up, "You Make My Dreams" hit number five. They quickly released Private Eyes in the summer of 1981; the record featured two number one hits, "Private Eyes" and "I Can't Go for That " as well as the Top Ten hit "Did It in a Minute." "I Can't Go for That " also spent a week at the top of the R&B charts -- a rare accomplishment for a White act. H20 followed in 1982 and it proved more successful than their two previous albums, selling over two million copies and launching their biggest hit single, "Maneater," as well as the Top Ten hits "One on One" and "Family Man." The following year, the duo released a greatest-hits compilation, Rock 'N Soul, Pt. 1, that featured two new Top Ten hits -- the number two "Say It Isn't So" and "Adult Education." The duo mounted a comeback in 1997 with Marigold Sky, but it was only partially successful; far better was 2003's Do It for Love and the following year soul covers record Our
Kind of Soul. They have performed for many corporate events for clients such as IBM and PaineWebber. Empire has produced them several times and they are terrific. Their show includes all of their major hits.
Elevation - U2 Tribute
Elevation is the ultimate tribute to U2, delighting fans across the country since 2001. Elevation brings you the authentic sights and sounds that make U2 one of the most popular bands in the world. Elevation takes the term tribute band to a new level. Night after night, they recreate the total U2 concert experience in both sight and sound. Bono look-a-like Daniel "Danno" Burrow always belivers an unmistakable and captivating
performance. The band travels with all the vintage gear and the latest in costumes and wardrobe. Elevation brings you all your favorite U2 songs the way you are used to hearing them. Elevation has made television appearances on CBS, FOX, WGN TV, and the Discovery Channel. The band has performed across the country at countless festivals, fairs, clubs and corporate & private events with stops in the Cayman Islands, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Texas, Cleveland and more. Other tribute bands can play the songs, but no other band has the look, musicianship, heart and soul that Elevation delivers in their performances. With Elevation you are truly getting the Greatest U2 Tribute Band on the planet.
Andrea Bocelli has been called "the fourth tenor". A disciple of Luciano Pavarotti and Zucchero Fornaciari, the blind, Tuscany-born, vocalist has emerged as one of the most exciting voices in contemporary Opera. His participation in Pavarotti's 1992 hit, "Miserere", and Fornaciari's 1993 world tour brought him international attention. Opera, however, represents only one side of his musical persona. Bocelli has been equally successful as a pop ballad singer, having recorded duets with Celine Dion, Sarah Brightman and Eros Ramazzotti. Al Jarreau, who sang with Bocelli during "The Night Of Proms" in November 1995, praised Bocelli when he said, "I have had the honour to sing with the most beautiful voice in the world". Bocelli's first two albums-"Andrea Bocelli" in 1994 and "Bocelli" in 1996 -showcased his operatic singing. His third effort, "Viaggio Italiano," featured famous arias and traditional songs from Naples.
Although released only in Italy, the album sold more than 300, 000 copies. With his fourth
album, "Romanza", released in 1997, Bocelli turned to pop music. The album included the
hit, "Time To Say Goodbye", recorded as a duet with Sarah Brightman. Bocelli continued to focus on pop balladry with his fifth album, "Sogno", released in 1999, which featured a duet with Celine Dion of the David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager-penned tune, "The Prayer", sold more than ten million copies, received a Golden Globe award and led to Bocelli being nominated for a Grammy as "best new artist". Empire has booked & presented him in the past and he is amazing.
Black Eyed Peas
Ever since they were a fledgling group in the environs of Los Angeles, The Black Eyed Peas have flaunted a passionate, energetic hip-hop spirit people have always been drawn to. They've earned fans worldwide with their inventive approach to hip-
hop music, inspiring people with loose rhymes, and a positive spirit and funkafied vibe. On Elephunk, the group's third album, that spirit seemed to course through their beings even more than ever. The Black Eyed Peas - will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and newcomer
Fergie - named the album Elephunk to conjure up a big, deep funk sound. Produced in its
entirety by will.i.am and apl, the album boasted a mix of live instruments and traditional hip- hop samples and beats. It also mixes the group's breathless verbal acrobatics with a very conscious view of the world. Songs like "Where Is The Love," with Justin Timberlake, the quickstepping fast-rap of "Hands Up," and the Louis Armstrong growl of "Smells Like Funk," demonstrated not just a sophisticated ear for new sounds but a head for interesting arrangements and tight songwriting. Elephunk also welcomed a new member into the BEP fold - Los Angeles native Fergie. The singer added some female soul and sex appeal to the mix that proved to be the element that put the band over the top. In February 2005 they performed at the Super Bowl and later that year they released their follow up album which included the smash hit "Don't Phunk With My Heart".