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Acclaimed producers of the ‘Whole Lotta Love ‘ Led Zeppelin and ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’ Pink Floyd concerts, CCEntertainment, are set to reprise the vibrant and life-affirming catalogue of the prodigious Stevie Wonder. The evening will feature special guest vocalists Lionel Cole (Mariah Carey), Natasha Stuart (Tina Arena), Christian Hemara and Michael Duchesne (the Voice) performing ‘Living For The City’, ‘Master Blaster’, ‘Don’t You Worry About A Thing’, ‘Higher Ground’, ‘All I Do’, ‘Lately’, ‘Sir Duke’, ‘I Wish’ and many more, with an exceptional all-star band with Pat Madden (drums), Eric Rielle Relayson Fortaleza (bass), Charmaine Ford (keys), Daren Sirbough (keys), Joel Sena (sax) Mike Raper (trombone) and Dane Laboyrie (trumpet) under the creative direction of Joseph Calderazzo (guitars).
Highly recommended - book early to avoid disappointment.
with vocal performances by
Lionel Cole (Mariah Carey)
Natasha Stuart (Tina Arena)
Michael Duchesne (The Voice)
& Christian Hemara
Lionel Cole is a vocalist, pianist, songwriter, composer, music editor, music supervisor and public speaker. He has served as a regularly touring member of Mariah Carey's live band. Cole also partnered with Malcolm-Jamal Warner, to create the jazz and funk band Miles Long. The first album "The Many Facets of Superman" featured En Vogue's Cindy Heron and soul icon Teena Marie.
Cole co-wrote the billboard chart topping single "Through the Rain" with Mariah Carey which appeared on Carey's ninth studio album Charmbracelet. The song peaked at number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it hit number 1 on the U.S. sales and dance charts. Previously, Cole remixed the million selling cover single Hard To Say I'm Sorry by boy band AZ Yet. In 2010, Cole toured with 80's star Rickie Lee Jones. From a storied musical family, he is the son of Freddy Cole, a Grammy nominated jazz vocalist, the nephew of Nat King Cole, and the cousin of Natalie Cole.
Cole's music work extends into film and television, he composed for the Tim Reid film Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored and the Showtime series Linc's
Lionel was born in New York City and grew up in Atlanta Georgia. He moved to Chicago to study singing at at Northwestern University then moved to L.A.
After moving to Los Angeles, Lionel worked as a staff composer/music editor with award winning producer, Steve Tyrell, on several television projects including NBC's California Dreams and The Brady Bunch Movie.. Lionel moved on to film composing for the highly acclaimed ONCE UPON A TIME...WHEN WE WERE COLORED.
Later Lionel and Malcolm Jamal Warner (Theo from The Cosby Show) partnered to form the jazz/funk band, Miles Long. The Miles Long album, The Many Facets of Superman featured En Vogue's Cindy Herron and soul icon, Teena Marie. Lionel had many roles on this project as lead singer, pianist, and producer. In addition he did a turn as a featured vocalist in John Powell's score for The Bourne Identity, a two year stint as band leader on the television series Malcolm and Eddie and played piano with Ivan Neville and his ensemble.
He was featured as part of Robert Downey Jr.’s band on the Oprah show, the Tonight Show, Ellen, and Good Morning America.
Lionel’s work with singer MARIAH CAREY, included piano playing on her #1 single, "Never Too Far Hero" and co-writing three songs notably the heartfelt hit "Through the Rain" from her multi-platinum album Charmbracelet. One of Lionel’s proudest moments was arranging the Star Spangled Banner for Mariah and the Boston Pops at the 2002 Superbowl following 9/11. Lionel also was featured keyboarding and background singing for Mariah's worldwide tour which played to sold-out audiences. For the last few years Lionel's creativity has been focused in work with longtime writing partner Randy Jackson from the television series American Idol.
He worked on countless projects including the Grammy nominated Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave) album “Overnight Sensation” and the Grammy award winning remake “A Family Affair” with Van Hunt, John Legend, and Joss Stone. That work lead to collaboration on “Walk on By” with pop prodigy Joss Stone featured on “Randy Jacksons Music Club Volume 1." The team also worked on the films produced by Walmart family pictures. 2010 brought a world tour with 1980‘s icon Rickie Lee Jones as her singer and multi-instrumentalist. This also landed Lionel in Sydney, Australia
He currenlty resides in Australia and performs regularly as lead singer with his band "COLE SOUL AND EMOTION".
Hailing from Sydney, at the youthful age of 22, Michael has already honed his craft as a singer and guitarist to a fine edge, performing at some of Sydney’s top live venues alongside some of Australia’s best musicians and artists.
Duchesne (pronounced ‘Du-Shane’) has performed as a solo act along Australia's east coast and also works closely with Sydney Soul / R&B band, Ebony & Ivory.
After opening for American artist Eric Benét on his Australian tour in October 2011, Duchesne was approached by the Executive Music Director for 'The Voice Australia', Louise Perryman, and featured on the show in 2012.
He made the final 24 under the mentorship of ‘Coach Seal’. His final performance - The Beatles’ classic ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ - was broadcast Live to over two million people.
Michael sums up his experience on The Voice this way: "The Voice was a great experience, providing a real insight into the industry in which I aim to build my career. Filling the hours of waiting to perform by jamming with crazy, talented artists behind the scenes and then performing while backed by some of Australia's very best musicians was awesome.
"And working with Seal? He's a big man with an intense passion for music. He wanted to squeeze the best out of me. I'm incredibly grateful to have worked with him and for the opportunity to get my face and voice into the living rooms of millions of Australians."
Besides live performances with renowned Soul and R&B bands like Brown Sugar and Ebony & Ivory, Michael gets his biggest kick out of songwriting and production. He’s already written over 60 original songs with a feel like… well, think Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. Think John Mayer, John Legend & India Arie. Think Earth Wind & Fire and Brian McKnight.
Think Michael Duchesne!
Born and raised in Melbourne to a musical family, Christian was exposed to the thriving Melbourne music scene at an early age.
He frequented recording studios and live stages in Melbourne from the age of (3) where his lead vocalist father Freddie Hemara (Soul Singer Songwriter) from Auckland NZ performed. Alongside his artistic father and eclectic Melbournian musicians, Christian role modelled artists like Prince, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Maxwell and the grand master of funk George Clinton, soon gaining respect in the industry with his own style of FUNK and SOUL.
Christian’s solo career in music began when he moved to Newcastle NSW, a city known for its serious musicians. It is in Newcastle where Christian took up the guitar and Live Performing. Christian’s style in music is raw, passionate and heart felt. A stand-alone performer who truly engages with his audience through his voice, presence and style.
Christian did a support tour with guitar virtuoso Al Di Meola in 2010 and toured around Australia with Mahalia Barnes and Prinnie Stevens for the Come Together Tour in November 2012 as a Backup Vocalist.
2012 was a big year for Natasha and included the release of her first full length album, "Light This Fuse", a symphony orchestra tour with Tina Arena which travelled around Australia (including 4 sold out performances at the Opera House) and 3 separate landmark performances at the State Theatre where she duetted with John Waters, Ciaran Gribbon (INXS) and backed up Richard Clapton.
Her vocal diversity has afforded her a rich and varied career working with numerous high profile artists.
Artists include Jessica Mauboy, Ricki-Lee, James Morrison, Paul Mac, and Delta Goodrem), appearing as a featured vocalist on movie soundtracks ("Razzle Dazzle") and writing and performing on releases in the USA with DJ Lee Kalt.
Between tours and recording commitments, Natasha can be found singing around Sydney with one of the city's funkiest bands: Radio City Cats.