Artist Bios

November 2, 2012 (Brookville, NY). Music Power NY will host a benefit concert November 29th at 7:30 PM at the Tilles Center at LIU-Post in Brookville. The money raised will be used to directly benefit storm victims of Hurricane Sandy seeking food and shelter on Long Island through the “Music Power NY Hurricane Relief Fund.” Grammy Award artist José Feliciano insisted this event take place by supporting Music Power NY to follow their hearts in light of the importance of the cause. Feliciano could not be more excited to be part of this “Music of the Night” concert. New York Yankees Broadcaster Michael Kay and actor “Chazz” Palminteri, best known for his performances in The Usual SuspectsA Bronx Tale, and his Academy Award nominated role for Best Supporting Actor in Bullets Over Broadway will emcee the event.

Performances by Big Shot Featuring Original Billy Joel Band Guitarist Tommy Byrnes, Phantom of the Opera’s Ciarán Sheehan and Recording Artist Beau Badrick .  Win a 2012 Toyota Camry Sponsored by Penn Toyota of Greenvale!  Join us and help us raise money for our Charities.

DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN, DO IT FOR OUR VETERANS

Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Tickets Available through Ticketmaster.com 

ICON JAY BLACK … THE SOUL OF MUSIC

The legendary Jay Black, “The Voice” has sold over 40 million records; “Only in America”, “Cara Mia” and countless other hits. The beloved iconic singer knew that the one way he could help is by doing what he does best—sharing his voice with fellow Long Islanders in this cause knowing full well the deep hearted struggle of so many people. Black said,” I am honored to be part of this important concert for our friends and neighbors that need our help from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy it breaks my heart see all the suffering. Let’s raise money to help ease the pain. I love my fans.”

Born November 2, 1938, Jay Black began his music career by writing songs. After hearing some of his songs, he was asked by a record company to record the songs “No More” and “Forgive Me.” Because Jay suffers from stage fright, he preferred to write and produce records which he did for the next few years.

In 1962, Jay and the Americans who had had a hit song “She Cried,” with another lead singer were desperately seeking a replacement. Jay stepped forward with his unique and powerful voice. With Jay as lead singer, Jay and the Americans charted a string of hits on the United Artists label, including “Only In America,” “Come A Little Bit Closer,” “Cara Mia,” “This Magic Moment,” and “Walkin’ In The Rain.” (See the discography pages for a listing of all the singles and albums released.) During the group’s heyday, they made countless television appearances, on shows such as Shindig, Hullabaloo, Where The Action Is, Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, Red Skelton, and Sammy Davis, Jr., and in 1966 were featured in the movie “Wild, Wild Winter” singing “Two of a Kind.” Jay

and the group were the opening act for The Beatles’ first appearance in the United States, and they went on to open for The Rolling Stones and other top British acts. In spite of the British invasion, Jay and his boys carried the American flag almost single-handedly through the 1960′s with 21 chart singles.

One of the group’s hits “Sunday and Me” was the first hit song written by Neil Diamond thus launching his career. The group also takes credit for signing two unknowns — Walter Becker and Donald Fagen — to become their backup band. Becker and Fagen later went on to become the Grammy-award winning Steely Dan.

In the 1970′s casting director Renée Valenti saw Jay perform and, on a hunch, asked him to read for a movie she was casting called “Contract on Cherry Street,” which starred Frank Sinatra in his only made-for-TV movie. Being a singer, Jay went up for the role cocky and not caring, and he began to change all the dialog while reading. The casting director, producer and director were so impressed that Jay landed the role of a hit man over 2000 actors trying for the same role.

Because of contractual difficulties with the record companies, Jay decided he would focus on being an entertainer instead of a recording artist. This decision has paid off handsomely. To quote Jay, “I’m an entertainer who happens to sing.” And sing he does, being given the title “The Voice” which once be-longed to Frank Sinatra!

Jay Black continues to tour and play to sold-out audiences. Their stirring performance of “Cara Mia” on the 2001 PBS show “Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop” has generated a resurgence in popularity for the group, and Jay Black has earned the nickname “The King of Westbury” for his unparalleled record of sell-out concerts at New York’s West-bury Music Fair.

Ciarán Sheehan

From a family of famed singers, instrumentalists, and composers, Ciarán Sheehan was destined for music and theatre. His singing talent was evident as a young child and, in his college years, Ciarán fronted a heavy metal band playing metal and rock clubs in the northeastern US. In his twenties, Ciarán focused solely on developing his acting skill. Ciarán then met legendary Broadway director Harold Prince, who mentored Ciarán with the goal of putting him on Broadway. Within six months, Ciarán made his debut in “Les Miserables” and shortly thereafter was cast as Raoul in “Phantom of the Opera.” One year later, Ciarán starred in the coveted role of The Phantom, where he has delivered more than 1000 performances on Broadway and in Toronto. http://www.ciaransheehan.com/

 

BIG SHOT

BIG SHOT, the world’s premier Billy Joel Show, features the amazing vocals that Joel himself swore was himself. Michael DelGuidice is a well-known and respected multi-instrumentalist. His backed by one of the most dynamic and seasoned bands in the industry who, in addition to performing in concert with Billy Joel himself and his Broadway musical Movin’ Out, have also worked with Donna Sumner, Roger Daltrey of The Who, Ritchie Blackmore, Tower of Power, Nine Days, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and many more. The band maintains an active calendar of over 120 dates a year performing at the Tillis this November 29th with original Guitarist Tommy Byrnes. http://www.bigshottributeband.com/

 

Beau Badrick

Opening act for Big Shot at Music Of The Night at Tillis is Beau Badrick, the latest addition to the Music Power New York line up for November 30th. Beau signed on with Earl Cohen this year who produced with some of the greats like Lady Gaga, Pink, Usher, Jessica Simpson, Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Will Smith.

Beau is the latest push for fame, and fans, as well as new audiences alike rave over Beau’s EP entitled “BIGS”. Check him out on YouTube or at beaubadrick.com. He’s young, fresh, beautiful and oh, so very talentedhttp://www.beaubadrick.com/

 

Sarah Pfisterer

Ms. Pfisterer has played over 1000 performances in the role of Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway and across the country (Joseph Jefferson award nominee). On Broadway, she played Magnolia in Harold Prince’s “Show Boat” and was seen in “Children and Art” directed by Richard Maltby, celebrating Stephen Sondheim’s 75th birthday.Off Broadway she played Anna Smith in “Meet Me in St. Louis” at the Irish Repertory Theatre directed by Charlotte Moore. A Metropolitan Opera semi-finalist, Sarah has worked with conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas and John McGlinn, and did a recording of Jerome Kern’s “Oh Boy” in London under the direction of Mr. McGlinn. You will not want to miss this beautiful woman and her glorious voice.

 

Alessandra Guercio

Alessandra Guercio is currently a student at the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Her music career began at the young age of 8 years old where she appeared and was crowned the winner of the tv series America’s Most Talented Kids. At the age of 15 Alessandra was a contestant on season 10 of American Idol and recently competed on Season 3 of The Voice, making it to a member of both Team Adam and Team Christina.  Alessandra has performed at many New York City Special Events including the 9/11 Tribute Concert in Central Park, Columbus Day Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremonies, Seaside Concert Series, opening for Michael Bolton, Performance Concert with Roberta Flack” and the MDA Telethon. Supporting the New York and New Jersey sports teams, Alessandra has performed at Madison Square Garden and The Continental Arena for the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Liberty, and New Jersey Nets.  Alessandra is also very active in donating her time to various charitable events including the Breast Cancer research walk in Central Park, Relay for Life and the Futures in Education initiative.

In September of 2012 Alessandra recorded the song “Yankee Miracle (Rise On Me)”, written by Sue Pelino and Laura Casini.  It was inspired by the book “Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers” by Ray Negron and features special guest Dwight Gooden Jr.

Sue Pelino

Susan Pelino built her career as an audio post-production engineer upon a strong foundation of musical knowledge, spending years as a working musician. In 1997 Sue joined the team at Sony Music Studios in New York City where she has worked on projects ranging from performance series such as VH1 Storytellers and Sessions At West 54th to 5.1 mixes for television. films, and DVDs including Tony Bennett: An American Classic, Alicia Keys: Unplugged, and Tupac: Resurrection. She has been nominated for nine Primetime Emmy Awards for programs including Fleetwood Mac: The Dance and Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival and in 2006, Sue won her first of two Emmys for outstanding sound mixing for Eagles Farewell I Tour – Live From Melbourne NBC special. After fifteen rewarding years of mixing some of the most entertaining shows on TV, Sue found a home with Broadway Video as VP of Audio Post Production.

In September of 2012 Sue composed the song “Yankee Miracle (Rise On Me)” with co-writer Laura Casini.  It was inspired by the book “Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers” by Ray Negron and features singer Alessandra Guercio on lead vocals with special guest Dwight Gooden Jr.

Paul “SEQUENCE” Ferguson

Using a keyboard, midi-guitar, synthesizers and an analog guitar, Paul creates digital orchestrations that reveal the genuine soul of his musical compositions. His many accomplishments to date include producing music for the Harris Corporation’s DTV (digital high definition) television, the development and implementation of entertainment programs while in the Armed Forces, a tour of Germany with his six‑piece band FFB, performances for the United Nations League of Women, and the production of music for television commercials that have been aired on all major networks in the United States and throughout the Caribbean. In 1998, Paul produced music for ALIX Toys, an interactive CD-ROM Catalog.

Along with Chaka Khan, Ramsey Lewis, Branford Marsalis, Donald Byrd, Ronny Jordan, Patra, Kenny Garrett, Kool Keith and Lonnie Liston Smith, Paul was recently featured as a pianist on Guru’s compact disc Jazzmatazz ll.As a member of the musical entourage of Guru’s Summer ‘96 European Tour, Paul performed at the JVC Jazz Festival in London (Royal Albert Hall), Foro Italico (Rome), Arena Festa Dell’Unita (Corregio), Arena (Vienna), Muffathalle (Munich), Boerse (Wuppertal), North Sea Jazz Festival/Congresgebouw (Den Haag), Lycabettus (Athens), and the Phoenix UK Jazz Festival.

In 1998, Paul was invited by BET/Emerge Magazine to record one of his original songs, “Seashore Symphony”, on a compilation CD called The History of Love, along with world-renowned artists such as Marion Meadows, Jean Carne, Will Downing, Jacques Burvick, Pieces of a Dream, Chuck Jackson, Dionne Warwick, Marcus Johnson, Signature, Pure Soul, and Dianne Reeves.In addition to the CD, he will also be recording on the all jazz channel at BET (BET on Jazz).  www.sequence.net   www.YesWeCare.net