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LEANNE BORGHESI
Leanne Borghesi is a solo-performer specializing in the creation and performance of comedic 'theatrical cabarets.’ Her shows blend the magic of theater with the music and setting of cabaret shows. Her pieces are interactive, making each performance unique, personal, and full of surprises. She is currently performing in her hit one woman show Mood Swings in New York City at The Triad Theater.   Leanne has been a Guest Artist at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Cabaret Conference where she debuted her one-woman show, BAZAZZ under the direction of Michael Bush. Here she performed in Accentuate the Positive, A Johnny Mercer Tribute alongside such legendary performers as Lillias White, Marilyn Maye, Penny Fuller, and Amanda McBroom. Leanne attended the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University where she trained with Tovah Feldshuh, Sally Mayes, Julie Wilson, Amanda McBroom, Alex Rybeck and Sharon McKnight. She has performed in the UK in David Kent's This Summer I Lived.  She has played houses in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco including Feinstein’s 54 Below, Feinstein’s at the Nikko, The Triad, The Metropolitan Room, Rrazz Room, MBar Hollywood, Herbst Theater, Marines Memorial, Palace of Fine Arts, and The Duplex. A Northern California native, Leanne has been a staple of the San Francisco cabaret and theater scene for over a decade. Borghesi’s previous theatre credits include NEW YORK: Workshop of Jonathan Brielle’s 40 Naked Women a Monkey and Me with Veanne Cox and Doreen Montalvo directed by Michael Bush (Sir Studios NYC and Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, CT), Smeraldina in The Servant of Two Masters (Sonnet Rep), Jan in Mr. Irresistible (LaMaMa Etc.), Valerie Solanas Up Your A$$ (PS 122), Dora Bailey in Singin’ in the Rain (Gateway Playhouse). REGIONAL: Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone, Mrs. Medlock in The Secret Garden (TheatreWorks), Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Cape Fear Regional Theatre), Rona Lisa Peretti in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (CenterREP), Nancy in Oliver (PCPA Theaterfest), Mrs. Bassett in Eccentricities of a Nightingale (Aurora Theater).  Leanne is the recipient of Best Actress in a Musical award from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for NCTC’s Productions of Dames at Sea (Mona Kent) and her solo theatrical cabaret, Divalicious. She is a founding member of The National Theater of Uptown in Manhattan, one-third of the comedic trio B.O.O.B.S! (Busty, Outrageous, Over-the-Top, Broads, Singin'), and moonlights as San Francisco's own original Faux Queen, Ms. Anita Cocktail.   She collaborates with many not-for-profit organizations performing in numerous Gala and Benefit shows on both coasts. Leanne is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.  www.leanneborghesi.com

JASON BROCK
Jason Brock is a television, film and stage star. He was seen in homes all over the world as a finalist on X-Factor singing songs like Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind." Jason also starred in the film, "Love is not Enough," which played at global film festivals, including the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco. Jason is well-known as a cabaret star and performs original shows regularly. He was voted "Best Male Cabaret Singer" the last three years by the readers of the Bay Area Reporter. He has also done a fair amount of theatre. Some of his roles include: Hedwig in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" at the Boxcar Theatre, a demented flower girl in Taylor Mac's "The Lily's Revenge" at Magic Theatre, and "Peachy Gale" in Peaches Christ's "The Wizard of Odd" at Castro Theatre. Jason is currently working on an album of original music. His original songs, "Cornbread," "You've got the Love" and Miguel Migs' "Sail On" can be purchased or streamed on most music services today.

GREGANGELO
Gregangelo is a Whirling Dervish emulating the infinite prowess of the universe in both his dance, and his otherworldly production Velocity Circus in San Francisco. Through his revolving dance, Gregangelo embodies the reality of an eternally rotating Multiverse, from the micro swirl of subatomic particles to the macro spiraling of majestic galaxies… 

With a Lebanese-Mexican heritage, he was born and raised a native San Franciscan. Gregangelo quickly took to the local Mediterranean dance circuit, performing North African and Middle Eastern folk dance. As a teenager, his choreographer introduced him to the Egyptian style of the Whirling Dervish. Combining the arcane with the secular, cosmic with contemporary, Gregangelo performed in Cirque Du Soleil’s “Solstrom,” and within such Velocity Circus originals as “Heliosphere, an Adventure through our Solar System,” “Ekara: The Egyptian Journey of the Soul” and “1906: A Journey through the Mythical City” (San Frantasia).

Lecturing on TEDxYouth, he challenges the expectations of beauty with artistic, interactive, community based innovations, even transforming his home into the Gregangelo Museum—a multi-media sensory work of art complete with 27 immersive installations, secret rooms, multiple portals and passages which explore the profound beauty of existence. As the founding, artistic director of SF based Velocity Arts and Entertainment, Gregangelo marshals over 100 specialty performers and artists. Producing private extravaganzas for many notable corporate giants, public programs and installations for several Fine Arts Museums, fairs, festivals, and private commissions…
www.gregangelo.com

KIMBERLEY LOCKE
Kimberley Locke gained fame with her participation in the 2003 American Idol® television series where she was second runner up. She recently released her EP, “Four For The Floor” via I AM Entertainment and will release her radio single, “Finally Free,” this year.

Immediately following “American Idol,” Locke was signed to Curb Records where she enjoyed a very successful career as a recording artist, having had eight Top 20 Adult Contemporary hits and four #1 Dance hits across various Billboard charts. She has also made history as being the only recording artist to score a #1 Christmas song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart three years in a row. Last year, her #1 club hit, a remake of the Freda Payne classic "Band of Gold,” was included on Billboard's "Top 50 Dance Songs of the Decade" list.

In 2010 she released her dance single “Strobelight,” a collaboration with “Idol” judge and producer Randy Jackson’s Dream Merchant 21 label and INgrooves. “Strobelight” hit Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Chart several times upon its release.

For the past seven years, Locke has been actively involved with One Heartland, a national non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of children and their families impacted by HIV/AIDS, where she is one of the organization’s board of directors. She has also worked with several other HIV/AIDS related charities, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, YouthAIDS, Nashville CARES, and the Davy Foundation. In 2007, Locke was presented with the Red Ribbon Award in recognition for her extensive charitable efforts as an HIV/AIDS activist.

Locke didn’t stop with just her music career from the years since “Idol.” She has been a staple in the entertainment industry having signed a modeling contract with Ford Models wherein she landed a two-year deal with clothing retailer Lane Bryant and became the face of their national Seven7 Jeans Designer Collection campaign. She went on to appear in VH1’S “Celebrity Fit Club” where she lost 40 lbs. and became a national spokesperson for Jenny Craig. She maintains a healthy and fit lifestyle and inspires women across the country with their weight loss and sense of empowerment.

Nashville native Locke received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management from Belmont University. Kicking her business aspirations into high gear, she founded her own entertainment company in early 2011 called I AM Entertainment. This new endeavour allows her to not only take full control over her own career but to aid other artists in the development of their brands and products.

In addition to various tour dates and performances, Locke has branched out as a television personality oftentimes hosting Red Carpet events for “E!,” “American Idol®,” “Extra,” and “The Insider.” She has also hosted GSN’s “Word Slam,” MTV’s “Little Talent Show”, GMC’s “Gospel Dream” and co-hosted several episodes of ABC’s “The View.

KIM NALLEY
Awarded "Most Influential African American in the Bay Area" in 2005 and "Best Jazz Group" in 2013, vocalist Kim Nalley is already being called "legendary" and "San Francisco institution." No trip to San Francisco is complete without seeing Kim Nalley perform. With an international reputation as one of world's best jazz & blues vocalists, she has graced concert halls from Moscow to Lincoln Center. A true Renaissance woman, Kim Nalley has also been a featured writer for JazzWest and SF Chronicle's City Brights, shortlisted for a Grammy nomination, a produced playwright, a former jazz club owner, an accomplished stage actress, a Ph.D. candidate in history at UC Berkeley, and an avid lindy hop & blues dancer. Her many philanthropic endeavors include founding the Kim Nalley Black Youth Jazz Scholarship.

In looks, Kim Nalley exudes the aura of a diva from a by-gone era. Vocally, she has pipes to burn packing a 3 1/2 octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, projection that can whisper a ballad yet is capable of filling a room with no microphone, and the ability to scat blistering solos without ever losing the crowd's interest or the intense swing. She has been compared to all the greats, but in the end, it's Kim Nalley and no one else - an unforced instrument with clarity and jazzy musicality, effortlessly delivered, and a sense of humor to boot.

A born singer from a family that boasts several generations of jazz musicians, Nalley was taught piano by her great-grandmother and studied classical music and theatre in high school before relocating to San Francisco in the footsteps of the Grateful Dead. Working her way through college by singing in small dives and jam sessions, Nalley learned all of the intricacies of jazz the old fashioned way. Music critic Phil Elwood and San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas quickly discovered Kim Nalley and brought her to national attention after they noticed her singing nightly at the Alta Plaza to packed audiences - without amplification. Tilson Thomas hired Kim Nalley to sing a program of Gershwin with the San Francisco Symphony and recorded her farewell concert at the Alta Plaza.


Since then, Kim Nalley has performed globally, including major jazz festivals such as Monterey, Umbria Jazz and Lincoln Center and lived in Europe for several years before returning to San Francisco to re-open the jazz club Jazz at Pearl's. During her tenure from 2003 to 2008, Nalley raised the club to iconic international acclaim as the owner and artistic director.

She has collaborated with artists such as Rhoda Scott, David "Fathead" Newman, Houston Person, James Williams, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. She has recorded several on both major and indie labels, including She Put A Spell On Me, which was short-listed for a 2006 Grammy Award, and Million Dollar Secret, which charted in the Jazz Top 40.

Nalley often combines music and history to create historiographical concerts , including her award-winning "Ladies Sing the Blues*," "She Put a Spell on Me: Tribute to Nina Simone," "Freedom's Song: Music of the Civil Rights Movement," musical director and curator for the Martin Luther King Institute's Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and "The Heart of Lady Day," a Billie Holiday biopic. As a playwright she has written "Ella: the American Dream" a bio-musical about Ella Fitzgerald which premiered in 2008. As an actress she portrayed Billie Holiday in the dramatic play "Lady Day in Love," Blues Speak woman in Zora Neale Hurston's "Spunk" and has starred in Teatro Zinzanni as Madame Zinzanni, a role subsequently filled by Joan Baez and Sandra Reeves-Phillips.

Kim Nalley is on faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory. She is a Ph.D candidate in UC Berkeley's history

SHAWN RYAN
MAC Award Winner Shawn Ryan’s star continues to ascend in the worlds of TV, film, and cabaret. Having played the Cannes Film Festival May 2015 with his Directorial Debut Charlie, Shawn’s latest film can be seen at festivals all over the world. Along with his award-winning performance as the title character in Charlie, Shawn has been seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and made numerous TV appearances on such shows as Bones, The Mentalist, Life, One Night Stand Up, and Women’s Murder Club where he landed the role of Karen Adams, a transgendered Drag King with narcolepsy, all thanks to Jane Lynch turning down the role. Shawn also has two CDs available through his website.  www.shawn-ryan.comdepartment with plans to write her dissertation on the Globalization of Jazz and Black Cultural Politics.

JAKE SIMPSON
Simpson twice (2003 and 2004) won the top honors in the Adult Singer category on CBS’s Star Search with his powerful high tenor voice and three-octave range. Growing up in Crocker, Missouri, making music has been one of the most important driving forces in Jake’s life. His sound has been influenced by Stevie Wonder, Steve Perry, Donny Hathaway and the classic style of Sam Cooke.

Jake has recorded, written and performed with a multitude of artists including Grammy Award-winning songwriter Desmond Child, American Idol finalists David Archuleta, Syesha Mercado and Grammy Award-nominee Adam Lambert, NBC’s The Voice finalist Frenchie Davis, Vintage Trouble’s Ty Taylor, pianist Jim Brickman (national tour), Shoshana Bean, Matt Cusson, Grammy Award-nominee Taylor Dayne, Grammy Award-winner Paula Cole and most famously on The Oprah Winfrey Show with the legendary Stevie Wonder.

Simpson has produced and recorded two albums including the holiday themed “Star of Wonder” and the prophetically entitled “My Song” which garnered positive reviews and radio airplay throughout the U.S. and Europe. Critics raved about his “blue-eyed soul” and his “Amen-inducing” rendition of “O Come All Ye Faithful”. Over the past few years, Jake has starred in the Roll & Roll revue entitled Arena: Born To Rock performing weekly at Rolling Stone Los Angeles in Hollywood, performed Jake Simpson Live! every Sunday “in residence” at The Grove in Los Angeles, and participated in numerous charitable concerts to raise money and awareness for person’s living with HIV, the homeless and other disadvantaged people. Recently, Mr. Simpson opened for his idols Earth, Wind & Fire at The Hollywood Christmas at The Grove which was Broadcast on NBC, was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on Christmas Day, performed with Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday at the prestigious Rainbow Room in NYC, and sold out his New Year’s Eve 2015 concert at the Hilton Universal City in Los Angeles! He is currently in the studio writing new songs for a forthcoming album. His music is available on iTunes and CD Baby. Visit JakeSimpsonMusic.com


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