DEBBY BOONE
In 1977, Debby Boone earned instant fame when You Light Up My Life became one of the biggest songs in history, charting #1 on Billboard for ten straight weeks and selling in excess of four million albums. That year she received the Grammy for Best New Artist and has since received an additional seven Grammy nominations, winning two more. In 2008, the song was ranked #7 in Billboard 50th Anniversary All-Time Top-Charting Songs. Debby has appeared a number of times on the stage in New York, including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982), Lincoln Center’s 30th Anniversary production of The Sound of Music (1989), and in the part of Rizzo in the long running revival of Grease (1996). She also toured nationally in Meet Me In St. Louis (1990), and performed the role of Anna in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, The King and I at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center in California (2001) and July 2018 in 42nd Street at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Debby’s last release was her thirteenth studio album, a tribute to Las Vegas in the 60’s entitled, Swing This. The accompanying show, which premiered at New York’s prestigious Carlyle Hotel in March of that year, has memories and stories shared from Debby’s formative years, when her father, Pat Boone, was headlining at the Sands and Sahara Hotels like driving the golf cart for her dad and running into Barbara Streisand, and going back stage to meet Elvis Presley. She also shares stories of eventually getting to work with members of the Rat Pack like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. Debby continues to grow her reputation as a singer of the Great American Songbook, building on her previous release for Concord Records, Reflections of Rosemary. The album is an intimate musical portrait of her late mother-in-law, the legendary singer Rosemary Clooney, for whom Debby had great love and respect. Each song is tied to a specific story that Debby shares in live performances. Debby has toured Reflections of Rosemary along with John Oddo at Performing Arts Centers and Symphony Halls throughout the USA, including an appearance with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in Boston. For a number of years, Debby has enjoyed being a part of the Lyrics and Lyricists Series in New York, benefitting the 92nd St. Y. A project close to her heart, Debby is currently developing a new documentary & recording project based on her grandfather, the legendary country singer, Red Foley. Debby lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Gabriel Ferrer, who works as an Episcopal priest. They have four grown children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and two adorable grandchildren with a 3rd on the way!

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

EILEEN BLUM BOURGADE
Eileen started violin at age 11 and is an alumna of the San Francisco Conservatory’s pre-college program. Eileen received a BA from Stanford (French/Music) and an MM in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music, with post-graduate studies with Naoko Tanaka (Juilliard). As an adolescent, she appeared as a soloist with the Marin Youth Orchestra, Orchestra Da Camera, the Stanford Chamber Orchestra and in the masterclasses of the late Franco Gulli, Nathan Milstein, Henryk Szeryng and Isaac Stern. Eileen is an alumna of the Aspen, Tanglewood and Schleswig Holstein festivals, and performed for several years with the American Symphony and the Trio Celeste in the NY Metropolitan Area. Eileen worked as an equity analyst at Bear Stearns (NY), Lazard (Paris) and Colony Capital (Paris). After a long musical hiatus, Eileen began performing and teaching again after the birth of her third child, Julien. Presently, she teaches privately and is on the Board of SFCM and Lessons for Life, a non-profit organization that provides private instrument lessons to underprivileged youth. 

CAROLE COOK
Carole created the role of Maggie Jones in the New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo companies of the Tony Award winning musical, 42nd Street & originated the role of Blanche Daly in the Broadway hit play, Romantic Comedy. She was the second “Dolly” in the world, following Carol Channing for a two year run in Australia and New Zealand. She has starred in major of productions of both Mame and Auntie Mame. She co-starred in the Los Angeles and National companies of Father’s Day, for which she received a Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle nomination for Best Actress, and also starred in the Australian production of the play. Best Actress Awards include The Supporting Cast, Patio/Porch and The Lion in Winter, in which as Eleanor of Aquitaine, she co-starred with her husband, Tom Troupe. They also acted together in The Gin Game. In the National tour of Steel Magnolias, Carole played the irascible “Quiser”, for which she received a Helen Hayes Theatre Award. She has been the recipient of eight Best Actress Drama Logue & Robby Awards in Los Angeles. Her feature films include: The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Palm Springs Weekend, American Gigolo, Summer Lovers, The Gauntlet, Lost and Found, Grandview U.S.A., and Sixteen Candles. She has guest starred on most major television shows Including Grey’s Anatomy. She has toured extensively in her one woman show, Dress Up and starred in Follies Reprise in Los Angeles and in the New York City Center production of 70 Girls 70. In 1995, Carole received Baylor University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2002, she and Tom were presented the prestigious Theatre Ovation Award for Career Achievement. The first husband and wife team ever to be so honored. Carole recently did a guest starring role on Major Crimes on TNT Network. For the past 31 years, she has appeared in the S.T.A.G.E. AIDS benefit in Los Angeles, and this will be her 20th year with Help is on the Way.

DAVIS GAINES
Davis Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles, (where he remains LA’s longest-running Phantom), and in San Francisco, (where he received the Bay Area Critics’ Award for Best Actor). Subsequently, he was chosen by Hal Prince and Lloyd Webber to play the leading role in the World Premiere of Whistle Down the Wind. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! (with Carol Channing), Camelot (with Richard Burton) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (with Alexis Smith). Gaines’ Off-Broadway appearances include Des McAnuff’s The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth, the Maury Yeston/Larry Gelbart musical One Two Three Four Five, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, She Loves Me and Forbidden Broadway. He made his New York City Opera debut in The New Moon and appeared in New York in concert versions of Sitting Pretty, The Cat and the Fiddle, Pippin and the Encores production of The Boys from Syracuse. In Southern California, he portrayed Hannibal Lecter (LA Weekly Award, Best Male Musical Performance) in SILENCE! The Musical, appeared at Musical Theater West in Spamalot, Man of La Mancha (Ovation Award and BroadwayWorld Award, Best Lead Actor in a Musical), 1776, Parade (with T.R. Knight/Mark Taper Forum) and Side by Side by Sondheim (Rubicon Theatre/Pasadena Playhouse). Regionally, he appeared as King Arthur in Camelot (Sacramento Music Circus), Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees (directed by the legendary George Abbott), Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace (with Kate Reid), Night of the Hunter (Lyric Stage) The Rink (with Lainie Kazan) and Two Into One (with Tony Randall). Gaines played Anthony Hope, in the 20th anniversary concert productions of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd in Los Angeles (with Kelsey Grammer and Christine Baranski), in London (with Len Cariou and Judy Kaye) and in New York, San Francisco and Ravinia Festival (with George Hearn and Patti LuPone). He played Sweeney Todd opposite Faith Prince, and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, both with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. He also toured the country with Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill in Broadway on Ice. Film work includes a featured role in Warlock: The Armageddon (with Julian Sands) and television credits include Desperate Housewives, Charmed, Chicago Hope, Veronica’s Closet, Bodies of Evidence and Murder, She Wrote. He appeared in three PBS Great Performances broadcasts (Emmy Award-winning Sweeney Todd with the San Francisco Symphony, Broadway Originals with the Boston Pops and Jerry Herman’s Broadway at the Bowl), as well as the televised specials of the 1994 Kennedy Center Honors and the opening ceremony of the 1998 Goodwill Games. Additionally, Gaines has sung for five U.S. Presidents and with every major symphony orchestra in North America, including the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. He has also performed in cabaret in New York at ‘Feinstein’s at Loews Regency’ and ‘Rainbow and Stars’, Hollywood’s ‘Cinegrill’ and San Francisco’s ‘Plush Room’. His voice can be heard over 30 cast recordings and compilation albums, as well as two solo CDs, Against the Tide and All My Tomorrows: Songs of Sammy Cahn. Gaines resides in Los Angeles and is a frequent singer of our National Anthem for the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Dodgers. Most recently, made his Los Angeles area directing debut at Musical Theatre West with Oklahoma! and appeared opposite Vicki Lewis in I Do!, I, Do! at the Laguna Playhouse.

DEBBY HOLIDAY
Debby Holiday broke onto the dance scene with her #5 Billboard summer anthem Dive in 2004. Holiday followed the smash hit Dive with her power ballad Half A Mile Away, which shot into the Billboard Top 10, along with Debby's follow-up dance hit Bring It On. All of Debby’s subsequent dance singles broke into the Billboard Top 20 including, Piece of My Love & Surrender Me (with the incredible Tony Moran), Joyful Sound, featured in the hit show Sordid Lives: The Series, from writer/director/producer Del Shores, starring Olivia Newton John. Debby experienced every aspect of the music industry early on while growing up in Los Angeles, Ca. Her father Jimmy Holiday was a passionate and soulful artist, topping the charts with several of his own singles before going on to co-write such hits as Understanding by Ray Charles and Jackie DeShannon’s Put A Little Love In Your Heart. Another standard All I Ever Need Is You, turned out to not only be a top 10 single for Sonny and Cher – but also went on to be a huge country hit for Kenny Rogers and Dottie West. Naturally, this eclectic mix of music strongly influenced Debby’s own unique and compelling sound. Debby has written with a wide range of today’s top songwriters including Jeffrey Steele, Al Anderson, Marty Fredrickson, Billy Steinberg, Erik Brazillian and Clif Magness (Avril Levigne). Debby has shared the stage with legendary recording artists like Rod Stewart, Joe Walsh, John Waite and Kiss, appearing on several television programs including The View and The David Letterman Show. Debby starred in the film Blues For Willadean (2012) written by the award winning, Del Shores & co-starring Beth Grant, Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer from The Help. Debby continues to pump up the volume -- on the dance floors, live with her rock/soul band, and on television. Her placements have included, NBC’s The Office, E! Entertainment’s, How Do I Look, FX Networks Dirt, Showtime’s hit The L Word and MTV’s the Pick Up Artist. Queer As Folk another Showtime hit, used two of Debby’s tracks including “Dive” & “Half A Mile Away” in their episodic finale. As well as several recent MTV music placements in various shows. In 2012, Debby hit the Billboard Charts twice. Never Give Up withthe amazing San Francisco based DJ Phil B soared to #9 in May of 2012Debby’s next single, Key To Your Soul (co-written with DJ John LePage & Jeff Fedak) hit #21 & includes an anti-bullying themed video for the song (directed by Del Shores).In January 2015 her single “I Like You” with Grammy Winning Producer/Dj Tony Moran hit #5 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Her latest single “Lift” with Dirty Disco just started climbing the Billboard charts March 2015. Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym3hqjfyzxA. Debby’s next single “Lift” with Indie label “Dirty Disco” hit #5 on the Billboard Dance Club Play Charts, as well ! Oct 2017 brought the release of Debby’s new Double Album ‘Free2B’ (half rock/half dance), which is allowing her to fully embrace her two musical sides. Currently her single “A Love Bizarre” with Russ Rich and Swishcraft is burning up DJ floors worldwide ! For more information on Debby Holiday including performance dates and photos. Please visit her website: www.debbyholiday.com.

ERIC MICHAEL KROP
Eric came to this planet with the purpose to sing. He realized this one day a long time ago, when he took his first breath of air on earth. It has been his goal since the beginning of his time here to unite people through sound and art. He has been extremely stubborn since AT LEAST when this picture was taken. No one made him pose that way- he was strong willed and knew what he wanted. And he still does- and that is to sing for you.

KIMBERLEY LOCKE
Kimberley first gained fame with her participation in the 2003 American Idol Television series where she was second runner up. Recent years saw the release of her EP, “Four For The Floor” which features the top 40 Dance hit single “Finally Free.” Her latest single “Feel The Love” a collaboration with Cahill, hit #1 on the UK Pop & Dance charts. Immediately following American Idol, Locke was signed to Curb Records where she enjoyed a very successful career as a recording artist, having released 3 full length albums with the label. Among her many achievements, she has had eight Top 20 Adult Contemporary hits and four #1 Dance hits across various Billboard charts. 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. 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.  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 serves as 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,The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation 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, where 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, through her motivational speaking engagements, inspires women across the country with their weight loss and sense of empowerment. Locke was the key speaker at the Dutchess-Ulster Go Red for Women for the American Heart Association. 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. Kimberley was seen as an expert judge on NBC Universal’s Next Great Family Band. She has also hosted ABC’s Windy City Live, Hallmark’s The Better Show, GSN’s Word Slam, MTV’s Little Talent Show, GMC’s Gospel Dream, and co-hosted several episodes of ABC’s The View. Locke has also begun building a reputation as an actress in recent years, as the starring role in the short film The Therapy Sessions and can be seen in the role of Crystal Blue in the Sci-Fi Thriller The App.

VALARIE PETTIFORD
Valarie Pettiford is an award-winning actor, dancer and singer. She earned a Tony nomination for ‘Fosse.’ She will soon be seen in the Bad Wolf production A Discovery of Witches for the UK’s Skyone, Sundance Now and Shudder. She plays Emily Mather, a series regular in the television adaptation of the New York Times’ best-selling All Souls Trilogy of novels. She recently wrapped 2 films 'Miracle of Music' and  'If Not When'. Valarie’s television highlights include the series regular role of Ronda Sales on Season 4 of Being Mary Jane, four seasons and 3 NAACP Image Awards’ nominations for the series regular role of Big Dee Dee on the hit television comedy Half and Half. She has appeared in recurring roles as Simone Porter on Valor, Charlene Cooper on The Blacklist, and Beverly on Born Again Virgin. She has guest starred on top-rated series such as Blackish, Bones, House of Payne, True Blood, Treme, and Criminal Minds. On film, her roles include Chippy Duncan in The Family Business, based on the critically acclaimed book by Carl Weber, and Judge Alice Miller in the forthcoming Senior Moment, starring Christopher Lloyd, William Shatner, and Jean Smart. She played the pivotal role of Aunt Geneva in Jumping the Broom, and has appeared in movies such as Stomp the Yard, Why Did I Get Married 2, Glitter, and The Wiz among others. In addition to her Tony nomination, Valarie was also nominated for the Outer Critics, Drama League, and Mora Dora awards for ‘Fosse.’ She appeared in the first national tour of Fosse’s ‘Dancin’ and his last original musical, ‘Big Deal,’ on which she was part of a skeleton crew, acting as audition instructor and Dance Captain, as well as a featured performer. She received glowing reviews as Judith Jamison’s understudy in the original cast of ‘Sophisticated Ladies’ on which she was also the swing Dance Captain. She was nominated for an Ovation award for her portrayal Julie in the touring company of ‘Showboat.’ Valarie also holds the honor of being the first American actor to portray Velma Kelly in the West End revival of ‘Chicago’, starring alongside the legendary Chita Rivera. When Ms. Rivera was inducted into The Kennedy Center Honors, she requested Valarie reprise the role of Velma for her performance. Valarie portrayed the role of Anita in the 30th Anniversary tour of ‘West Side Story.’ She won an NAACP Best Actress award for the role of Queenie in the Los Angeles premiere of Michael John La Chuisa’s ‘The Wild Party.’ She also received the Bistro Award for Cabaret Debut at the Metropolitan Room. She has performed sold out concerts of her one-woman show across the United States. She has released two albums, HEAR MY VOICE and VELVET SKY; both available on CD Baby. Valarie is extremely proud and deeply honored to be hired by the Verdon/Fosse Legacy to reconstruct Bob Fosse’s brilliant choreography, and teach it to a new generation of dancers in exclusive master classes.

JAI RODRIGUEZ
Jai Rodriguez is a talented actor, singer and dancer who starred as Zanna in the off-Broadway musical hit Zanna , Don’t! Jai joined Zanna, Don’t! after a long-running turn on Broadway starring as Angel in Jonathan Larson’ Tony Award-winning musical Rent. Jai’s other theater credits include Spinning Into Butter at Lincoln Center Theatre, Sad Hotel at the White Barn Theatre, and Rent in Canada. On Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Jai used all aspects of his professional training and skills as a performer plus his social charisma to coach straight subjects on everything from how to mix ‘n mingle in a social setting, to conversation skills and even being at ease on the dance floor. Jai also appeared in the movie The Producers as Sabu the Houseboy and The New Guy as Jose, the drag queen prisoner. While on hiatus from Queer Eye Jai appeared on Broadway as Carmen Ghia in The Producers. Jai started his singing career performing with his local church choir at Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle. In 2006, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his music career and was among the top finalists in the TV hit series Celebrity Duets. Most recently Jai costarred with Reba McIntyre and Lily Tomlin on television in Malibu Country.

PAULA WEST
With a voice acclaimed for its many shades of soulfulness, Paula West has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike from coast to coast. Known for her distinctive repertoire—she believes the American Songbook includes such writers as Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Jimmy Webb, and Leonard Cohen—Ms. West adds her own depth and drama to American favorites. Born into a Marine Corps family, Ms. West grew up in San Diego. Moving to San Francisco, she attended singing classes and jam sessions, where she was drawn to songs with interesting harmonies and literate lyrics. Since then, she has performed at venues like Yoshi’s San Francisco, and the Empire Plush Room. She has given annual shows at the Herbst Theatre, and she now holds the record for consecutive weeks at The Rrazz Room. In New York, she has performed at Feinstein’s at the Regency, The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Blue Note, The Iridium, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center. She has been a featured soloist with The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Among her national engagements, Ms. West has appeared at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Boston’s Scullers, Jazz Aspen and major art festivals like Spoleto USA. Internationally she has performed in Europe, Japan, and Israel. She has shared the bill with luminaries such as Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Scott, Oscar Brown, Jr., Freddy Cole, Mose Allison, Mavis Staples, and Dave Frishberg and she performed at The White House in a salute to American writers. Ms. West has worked with such jazz greats as Bobby Hutcherson, Bill Charlap, Mulgrew Miller, Frank Wess, Victor Lewis, Peter Washington, Regina Carter, Roy Haynes, Eric Reed, and Bruce Barth.  For several years, Ms. West performed consistently with The George Mesterhazy Quartet until. Mr. Mesterhazy died suddenly. The CD, “Paula West Live At Jazz Standard” with The George Mesterhazy Quartet, was released on Hi-Horse Records. Ms West is grateful to have known George.

MARY WILSON
Ms. Wilson still performs with the same passion as she did singing with the original Supremes, but the world renowned celebrity is now using her fame and flair to promote humanitarian efforts to end hunger, raise AIDS awareness and encourage world peace. While Ms. Wilson is best known as a founding member of the world’s most famous female trio – they recorded 12 No.1 hits from 1964 to 1969 – the legendary singer’s career did not stop there, and she continues to soar to untold heights.

She is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, businesswoman, former U.S. Cultural Ambassador, the recipient of an Associate Degree from New York University in 2001, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Paine College in Augusta, GA. In 2007, Ms. Wilson was named international spokeswoman for the Humpty Dumpty Institute, a platform she uses to condemn the death and destruction caused by hidden landmines and unexploded ordnances in less developed countries. Interest in the Supremes’ legacy was renewed after the release of the award-winning film “Dreamgirls,” in 2006. While the film created a wonderful work using the likeness of the Supremes, as well as their history, Ms. Wilson said it did not depict their true story.

The Primettes
The true story began nearly 50 years ago when Ms. Wilson started singing as a teenager while living in Detroit’s Brewster-Douglass Projects. Performing at an elementary school talent showcase, she befriended Florence Ballard. They made a pledge to remember each other if they joined a singing group. The opportunity came in 1959 when Milton Jenkins, the manager of a male singing group, the Primes, decided to organize a spin-off girls’ group. A friend of the Primes, Betty McGlown, was the first person asked, and then Florence Ballard, who invited Ms. Wilson. One of the Primes, Paul Williams, recruited Diane Ross, who just happened to be a neighbor of Ms. Wilson’s, to round out the quartet ‘The Primettes’. After doing many rock and roll DJ shows in the Detroit area, performing songs by popular artists, such as Ray Charles and the drifters, at sock hops, social clubs and talent shows, the Primettes decided to audition for the up and coming Motown record company. Unfortunately Mr. Gordy told them to come back and see him after they all graduated high school.

Determined to leave an impression on Motown President, Berry Gordy, Jr., and join the stable of rising Motown stars, the Primettes frequented his Hitsville, USA recording studio every day after school. Eventually, they convinced Mr. Gordy to sign them to his label. Much to their surprise Paul Williams and another ’Prime’ member Eddie Kendricks, had joined Otis William & the ’Distants’ to become members of the ‘Temptations’.

Although Gordy signed the girls to his label- it was under one condition, that they changed their name of the group. At this time Betty had left the group and was replaced with Barbara Martin. On January 15th 1961 the Primettes officially became The Supremes. On the day of the signing when Gordy asked them for their new name Florence was the only one who had collected a list of names from her family and friends and chose the ‘Supremes’.

In the spring of 1962, after regarding a few songs for their first album, Barbara Martin left the group to start a family. Thus the newly named Supremes continued as a trio; which to this day remains one of their trademark signatures.

The Supremes From 1961 to 1963,
The Supremes recorded many songs and released eight singles. At Motown the Supremes were jokingly referred to as the “no-hit Supremes.” But their fate changed dramatically in late 1963 when the song “When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes,” written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, peaked at number 23 on the Billboard pop chart. The next year, the Supremes released the single “Where Did Our Love Go,” which reached number one on the U.S. pop charts in August 1964 and number three in the UK. After that hit, the Supremes released four more number one hits, including: “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,” “Stop In the Name of Love,” and “Back in My Arms Again,” making them the only group to have five consecutive number one hits. Their success attracted promotional opportunities. The Supremes were one of the first pop groups of the 1960’s to do commercial endorsements. They endorsed Coca-Cola, Arrid deodorant, and they had their own “Supreme” white bread and brand of wigs. The Temptations and the Supremes regarded two of the first TV Specials by any Pop stars. TCB and GIT were TV trends that are still popular today for pop artist. The year 1967 was pivotal for the group. Mr. Gordy renamed them “Diana Ross and the Supremes”, Ms. Ballard left the group and was replaced by Cindy Birdsong. January 1970 Diana Ross performed for the last time with the Supremes before pursuing a solo career. Ross’ departure left Ms. Wilson as the only original member of the Supremes. Ms. Wilson continued performing with Cindy Birdsong and Jean Terrell as the “New” Supremes, better known today as the “70’s Supremes.” The “New” Supremes scored a number of hits including “Up the Ladder to the Roof” (US number 10, UK number 6), “Stoned Love” (US number 7, UK number 3) and “Nathan Jones” (US number 16, UK number 5). These three singles were also R&B Top Ten hits, with “Stoned Love” becoming their last number one hit in December of 1970. Songwriting/production team Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson produced another Top 20 hit for the group, a Supremes/Four Tops version of Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep – Mountain High.” In 1972, the Supremes had their last Top 20 hit single release, “Floy Joy,” written and produced by Smokey Robinson, followed by the final US Top 40 hit, “Automatically Sunshine” with Ms. Wilson on lead vocals, (US number 37, UK number 10).The 70’s found Mrs. Wilson getting married and starting a family. In June 1977, Ms. Wilson embarked on her own solo career and toured Europe and Asia while raising three new babies. Ms. Wilson has recorded two solo albums, including her self-titled debut in 1979 with the single “Red Hot,” and her 1990 release “Walk the Line.” She is currently recording another album due for release in 2013 while helping to raise four of her 8 grandchildren.

Ms. Wilson’s “Dare to Dream” lecture, which she gives to young people, emphasizes the need for personal perseverance to achieve their goals, despite obstacles and adversities in their lives. The topic is the foundation of her best-selling autobiography “Dreamgirl - My Life as a Supreme.” Ms. Wilson later authored its sequel, “Supreme Faith - Someday We’ll Be Together.” In 2000, these two books, along with updated chapters, were combined to complete her third book. She is currently working on a fourth book, which will be a coffee table hardcover featuring the gowns, history and legacy of the Supremes.

Moreover, she has spread the Supremes’ legacy from the world stage to international museums with a touring exhibit entitled, “The Story of the Supremes from the Mary Wilson Gown Collection,” featuring their show-stopping gowns and coveted memorabilia. The gowns were on exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and will be touring The UK before going on to Europe for another two years.

Over the years, Ms. Wilson has been highly recognized as the consummate humanitarian. She continues to devote her time and talent to assisting a diverse group of non-profit organizations, including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the American Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, The Po Leung Kuk schools of Hong Kung, UNICEF, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Figure Skaters of Harlem, a youth organization committed to helping children realize their dreams o compete in the Olympics. She has been active with Child Research, supporting a child around the world for the past 20 years. In 1988, Mary Wilson accepted the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Supremes when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1994, the Supremes received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 1998, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

In 2003, the National Foundation for Women Legislators bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award on Ms. Wilson and invited her to a delegation of women legislators who traveled to Bahrain. She participated in a Trade and Civil Life Conference hosted by the Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain and is proud to have played a role in helping pass the Freedom Trade Bill between the U.S. and Bahrain.

As a Supreme Wilson endorsed the Vice President Hubert Humphrey, sang at Command Performances for the Royal family in England and Sweden. Appearing as “Mary Wilson of the Original Supremes,” she is sought after to entertain all over the world. She performed for President Bill Clinton in the East Room of the White House at the Millennium Celebration. marywilson.com

SALSAMANIA
John Narvaez and Liz Rojas, dance artists and world salsa champions, are recognized as one of the most accomplished competitive salsa dance couples in the world.  They are the founders and directors of the San Francisco Bay Area-based Two Time World Team Champion Salsamania Dance Company. Salsamania is recognized as the premier salsa dance company in the Bay Area performing "San Francisco Style" salsa (a fusion of New York and Puerto Rican styles). Salsamania dancers are known their hypnotic performances that are marked by high levels of grace, speed and technical difficulty.  If you are interested in having John and Liz teach at your event, please contact us at johnandlizproductions.com


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