CAITLIN ANDERSEN
Caitlin Andersen is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and began dancing ballet, jazz, and lyrical at age 13. At 16, she was invited to attend the Public Academy for the Performing Arts High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she studied flamenco and ballroom dancing. She performed with the Conservatory of Flamenco Dance Company and on the elite team of the Enchantment Ballroom, Inc. Dance Company. Advancing quickly she began dancing ballroom professionally after her first year of dedicated study. Ms. Andersen holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Oxford University in England and competed on the Oxford University Dancesport Varsity Team across England and France. She currently competes internationally in Professional Rising Star and Professional Open Latin events.

CAMILLA BACKMAN
Camilla Bäckman is a singer and violinist from Helsinki, Finland. Camilla has a double master's degree in music from Sibelius Academy, Helsinki University of Arts. She participated the Voice of Finland in 2014 making it all the way to the live rounds. She has been seen in productions of Finnish top artists and she has also done voice over work for Disney movies and Adventure Time. Camilla is currently touring North America as a singer and violin player of 'Volta by Cirque du Soleil' as the first Finnish musician ever in Cirque.

MIKALAH GORDON
Mikalah made her entertainment debut as a Top 12 contestant on season 4 of American Idol. Audiences fell in love with her powerful voice and unique stage presence, and she’s been hitting all the right notes ever since. Her run on Idol earned her a record deal with famed judge Randy Jackson on Interscope Records, making her a household name. In addition to her vocal success, Mikalah has made her mark on the LA comedy scene with her edgy stand up performances, headlining at The Comedy Store, and The Laugh Factory. The spicy comedienne has starred on the WB sitcom “Living with Fran”, with Fran Drescher, a field correspondent for “The Tyra Banks Show” and “The TV Guide Network”, and served as a co-host on “American Idol Extra”. Mikalah has also proven a knack for the dramatic starring on the CBS hit show “The Unit”. She was recently a featured resident singer with Post Modern Jukebox in Los Angeles, and now you can catch this soulful chanteuse Wednesday-Saturday at The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas Hotel’s Rose. Rabbit. Lie. In addition to heating up the stage in Vegas, Mikalah is leaving her mark on the YouTube community. Check her out as Melania Trump on “Inside Melania” and host of “Idolatry”, where she gets to chat with former “American Idol” coaches and contestants.

DARIUS HARPER
Darius is thrilled to be back with Help Is On The Way For The Holidays XVll, he was last seen in this concert in 2015 alongside the cast of the Kinky Boots National Tour in which he played Lola. Other credits include: The Book of Mormon, and After Midnight. He is currently staring in Cirque Du Soleil’ VOLTA, playing AT&T Park until February 4th! Many Thanks to Ken and Joe for having me! Together we are the change. Happy Holidays!

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.

RODNEY EARL JACKSON Jr.
Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr.  made his Broadway debut in The Book of Mormon after graduating with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama. He was last seen traveling North America in the 1st national tour of Motown: The Musical. An SF native who was discovered in his public elementary school at age 9 by SFartsEd (Emily Keeler & Danny Duncan), Rodney continued his theatre and performance education at Rec and Park's Young People's Teen Musical Theater Company (Diane Price, Anne Marie Bookwalter, & Nicola Bosco-Alvarez) and graduated from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts' theatre department (Phillip Rayher). Next he will be playing Kodaly in SF Playhouse's She Loves Me and will be directing Cinderella at the Herbst Theatre this Holiday season.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS
Born in Brooklyn, New York and later raised in the nearby suburbs of New Jersey, Constantine grew up surrounded by a wide array of polarized music from classic rock, alternative and spirituals to jazz and jam band antics. That disparaging mix of sounds would soon become an essential ingredient in his development as soon as he entered high school where he began participating in musical theater productions as well as singing in various rock bands. It was not unusual to see Constantine onstage at a Summer Stock theater production while afterwards heading straight to a nightclub to front a band. He then went on to attend the prestigious Boston Conservatory of Music.
During this time Constantine worked consistently to build his impressive resume that included lead roles in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Jesus Christ Superstar, along with his first work in the dramas of William Shakespeare and a slew of student and indie films. Constantine was singled out for an apprenticeship at the legendary Williamstown Theater Festival where he appeared on the main stage in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies’ God of Vengeance starring Tony winner Ron Leibman and Diane Venora. During the Williamstown Theater Festival’s Cabaret Series, which was hosted by Lewis Black of The Daily Show, Constantine gave a moving performance that luckily caught the attention of Michael Grief the director of RENT. After completing school Maroulis returned to his native NYC where he soon landed the role of Roger in the ever-popular aforementioned musical RENT. For the better part of the next year Constantine electrified audiences nightly touring North America and Asia with the show. Moments after taking his bows each night in RENT, Maroulis would race to the local club where he would showcase that versatility by flexing his rock chops nearly every night jamming with an ensemble he assembled or a local band. Upon completion of the RENT tour, Constantine returned to Manhattan where he busied himself with his rock band by night auditions by day. A friend coaxed him into traveling to Washington D.C. for an audition for the wildly popular television show American Idol. Constantine became a finalist where he performed everything from Tin Pan Alley standards like “My Funny Valentine,” rhythm and blues classics like Otis Redding’s “Too Hard To Handle,” and the epic stadium rock of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which he would later record when he was personally invited by Queen guitarist Brian May to take part in Hollywood Records Tribute to Queen CD entitled: Killer Queen which also featured Gavin Degraw and Joss Stone. Maroulis performed the song on a number of shows highlighted by Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. Soon after that season ended, Maroulis embarked on the traditional sold out summer arena tour for American Idol finalists. Eventually Maroulis was able to find time to record his own very first solo album simply titled “Constantine”. This album featured a diverse collection of brand new moody pop tunes that even features some songs penned by Maroulis himself. The critically-acclaimed album debuted high on the Billboard charts. While American Idol would expose Constantine to a new world, he yearned to get back to his theater roots and in 2006, he was cast in his first Broadway leading part in the Tony-nominated musical “The Wedding Singer”. This was followed by another ensemble piece with the eclectic 1960s off-Broadway gem “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” where he received excellent reviews. Spinning off of that run Constantine surprised audiences when he was added to the cast of the classic daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful” where a part was written especially for him in the role of Constantine Paros. While Constantine received offers from a wide array of Broadway possibilities, Constantine had aspirations of breaking a brand new show. With that in mind, Maroulis took a meeting with the producers of a particular 1980s hard metal mix tape musical entitled “Rock of Ages”. Maroulis believed in the project and accepted the lead role. “Rock of Ages” opened off- Broadway and in no time debuted on Broadway to critical raves and packed houses nightly. The show received a Tony nomination and Constantine was nominated for lead actor in a musical. After a year with the show on Broadway, Maroulis took the show on the road for the full North American tour of sold out performances. Maroulis’ versatility has led to a number of stints as a regular contributor to “All Things Fox” as well as a number of American Idol related programs such as Fox Reality, Fox News and has hosted shows for Fuse and Yahoo. Maroulis has maintained a great relationship with the producers of American Idol and was recently brought back to appear on their stage where he crooned the classic Righteous Brothers tune “Unchained Melody.” Maroulis, the father of a toddler named Malena James has taken fatherhood to heart and merged it with his rock star chops which led him to become the face for Disney’s Rock Star Mickey Mouse toy where he was seen in the national TV commercial performing the Kinks classic “You Really Got Me.” Constantine has consistently made himself available for charitable causes, lending his talents to Broadway Cares, St. Jude’s Children’s Fund, The Hellenic Scholarship Foundation, REAF and the Sarcoma Foundation just to name a few. Constantine made guest appearance on television’s Law & Order: SVU as well as reinventing the lead role in Joe DiPietro (Memphis) penned cult musical The Toxic Avenger, this for a special limited pre-Broadway engagement at Houston’s famed theater The Alley. Maroulis help create a re-imagined version of Frank Wildhorn’s epic musical Jekyll & Hyde co-staring with Deborah Cox. constantinemaroulis.com

MAUREEN McGOVERN
Multi-Grammy nominee, Broadway and Recording artist, Maureen McGovern continues to thrill audiences with a voice that defies categorization. Known as “The Stradivarius Voice,” McGovern’s career includes more than 45 years of recordings, concerts, theater, film, television, radio and songwriting. Maureen’s #1 Oscar-winning International Gold Record, “The Morning After” from “The Poseidon Adventure,’ garnered her first Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist,” and her solo album “The Pleasure of His Company,” with Emmy/Grammy-winning, jazz pianist, Mike Renzi, earned her second Grammy nomination for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal.” She was also a featured guest artist on the Grammy Award-winning “Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers.” Other hits include, “Can You Read My Mind” from “Superman,” the Oscar-winning “We May Never Love Like This Again” from “The Towering Inferno” and “Different Worlds” from the TV series “Angie.” In addition to hearing her music in films and television, McGovern played the role of “Sr. Angelina” in the iconic comedy films “Airplane!” and “Airplane II: The Sequel” and “Rachel” in “Joseph: King of Dreams” with Ben Affleck.Maureen made her Broadway debut in 1981 as “Mabel” in “THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE,” and went on to star as “Luisa” in “NINE” and “Polly Peachum” in “3 PENNY OPERA” with Sting. In 2005 she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her role as “Marmee” in “LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL’ on Broadway. She reprised her role as “Marmee” in the 1st National Tour of “LITTLE WOMEN” and starred as “Anna” in the Broadway Revival Tour of “THE KING and I”. In addition, Maureen has performed in numerous regional theater productions including “THE LION IN WINTER,” “DEAR WORLD,” “OF THEE I SING,” “GUYS AND DOLLS” and her one-woman musical memoir, “CARRY IT ON,” among others. Her recent PS Classics CD, “A LONG AND WINDING ROAD,” has been praised by The New York Times as “…a captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960’s to the early 70’s. Ms. McGovern’s vocal technique is second to none.” Maureen’s current release, “YOU RAISE ME UP – A Spiritual Journey,” is an intimate yet powerful recording. McGovern says, “We are all a part of something much greater than ourselves and connected to each other soul to soul. Listen with your heart.” For 35 years, Maureen has served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a volunteer, performer, Board Member, Vice President, and Chairperson of the record-breaking Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Campaign and NYC Telethon Co-Host for 6 years. She supports Music Therapy and has been an Artist Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association since 2001. She is currently a Board Member of Medicine and the Arts/Humanism in Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. “What raises McGovern above most other artists in her stylistic arena is her unique combination of a natural vocal ability, knowledgeable musicality and an amiable manner…a world class vocal artist.”– Los Angeles Times

SHARON MCNIGHT
Sharon McNight made her Broadway debut in 1989 in "Starmites", creating the role of Diva. She received a Tony award nomination as "Best Leading Actress in a Musical" for her performance, and is the recipient of the coveted Theatre Worlds Award for "Outstanding Broadway Debut". New York magazine's John Simon said "Sharon McNight is a winner" and Al Hirschfeld did a caricature of her. The singer/comedienne's regional credits include Amanda McBroom's "Heartbeats" at the Pasadena Playhouse, and an award winning Dolly in "Hello, Dolly" at the Peninsula Civic Light Opera (a role she repeated in her hometown, Modesto). Sharon was Sister Hubert in "Nunsense" in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where she received the Bay Area Critics Circle award for "Best Performance in a Musical". She is the narrator of the documentary, "There That Night," the story of the Provincetown, Massachusetts fire, and was featured in the A & E documentary, "It's Burlesque", for her research on Mae West and Sophie Tucker.
McNight began her career is San Francisco where she received her Master of Arts degree in directing from San Francisco State. She taught a City College of S.F.. has been a master teacher at the Eugene O'Neill Center and is currently on the faculty of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University. She was recently chosen as one of the 50 most influential people in cabaret for 2010: - "A tireless performer who will drop everything to perform in any benefit with a cause, the Tony-nominated McNight can sing anything and make it her own" - NiteLifeExchange.com.
She has played from Moose Hall to Carnegie Hall and anywhere the check doesn't bounce. She has won six San Francisco Cabaret Gold awards, 3 Cable Car awards, a MAC award, a Bistro award, and received a Nightlife award from New York's critics for her Best Musical Comedy show, "Ladies, Compose Yourselves!", featuring songs by "living" female composers. Other songs include "Betty, Betty, Bette", celebrating the screen legends Grable, Hutton & Davis; "Songs To Offend Almost Everyone", a throwback to the party records of the 50's mixed with political and social satire; "Gone, But Not Forgotten", a tribute to the late ladies of stage & screen - Merman, Martha Raye, Madeline Kahn, Patsy Cline, & Judy Garland. In contrast is "The Sophie Tucker Songbook" which contains the music of the one-woman show based on the show business legend. The "Songbook" debuted at New York's Rainbow & Stars as past of the ASCAP Sunday night showcase. Since then, she developed it into a one-woman musical, "Red Hot Mama", which was workshopped at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Lucille Lortell's White Barn Theatre, and finished a successful three month run Off-Broadway at the York Theatre. She has six solo recordings to her credit. Her eclectic repertory ranges from blues to country (yes, she yodels) to good old-fashioned entertainment. The Los Angeles Times call her "one of the great wonders of the musical stage". She is most noted for her movie reenactment of The Wizard of OZ and for being one of the few real women to impersonate Bette Davis.
As an only child, her parents kept her busy with all kinds of lessons: ballet, tap, hula, social dancing, flute and piano. She is single and lives in Hollywood. She has been the forefront in the fight against AIDS since the early eighties, and was featured in Randy Shilt's book "And The Band Played On". She was chosen twice as the honorary chair of the San Francisco AIDS Emergency Fund, and was one of two heterosexual women chosen as the Grand Marshall of San Francisco's Gay Parade. Sharon says the greatest day of her life was the day she quit smoking.

PARADOX VOICE BAND
San Francisco's premiere a-cappella vocal group since 2013, Paradox Voice Band prolifically creates fresh covers and clever mash-ups of the latest chart-topping pop songs, mixed with the greatest party songs of all time.  Paradox music is recorded and performed using just singers' voices & bodies - no musical instruments!  Known for its many powerhouse soloists, booming beatboxers, and street-real rappers, Paradox's full-length, debut album, "SUPERHERO" (mixed and mastered by Grammy-winner Bill Hare), makes a bold statement about what contemporary a cappella music can be.  On behalf of the members of the band, PVB's creator and director, Fritz Lambandrake, is deeply honored to support REAF'S vitally important mission in service to the AIDS community with tonight's performance of a few songs from Paradox's just-released holiday album, ANGELS.  Through January 1, 2019, when ANGELS & SUPERHERO are purchased in combination at www.ParadoxVoiceBand.com, Paradox Voice Band will donate 50% of the net proceeds from each sale to REAF.

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 numerous TV appearances on 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. (You can't make this stuff up)  "His hilarious romp through tinseltown with song and story will have busting at the seams and standing in the aisles begging for more!" Shawn has two CDs available at shawn-ryan.com

KIRILL STRAKHOV
Mr. Strakhov began ballroom dancing at age 6 in his hometown, Saratov, Russia. From this young age he competed in international 10-Dance tournaments and competitions and was sponsored by age 12.  Mr. Strakhov has a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in International Relations from Moscow State University and danced in the ensemble which became the Triple Champion of Moscow in Program Formation, the Finalist of the Russian Championship, and WADF European Champion. His ensemble traveled to China to compete against Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Cambridge, and Fudan of Shanghai. He placed 1st in his category. Mr. Strakhov is an internationally recognized dancer, judge and choreographer in Spain, Italy, Belgium, Russia, China and Germany and currently competes in Professional Rising Star and Professional Open Latin events.

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.


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