Craig Singleton
 

CRAIG SINGLETON

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  INTERVIEW WITH CRAIG SINGLETON
An Interview Exploring How Craig Brings His One Man Band To The Stage
 



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WHERE IS ALL THAT SOUND COMING FROM?
"Well, it's a bit of a long story, but if you like the technical side of things, here goes.... I perform my One Man Band using my Yamaha Tyros 4 Electronic Keyboard. I also play the Acoustic Piano when available, and sometimes the Saxophone, Guitar and Percussion as the show demands. The Tyros 4 is the state of the art electronic keyboard on the market today! It is manufactured by Yamaha Corporation, and is the primary source of my instrumental sound. It's what is called a MIDI Sequencer Workstation. I also use the finest microphones, mixers, speakers and other musical gear to get an incredibly authentic sound, no matter what style music I'm performing! All in real time, live on stage!"

WHAT IS MIDI?
"Simply said, MIDI is basically a computer language for music. This language records musical information as you play it, and it can then play it back. As you get to know my show, you'll learn that I am constantly adding new songs to my song list, or repertoire. And that process of preparing a new song for my 'One Man Show' requires MIDI knowledge, a good deal of planning and musical hard work. Work that I love to do!"

HOW DO YOU GET SUCH A REAL MUSICAL SOUND?
"First I make a series of technical and musical decisions. For instance, I may compose, or transcribe the song from scratch, essentially playing and recording each part of a song one at a time into his Tyros2 Keyboard. I may begin playing, say a piano part, or the drums, then layer the other parts on top, creating a song piece by piece. It's a similar process to what musicians and recording engineers do when they record an audio CD, accept that it's MIDI data being recorded, not audio. Or I may do what singers in the Big Band Era did, hire the best musical arrangers available. In fact, that's what I often do, hire great Musical Arrangers. I am fortunate to work with some of the finest Composers and Arrangers in the music business!

As the song is completed, track by track, in studio, or bought from an arranger, either way it is then saved inside the Tyros2, on the internal hard drive. Now I'm ready for the Mixing of the Song. This is the process similar to what a Conductor does with an Orchestra, when we work with the musicians to get a specific sound, each part comes together, to create the perfect mix. Then in performance, I will then use what is called the internal Sequencer, also inside the Tyros2, and "play back" that MIDI Song Data, Live, from the internal memory of the Tyros2. From there, that Midi Song Data travels into what is called a sound Module. That Sound Module is also inside the Tyros2 Keyboard. The Sound Module "reads" the MIDI Data, and "Sounds" the appropriate musical request. It essentially converts the Midi Song Data, such as the notes of a Piano, along with all other parts, including the dynamics, tempo, etc ... into audio which we can now hear. We hear it exactly as it was originally played, recorded and mixed. The really cool thing about the Tyros2 Sequencer, is that it can record and play back up to 16 parts simultaneously. So, I can do any style arrangement from a Jazz Trio to a full Orchestra or Rock Band in my One Man Show."

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT PLAYING 'COVER TUNES'?
"I'm here for the people I play for, and that means playing their favorite songs. And I love playing 'Cover Tunes'. The songs are what connect us. Not only in the performance setting, but in our personal lives and in our culture. It's a great feeling, and an honor to make people feel special by playing their special songs!"


HOW DO YOU PREPARE AND PERFORM SO MANY SONGS IN SO MANY STYLES?
"When I'm preparing a song I generally stick to an arrangement people are familiar with, unless
it's a venue or event with a special theme. For instance, let's say the event is a beach or poolside party with a Caribbean Theme. I might perform the song 'Woman', by Lennon, in a Reggae style. But usually, I work to create a balance between an arrangement we are all familiar with and an instrumental sound that is uniquely mine.

For the vocals however, I do do not imitate or impersonate other singers. Instead, I employ vocal techniques to emulate the musical style of the song enough so that it's authentic sounding, but still sung in my voice, in my own personal vocal style. Something old and familiar and something new and fresh! People seem to enjoy the mix. Again, it's really all about the crowd and what they want."


WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR MIDI TRACKS AND KARAOKE?
"It's a big difference, actually, the way I use the technology. MIDI, as opposed to Karaoke is flexible, and gives me real time control over everything in my mix, live, very much like live musicians. Karaoke, on the other hand is set, and really can't be changed much. With Karaoke, your stuck with the "Sound" of the instrumental arrangement of the song as it arrived from the studio that put it together, leaving you with no freedom of creation. That's why people who use mp3 players or other audio file players on stage for "backing tracks" sound so canned. With MIDI, I can not only create and mix any style arrangement I want, but at any time during a live performance, I can change or manipulate the MIDI data, in real time.

For example, I may have recorded an Electric Guitar part for a Clapton tune, via MIDI, and somebody has requested a Clapton tune. However, this gig requires a more mellow sound than that Electric Guitar sound, so as not to disappoint a client's request, I can on the fly in real time, change that Electric Guitar sound to an Acoustic Steel Guitar, thus "Unplugging" the song arrangement style, making it appropriate for the venue and the moment. I can also change any other element of the Song Arrangement, as needed. And of course, I have complete flexibility to choose what instrument, or instruments I play along with the Midi Song "Live" in performance, as I sing Cool huh! It's a lot of work, but if you're willing to spend enough money, with the quality of current technology today, and you happen to be an an experienced Musician and Conductor, you can achieve that incredible sound of a Live Band and keep it fresh and evolving. Or your budget allows and the event requires a multi-person ensemble, I can bring in the other Live Musicians from my Big City Band and do the show all in real time, the "Old Fashioned Way".

Thanks for visiting my web site! See you backstage."
Craig Singleton

phoebeparker@bigcityentertainment.us

1-800-587-1525

PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINMENT FOR ANY VENUE, PARTY OR SPECIAL EVENT!
Craig Singleton specializes in performing live music for clients that understand the need for professional entertainment of the highest quality! His accomplished musicianship and superb vocal capabilities combined with his classy personal style and talent guarantee an "outstanding performance". So when live music entertainment is critical for your Country Club, Wedding, Corporate Entertainment, Business Party, fine venue or any other special event, schedule Craig Singleton's One Man Show or his Big City Band and he will create the perfect mix of live music, impress your guest with his outstanding live performance, and when appropriate, get the crowd to their feet for a night of dancing. No event is too small or venue too large. Schedule your performance today! Call 1-800-587-1525 toll free.

PERFORMING ALL STYLES AND GENRES OF MUSIC
Craig Singleton performs thousands of songs representing all styles and genres of live music from the American Songbook to today's Top 40 Hits, creating the perfect mix of live music for any private party, country club, wedding ceremony, wedding reception, restaurant, club, cafe, house party or business/corporate event.


EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE AND WORLDWIDE AVAILABILITY
Craig began performing live music professionally in High School and has always made his living as a musician for hire and as a performing artist. He has performed thousands of live music shows nationwide, and received rave reviews from audience members, fans, club members, clients, managers, owners, and producers! He is available for live music performances, live music parties, worldwide.

OLD SCHOOL MUSICIANSHIP AND TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY
Craig uses the finest musical instruments and sound system available and draws on his extensive experience performing everything from Classical music to today's Top 40 to create his incredible instrumental arrangements and his authentic 'live band sound': rarely heard in a one man show!

EDUCATION AND AWARDS
Craig Singleton received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida and is a life long professional award winning musician playing Piano, Keyboards, Saxophone, Flute and Guitar with extensive real world experience. He is also an award winning singer with a beautiful voice, receiving voice scholarships from the University of Miami School of Music; the Bank of America Operatic Competition Award; and the Arturo Di Felipe Vocal Award and scholarship from The Greater Miami Opera Company awarded to an operatic tenor singer.


CONCERT PERFORMANCES
For more formal settings, Mr. Singleton is also available as a singer, one man band, or singer with piano, singer with Band, singer with orchestra, singer with trio, singer with jazz band, for seated Concert Performances and Dinner Theatres.

THE BIG CITY BAND
For those events when you need an outstanding singer and a multi-member ensemble or band of musicians, the Big City Band brings together some of the finest musicians in the country. The Band is perfect for any venue or event, performing all kinds of live music, targeted at live music venues, music for parties, live music for events. And the live band ranges in style from a Jazz Singer and Pianist, Broadway Singer and Pianist, Cabaret Singer and Pianist, Duo to and Alternative Rock Band and can range in size from a Piano and Vocal Duo or Jazz Trio to a Rock to a 10-Piece Show Band!


CONTACT INFORMATION
For more information and live music demos please click on the links at the top and on the sides of this page. For availability and a personal price quote, please email Mr. Singleton's Booking Agent, Phoebe Parker, or give her a call at 1-800-587-1525


Schedule your performance today. You'll be delighted you did!!

phoebeparker@bigcityentertainment.us

1-800-587-1525



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
PERFORMANCE VENUES AND CREDITS
Mr. Singleton has performed as a singer and musician as a one man band and live band for the following fine venues and events including music for weddings, music for country clubs, music for restaurants, corporate events music, business music parties, house party music, New Year's Eve party music, birthday party music, wedding anniversary music, July 4th music, holiday party music, and all types of special events.
Platinum Clubs of America
St. Andrew's Country Club, Boca Raton, FL
Fountainblue Hotel and Resort, Miami Beach, FL
Mirasol Country Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl

Palm Beach Yacht Club, Palm Beach, FL

Ocean's 234, Deerfield Beach, FL

Old Marsh Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl

Infinity of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, FL

CNN News
, Atlanta, GA
Ibis Golf & Country Club, West Palm Beach, FL
Harry Norman Realtors
Johns Island West Country Club, Vero Beach, FL

Miami Dade County Auditorium, Miami, FL
La Cigala Restaurant, Del Ray Beach, FL
The Chesterfield Hotel, Leopard Room, Palm Beach, FL
Mattress King, Atlanta, GA, Maggiano's Restaurant
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Resort
Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Atlanta Athletic Club Johns Creek GA
Atlantis Golf Resort & Country Club
Lehman Brothers
Hammer's Glen Golf Resort
Pappadeaux's Seafood Kitchen
Killer Creek Restaurant, Alpharetta, GA
Four Season's Hotel & Resort
Modavi Night Club, Atlanta, GA
Tampa Zoo, Tampa, FL
The Children's Peace Festival
3 AVES Supper Club, Vero Beach, FL
Country Club of the South, Atlanta, GA
Waldo's Beach Resort, Vero Beach, FL
City of John's Creek, John's Creek, GA
Shawnee Playhouse, Shawnee, PA
Roswell Founder's Club, Roswell, GA
PEPSI, Pepsico, Purchase, NY
Bar Association of Georgia
Robin Hood Players, Phoenix, AZ
Brookfield Country Club, Roswell, GA
Blue Bird Cafe, Nashville, TN
Deerfield Country Club, Deerfield Beach, FL
Florida Govenor's Conventions
Georgia Fashion Designer's Convention
Cafe Luna Rosa, Delray Beach, FL
Billie's Blues Bar, Atlanta, GA
Castaway's Night Club, North Miami Beach, FL
Fifth Avenue Grill, Delray Beach, FL
El Agave Mexican Grill, Deerfield Beach, FL
James Brown, Miami Beach, FL
Brentwood Grill, Brentwood, TN
Black Creek Supper Club, John's Creek, GA
Window's on the World Restaurant, NYC, NY
Pampas Steakhouse, John's Creek, GA
The Clubhouse, Buckhead, GA
The Bull English Pub, West Palm Beach, FL
CBGB'S Club, NYC
Dos Copas Dance Club, Atlanta, GA
Gibson Cafe, Nashville, TN
Goldfish, Atlanta, GA
The Melting Pot, Miami FL & Atlanta, GA
Esposito's Restaurant, Miami & GA
Temple Ner Tamid, Miami Beach, FL
Sideline's Sports Bar
Rosie O'Grady's Pub, NYC
Frontera Mexican Cantina Restaurant
The Poop Deck & Poop Deck at the Marlin Hotel
The Flying Machine Night Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Rainwater Restaurant & Bar, Roswell, GA
The Button, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Merlot Restaurant and Piano Bar John's Creek, GA
Bridgetown Tropical Grill, Roswell, GA
Hundreds of shows on the Florida Condo Circuit
Coconut Grove Theatre, Coconut Grove, FL
Van Gogh's Jazz Bar, Atlanta, GA
The Rapper's Soul Music Band, Carver Ranches, FL
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, FL
Johnny's Hideaway, Buckhead, GA
Anthony's Mansion Catering and Events Facility, Buckhead, GA
The Golden Masah Band, Miramar, FL
The Spaghetti Factory, Miramar, FL

Miller's Ale House and Raw Bar
Miami Beach Theatre of the Performing Arts, Miami Beach, FL
The New School For Social Research, NYC, NY
Garrison's Bar & Tap, Atlanta, GA
The Greater Miami Opera Company, Miami, FL
Clematis Street At Night, West Palm Beach, FL
and many more.

FLORIDA AUDIENCES
Mr. Singleton was born and raised in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and has performed extensively in the State of Florida, receiving rave reviews from South Florida audiences, including Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, South Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale Beach, City of Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Orlando, Hialeah, Ocala, Boca Raton, Del Ray Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Jupiter, Atlantic Beach, Juno Beach, Port St. Lucie, Wellington, Cape Canaveral, St Augustine Beach, Vero Beach, Naples, Deerfield Beach, Clearwater, Cocoa Beach, Destin, Key West, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, St. Pete Beach, North Miami Beach, Weston, Kissimmee, Lauderdale By The Sea, Hialeah Gardens, Wilton, Lantana, Dania Beach, Gainesville, Fort Myers, Ocean Ridge, Wilton Manners, Melbourne Beach, New Port Richey, Bradenton, Winter Garden, Lake Wales, Winter Springs, Shalimar, Sebastian, Winter Haven, Winter Park, Sanford, Seawall's Point, Panama City, Ormand Beach, Punte Gorda, Ponce Inlet, Port Orange, Oldsmar, New Smyrna Beach, Key Biscayne, Jacksonville, Holmes Beach, Hallandale, Dunedin, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Cape Coral, Aventura, Pompano Beach, Sanibel, Palm Coast, Palm Beach, Orange Park, Longboat Key, Miramar, Melbourne, Venice, Valparaiso, Treasure Island, Titusville, Tarpon Springs, Surfside, Stuart, St. Petersburg, Safety Harbor, Satellite Beach, Plant City, Plantation, Neptune Beach, Melbourne, Lakeland, Lighthouse Point, Marco Island, Seaside, Highland Beach, Greenacres, Davie, Boynton Beach, Bal Harbor, Bonita Springs and many others.

NATIONAL AUDIENCES
He has also toured the United States performing thousands of shows in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, California, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Utah.

MUSICAL GENRES AND SERVICES OFFERED
This demo movie promo is just a sample of Craig Singleton's musical diversity performing as a: one man band, live band, solo singer, wedding singer, cabaret singer, big band singer, american songbook singer, american standards singer, jazz vocal singer, swing band singer, top 40 singer, jazz singer, blues singer, country singer, event singer, wedding reception singer, wedding ceremony singer, Depending on the party, event or venue, Craig Singleton performs all appropriate live music for music parties, business parties, corporate parties and party events including Country Club Music, Swing Live Band, Swing Music Party, Swing Dance Party Music, Songbook Music Party, Songbook Dance Party Music, Birthday Music Party, Songbook House Party Music, Live American Songbook, Standards Music Party, Standards Dance Party Music, Standards House Party Music, Country Clubs Songbook, Country Clubs, Cabaret Music Party, Broadway Music Party, Dance Party Music, Big Band Music Party, Live American Standards, Wedding Music Party, Wedding Musician, Background Music Party, Jazz Music for Parties, Dinner Music Party, Wedding Live Band, Oldies Music, Oldies Music for Parties, 1040's Music, 1940's Singer, 1940's Big Band, 1940'd Music for Parties, Music for Weddings, Reception Live Band, Live Music for Parties, Live Music Top 40 Hits, Top-40 Live Band, Live Pop Music, Live Rhythm & Blues Music, Blues Music Party, Live Soul Music, Soul One Man Band, Live Music Party, Mowtown Hits Band, Live Folk Music, Folk Music Band, Latin Music, Latin Live Band, Standards Live Band, Jazz One Man Band, Live Caribbean Music, Jazz Live Band, Caribbean Band, One Man Band, House Party Music, Calypso Live Band, Live Music Calypso, Live Band, Live Ballroom Music, Ballroom Dance Music Parties, Orchestral Music Parties, Live Chamber Music, Live Italian Art Song, Classical Music, Opera Music, Yiddish Folk, Live Sacred Music, Live Folk Rock Music, Electro, Punk Music, Live Lounge Music, Live Traditional Pop Music, Live Bubblegum Popular Music, Eurodance, Easy Listening Music Parties, House Party Music, Mexican Pop, German Lieder, Spanish Top 40, Live Top 40 Country & Western Music, Classic Country, Live Country Rock Music One Man Band, Live Music for Alternative Country Pubs, Live Rockabilly Music, Nashville Pop Music Live Band, Honky Tonk One Man Band, Yodeling, Western Swing Music for Parties, Country Blues Live Band, Big Band Swing One Man Band, 2-Step, Line Dance, Bluegrass, all styles of Ballads and Love Songs, Comedy Songs, TV Theme Songs Music for Parties, Movie Soundtracks, Christian Pop Live Band, Country Music One Man Band, Alternative Rock Band, Classic Rock One Man Band, Hard Rock Live Band, Acid Rock One Man Band, Grunge Rock, Top 40 Rock One Man Band, Rock Blues, Latin Genres including Samba, Merengue & Bossa Nova, Ska, Reggae Live Music One Man Band, Beach Music One Man Band, Cajun, Zydeco, Piano Bar Sing-A-Longs, Hip-Hop, Industrial. He also performs all forms of Jazz for Parties, Live Jazz music for Country Clubs, Live Jazz Music for Brunch, Live Jazz Music for Restaurants, Live Jazz Music for Golf Resorts, including Live Smooth Jazz Music, Live Cool Jazz Music One Man Band, Crossover Jazz One Man Band, Fusion Live Music Band, Be Bob Band, Dixieland Live Music One Man band, Jazz Blues One Man Band, Free Improvisation music for Parties, Live Jazz Funk Music for Parties, Jazz Fusion Live Band, and more. And for elegant settings Craig Singleton performs all styles of Live Easy Listening Music, Live Music Atmosphere, Live Background Music and Live Dinner Music.

ARTIST
Craig Singleton performs most all genres of music in a style that emulates the original recording made famous by the Artist, and he makes it his own with his original arrangements and vocal styling's. He covers Artist including, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, Elton John, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Michael Buble', Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor, Greenday, Elvis Presley, Earth Wind & Fire, The Eagles, U2, Coldplay, Chicago, Credence Clearwater Revival, Barbara Streisand, Tom Jones, Burt Bacharach, America, The Beatles, Bee Gees, BTO, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Black Eyed Peas, Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, Santana, The Romantics, Bryan Adams, UB40, Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, James Brown, Joe Cocker, John Cougar Mellencamp, KC & The Sunshine Band, Lionel Richie, The Commodores, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Matchbox 20, Miami Sound Machine, Prince, Neil Diamond, Steve Miller Band, Styx, The Cranberries, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, ZZ Top and many more.

TYPES OF VENUES
Craig Singleton's One Man Band is state of the art and performs for Country Clubs, Resort Hotels, Event Facilities, Golf Clubs, Condos, Business Parties, Yacht Clubs, Catering Houses, City Clubs, Private Clubs, Holiday Parties, Residential Communities, Private Corporate Events and Parties, Casinos, House Parties, Dinner Parties, Weddings, Wedding Receptions, Birth Day Parties, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Dinner Theatres, Dance Clubs, Retirement Centers, Piano Bars, Assisted Living Facilities, Tiki Bars, Sports Bars, Holiday Parties, Poolside Events, Christmas Parties, Brunch, Supper Clubs, Museums, Night Clubs, Ballroom Dances, Catering Facilities, Event Halls, Dinner Music Parties, Background & Atmosphere Music for Malls, Concert Performances, Theatres, Regional Theatres, Colleges, Off-Off Broadway Theatres, Sock Hops, Restaurants and Live Music Venues of all sorts and sizes.


KARAOKE & DJ SERVICES
In addition to his live musical performance, Craig can also DJ or host Karaoke (when appropriate or requested for the event). Craig Singleton's Karaoke Services and DJ services are also an excellent musical choice for any country club music, country club entertainment,golf resort music, golf resort entertainment, restaurant music, restaurant entertainment, private club music, wedding ceremony music, wedding reception music, birthday party music, birthday party entertainment or any other fine venue or special event!

CONTACT INFORMATION
For more information and live performance demos, please click on the links at the top and sides of this page. For availability and a personal price quote, please call or email Craig's Booking Agent, Phoebe Parker.

phoebeparker@bigcityentertainment.us

1-800-587-1525

 

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