WITH CRAIG SINGLETON
An Interview Exploring
How Craig Brings His One Man Band To The Stage
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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
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
"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."
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".
for visiting my web site! See you backstage."
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,
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.
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.
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!
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
Parker, or give her a call at 1-800-587-1525
your performance today. You'll be delighted you did!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.