Musicians / Vocalists

Anthony Cirillo, Musician – Vocalist, From Sinatra to Sheeran

Anthony Cirillo, Guitarist - Vocalist - (www.virtualacticvitydirector.com) Anthony Cirillo fell into a mission for elders when he started performing in senior communities. And he still sings for seniors. He also does performances for all ages. With a repertoire of some 1,000 songs, Anthony can do a Mitch Miller sign-along, a Woodstock party, or move right into today with Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Kenny Chesney and any number of artists. It all started when he was 10 and his father decided that he should take guitar lessons. He had the idea they would go out and perform together. Well he hated the lessons of course and put the guitar aside. A year later his dad died and that guitar was beckoning. The passion has not subsided. He went from the bass player in the band to a full-fledged entertainer; at his peak performing nearly 200 shows a year for upwards of 20,000 people. He has been entertaining audiences since 1971. He has entertained in casinos and resorts, has one several Billboard songwriting awards, recorded in Nashville and has been featured in BMI writer showcases. He regularly entertains in local venues, clubs and cafes and is available for private functions as well. He can also MC your events. As a frequent contributor to Charlotte Today he will be a familiar face to many. You can find him on Amazon, CD Baby and iTunes. Anthony has 13 pre-recorded programs ready for you with more coming and you can schedule live stream events as well.

Gloria Hoffner – Creator of Science for Seniors and Guitar with Gloria

Gloria Hoffner – Creator of Science for Seniors and Guitar with Gloria (http://guitarwithgloria.com) Gloria Hoffner is the creator and owner of Science for Seniors, a nationally trademarked company presented in over 25 states and Canada since 2007. She is also the author of the books, Science for Seniors and Going Places in Northern Europe Armchair Adventures and Activities, both published by Idyll Arbor Inc. and workbooks More Science for Seniors and Brain Boosting Games. She earned a BA from Temple University and undergraduate credits in astrophysics from West Chester University, both located in Pennsylvania. She has Activity Director Certification by the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals; Activity Consultant Board Certified by the National Association of Activity Professionals and a Dementia Practitioner by the National Certification Council of Dementia Practitioners. Science for Seniors was the 2010 winner of the NCCAP first place Best Practice Award and the book Science for Seniors is the 2013 winner of the Mature Media Award of Merit. Gloria has pre-recorded science programs ready to go for you and can live stream as well.

Grace Joy Reid – Stellar Pianist and Teacher, Composer, Arranger

Grace Joy Reid – https://soundcloud.com/user-11434179 Grace Joy Reid earned her Bachelor of Music Degree at Kansas State University, majoring in piano and minoring in violin, and studied piano with Dr. Robert Edwards, and studied piano performance with Lazlo Lak at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. She is a composer and arranger and has maintained a private piano studio for over twenty years. A member of the National League of American Pen Women, National Federation of Music Clubs, Woodbridge Music Club, and ASCAP. She is a regular pianist at local churches in Northern VA. She has completed her “Advanced Professional General Music Studies Certificate” from Berklee School of Music in the June of 2020. She has played her original compositions in Nursing Homes for over thirty years.

Kate Schutt – Award-winning Songwriter, Singer, Guitarist; Tedx Speaker

Kate Schutt – www.kateschutt.com Kate Schutt is an award-winning songwriter, singer, guitarist, and producer whose voice NPR calls “glassily clear and glossily sweet.” Kate studied the influence of jazz on poetry at Harvard, and studied jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music. Working with legendary producer/arranger Rob Mounsey, Kate just finished recording her new album, Bright Nowhere. It maps the landscape of loss around her mother’s diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer. Kate spent four years as her mom’s primary caregiver, along the way writing songs about life, loss, and (to use Christopher Hitchens’s potent phrase) “living dyingly.” Known for her authenticity and deep connection to her fans, Kate’s been blogging about this life/death experience from the start. Kate’s songs have won top honors from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and ASCAP. After nearly a decade living and making music in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, she now calls New York City home. The talk, “A Grief Casserole – How to help your friends & family through loss,” was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Her new album, Bright Nowhere, was just released in November. Kate continues to provide virtual concerts, songwriting lessons, life coaching and more. CONTACT: www.kateschutt.com assistant.kateschutt@gmail.com greatbigwow@gmail.com

Nick DeMatteo – Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer & More…..

Nick DeMatteo – Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer & More….. https://www.patreon.com/MUSICisnotaGENRE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRTQ4s9ToOmc7BGoF0j2f-Q A singer, songwriter, a film, stage, voice & commercial actor; multi-instrumentalist, music producer & recording engineer; podcaster, and a film director & producer – Nick lives to create and perform.  He was born in Philadelphia, PA, and raised in South Jersey’s famed Camden County.  He attended Rutgers University, where he majored in Acting & Music. In 2000, he moved to NYC, and has lived there ever since. He has three children, all of whom are totes awesome and brilliant and funny.

John Micalizzi – Professional Vocalist-Pianist – Sings in Three Languages!

John Micalizzi – Professional Vocalist-Pianist – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3oRBWXGHdjC_7GkI4rjKiw John is a professional vocalist / pianist who can sing in three languages – Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. He performs solo, with a band or as a DJ! With more than 25 years experience, he performs songs from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr, The Temptations, Frankie Valli, Dion, Neil Diamond, George Benson, Ed Sheeran, Andrea Bocelli and many more. He performs regularly in the NY/NJ metropolitan area at weddings, private galas, casinos, outdoor festivals and travels regularly all over the US for events. Check out his video!

Andrea Miller – Singer, Songwriter, Producer – Soulful, Hypnotic, Endearing

Andrea Miller – www.AndreaMillerSings.com “A brilliant young singer” – Al Jarreau Andrea Miller‘s voice has been described as soulful, sensual, hypnotic and endearing. In 2020 she became a Top 5 Finalist in the International Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocal Competition. Influenced by Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan and Stevie Wonder, Andrea is currently heating up the international jazz scene and radio stations. Andrea opened for the legendary Al Jarreau at many concerts before he passed including the Newport Beach Jazz Festival. She received a standing ovation and gracious compliments from Jarreau and his band and was set to tour with and open for him in Europe 2017, just prior to his passing. In 2020 Andrea headlined Bemol 5 Jazz club in Lyon, France. In 2019 she headlined Jazz De Polanco Festival in Mexico City and Jazz at LACMA in Los Angeles. In 2018 Andrea headlined the Newport Beach Jazz Party Series, and in 2017 she headlined the Utah Arts Festival, the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival and the Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series with the Tom Kubis Big Band. A member of SAG and ASCAP, Andrea’s performances have gained critical acclaim at venues such as The Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Pasadena Jazz Institute, Baked Potato, Spaghettini, Catalina Jazz Club, Vibrato, Casselberry Jazz Festival and others. Andrea had the honor to work with David Foster, Quincy Jones and Alan & Marilyn Bergman when recording a vocal demo for CELINE DION “I Knew I Loved You”. Originally trained in opera […]

Chuck Sikora-Keyboards, Accordion, Vocals – 30+ Years Entertaining Seniors

Chuck Sikora – www.chucksikora.com Chuck Sikora is a multi-talented vocalist and musician specializing in music ranging from the 40’s to the present.  He combines this with his comedic banter, flirtatious style and ability to connect with the audience to make every event unique and special. For the past 30 years, Chuck has performed in many different venues including restaurants, clubs, weddings, private parties and senior living establishments. He was featured in the south Jersey “Courier Post” as one of the best musicians in South Jersey.  He was part of a show band for “Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.”  He is currently the leader of “Take 2 band,” a working duo in the tri-state area for the past 20 years.

Holly Hopkins – Jazz, Blues and more in a One-of-a-Kind Style

Holly Hopkins – https://hollyhopkins.com and You Tube Holly Hopkins’ life-long relationship with music began at a young age when she took up playing instruments, learning to play the piano and saxophone. She was even a drum major for the high school band. It was several years down the road that she took up a love for performing vocally and in the last six years she has enjoyed performing regularly across Western North Carolina, collaborating with an inspiring group of artists at many notable establishments. Oh and did we mention her performance at the Birdland Jazz Club in NYC? She performs at events big and small, singing music appropriate for small specific crowds as well as large diverse crowds. She performs a wide variety of jazz and blues music, from classic to more modern styles at both private and public.  

Greg Whitt – Drum for Change – Award-Winning Teaching Artist

Greg Whitt – https://www.drumforchange.com/video Greg Whitt is an award-winning teaching artist using music to share old world ideas about happiness, relationships, and wellness.  He leads interactive learning programs to creatively connect people in ways that are joyful, engaging, and good for you.  When you join in, you’ll feel more vibrant, more relaxed, and more connected to others and to the world around you. With a graduate certificate in Transformative Leadership from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, his programs are actually applied philosophy about how we can live, work, and play well together in community; only they’re cleverly disguised as music, and they’re delivered as interactive and engaging fun. These programs highlight old world values that serve as positive examples for healthy, happy, and productive lifestyles for modern society. As a facilitator he works to strengthen connections to these timeless principles.  As an educator, he teaches how we can do this in partnership with the ancient wisdom traditions of the world. Greg Whitt is a past-president of the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild. He has been awarded three competitive arts grants for professional development: two to study music of the African diaspora in the Caribbean (Cuba 2011 and Belize 2015), and one for specialized equipment to work in healthcare settings (2018). Prior to launching D4C in 2009, he spent ten years working in event planning at NC State University and eight more in the US Air Force. Greg digs hammocks, thrift shops, mid-century modern design, stand up paddle boarding, Vespa scooters, vintage […]