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Shelly is a star, treading the boards around the world as a back-up singer and dancer for Britney Spears, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, and Boyz to Men. Some other highlights are her versatility in television, theater, and live stage performances for Universal and Disney, in Australia and Japan, as well as the good ol’ U.S. of A. She is the second Aussie artist to join VANITY FAIR, and we love having her front our stage.
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I'd like to introduce, recently featured at Bahamas ATLANTIS, and two years in a row, I might add, one of our newest members to VANITY FAIR, Leo Gallo.  Currently singing all over the world, due to his record deal through NBC/Universal, Leo has graced us with his Matinee Idol good-looks, his love and extensive training in dance, and a voice that will make your heart melt.  He attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and recently graduated from the California Institute for the Arts.  You will find him in many live stage performances, as well as television for Disney and Oxygen. Who would've thought someone so young could have the voice of such an old soul?
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At the age of 3, Kara, dressed as a little bumblebee, put on her tap shoes and performed her 1
st dance recital. Her first “lead” singing role was at age 4. After that, she was addicted to the stage. Growing up, Kara was member of every performing group she could get into, including, “Grammy Vocal Jazz” under the direction of the famed Quincy Jones. Now a VANITY FAIR Veteran, Kara Stephens continues to sing with the most talented Jazz musicians throughout California. But, I’d like to commend her on her latest and biggest achievement to note…Motherhood.
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Solomon Burke, Jr. is the son of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Solomon Burke, a soul and country singer, mainly known for his hit “Cry To Me,” from the 1980’s movie “Dirty Dancing.” Burke has followed in his father’s footsteps, and now sings on the frontlines of VANITY FAIR. Burke is not only a fabulous singer who sounds just like his father, but is an actor that you may have seen on hit TV shows “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Sons Of Anarchy.”
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In 1994, after studying Jazz, teaching, and playing professionally in Australia and after his studies in New York, Dave Allen moved to Los Angeles to actively pursue a career in the American music industry. Dave’s done just that, making live television performances on Late Night with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Good Morning America, VH1, and MTV, just to name a few, and all due to tours with artists such as Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, and Leonard Cohen. We are honored to have Dave Allen on drums…the glue that holds VANITY FAIR together.
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Alberto Albis is a thrilling and multi-talented bassist, attracting attention all the way from Columbia. He can be seen playing all styles of music ranging from Rock, Reggae, Swing, Jazz, and Classical. You’ll hear him on movie soundtracks for “Harold and Kumar 2” and “Escape From Guantanamo Bay.” Known for his sexy stage performances and his stirring studio production, Alberto is one of LA’s most sought after musicians, and VANITY FAIR has locked him in.
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Prior to VANITY FAIR, Sean Billings, a California native, attended college at Cal State U of Fullerton. He’s had some knowledge dropped on him by Wynton Marsalis, and has performed and recorded with a diverse set of artists including: Alicia Keys, Jason Mraz, Natalie Cole, Queen Latifah, Snoop Dog, Vince Gill, Michael McDonald, and Herbie Hancock. He also maintains an active recording career and has been awarded multiple Grammy nominations. Sean Billings is a Yamaha Performing Artist and records for ALLCITY recordings.
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William Artope, Jr. is a versatile and energetic musician, having shared the stage and recorded with a number of popular artists. He started his professional career in 2003 as a member of “The Kids Cotton Club,” created by Danny Masterson. Other performances with: John Mayer, Mariah Carey at the 2006 Grammy’s, Teena Marie, Common, Smokey Robinson, Ludicris, Snoop Dog/Lion, India Arie, Nine Inch Nails, and not only was he a regular Guest Artist with the house-band on “NBC’s Late Nite with Carson Daly,” but he is also a Guest Artist with VANITY FAIR.
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Jamie Douglass is one of the busiest drummers in Los Angeles – equal parts road warrior, studio ace, and magnetic performer. His drumming has been featured in publications including The Los Angeles Times, LA Examiner, Music Connection Magazine, and The Santa Monica Mirror. You might have seen him play on “American Dreams” and the 2008 TV series, “Knight Rider.” He’s also played with Shakira. Currently, Jamie can be seen playing almost any night of the week with many LA-based bands, one being VANITY FAIR.
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Not so very long ago, after setting the record for “Girl To Sing The National Anthem At More Professional Sporting Events Than Anyone Could Ever Dream Of,” Breanna Gaffney set up shop in the metropolis that is LA. Breanna has been the opening act for The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, as well as Miss/Teen USA Pageants all across the nation. Not to mention, that once upon a time, this little lady from Minnesota, opened for 1980’s Pop Idols Tiffany and Jordan Knight from New Kids On The Block. And, now headlining VANITY FAIR, it’s Breanna Gaffney.
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At age 12, Jared picked up the microphone and inspired audiences, using a Technicolor boom box as his P.A. system. He started developing his stage presence and unique vocal abilities performing alongside greats, such as Journey. Six years later, he auditioned for the fourth season of American Idol. Jared, AKA Jariko, made it through the audition process, beating out over 200,000 hopefuls, soon finding himself in the Top 12 guys, but not wanting to be labeled as an AI contestant forever, he left to pursue his career as a solo artist. Now, while Jared continues his solo career, he keeps his chops polished as a lead vocalist for VANITY FAIR.
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At age 5, Seth would show potential as a great musician to anyone who would listen. Things haven’t changed much; his development for a love in music theory, creating, and stylizing as much as possible, are still prevalent in his performances today. Now in LA, all the way from Montana, playing VANITY FAIR’s keys for 7 years, as well as his band, “Id and Ego,” Seth hopes to combine the technique, elegance, and passion of non-vernacular music with the rawness, vigor, and lust of Indie, Rock & Punk. His recent accomplishments include live performances and compositions for NBC/Universal and The Make A Wish Foundation.
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Versatile musician, guitarist, vocalist, composer, producer, and arranger, Mike Wallace brings all the sound that is guitar to VANITY FAIR. After touring with the Bay City Rollers, Mike showed himself to be a first class and first called session musician who played with everybody on the planet from David Coverdale, Alice Cooper, Eddie Money, and the 80’s Soundtrack Hit-Maker, Kenny Loggins. Ah…to be the powerful, melodious gift of Mike Wallace!
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Talented, attractive, and sexy, Katja Rieckermann truly is a “Horn Star.” Born and raised in Germany, she eventually made it to the states. One of Katja’s first high profile performances was with the rock band Scorpions in 1997. In true Hollywood fashion, she was cast as a series regular on the hit TV series, “Ally McBeal.” In 2001, Katja had the opportunity of a lifetime when she went on the road, performing on an international stage with super star Rod Stewart. When she is not on tour with Rod or performing for the Queen of England, she is with VANITY FAIR, and we are so glad to have her.
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David attended the one and only Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He then graduated from the U of North Texas Music Conservatory. He’s toured the US & Europe with a myriad of bands. Upon arriving in LA, David played with R&B singer, Bobby Caldwell. Now, he plays amongst actors Jeff Goldblum and Peter Weller in their band, “The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.” Recording debut was as featured tenor saxophonist on the Motown tribute album to Mr. Gaye, “Marvin is 60.” David is the connoisseur horn player of VANITY FAIR.
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Jeremy, a much sought-after, brass virtuoso, is one of Hollywood’s truly distinctive voices on the trombone. He plays with many bands, including Blood, Sweat and Tears and the Brian Setzer Orchestra, as well as Engelbert Humperdinck. His arranging and orchestration experience includes such projects as “Jack Reacher,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Battlestar Galactica," and “Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings,” just to name a few. When not recording in major film or television studios, Jeremy Levy adds immensity to VANITY FAIR’s horn section.
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Regardless of what music style percussionist Will Phillips is called upon to play, three important ingredients remain constant. First is groove – the ability to elevate the music, to fit perfectly within the context of the ensemble and to make it feel better. Phillips does this with total musicality – the second ingredient. He understands that the end result it always about the music. And third is versatility. This is evident from the collection of just some of the artists he’s performed and recorded with, including, Ellis Hall, Persian superstar Googoosh, and Academy and Grammy Award Winner Jamie Foxx.
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With 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Candice Rans has established a solid professionalism for herself.  She also dabbles in the television and film world, with recent appearances on NBC’s “Parenthood.”  Some of the A-List Artists that Candice has worked alongside include David Foster, Rita Moreno, Adam Sandler, and Jennifer Aniston. Candice has been compared vocally to Christina Aguilera and LeAnn Rimes.  She has a voice with a decidedly personal flavor that demonstrates the maturity and growth of her favorite influence, Whitney Houston.  And those who know her will agree, through all of her accomplishments and achievements, she has simply remained...Candi.