Growing up in an Italian family, family get-togethers included the soundtrack of my heritage: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, and Vic Damone. In the mid-80’s, Italian-Canadian Michael Buble introduced his new Rat Pack style with his neo-smooth vocals. He is carrying on their classic legacy and I think he’d be a fun concert to attend.
“NICE AND SLOW” (Live) USHER
Raymond Usher is the closest we’ve got to a modern day Michael Jackson. Killer dance moves that pay homage to the King. Quiet storm ballads that set the mood and R&B jams that get your body moving. “Nice & Slow” live is a sensual experience. The crowd is mesmerized (check out the woman singing along with every word), Usher’s working the women to frenzy. Add in a tasteful rocking guitar solo, some slow motion dance moves, Usher undressing, and “Nice & Slow” becomes unforgettable.
“I WANT YOU” MARVIN GAYE
Marvin Gaye had that inate ability to sing with power, masculine, forceful, yet managed to be so soft and gentle at the same time. His songs affected my life and he remains one of the biggest influences on my music background. “I Want You” is a Hall of Fame record, you can hear strings, congas, disco beats, and even doo-wop harmony all in the SAME song!! Marvin’s pouring out his heart pleading to his girl that he wants her to want him as much as he loves her.