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MasterClass Monday: Mandy Patinkin’s Glorious Performance Of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”

How often will you hear a male singer performing “Somewhere Ofer The Rainbow”? Not too often. Originally performed by Judy Garland in “The Wizard Of Oz”, we normally associate this song with a female vocalist. However, this performance by Mandy Patinkin erased any doubt that a male singer, with the right voice and artistic sensibility, […]

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MasterClass Monday: Michael Buble’s Amazing Acoustic Cover Of “Home”

There is a reason why I love Michael Buble so much. It is his heart. Pure and simple – his heart. His vocal delivery is always pure and authentic and this acoustic performance of “Home”really accentuates this very fact. Michael tries to incorporate an acoustic set into the majority -if not all -of his concerts. […]

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MasterClass Monday: Cabaret Star Patricia O’Callaghan’s Mesmerizing Performance Of Leonard Cohen’s Alexandra Leaving

I am naturally drawn to singers who deliver their songs via an expressively committed narrative. Singers who dig deep, wear their emotions on their sleeve and can expose their soul while flawlessly singing a beautiful melody and lyric. Patricia O’Callaghan is a gem of a singer. And I had the immense pleasure of teaching her […]

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MasterClass Monday: Two Legends – Barbra And Billy – Inspire With A New York State Of Mind

Barbra Streisand released a record-breaking CD in 2014 – Partners – pairing her with arguably some of the best male artists in the music business. The CD is on my iPad and I never tire of listening to the collaborative work between Barbra and her Guest Artists. The creativity and vocal power exuded by the […]

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MasterClass Monday: This Officer Knows How To Shake Off A Boring Patrol Day

Welcome to the return of MasterClass Monday. I know this video can hardly be perceived as a MasterClass Vocal Masterpiece but, as far as comedy goes, with the aim to induce belly laughs, Officer Jeff Davis packs a musical comedic punch. The video was produced by The Dover Police Department in Delaware in an effort […]

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Fernando Varela and David Foster In Las Vegas

Masterclass Monday: Fernando Varela Performs In Las Vegas For David Foster And Friends

A few weeks back, I featured a rising young star in the entertainment world named Fernando Varela. In this article, I hinted that more exciting opportunities were on the horizon for Fernando. Well, the cat is out of the bag! On November 26th, 2011, Fernando was featured as a rising star during the David Foster […]

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Masterclass Monday: Broadway-Based Hip Hop Courtesy Of The Music Man

Good Masterclass Monday Morning to all of you! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? But have I got something for you! Below, you will be treated to an excellent performance of “Trouble” by Robert Preston from the movie version of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man”. I have also included the opening scene from this show, […]

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Phantom Of The Opera, Sarah Brightman, Michael Crawford, 1988 Tony Awards

Masterclass Monday: A Halloween Treat Featuring Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford Performing Excerpts From Phantom Of The Opera

The year was 1988 and the occasion was the Tony Awards. However, this performance, featured below, is timeless and so appropriate for Halloween. Both Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman render exceptional performances during this medley of songs from Phantom Of The Opera. Happy Halloween everyone. Enjoy the goodies and the kiddies and all the fun […]

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Patricia O'Callaghan

Masterclass Monday: Patricia O’Callaghan Performs La Vie En Rose

Any cabaret lovers out there? If so, then you are in for a special treat when you access the video below. In this video, Patricia O’Callaghan performs a scrumptious version of La Vie En Rose. Hailed by Billboard as the most promising cabaret singer of her generation, Patricia has gained enormous respect from her legions […]

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Fernando Varela Performs Bohemian Rhapsody

Masterclass Monday: A Singular Performance Of Bohemian Rhapsody By Rising Star Fernando Varela

You will have to search far and wide to find a better performance of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Fernando Varela is a rising star in the music world, possessing impeccable vocal ability and musical artistry. His innovative version of this great song classic is absolutely brilliant. His ability to inherit and produce every vocal part in […]

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The Canadian Tenors Performing At The Emmy Awarda On September 18th, 2011

Masterclass Monday: The Canadian Tenors Rock The Emmys

Last evening, The Canadian Tenors sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” during the live telecast of the Emmy Awards. It accompanied a touching slideshow in tribute of television and film stars who had died during the past year. The video can be accessed below this article. It was a beautiful moment in the otherwise chaotic telecast of […]

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Barbra Streisand, Down With Love

Masterclass Monday: Down With Love By Barbra Streisand

There is nothing “down” about this fabulous performance (featured below) by the legendary Barbra Streisand. She is one of my favorite performers in the entire universe and, for a long period of my life, the only singer that had any influence on me whatsoever. She is a genius at her craft. She absolutely lives and […]

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Gene Kelly And Donald O'Connor 1960

Masterclass Holiday Monday: Gene Kelly And Donald O’Connor Dance Medley

Below is an absolutely splendid video, showcasing once and for all the genius of Gene Kelly as he performs an impeccable dance routine to “Ballin’ The Jack”. He is then joined by another flawless dancer, Donald O’Connor, for a sit-down dance routine. Yes, a sit-down dance routine. Recorded on a Gene Kelly TV special broadcast […]

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Masterclass Monday: Gene Kelly’s Performance Of Singing In The Rain

It is very fitting that the first three letters in Gene Kelly’s name mirror the first three letters in the word “genius”. Because, yes indeed, his performance of “Singing In The Rain” was pure, unbridled genius. Choreographed by Gene himself, he captured the emotion of the moment so very well through his expansive body language […]

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Masterclass Monday: Good Morning via Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds And Gene Kelly

Look at the vibrancy and precision of this collaborative performance featuring Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly as they performed “Good Morning” from the classic film, “Singing In The Rain”. They flawlessly combined dancing elements of tap, modern and ballet to create this memorable number. Debbie Reynolds was only 19-years-old in this film and […]

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Howie Mandel

Masterclass Monday: The Genius Of Howie Mandel

I found a great article today on one of my favorite entertainers in the world, the quirky and deliciously crazy Howie Mandel. This article not only highlights Howie’s OCD in vivid detail but also informs us to why he has become such an enormous success story over the last decade or so. Truth be told, […]

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David Archuleta

Masterclass Monday: I Want To Be Able To Do The Music That I Feel: David Archuleta

Where did this young man come from? I am speaking about the sublimely gifted Season 7 American Idol Runner-Up, David Archuleta. This interview from Yes.My was conducted to herald David’s return to Malaysia for a full concert on 26 July 2011 at Stadium Negara. The article states that “hot off the release of his new […]

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