Having traveled the world and shared the stage and/or recorded with icons such as Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald Band, Joe Williams, George Benson, etc., Rick DePiro (aka Ricky Dee) has performed more than 2500 concerts in over 450 cities worldwide as a jazz pianist, organist, keyboardist and music director, producer and arranger. As a singer-songwriter he can be heard often on Country radio stations across the nation and was widely respected as one of Country music's hottest new acts when his debut CD was released.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_DePiro)
This multi-award winning artist has over 25 solo CD/Albums to his credit and his new upcoming CD titled "This Is My Country" is his latest effort (an all original CD) as a follow up to his popular solo debut Country CD "Give Me a Chance", including hits like “America My Home’ and “God Bless The Children” is a great example of how amazingly versatile and world-class his talent truly is.
Rick is the co-founder and co-owner of JaRic Records and Entertainment, a Los Angeles based Record Label with a new office location and studio in Nashville. The JaRic Records current artist-partner list includes Jazz vocal-sensation (and sister) Jacki DePiro, and Smooth Jazz star Freddie Ravel. He is also a writer and producer for several other acts in Country music, Jazz, A/C etc and recently signed his talents on to the I-AM Workshop – a California based, national non-profit music touring and educational program to benefit young artists afflicted with the perils of substance abuse in the music industry. He is the founder and president of PLAY MUSIC - ENJOY LIFE! Music and Wellness program, a 501(c)3 public Charity providing "Hope and Escape" to Cancer Survivors , Alzheimer's patients and their respective Caregivers. With a multi-Platinum Celebrity Holiday CD/Album planned for this year, the growth of PLAY MUSIC - ENJOY LIFE! will help "gift" this ground breaking program nationally with 37 planned new locations over the next 10 years. (www.playmusicenjoylife.com)
He has performed at the White House twice by private invitation of the President and at high profile venues including the Greek Theatre, Kennedy Center, Carpenters Center, Hollywood Bowl, and most recently Carnegie Hall.
He and his co-artist-partners have an extensive World Tour planned for the 2014-2015 concert season. He holds a documented repertoire of over 22,000 songs and is member of Mensa with a verified IQ of 165.
Rick has dozens of National TV and Movie credits to his name including appearances on NBC’s “Las Vegas”, Breaking Bonaduce, Inside Edition, CNN, Days of Our Lives, a CD distribution deal and Solo featured-Artist appearances on QVC, an appearance in the 2010 Movie release of Once Fallenproduced by Adam Ash, & starring
Ed Harris, Peter Weller, Dennis Hopper and Brian Presley, more than 300 regional and cable TV appearances, and has written several songs for jingles, television and Film etc etc..and often emcees corporate and charity events.
He and his JaRic Records co-artists and owners and other RADCO Music Group team members are all in the process of recording and releasing 4 new CDs in 2013 including an all-star celebrity Christmas CD with estimated sales of 2.5 Million copies + and all proceeds benefitting charity including RADCO Music Group's PLAY MUSIC - ENJOY LIFE! program , The William J.Clinton Foundation and the Clinton-Bush Foundation, the new partnership with the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Senior Living Centers throughout Southern California including the Jewish Home for the Aging, and several other charities and foundations as well.
In addition to his formal education from Daemon College, Akron University and a scholarship to Eastman, Rick has had the good fortune of studying privately with and/or being mentored by several legendary Musicians and personal friends including Don Costa, Oscar Petersen, Carlo Annibale, Frank Leone and Michael Boddicker.
Born in Ohio, educated in NY and now residing for over 18 years in the Los Angeles area, Rick and his Nashville based Country band, as well as his LA based Jazz trio, have performed all over the world.
Rick is one of less than 20 professional Pianists / keyboardists nationwide endorsed by the Roland Corporation – the world’s leader in electronic musical instruments - whose diverse list includes Artists such as David Benoit, Brian Culbertson, Marcus Johnson, Freddie Ravel, Lisa Harriton, Daniel Powter and Yanna Resnik Rick is amongst the 65 top Jazz Organists of all time, and listed in the top 200 American Jazz Pianists as well. He is also one ofonly two Artists endorsed by Roland who is also a contracted Staff Artist with Roland. (http://www.rolandus.com/community/insider/artists_articles.aspx?ArticleId=62)
Having performed twice by Presidential invitation at the White House including a command performance for the President, Jacki DePiro has the proud lineage of having been a protï¿½gï¿½ to jazz legend Shirley Horn, a Celebrity spokes-model, a narrator and main-stage vocalist for A-List clients including hundreds of performances and events for Canon, Anheiser Busch, Universal Studios, Panasonic, Roland Corp., Prous, USWA, Sony, etc. , and an ongoing and increasing reputation that places her as one of the world’s foremost Jazz Vocal talents encompassing a well-earned reputation as a “total celebrity” of class, talent, poise, looks, ultimate professionalism, accomplishment and experience. Her concert performances are met with rave reviews and sold-out audiences each and every time she takes the stage.
As a co-founder, artist and partner in JaRic Records and Entertainment, Jacki’s career highlights are entering yet another new stage of success, forward thinking and accomplishment that is garnering a huge amount of respect and “buzz” industry-wide. An upcoming ground-breaking new CD distribution deal and model, a scheduled world tour and continued appearances in TV and Radio AND a Celebrity Christmas CD/Album in 2016 benefitting the highly respected Music and Wellness charity PLAY MUSIC ENJOY LIFE! founded by her brother Rick, keep this amazing Artist at the top of her field. Jacki is also the co-0wner of TWO national convention-staffing agencies called EventPros and Accent. With more than 3000 spokemodels in their portfolio and some of the worlds biggest companies as clients, EventPros and Accent are a chosen and successful agency known nationally for the highest level of integrity, talent and service quality.
Jacki was raised in NY and Chicago, and has called the Los Angeles area home for over 10 years now. This truly accomplished and amazing vocalist continues to leave her audiences spell-bound with her new show and her first Solo artist Jazz CD “Where I Hang My Hat Is Home” continues to sell throughout the world. Her latest CD is due for release leter this year.. The smooth, pocket-grooves Jacki sings to combine old-world class and swing with some classic Latin and “Motown” type grooves to add to the mix. Jacki gives the best of what Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Shirley Horn and Diane Reeves all offer yet adding far more power to the mix than any of these great vocalists. Her concerts always receive rave reviews giving us a taste of what’s upcoming for this wonderful artist.
Freddie Ravel engages and reveals the Four Foundations of music—Melody, Harmony, Rhythm and SCORE—to inspire and transform audiences around the world. In this dynamic multimedia “keynote concert” where speaking meets masterful piano performances backed by a full orchestra and legendary music icons, Ravel helps your audience unravel obstacles, enhance listening skills and increase productivity to SCORE breakthrough success.
Freddie Ravel is the internationally acclaimed “Keynote Maestro” who blends his infectious passions for business breakthroughs and the power of music to unlock the minds, hearts and potential of audiences around the world. Backed by #1 hits and collaborative successes with Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna, Prince, Sergio Mendes, Quincy Jones, the Boston Pops and rock legend Carlos Santana, the #1 chart-topping pianist is the founder of The Rhythm of Success. This patented peak performance program enhances leadership, innovation and collaboration for small, midsized and large corporations alike. Recent accolades hail from the mayor of Los Angeles who awarded Freddie the city’s Certificate of Recognition for creating a music-based system to “renew the national and international economy,” while his media appearances include FOX, ABC, CBS, Universal, Business Rockstars, Clear Channel and SiriusXM. His delighted clients refer to him as “the ideal balance of entertainment and content.” With rave reviews from IBM, Toyota, Red Bull, NASA, Apple, Morgan Stanley, Google and Citi, Freddie serves as a captivating access point through which to transform organizations, education and the human condition.
Based on decades of entrepreneurial and corporate training, scientific research and directing, producing and performing with many of the music legends of our time, conference planners often engage Freddie in the program planning process to help design and incorporate their meeting objectives into a rich, harmonious and rewarding experience. Drawing on his unique experiences and background, Freddie’s programs can be delivered in English or Spanish to bridge corporate cultures together and uplift your audience to success.
Michael Mancuso is an up and coming artist who spent his college years at USC as a member of the award-winning A Cappella group, The SoCal Vocals. He has performed around the world at locations including the Hollywood Bowl and the White House. In addition he has toured through Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Florida and New York City.
Michael has worked with many notable artists including: Grammy Award winner Hussain Jiffry, Tim Miner, Ricky Dee, Jacki DePiro, Mario Jose, Ryan Cross, Mark Vincent, Gary Gibbons and Cory Pesaturo. In addition, he has performed for artists including: Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, Imagine Dragons, Rachel Platten and Colbie Caillat.
Michael has co-written many of the tracks on his debut album, “All That Matters Now” (JaRic Records) with his producer and co-writer Rick DePiro (Ricky Dee). One of the tracks, “Just to See You Smile,” is a national theme song for the music and wellness charity PLAY MUSIC ENJOY LIFE!. The charity works closely with cancer survivors, Alzheimer’s patients and their respective caregivers to bring a bit of hope and escape to their lives. Michael also owns a portion of the music writing, production and performance contract with Pets-Central, a Hong Kong / Los Angeles based veterinary firm offering pet services and products worldwide.
Michael’s vocal power, emotional depth, infectious stage presence and warm smile thrill audiences everywhere and will continue to do so as he continues to grow and evolve as an artist.
The Troy Michael Band
Born and raised in Michigan, Metro Detroit was a melting pot of influence on Troy's musical development. Troy's first memories of music was his dads Vinyl collection and Grandma's Country records. He says, "I remember how I loved listening to grandma spin Alabama records and Bobby Helms at Christmas time". He continued to say, "It has been a journey for me developing into the Artist I am right now. Troy's talent covers gospel, Blues, jazz, Pop, rock and even country. He says, "I'm always growing and challenging myself, I love learning". Troy is about music for the fans, great songs and infections hooks that please and touch the soul; Connecting with people is what the power of the song does for us all and Troy understands that well.
MDRN is a group with RnB & EDM influences based out of Los Angeles, the group consist of three guys, Cameron Brown known as NRLD - (Vocalist and Producer) Joshua Aleman - (Guitarist & Producer) and Justin Aleman known as Russ - (Drums and producer).
World Digital Accordion Champion (Coupe Mondiale) and World Acoustic Accordion Champion (Primus Ikaalinen) Cory Pesaturo (C Pez) is a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, where he was the first musician ever to major and graduate in the accordion. Cory is in fact, the Only person to ever win World Championships on Acoustic Accordion, Digital Accordion, and Jazz. Accordion Legend Dick Contino said when Cory was only 15, “Of all the accordionists I’ve seen over the years, Cory is the one to pass the torch to, the only one who has all the tools to bring the accordion back to its former glory." Cory’s main contribution, is his visionary thinking of how the accordion should be used, played, and presented in the modern music world. He is currently developing his own electric accordion, and already has made the first ever skinned accordion that includes a symmetric midi lighting system attached to the keys.
Pesaturo's extensive resumé includes appearances at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton on 4 different occasions, starting at age 12. On one of those occasions, he became the youngest person ever to perform at a State Dinner, performing with the Marine Strolling Strings for the President of Hungary. He has since performed at 7 other events for the Clintons and continues to keep in touch as proved by his 14 letters from the First family. Because of this, Cory is featured in Mrs. Clinton’s book “An Invitation to the White House", which describes the State Diner performance. He has played every year at the prestigious Sergio Franchi Memorial Concert since he was 12, which is a deep connection to his Italian roots. For his travel, Cory has performed in 5 different continents, from Italy, to Canada, to New Zealand, to Japan and Tunisia, and regularly travels 75,000-100,000 miles a year. He has judged accordion competitions in the US, Canada, and Ireland, and has judged music competitions in general. Pesaturo currently gives masterclasses on both Music Theory and Accordion, and has taught at Harvard University, Brown University, UNC Ashville, Berklee College of Music, MIT and of course New England Conservatory.
At 11, Pesaturo got his first break, and opened at the former Warwick Musical Theater for the ill Myron Floren, the legendary accordionist on the Lawrence Welk show. In July of 2002 at age 15, Cory tied his close friend Steve Dominko, for the youngest ever National Accordion Champion in the US. A win in a concerto competition at the New England Conservatory of Music gave Pesaturo the rare opportunity to perform at the 2003 Christmas Pops Concert with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist, where he became the youngest accordionist to ever solo with a symphony orchestra. Cory performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto; this performance can actually be seen on YouTube.
Cory is known as both a visionary and a rebel with the main United States "accordion world" much like Dick Contino was in his early days, and is outspoken with his dislike for the way the accordion is constantly presented, and also how the accordion world teaches the instrument in a manner that he says heavily discounts musicality and theory, further destroying the accordion image.
Concerning his Jazz side, Pesaturo recorded two CD’s with saxophone legend George Garzone and his famous band “The Fringe" at age 20, and has been performing with them in the Boston and Providence region. His performances at All of his World Championships were generally all improvised, likely a first in the world of accordion for major championships. Cory also won all of these, on accordions that were not his, most notably for the Acoustic championship in Finland, where he was denied to bring his instrument on the plane, and picked one up on arrival, mostly due to its color matching the outfit he planned to wear vs. the instrument being the right one to compete with.
Mr. Pesaturo is also heavily involved and respected with the weather and motor sports worlds as well. From 2005 to 2006, he composed the Official list of records set by the inconceivable record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. He has also written the lists for the 2007 and 2008 Seasons as well. Moreover, he has put out a report and list of the 2009-2010 Winter Season for the United States. His is known for being a pioneer in the FreeSledding world with his own sledding mountain called “CN Mountain", and has various other hobbies which he dedicates himself to. Furthermore, his music is regularly played on Formula 1 broadcasts on SPEED Channel and FOX, has an ongoing musical relationship with 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, has written the music for “The Flying Lap" for his friend, Formula 1 Legend Peter Windsor, and is currently working on a Formula 1 book that will change the way people look upon the sports history and its champions.
- Only person to win World Championships on Jazz, Acoustic Accordion, and Digital/Electric Accordion.
- Youngest person to ever play at a State Dinner at the White House – 12 years old
- Youngest person to ever win the US National Accordion Championship – 15 years old
- Youngest person ever to be an accordion soloist with an orchestra – 16 years old
- Only Person to Major/Graduate in Accordion at the New England Conservatory
- Created the first Skinned Accordion, and first Skinned Accordion with a connected lighting system.
Doreen Taylor is a multiple award winning singer/songwriter and has been called one of the hottest up and coming musical stars by countless publications and television like the Lifetime Network, CBS, NBC, FOX News, CW Network, Ok!TV, Consumers Digest, etc. With 2 degrees in music, Taylor has played numerous leading roles in various companies on and off Broadway and took the leap into mainstream music releasing her album "Magic" which garnered her the “2012 Suggested Artist of the Year” Award from the ‘Song of the Year’ international songwriting competition. Doreen’s music has been hand selected by Bose, Sharp Electronics and the #1 home shopping network, QVC to be played on all on-air demonstrations and on QVC.com to promote their products. She has been named a celebrity advocate for countless charitable causes and has been the face for brands such as Failte Vodka and Hades Footwear.
Most recently, her cross over, adult contemporary single "TOY" (released June 2015) charted on Billboard's Hot 100 and reached #31 on the Adult Contemporary Chart after receiving heavy airplay on radio stations nationwide.
In 2014, Taylor was honorably chosen to collaborateon a new national anthem in honor of the US National Parks. “Colors of the USA” premiered at the ‘Salute to the Parks Gala’ in Washington D.C. in April 2014. A percentage of the proceeds from every download of the song was donated to help protect our national parks. Doreen was named ‘Ambassador of the National Parks’ for her ongoing efforts to connect children and the millennial generation to parks for their centennial in 2016.
When Doreen isn't writing music, recording or performing, she is a big believer about "paying it forward". She is an advocate for St. Jude's Children's Hospital and has raised thousands of dollars for their organization. She was named the honorary chair of the 50th Anniversary Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Gala in November 2013 and has hosted concerts nationwide in honor of Andrew’s Army, Unyts, Jaws Youth Playbook and UrbanPromise. She has also been a public advocate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Special Operation Warrior Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. A public advocate against bullying, she has held public assemblies at various schools teaching about the damaging effect of this epedemic and has been a celebrity voice for GLAAD and Bullies Keep Out. Doreen is committed to making a positive change in various communities across the nation.