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Tom Rust

Tom Rust

Tom Rust is the original “Rat Pack Singer”. He was the first to coin this phrase as a way of paying tribute to this particular era of music, however rather than imitate the greats, Tom performs his own interpretations of the songs with his own accessible charm. He has a similar sound to Frank Sinatra, fused with more contemporary vocalists such as Kurt Elling and Jamie Cullum. Tom’s vocal talent was recognised when he won a special award at the Ventnor Jazz Festival. He has performed at all types of parties and venues, right from the helicopter pad on a super yacht in the UAE, to a more intimate charity event in his local pub. Some of his proudest moments have been performing in the VIP suite at the Beijing Olympics, the Bobby Moore Suite at the FA cup final at Wembley and in Monaco for the 2016 Grand Prix. He also sold out at the Royal Albert Hall with his jazz trio at the renowned Ignite series of concerts. In addition to his voice, Tom’s other “instrument” is the Tenor Sax, and he is also an experienced Wedding DJ! Bring all his musical skills together, and you have the complete package. Tom performs as a solo artist or as part of a band. He works with some superbly talented musicians providing various sizes of bands, right up to a 32-piece orchestra. We invite you to contact Funkgurus Entertainment to discuss the best option for your event.

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Jewelle McKenzie

Jewelle McKenzie

Jewelle McKenzie is a highly experienced and stylish Canadian singer & songwriter performing Soul, Jazz & R&B. An incomparable vocalist and consummate performer with over 1000 shows locally and over 500 shows internationally, Jewelle’s ability to connect with the audience and wow her fans comes from her openness, undeniable stage presence and extraordinary voice and range. Jewelle charms and disarms with her voice and music. She has graced stages in Canada, Qatar, Guadeloupe, Morocco, Thailand, Hong Kong SAR, and Vietnam in the most prestigious hotels and venues. Jewelle’s original music makes a bold statement that she is not a woman seeking anyone’s approval. She explores and combines different genres making no concessions to pop trends. Her latest singles Rise Up (I Can’t Breathe) and I Want it All, are Dance / Electronica with a little New-Age flair. Her full-length CD, Ain’t It Good, combines Swing, R&B, and Jazz spiced with Gospel vocals and a little Rock for an eclectic style that is all her own. As a lead vocalist of the Umoja Gospel choir, Jewelle’s performed at Montreal’s International Jazz Festival, the Maximum Blues Festival in Carleton Quebec, the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, and at the Martin Luther King Achievement Awards. Jewelle is available as a solo vocalist with backing tracks, as a duo with pianist or guitarist & backing tracks, or with another vocalist (male or female) with backing tracks. She is also available with her superb band for larger events and residencies.

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Rebecca Freckleton

Rebecca Freckleton

Rebecca Freckleton is a highly experienced, fun loving and professional vocalist with a solo repertoire covering the best jazz, soul, RnB and pop music from over the decades. As one of the leading female vocalists on the London scene at the moment, Rebecca has considerable experience at the highest levels of performance, regularly appearing live and recording with some of the industry’s most vibrant entertainers. In addition to being one of the leading ladies in the International touring musical – ‘The Magic of Motown’, Rebecca has also toured, recorded and performed with some of the music industry’s major artists, including The Gorillaz, Kindness, Josephine, The Noisettes, Paloma Faith, Macy Gray and Dionne Bromfield to name but a few. Recent corporate appearances have included high profile events in Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Football Club and numerous international venues and five star hotels around the world. Rebecca is a highly sought after vocalist who can energize an audience and deliver spine tingling performances every time. Funkgurus are proud to offer Rebecca for VIP events and exclusive residencies either as a solo performer or with a band.

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Jess King

Jess King

Jess King is a talented & experienced soulful piano vocalist - originally from New York and now based in Paris. Performance opportunities have led Jess to many other major cities around the globe and to receive praise from notable musicians, including the legendary Stevie Wonder who passed by one of her solo performances at a 5-star hotel in Tokyo, Japan. Jess’ live repertoire includes the best jazz and pop songs and she is always happy to adjust as needed depending on the event. Audiences can expect Jess' cool interpretations of classic jazz standards such as My Funny Valentine & Summertime as well as classic pop songs by Elton John and The Beatles. Contemporary artists such as Ed Sheeran and Adele also make an appearance. Jess' primary work experience over the last 15 years has been as a live performing artist (piano/voice) and as a holistic fitness coach represented by adidas for Western Europe. She has studied at Paris’ prestigious Cours Florent Drama School to expand her artistic skills. From 2017 until 2020 Jess has performed at many exclusive private parties and events as well as for several major brands including L’Oreal. Jess also performed solo on piano/voice during Paris Fashion Week. In May 2019, Jess King’s cover version of “Holding Out for a Hero” was used in Universal Pictures French film, Les Crevettes Pailletées, receiving rave reviews. However, as powerful as some of her recordings are, what sets Jess King apart most is her gift as a live performer. As founder of the celebrated high intensity fitness workout ‘TNL 58', which combines meditation with movements to music and has been featured in Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Feminin Bio magazines, Jess is also able to also coach fitness and meditation. Funkgurus are able to offer exclusive hotel clients the chance to combine Jess’ music and fitness skills under one contract. Please contact us for further details.

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Kane Matthews

Kane Matthews

Kane Matthews is a stylish & experienced singer, actor and songwriter from London. Kane recently finished touring the UK & Ireland with the hit Broadway and West End musical ‘Motown the Musical’ where Kane played the role of Smokey Robinson. The tour visited all major UK theatre venues over a 16-month period. In 2013 Kane was asked to take part in the Wembley Arena & Brighton Centre production of “Love Beyond the Musical’. Kane was a featured soloist and ensemble member. In 2015 Kane became the lead singer for the UK Gospel Group KT Worship and was a featured vocalist on their last 3 album releases. Kane trained in Musical Theatre at Associated Studio’s London and obtained a diploma In Musical Theatre in 2018 and later in 2018 Kane signed on as a lead singer for the Soul Motown Group ‘Soul Supreme’.He has has featured in various TV shows including Sunday Morning Live, Top of the Pops, Blue Peter and the BBC One show ‘Making Your Mind Up’. Additionally his work has been featured on acclaimed Spotify playlists and TV stations around the world. Kane also performs as a singer and songwriter under the name Matt Kane and is available through Funkgurus as a solo Guest artist and with his superb band for corporate events and exclusive residency contracts.

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Pimms Brooke

Pimms Brooke

Pimms Brooke is a highly experienced and celebrated vocalist from the UK. Her interest in music was sparked at an early age by jazz, soul and funk, and iconic artists such as Etta James, Nina Simone, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and Celine Dion. Pimms live performances solo and with her band built her an impressive profile during her recent time in Dubai; her eclectic vocal style became a regular staple at some of the city’s most prominent venues, with performances at The Act, Pacha and shows at popular events like Fashion Forward, GQ Magazine and Formula 1. Pimms also became one of the first female artists to perform in Saudi Arabia, with famous artists such as – Mariah Carey, Sean Paul and Tiesto. She has also performed for celebrities such as Will Smith, Vin Diesel and Gordon Ramsey and appeared in Time Out Dubai, Cosmopolitan Magazine and the local Dubai newspapers. Pimms Brooke recently released her EP “Under The Layers” to captivate listeners with her unique style of music. Available in Spotify, the music platform is home to some of the most popular tracks and artists today with the likes of Drake, Post Malone, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheran, Kendrick Lamar, David Guetta, the late Avicii, and many more. Pimms live performances inspire her audience with the way she sings each line. She puts her mind and soul into all her live performances and her audience always respond as they sway, dance to the groove, tap, and sing their heart out to the beat of each song. Now based in London, Pimms is available through Funkgurus for corporate events and exclusive residency engagements.

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Marsha Lawson

Marsha Lawson

Marsha Lawson has entertained audiences worldwide with her powerful voice and soulful charm! This soul rockin’ diva has performed across the United States and internationally at incredible music venues including Harlem’s Historic Lenox Lounge (New York City), The Music Village (Brussels, Belgium) and McGettigan’s (Singapore). Marsha has also graced the stages of luxury cruise lines, including Regent Seven Seas, Azamara, Cunard and Disney Cruise Lines. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio in the United States, Marsha has brought her talents to several of her hometown venues including the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Severance Hall, Horseshoe Casino and Public Square. In addition to her one woman show, she has also performed in numerous musical productions across the USA including Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Caroline or Change and Godspell to name a few. Soulful, sultry and sometimes quirky Marsha is a classy diva who excels in entertaining audiences of all ages. With diverse array of songs and specialized musical arrangements created for her unique style and vocal power, Miss Lawson is sure to hit you with a hot note and make you bounce in your seats with high energy entertainment. Rocking you with hits from Motown, Rhythm & Blues, Disco and more, it won’t be long until you feel the good groove deep down in your soul. So go ahead and lose your seat and get on your feet! Tonight’s show will be one to remember! Marsha is also available with her Nubian Soul Duo. Please see Video No.4.

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Ellene Masri

Ellene Masri

Ellene Masri is a French American guitarist vocalist with a unique voice and electric stage presence. Her sensual musicality & sultry stage performances wow audiences wherever she performs and her superb song writing placed her most recent 2018 release “Dangerous Romance” #3 on the UK Soul charts. Available as a Solo performer and as part of her Piano/Guitar Vocal duo, Ellene has a rich and varied repertoire of classic pop, soul and easy listening, making her perfect for those clients wishing to offer their guests a unique and stylish listening experience. Ellene recently performed at the 2018 “Women In Jazz Festival” in Halle, Germany with Grammy award winning producer Sir Dean Gant as the musical director. Additionally and on the strength of her success in Las Vegas, she performed in residence there at various exclusive venues for three consecutive years. Ellene always receives high accolades and standing ovations, whether she hits the stage at a concert, jazz club or music festival. Definitely not a prefabricated, producer created artist – Ellene is firmly in control of her sound and direction and looking forward to performing for you soon.

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David Tughan

David Tughan

David Tughan is a unique and highly respected Jazz Vocalist - described recently by the UK's Guardian newspaper as "The epitome of cool". David has enjoyed entertaining audiences worldwide from New York to London and from Kuala Lumpur to Qatar. His straight ahead singing style has been compared in national press to classic Jazz icons such as Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra and Mel Tormé, but his approach, while having one foot firmly in the traditions of the classic Jazz singer, is constantly finding ways of exploring the classic songs and making them fresh, innovative and fun. His unique approach to the voice and innovative use of loops, vocal harmony & beat boxing, story telling and comedy, integrates into his live performances with his trio, making his act unique amongst his contemporaries. From large venues like Dublin's RTE National Concert hall to the intimacy of the world famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz club in London, David playfully connects with his audiences delighting them with a spontaneous and innovative approach to Classic Jazz standards that always surprises the listener. David has been singing Jazz professionally for over 20 years. Since training at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he continues to sing with some of the stars of the Jazz world today at some of the most exclusive venues, Jazz clubs and festivals worldwide. David is available with the following line ups : Solo Jazz singer with High quality Backing tracks; Jazz Duo (Piano or Guitar); Jazz Trio (Piano or Guitar plus Double Bass); Jazz Quartet (Piano or Guitar, Double Bass plus drums); Jazz Quintet (Piano or Guitar, Double Bass, drums plus Sax); Jazz Septet (Piano or Guitar, Double Bass drums plus Sax and trumpet); Jazz Big band (16 piece jazz orchestra).

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Brad E. Griffith

Brad E. Griffith

Brad Griffith is a masterful musician who can light up any room with his wonderful piano covers. This stunningly talented musician delivers spellbinding solo piano sets full of well loved modern pop, romantic Jazz, and classical music, which creates elegant atmospheres that will put your guests at ease and let the laughter flow. There are no silent gaps or definite 'endings' to his songs, each one blends seamlessly into the next, a pianist you can rely on to give you and your guests a beautiful and heartfelt performance. He delivers charming renditions of jazz favorites like 'Come Fly With Me', 'Night and Day', 'Summertime', and ‘Autumn Leaves’ along with many more swinging classics, paired with acoustic pop songs from Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton, Journey, The Beatles, Adele, Ed Sheeran, and Amy Winehouse. His music is an intoxicating blend of exquisitely structured songs - impressive jazz, soul and blues interpretations of well known classics from the early fifties to present day pop. Simply put - every evening is a show. His lush piano playing creates the requisite mood and pleasurable ambience for all events. Brad's professional career as a pianist and keyboardist pioneered with major cruise companies such as Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Cruises, NCL Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises. Funkgurus are delighted to offer Brad to those clients truly looking to offer the highest standards in live music.

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Eric Redd

Eric Redd

Recording artist Eric Redd once again demonstrates characteristic range and diversity with his band The Eric Redd Movement. The Eric Redd Movement - a Non-stop Dance party with Dance and House Music recording artist Eric Redd and his superb live band. Original music and covers of the most exciting Dance Music around with an eclectic mix of Digital electronic music, RnB & Soul with just a bit of Pop for good measure. A heady blend that audiences quite literally ‘go nuts’ for. Eric Redd first gained attention at the age of 12 as one of the youngest dancers on the LA club scene when he was discovered by one of the nation’s top choreographers. This discovery and mentorship led to a scholarship at the California Institute of the Arts where Eric earned his Bachelor’s degree in performing arts. While on tour in Europe as an apprentice, Eric worked as a session singer for Global Records in Germany. During this time his vocal prowess caught the attention of a producer working at Jive Records in England which quickly led to his first recording deal as a solo artist. Since then, Eric has toured, and recorded with artists as diverse as K.D. Lang, Coolio, The Sara Lee Band, and Ani DiFranco. Encouraged by many to audition for theatre, Eric soon found success as a Broadway performer with fans and critics responding favorably to his appearances in Cats, La Cage Aux Follies, Body and Soul, and Starlight Express. His live show has been the featured New Year’s Eve entertainment in Las Vegas, sharing the stage with an A-list artist roster including Andrea Boccelli, Harry Connick Jr., Kool and the Gang, Lionel Richie, and Cirque de Soleil. As a recording artist, Eric has also had 3 billboard hits in the last few years and has also been a featured performer opening for Paul McCartney, The Pointer Sisters, Dionne Warwick, Thelma Houston, Earth Wind and Fire, Usher, Robin Thicke Reba McIntire, Coolio, Robbie Williams, Barbara Tucker & The Goo Goo Dolls. Funkgurus are proud to present The Eric Redd Movement for select events, festivals, exclusive residencies and club Personal Appearances.

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Samuel Lerner

Samuel Lerner

Samuel Lerner is a highly experienced and in-demand French pianist and composer, currently appearing at The most exclusive venues and hotels in Paris. With a huge popular music repertoire, including Broadway standards, Bossa Nova's, Ragtimes, Tangos & Soul Music, music by famous composers such as Ray Charles, James Brown, Joaa Gilberto, Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder, to name but a few, often appears in his live sets. Samuel is at home playing very soft and smooth ballads for cocktail lounges as well as ‘groovy and catchy’ music when the event calls for a more up-tempo atmosphere. Samuel is available for long-term contracts for Cruise Ships and Hotels as well as Corporate & Private events. Samuel is also a highly in-demand sideman and leader in Paris and in Europe and the US. He did record 3 albums as a leader and sideman in New York released on the very prestigious Black and Blue and Gut String Records labels with world-class reputation artists as Jimmy Cobb, Leroy Williams, Bertha Hope, Clifford Barbaro, Saul Rubin.

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Tessah Dunn

Tessah Dunn

Tessah Dunn a classically trained extremely versatile contemporary piano vocalist, guitarist vocalist and international performer. Available through Funkgurus as either a solo piano vocalist or guitarist vocalist, Tessah’s extensive repertoire covers the very best classical, pop, folk and jazz/soul/blues standards and a selection of International music, sung in Italian, German & French for special occasions. From 2010 to 2013, Tessah performed both solo and in bands in Central Africa, Central America, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe and Australia. After her release of her original EP, "No Better Place" in 2011, her original songs have been sold iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon in over 25 countries, world­wide. Most recently, she has performed classically in solo recitals in Toronto, New York, Katowice, Poland and masterclasses in the Julliard School and University of Toronto. She has performed in elegant settings such as the Ritz-­Carlton and while based in Toronto, she studied Voice Performance as the University of Toronto, performing and teaching across the GTA in Pop, Jazz, and Classical styles. Presently, she lives in the Maldives as part of the In-House and Private Event Band at the Conrad Resort at Rangali Island, and is completing a six month contract as a Lead Singer and Rhythm Guitarist.

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Chess Taylor

Chess Taylor

Chess Taylor is an international Classical Crossover act with a stunning mezzo soprano voice. She has mastered the technique of a truly effortless and beautiful sound with pure and even tone throughout her 4 octave range. Chess Taylor's spell binding show takes audiences on a journey - exploring some of the greatest performers that have lived. With material ranging from the iconic Sarah Brightman to the legendary Aretha Franklin, Chess captivates audiences with fresh and modern musical arrangements and tells enticing stories of her own experience throughout. Chess explores classical crossover favourites such as 'O Mio Babbino Caro' and 'Time To Say Goodbye', and then delves into the world of pop with Adele. Timeless classics are visited with 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend' making audiences feel as if they have relived some of the world’s most memorable performances. This act is available in up to 2x50 minute performances with both full orchestra/band charts or high quality backing tracks. This is a show that has received full standing ovations and will leave audiences enthralled and wanting more!

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Lia White

Lia White

Trail-blazing singer-songwriter Lia White is singer-songwriter with an all encompassing passion for writing & performing music. This all began at age 14, having first taught herself to play guitar. Described by Will.I.am as a cross between Lauryn Hill and Rihanna, she reached the Live Knockouts of the Voice UK 2017. As well as receiving funding from the prestigious PRS Lyndsey de Paul prize. With a range of cover songs spanning from sweet RnB to classic Motown and pop music, she has great adaptability. With a unique angelic sound perfect for special events and intimate residencies, making the moment memorable for those listening. However she is also able to bring out a more passionate upbeat side when needed. ​ After graduating with 1st class BA honours degree in 2019, she studied under top songwriters and musicians such as Tim Hawes (Sugababes, Spice Girls). ​ Lia is dedicated to her craft and in bringing joy to those who hear her perform.

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Pam E Williams

Pam E Williams

Pam E Williams is a talented and highly experienced Vocalist & Piano Vocalist from Las Vegas. With a prestigious and varied career at the highest level of performance, Pam E’s live shows offer an array of eclectic musical selections to appease the entire audience. Pam’s many years of experience as a featured lead vocalist have catapulted her career as a lead piano vocalist extraordinaire. While embarking on the journey of becoming a solo performer, her desire was always to bring to each audience a full gamut of emotion, laughter, dance and the sensation of falling in love all over again! Known for making the audience feel involved in her performances, Pam E takes each and every person on a musical excursion through the decades with the world’s greatest songs elapsing multiple genres. Character, style and and true authenticity are abundant in this fine performer and Funkgurus are delighted to offer Pam E Williams for those events and residencies where absolute quality is required. Pam is available as a Solo Vocalist or Piano Vocalist. Other band options are also available.

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Najibah Almahdi

Najibah Almahdi

Najibah Almahdi is a versatile singer from Washington, DC who has traveled the world as a Featured Artist. Known for her incredible soprano voice and whistle tones, Najibah effortlessly performs songs by Mariah Carey, Minnie Riperton and Lisa Fischer. Available as a Solo performer and as part of her Piano/Vocal duo, Najibah’s specialty is Jazz, R&B, Gospel and Pop however her live repertoire covers the very best jazz, motown, soul, disco, 80’s and contemporary hits. Najibah’s talents have taken her across the Globe to Italy, Germany, and many other Countries. She has won several awards such as the Underground Music Award and has been a a vocalist and front person for various bands such as the Greater U Street Jazz Collective, Adam Levowitz Orchestra and the Radio City Band. More recently Najibah has featured as Show Band Singer for Carnival Cruise Lines, traveling to Mexico, the Caribbean & South America and has performed at many prestigious venues such as the Howard Theatre, Luxor Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, The Apollo Theatre in New York and at Universal Studios. Najibah's Solo sets to high quality backing tracks are ;- Jazz Standards/Neo Soul (Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Etta James) Disco/Funk/RandB (Aretha Franklin, Minnie Riperton, Donna Summer, Emotions, Patty Labelle, Daniece Williams, Chaka Khan, The Supremes) RandB Love Ballads/ Soul Singers (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Anita Baker, Faith Evans, Regina Belle, Stephanie Mills, Toni Braxton, Deborah Cox) Funkgurus are delighted to represent Najibah for exclusive International events and residencies.

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