- Soul Man
written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, recorded by Sam & Dave
- Can’t Get Next To You
written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, recorded by The Temptations
- Lonely Teardrops
written by Roquel Davis, Berry Gordy & Gwen Fuqua, recorded by Jackie Wilson
- Shop Around
written by Berry Gordy and William Robinson, recorded by Smokey Robinson
- My Girl
written by William Robinson and Ronald White, recorded by The Temptations
- Night Time Is The Right Time
written by James Oden and Roosevelt Sykes, recorded by Ray Charles
- Get Ready
written by William Robinson, recorded by The Temptations
- Try A Little Tenderness
written by James Cambpell, Reginald Connelly, and Harry Woods, recorded by Otis Redding
- Hard To Handle
written by Otis Redding, Allen Alvoid Jones Jr. & Alvertis Isbell, recorded by Otis Redding
- Man’s World
written by James Brown and Betty Jean Newsome, recorded by James Brown
- Stand By Me
written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, recorded by Ben E . King
- Dance To The Music
written by Sylvester Stewart, recorded by Sly and the Family Stone
- Love’s Theme
written and recorded by Barry White
- Back Stabbers
written by Leon Huff, Gene McFadden & John Whitehead, recorded by The O’Jays
- Move On Up
written and recorded by Curtis Mayfield
- Me and Mrs. Jones
written by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff & Cary Gilbert, recorded by Billy Paul
- You’ll Never Find
written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, recorded by Lou Rawls
- Just My Imagination
written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, recorded by The Temptations
- Close The Door
written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, recorded by Terry Pendergrass
- Let’s Get It On
written by Marvin Gaye and Edward Townsend, recorded by Marvin Gaye
- Love and Happiness
written by Al Green and Mabon Lewis Hodges, recorded by Al Green
- Rock With You
written by Rodney Lynn Temperton, recorded by Michael Jackson
- Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher
written by Gary Jackson, Carl Smith & Raynard Miner, recorded by Jackie Wilson
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Kings of Soul is a co-production of Schirmer Theatrical and Greenberg Artists, part of their joint Symphonic Experience catalogue.
Chester Gregory is an award-winning singer, actor, and producer, who was last seen starring in Motown The Musical as Berry Gordy on Broadway. Gregory’s additional Broadway credits include Hairspray (Seaweed), Tarzan (Terk – Original Broadway Cast), Cry-Baby (Dupree – Original Broadway Cast), and Sister Act (Eddie – Original Broadway Cast). His national tour credits include roles in Dreamgirls and Sister Act, as well as his one-man show, The Eve of Jackie Wilson. Gregory’s acting credits include roles in August Wilson’s Fences and Two Trains Running.
Gregory has received many awards, including the Jeff Award and an NAACP Theatre Award. He has also been presented with the keys to two cities: one for his hometown of Gary, Indiana, and one for East Chicago. Gregory was selected to be an Honorary State Representative for Indiana and received an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, Columbia College Chicago.
American Idol Michael Lynche is a new breed of soul singer with completely classic influences. Traces of Donny Hathaway, Al Green, Luther Vandross, Sam Cooke and James Brown all seem to flash in this uniquely talented performer. Undeniable charisma, well-crafted song arrangements and a voice soaked in soul give the big man class all his own. “Big Mike”—as he was known while winning over the hearts of a nation during his stint on American Idol—has talent so versatile, he’s played intimate jazz & blues clubs, 20,000 seat arenas and opera halls with 100-piece orchestras backing him. Through it all, “Big Mike” has always had one singular goal: to spread a message of love wherever he goes.
A New York City resident for the last 15+ years, this Florida native rose from obscurity as a finalist on season 9 of the hit phenomenon, American Idol. After wowing millions of fans on American Idol with his comforting and powerful voice and performing throughout the United States as part of the American Idol LIVE! Tour, Big Mike has released two studio albums, toured as an opening act for Boyz II Men, Lalah Hathaway, Faith Evans, and Lyfe Jennings and toured the world with his honest storytelling brand of soul music.
Since 2012, Big Mike has been a frequent featured guest vocalist with Maestro Jeff Tyzik and his hit show — “Let’s Dance!”. With the perfect repertoire to showcase his dynamic song range, “Let’s Dance!” has been performed with orchestras all over the US and Canada, including the Dallas Symphony, Utah Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and many many more. Tyzik has been an incredible mentor for Michael over the years, recognizing a passion and drive in the big man that has made his own career successful. The two have spent the last years collaborating on new, sensational soul inspired Pops concerts including “R&B Legends”, “Kings of Soul” and “Dancing in the Street – The Music of Motown”.
“Big Mike” brings an inspirational story and a searing, soulful, one-of-a-kind voice. He leaves you breathless and wanting more when the night is over. This extraordinary vocal talent seamlessly fuses classic R&B, thoroughly modern urban grooves, and swoon-worthy vintage soul into a fresh, unique sound. Big, yes—and beautiful, too; Michael Lynche makes music that’s unforgettable.
Darren Lorenzo is a veteran performer, hailing straight from Atlanta, Georgia. Lorenzo has appeared in numerous productions both nationally and internationally. He received his B.A. in Mass Communications at Clark Atlanta University and further trained with Broadway Theatre Project at the University of South Florida, University of Tampa, Georgia State University and with Theatre Emory of Emory University. He has wowed audiences with roles on Cruise Ships; Headlining in Vegas; multiple regional, off Broadway, Broadway, national, and international touring productions of The Color Purple, White Christmas, After Midnight, Vegas the Show, Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever, Madagascar, Smokey Joes Cafe, No Strings, Fosse, Hair, Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Once on This Island, What The World Needs Now, and several gospel tours throughout Europe. In addition to acting and singing, he also works as a writer, producer, teacher, director and performs with various club date and corporate Top 40, R&B/Soul and Jazz bands.
Born and raised in New York, Brian Killeen has had a healthy obsession with music since as early back as he can remember. By the time he picked up a bass guitar at the age of ten, he was certain of a career as a musician. Grasping every performance opportunity and seeking the tutelage of the best educators available, he quickly found himself immersed in the worlds of jazz, rock, and everything in between. At the age of 18, the great Avishai Cohen would take him under his wing, leading to performances in New York City’s most noted jazz clubs, including The Blue Note, Birdland, Small’s, and Sweet Basil. Simultaneously, Killeen would enroll in William Paterson University’s famed jazz program, where he would learn to actively double between upright and electric basses. Out of college, Killeen would go on to tour extensively with experimental funk stalwarts ulu, funk/ roots rock outfit the Josh Dion Band, and guitar legend Chuck Loeb, leading to unforgettable performances in the US, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, and Japan. As Brian settled deeper into NYC, he embraced freelance life, backing up a variety of artists including Rachel Platten, A Great Big World, Liz Longley, Barnaby Bright, Caleb Hawley, Robbie Gil, Joe Sumner, Bill Evans, and Jim Campilongo. Killeen continues to back up a host of performers, often joined by long-time collaborators and NYC throwback-rock mainstays Brooklyn Sugar Co.
Brian feels equally at home in orchestral and theatrical settings. He has been the long-time bass chair holder for the Big Apple Circus, where he learned to welcome the unexpected. He also had the pleasure of joining many performances, including a feature on the Today Show, with the Broadway production of The Cher Show. Brian has been accompanying Schirmer/Greenberg Artist productions since 2019, and thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to play some of the world’s finest music alongside the country’s most acclaimed conductors and symphony orchestras.
Jake Navarro is a NYC based rock drummer who studied Jazz/Commercial music at Five Towns College in Long Island, NY. He was a Music Director for Carnival Cruise Lines and tours with multiple Pops shows, performing with symphony orchestras all over the country. He is also a children’s’ music teacher, a studio/touring musician for various artists, and he performs with several major event bands in the NY metropolitan region.
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