The Fireside auditions and hires professional singers, dancers and actors from all over the United States. Many come with Broadway and National Tour experience. All of them come with great talent and a passion for their craft.
Shawn Barker (as Johnny Cash) was born and raised in the metro St. Louis area where like most entertainers, Shawn’s first experience with music was attending church with his family. From singing in church, playing drums in the school marching band or singing in cover bands and coffee houses, music and entertainment has always been in Shawn’s blood. In 2004, Shawn auditioned for the part of Elvis Presley in the Broadway production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. The director Floyd Mutrux, (“Dick Tracy” and “American Hot Wax”) recognized Shawn’s unique talent and requested Shawn to submit an audition for the part of Johnny Cash. Shawn agreed and was instantly cast in the part with Mutrux saying, “We have 100 people who can play Elvis, but we only have one that can play Johnny Cash.” Since then, Shawn has performed his unmatchable tribute to Johnny Cash all over the world touring in Australia, Europe, Canada and across the United States.
Chad Collins (as Tim McGraw) Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Chad realized at an early age he had an uncanny gift. He could amaze family and friends with his ability to sing and do impressions of nearly every celebrity. After graduating from high school Chad got a job at a local recording studio on Music Row where he learned to record and produce music. This led to writing and recording his own songs and soon he was signed to his first publishing deal with Co-Heart Music. While continuing to hone his craft he met a former Elvis impersonator who told him he looked like a new country artist named Tim McGraw. Chad was then hired to perform as McGraw at several casinos around the country. Fifteen years later Chad Collins is still performing as Tim McGraw as well as Elvis Presley and is also exploring the possibilities performing as other characters.
Sherry Gordon (as Dolly Parton) is a world traveler and performer fulfilling a dream “to dazzle audiences with music from Rock & Roll to Country.” Her first dance with the stage was at age four. Sherry was a singer and ventriloquist warming the heart of audiences in convalescent homes and for local benefits in Phoenix, Arizona before hitting the Las Vegas scene. Once in Las Vegas, Sherry performed as back-up singer for many popular groups along the strip before forming her own Las Vegas Show Band “In the Mood.” She recalls that during the twelve years she performed with the group, audiences constantly commented on her resemblance to Dolly Parton and always requested the country star’s songs. Since Sherry is an avid fan, she had no trouble tossing in some of her favorite “Dolly” tunes. Audience response was so terrific; it gave Sherry the little nudge she needed to work on a full-blown impression. Now that Sherry dazzles Legends in Concert audiences with her tremendous tribute to Dolly Parton, her dream has truly become a reality.
Corrie Sachs (as Reba McEntire) has enjoyed a prolific career spanning stage, television and radio. She has performed as a headliner in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and on national tours. Corrie has performed for the USO throughout the world and has opened for such stars as Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds and Allen & Rossi. As a native of Las Vegas, Corrie was honored as “Las Vegas Singer of the Year” in 2004, 2006 and 2010. Corrie has been paying tribute to Reba McEntire for the past 25 years and has even been offered to tour with Reba herself. In 2001, Corrie was awarded “Tribute Artist of the Year” from the Las Vegas Review Journal. Corrie appears weekly as co-host of the highly syndicated Dennis Bono Radio Show. This show is performed live and is now in its 18th year at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
Stacey Whitton Summers (as Shania Twain) Having worked since 1994 as a professional tribute artist, Stacey is one of Legends’ impeccable veterans. Where it all begins for Stacey, is at age five, harmonizing with her mother’s tunes. Throughout her adolescence Stacey developed her musical passions by ceaselessly playing classical saxophone, and continued her performance training as a major in theater and opera. With years of experience, Stacey has traveled around the world with her hand-made costumes and beautiful performances. She has played for U.S. troops, shared the stage with Dolly Parton, and earned a place as a finalist on ABC’s T.V. show “The Next Big Thing.” Aside from gracing the Legends audience with her renditions of Marilyn Monroe, Stacey also performs as Madonna, Shania Twain, Gretchen Wilson, and Martina McBride. She even had the opportunity to perform as Shania Twain, for Shania Twain!
Doug Brewin and Larry Turner (as Brooks & Dunn 12/31 – 2/3) are seasoned performers with Legends in Concert. Doug has been performing a tribute to Alan Jackson for Legends in Concert since 2004 and Larry, as George Strait, since 2008. The two met while performing their respective tribute acts at Legends in Branson and a friendship was formed. During one of their gigs together they were discussing Country superstars and found they both had a great respect for the singing duo of Brooks & Dunn. They quickly got together and started the process of forming a tribute act to the duo. Larry performs as Kix Brooks and Doug performs as Ronny Dunn. Doug and Larry feel it’s an honor to pay tribute to the duo who has won the prestigious CMA “Duo of The Year” 14 times. Brooks & Dunn have had 21 hits and 39 hits in the top ten. They have outsold every duo in musical history including Simon & Garfunkel.
The Stinson Brotherz (as Brooks & Dunn 2/6 – 2/17) or Ricky-Bobby as many call them, are a former Capitol Records Hollywood act. They have performed on the Sunset Strip, on cruise ships, multiple Las Vegas showrooms, and throughout North America. Robin Leach once said, “The Stinson Brotherz Show is a fun, fun night out.” The brothers are known for getting the audience involved and having a great time. They also pay homage to some of their favorite artists such as Brooks & Dunn and Jimmy Buffett, with award-winning tributes. In addition to performing, Bob Stinson writes for Wild West and True West magazines, and Rick is a 100 ton boat captain. They don’t just sing it, they live it.
Brahm Sheray (Bassist/Musical Director) is a Fort Wayne, Indiana native currently residing in the San Francisco Bay area. Brahm has been performing and conducting in the tribute show community since 1995, most notably with the long running shows ELVIS LIVES, LEGENDS IN CONCERT, SUPERSTARS LIVE IN CONCERT, SOUL, ROCK AND BLUES, THE BRITISH INVASION, and THE DEAN Z SHOW. As a freelance Bassist, the Cincinnati Conservatory graduate can be found playing and recording with many artists in the bay area and around the world, including Freda Payne, Diego’s Umbrella, Ben Marcato, Cosmo Alley Cats, Dean Z, and a historic performance with the a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Carolyn Kendrick (Violin) is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, recipient of the Fletcher Bright Scholarship Award, a 2015 Freshgrass Fiddle Competition finalist, and two-time participant in the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Musical Festival. Her project The Page Turners has been given the 2016 Freshwater Best Duo Award. She has performed widely at festivals across the U.S. such as Newport Folk Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, the Three Sisters Festival, Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, and abroad with the Nairobi Symphony. She also teaches privately and at music camps.
Kim Deschamps (Pedal Steel Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro) is a Juno Award winning multi-instrumentalist. Known internationally for his live performances and Gold Record studio recordings with Cowboy Junkies, Blue Rodeo, and Barenaked Ladies, Kim works out of Austin, TX touring and recording with Charlie Robinson, Martie Maguire, Joe Ely, Midland, and more. Featured performances include The Grand Ole Opry, Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits, and the film The Sweet Hereafter. Kim tours solo in Japan, Canada, and the US performing songs from his CD, Take Me Away.
Scott Tipping (Guitar) has been playing professionally in Chicago since the late 90’s. He has been a member of The Mighty Blue Kings, Backyard Tire Fire, Cornmeal, and currently serves as guitarist in Grammy and Emmy nominated songwriter Peter Himmelman’s band. Scott has shared the stage or been on bills with the likes of Los Lobos, ZZ Top, The Wailers, Ben Harper, Huey Lewis, Buddy Guy, and countless others. His latest project, The Leland Bluebird Sessions, is a compilation
tribute to the historic blues recorded at the Leland Hotel in Aurora, IL.
Eli Hludzik (Drums 12/31 – 2/3) has been a professional touring and studio musician for over 20 years and has had the pleasure of traveling internationally and performing many styles of music with many different people, including Eartha Kitt, Neil Sedaka, Debbie Gibson, and many more. Growing up in a musical household resulted in an early start to Eli’s musical career. This allowed him to become a studio and live drummer at the age of 14, and he has been performing and recording ever since. Eli has a BFA from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. www.elismusic.com
Andy Korn (Drums 2/6 – 2/17) Currently from Portland, Oregon but originally from New York, Andy began playing drums and percussion professionally at 25. For 15 years Andy recorded and toured the world as drummer for Ronnie Spector, legendary lead singer of The Ronettes. He has performed and recorded with Joey Ramone, Keith Richards, John Waite, David Grisman, Beth Orton, Martha Reeves, and The Crystals. He has also worked extensively with top artists in Jazz and R & B as well as for movies and TV shows. Recently, Andy recorded drums and percussion for Sammy Hagar’s album “Lite Roast.”
Ellie Kahn (Ensemble 12/31 – 2/3) is a singer, actress, and musician from New York City making her Onstage Enterprises/Legends in Concert debut! With degrees in music and musical theatre performance, Ellie has performed up and down the East Coast in the likes of GODSPELL, 42ND STREET, and Parade. Ellie also travels the world as a Music Director for Norwegian Cruise Line, where she works alongside Legends in Concert onboard the Norwegian Pearl, as well as the Norwegian, Oceania, and Regent Seven Seas brands. When on land, she resides and performs in Chicago. Love to the K’s and Angel.N.
Brian Miller (Ensemble) Originally from Charleston, Brian is super stoked to start this journey with LEGENDS IN CONCERT! Broadway Tours: ROCK OF AGES (Dennis), RENT (Roger), and GREASE. Regional: ROCK OF AGES (Dennis) at the Palace Theater NH, GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK (Norbert), and DEBBIE DOES . . . opposite Adam Lambert at Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe. Film: Across the Universe, The Good Shepherd. Brian holds a BBA in Marketing from Marshall University and dedicates every performance to his amazing and supportive family. Country Roads, take me home!
Jessica Morales (Ensemble) was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. She found her love for performing when she began 16 years of studio training at age three with tap and ballet at Diane’s School of Dance. By age seven she started vocal and piano lessons along with performing in community theatre. Jessica attended William Jewel Liberal Arts College on a dance scholarship where she landed her first professional gig at World of Fun Theme Park as a singer/dancer. She has performed in top shows in Branson, with Legends in Concert on Norwegian Cruise Lines and in Las Vegas, and internationally.
Nellie Norris (Ensemble 2//6 – 2/17) is an extremely versatile singer/dancer who graduated Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University with a Performing Arts degree. After leaving Branson, MO she now resides in Las Vegas where she was honored as Newcomer of the Year. She is an accomplished lead and harmony singer and is formally trained in several styles of dance plus has a flair for comedy. In addition to all this, Nellie is a top notch professional tribute artist. You can catch her spot on impersonations of Cyndi Lauper and Katy Perry in Vegas, Hawaii, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Atlantic City.