“Please welcome the blueprint, Mr, James Taylor!” These were the words of renowned pop artist John Mayer as he introduced James Taylor at the Grammy awards for a performance with Yo-Yo Ma. Few artists could garner such an accolade and the respect of their peers as does James Taylor. He remains the quintessential American singer/song writer to this day after a storied career spanning more than four decades. His signafure acoustic guitar virtuosity combined with his unique warrn and comforting vocal sound continues to make him a relevant artist to this very day. In an era when tribute acts of virtually every successful recording artist are available in droves, JT’s own music stylings have remained the singular opportunity to hear his incredible song book in a live setting – UNTIL NOW!
“SHOWER THE PEOPLE” is a faithfully rendered presentation of more than two dozen James Taylor classics from his iconic pop masterpiece “Fire And Rain” to the Carole King treasure “You’ve Got A Friend”. Audiences will be enveloped by the sound of the voice and the songs that have become entrenched as part of the musical landscape of our lives. The presentation takes the audience through a retrospective journey of JT’s music and reveals anecdotal information about the history and creative process behind many of these musical gems providing much more entertainment value than the uncannily precise rendering of the music itself.
“SHOWER THE, PEOPLE” features the voice and guitar work of Neil Donell. Respected as Canada’s premier session vocalist and referred to in the media as the “man of a thousand voices” and the “most recorded voice in Canada” Mr. Donell has been a life long fan of James Taylor and his meticulous performance of the troubadour’s art will leave audiences mesmerized. Accompanied by a group of four of the most accomplished musicians and singers in the country “Shower the People” will appeal to a very wide demographic audience as JT’s musical appeal bridges virtually every cultural or gender gap one might consider. So go ahead, close your eyes, you’ll be arnazed at what you’re hearing.
NEIL DONELL – lead vocals & acoustic guitar
“You blew me away!” These were the words of internationally renowned music producer David Foster. High praise indeed, yet such accolades are commonplace for this highly respected and sought-after singer. Neil has gone on to establish himself as the premier session vocalist in Canada. Often referred to in the media as “the most recorded voice in the country,”
LOU POMANTI – keyboards
Lou is highly respected nationwide as one of the country’s finest musical talents. Lou has performed with such renowned artists as Leonard Cohen, Anne Murray, Michael Buble and Gordon Lightfoot to name but a few. Most recently, Lou was enlisted to do the orchestrations for Michael Buble’s smash albums “Crazy Love’ and “To be Loved” which both debuted at No. I BOB McALPINE – guitar + backline vocals
Bob’s skills have landed him work with such diverse artists as David Clayton-Thomas, Roger Whittaker, Gowan, Rik Emmett, The Canadian ldol House Band, A Foot ln Coldwater, Rich Little, Joan Rivers, Shirley MacLaine, and a host of R&B stars including Ben E. King, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson, the Chambers Brothers, Freda Payne and Little Anthony and the lmperials. He was also a regular in the pit for the Toronto productions of “Hairspray” “Rock Of Ages” and the Queen musical “We Will Rock You,”
JAY SPEZIALE – bass + backing vocals
Jay moved to Toronto in 1977, and began his full-time playing career in earnest. He co-founded the acclaimed R&B band Backstreet in 1985, and played with sixties greats Billy J. Kramer, Lou Christie, Del Shannon, the Mamas and the Papas, Peter Noone, Ben E. King, the Marvelettes, Leslie Gore, the Drifters, the Platters and Tommy Roe.
PAUL DELONG – drums
Best known for his multi-platinum success with rock artist Kim Mitchell, Paul DeLong has forged a career which encompasses funk, fusion, jazz and Latin music, working with such diverse artists as Tom Scott, Domenic Troiano, David Blamires, Lawrence
Gowan, Carlos Del Junco, Carol Welsman, Dave Restivo, Nick “Brownman” Ali, Colm Wilkinson, Doug Riley, Hilario Duran, David Clayton-Thomas, Roger Hodgson and the Canadian Tenors, to name a few.
LEAH SALOMAA – Vocalist
Leah Salomaa is a soloist and harmony vocalist for stage, studio, film and television. She is a company member of the orchestral rock band Jeans N Classics and performs with orchestras across North America. Most recently her Celtic and ethereal style vocals can be heard on the award winning score for the hit television cop drama “Flashpoint”.
KATHRYN ROSE – Vocalist
One of Canada’s go to singers. Active in the studio, film, television and radio.