Letterman, Lucy and Sinatra
-- 1. How did you come to be? basically, your origin as a performer...and how long you've been doing it?
I’ve been singing since a child and then after years in another profession, joined a community chorale group in Miami. There I was given specialized singing instruction while learning classical music. Fifteen years later I decided to sing jazz and Sinatra style music.
-- 2. What kind of services do you offer? I mean, I know what you do, but could you give me a range of where you perform and what kind of events hire you?
Performance events are varied. It can range from corporate events to performing arts concerts. Normally this is accompanied by a live band, 4 – 6 pieces or large orchestra at times. Sometimes I may be singing at some fine Italian restaurant, a private country club - with tracks, small band, or a piano player. Anniversary, wedding and birthday events are often interested in personalized entertainment.
-- 3. What should a client look for when hiring you?
I think they should be comfortable knowing the level of artistic quality and professionalism they are encountering, trying at all times meet client needs. And just as important, they need to realize I am not a Frank Sinatra impersonator, rather I salute his music in my own style. It was the main reason I was chosen by Brown-Forman to tribute Frank and Jack Daniels at the Fountainbleau Hotel. [see #8 below].
-- 4. What are some things you look for in a client?
Well, I do have a professional background besides entertainment. I believe clients should understand a basic respect for the performer and his artistry; that is, all professions require a dual need for communication, collaboration and conflict resolution throughout the process.
-- 5. How do you handle a situation with an unresponsive audience?
Usually they have a mindset ready to enjoy the music. Sometimes an audience has another agenda for the evening, depending on the type of event. Once at a university athletic department fundraiser, many in the audiences seemed to rather watch the college sweet 16 championships. Don’t take it personally, do your job, be happy. There will be enough in the audience to know what the others missed.
-- 6. What's the best part of your job? the worst?
To me, knowing you’re nailing it in the middle of the concert is comforting and meeting the audience later is a thrill. However, if you are responsible for the sound equipment that evening, it is too physically tiring and you may have to hire extra help.
-- 7. What would you say to someone interested in doing what you're doing?
This depends on one’s purpose. Want to have fun with a few small gigs once in a while, fine. On the other hand, during an interview for an article on me in Boca Magazine [Boca Raton, FL], I stated : “You’ve got to give your all to one thing. You can’t have one foot in one career and one foot in the other. If you’re called to do something, you have to do it wholeheartedly.”
-- 8. What's your favorite story about an event at which you entertained?
LoL – got a few. When I first started singing, it was at retirement homes. One 90+ year old fella, kept booing me throughout out, but ended up in tears at the end. Or when I sang with a 3 year old who walked up on stage during one of my Las Vegas performances: his mother embarrassed, the crowd ecstatic. Another was when I was honored by Tina Sinatra and Brown-Forman Corp., maker of Jack Daniels, who chose me to tribute both Jack Daniels and Frank Sinatra on his birthday, Dec. 12 at the Fountainbleau Hotel, Miami Bch.
-- 9. Tell me something I'd be surprised to know about you.
I am also Dr. Michael Baglino, Ed. D. former educational administrator and college professor of behavioral science.
Sinatra tribute artist, Jazz Vocalist, Latin & Italian singer