Cheyenne Jackson – “Your Song” live and unedited

Ok, so if you somehow were not a fan of Mr. Jackson YET, you should be after this.

I’ve met Cheyenne, and he’s just as down to earth and comfortable with folks as you would imagine.

Great song, terrific voice (love the edge to his tone), authentic and completely devoid of pretense, Cheyenne shares a great Elton John/Bernie Taupin classic.

Serious bonus points for the canine cameo at 2:18.

(h/t Towleroad)

NYC: T Oliver Reid opens tonight at Feinsteins

My fab friend, T. Oliver Reid, who has appeared in more Broadway shows than I can count,  a 2012 MAC award recipient for Best Debut-male and the 2011 Julie Wilson award, will open tonight at Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency, 540 Park Avenue in NYC.  Additional performances will be on Sunday December 2, Monday December 3 and Sunday December 9, 2012. All performances will be at 10:30 PM.

Reid’s new show, “Drop Me Off In Harlem”is an evening of club-hopping to the music of Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington and Andy Raza through the elegant nightclubs and working class speakeasies that made uptown gay and delightful, however dull and depressing downtown Manhattan could be.

Stephen Holden of The New York Times (THE NEW YORK TIMES people!) said of Reid, “the wistfulness of his tone and the smoothness of his delivery are all his own… a soulful crooner with resemblances to the young Bobby Short”

T. Oliver’s Broadway shows include some of the Great White Way’s biggest, splashiest hit musicals: “Kiss Me Kate”, “Chicago”, “Follies,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Never Gonna Dance”, “La Cage Aux Folles”, “The Wedding Singer”, “Damn Yankees”, “Mary Poppins”, “Sister Act” and the upcoming “Cotton Club Parade”.

The music charge for the show is $20 with a one drink minimum.

For reservations, please call 212-339-4095.

For more information or the order online, visit www.feinsteinsattheregency.com. Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency is located at 540 Park Avenue @ 61st Street, New York, NY 10021

Khloé Kardashian to Host The X Factor?

Khloé Kardashian is apparently in the running to become the next host of the Fox talent show The X Factor, according to TMZ.com.

Reports say that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians personality is poised to take the hosting spot.

Unidentified sources say her chances of being hired are high, according to the report.

“I’m a big fan of The X Factor,” Kardashian told E! Online last month, after reports surfaced that she was among the finalists who auditioned for the gig.

Interesting – she’s going to host a show that goes looking for talent?

The headline writes itself, no?

Sammy Davis Jr did it all

From a TV special shot at the Palace Theater.

Geez, Sammy literally did EVERYTHING. The first section reminds what a phenomenal tap dancer he was, and then the second clip in the video showcases his amazing vocals.

The timbre, the pitch, the phrasing, the commitment. All of it perfect.

Love this.

Leslie Ellis on The Candi & Randy Show

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Grammy Award winning vocalist Leslie Ellis joined us on The Candi & Randy Show to talk about life as a working singer/songwriter in “music city” – Nashville.

Through her career Leslie has sung with many artists including Celine Dion on “My Heart will Go On” – from the movie “Titanic” (for which Leslie won the Grammy) and Thomas Dolby on his latest album “Forty” (featured on “Hyperactive”). She sang the original soundtrack song, “Six Times Around the Sun” for the CBS mini-series, “Perfect Murder, Perfect Town.” Four of Leslie’s original songs appeared in the musical “Cowboy Cafe” and were performed live at the show’s premiere in North Carolina.

Her self penned “Flyer Song” was adopted by the US Navy and made into a video as a tribute to the troops and their families. She’s also written songs that were recorded by The Bellamy Brothers and NYC based recording artist David Ippolito.

As an actress, Leslie has appeared on television and the Broadway stage – CATS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and CITY OF ANGELS.

In 2007, she starred in an independent film called, “My Name Is Wallace” which was invited to the Cannes Film Festival; and in 2009 appeared in “The New, True Charlie Wu” as Eudiamonia.

Throw into the mix that she’s developing a new cooking show and you have a real achiever with a great amount of charm.

More info about the fantastic Leslie Ellis at www.LeslieEllis.com

Donna Summer – “I Will Go With You”

As the sun sets on the day we lost our diva, Donna Summer, I thought of this song, one of her more recent recordings.

I love the melody, and the voice! Fantastic throughout, and then there’s that last note – full voice.

And she looks so clear, strong, healthy and beautiful.

Sad to think of her leaving so soon, but we are lucky, due to technology, that we’ll always have recordings of her great gift.

Britain’s Got Talent has a new “Susan Boyle” moment

Opera meets pop when 17-year-old Jonathan and 16-year-old Charlotte sing together. But can the duo convince Britain’s Got Talent Judges they’ve got what it takes to wow the nation?

The answer is a resounding ‘yes.’

Wow. Jonathan bowls the audience over with his amazing 17 year old voice, and the two together are clearly beautiful music together.

Bonus points for Jonathan: “We’ve come on here as a duo, we’ll stay as a duo.”

Celebrate.