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The Carpenters’ music will be formed when “Top of the World – A Tribute to the Carpenters” comes to the Carlisle Theater at 8pm on Friday 28th April.
The group brings the incomparable Carpenters’ music to life thanks to the magnificent vocals of lead singer Debbie Taylor. Audience members will be transported back to the 1970s with hit songs such as “Next to You,” “I’ve Only Started,” “Rainy Day and Monday,” “Please Mr. Postman” and “Top of the World.”
Tickets range between $39.50 and $49.50 and can be purchased carlisletheatre.org. The Carlisle Theater is located at 40 W. High St., Carlisle.
Tribute bands present the often difficult task of authentically replicating well-known bands’ studio records and adapting them to the scene. Because of the versatility of the musicians Top of the World – The Carpenters Tribute is very successful in presenting the true sound of the Carpenters.
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First, Carpenter fans will be amazed at how closely Taylor’s voice mimics Karen Carpenter’s relaxed, beautiful singing. As we listen to her, it’s clear that Taylor has done Carpenter’s style and has great admiration. Second, the seven-piece backing band certainly cuts back to recreating Richard Carpenter’s complex arrangements. All top-notch, professional industry musicians who have had amazing careers in their own right. The winning combination of loud voices and beautiful musicians will make for an exciting evening of music from almost half a century ago.
Taylor began her career on stage at the age of 7 performing in children’s theater. He directed several children’s and community theater productions before becoming a professional singer at the age of 20. A sweet, high-pitched voice in the perfect setting for singing Karen Carpenter’s songs. In addition to fronting the tribute band, Debbie Taylor leads the band, which specializes in private parties, corporate events and entertainment on cruise ships.
Taylor’s backing band is made up of a selection of outstanding musicians and educators from around South Florida. Guitarist Paul Stewart has been a professional musician for more than 40 years, both in New York City and Florida. When he is not doing this, he can be heard as co-host of the show “Jazz Lounge” on Miami Public Radio.
Pianist Felix Gomez has performed with notable artists such as Gloria Gaynor and Julio Iglesias. He has won several awards, including Best Composition at the North Texas Jazz Festival. Saxophonist, flutist and filmmaker Ross Goldman is an in-demand musician. Onstage he plays an electronic wind instrument called an EWI, which allows him to synthesize the sounds of other instruments heard on Carpenter’s original records.
Drummer Jack Ciano excels in almost every genre of country and western music such as jazz and bebop. Gloria Estefan, John Secada, Natalie Cole and Be Bop innovator Dizzy Gillespie have performed with many outstanding artists. Bassist Rafael Valencia served as a trustee on the Univisión television network from 1987 to 2015 and has produced or recorded for a variety of Latin artists including Celia Cruz and Marisela Verena.
Singer Alvaro Rosario began his musical career in the US Army performing in the Benning Infantry Choir. He traveled across the United States singing for military leaders, military hospitals, and various community functions. Vocalist, trumpet player and percussionist Diana Hernandez has been involved in music her entire life and is an ardent fan of the Carpenters’ music.
In addition to performing at the Carlisle Theatre, competitions for Top of the World – A Carpenters Tribute will take place in Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Maine, New York, Rhode Island, Illinois and Georgia.