American Idols stars together in a special holiday performance from Scott Stander & Associates.
Slippery Rock performance.
AMERICAN IDOL STARS IN CONCERT FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
"American Idol” finalists Michael Sarver (Season 8), Alexis Grace (Season 8) David Hernandez (Season 7) and Gina Glocksen (Season 6) will be entertaining the masses once again as they embark on a Holiday Tour, which launches December 2, 2009 in Lakeland, FL and will make stops in 12 cities across the U.S!
The American Stars in Concert for the Holidays tour will feature a combination of four of the top twelve finalists from Seasons 1 through 8 who will take to the stage for an exciting night of solo, duet and ensemble performances. This production will be a great way to see and hear the Idols up close and personal, in an intimate theatrical setting. Audiences will get a chance to relive their favorite former Idol moments as these talented artists perform an array of holiday favorites.
“American Stars in Concert” is produced by The Stander Group. They are currently producing the tour of “Ballroom with a Twist,” directed and choreographed by “Dancing with the Stars” Louis Van Amstel. Michael Orland, who has accompanied and conducted performances for vocalists Jennifer Holliday, Barry Manilow and Chita Rivera, and is pianist, arranger and associate music director on “American Idol,” will serve as the production’s Musical Director. Ovation Award-winner Lee Martino, one of the industries leading stage and television choreographers, will direct and choreograph the production.
The “American Stars in Concert for the Holidays” tour dates are as follows:
Wednesday Dec 2, 2009/ 7:30pm- The Polk Theatre, Lakeland FL
Friday Dec 4, 2009 / 7:30pm- The 1st Baptist Church, Oxford AL
Saturday Dec 5, 2009 / 8pm- The Ford Center, Oxford MS
Wednesday/Dec 9, 2009 / 8pm- Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
Thursday Dec 10,2009/ 7:30pm- University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Saturday / Dec 12,2009/ 7:30pm (split cast)- Slippery Rock University, PA
Saturday /Dec 12, 2009 / 8pm (split cast)- Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
Sunday /Dec 13, 2009 / 8pm- Lane Theatre, Frostberg MD
Friday/ Dec 18, 2009/ 8pm- Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt Pleasant MI
Saturday/ Dec 19,2009/ 8pm- Paramount Theatre, Aoura IL
Link here to her Idols tribute to Michael Jackson.
ALEXIS was born Alexis Grace Middleton in Memphis, Tennessee on August 14, 1987. Her parents are Andrea and Randy Middleton.
Randy, her father is an accomplished and much sought after musician and has been the bassist for internationally acclaimed singer Ann Peebles for 16 years. Her mother is the executive assistant at a nationally recognized services company.
ALEXIS first performance was at the age of 10 when she performed in her high school talent show and the school musicals. At the age of 14 her love of music led her to enroll in Overton High School in Memphis which has a nationally recognized creative and performing arts program. ALEXIS is convinced this was the best decision she has made.
This program solidified her love of music, performing, and desire to pursue a career in music and entertainment.ALEXIS was an over achieving student, having graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and with equally impressive success in the creative and performing arts program.
While in high school, ALEXIS began performing with bands. singing in choirs,learning to play guitar, and writing music, establishing herself as one of Memphis' best new artist.
In 2005, ALEXIS auditioned for the prestigious University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music Scholarship and was accepted and continued her creative and performing arts studies at the U of M.
In early 2007 , ALEXIS was blessed with a beautiful daughter, Ryan Elizabeth. When baby Ryan was a year old, ALEXIS began to refocus on her musical career. Her dad asked her to join his group as their lead singer. With her dads group she performed in various venues around Memphis and the region.
"American Idol" came into ALEXIS life during this period. "Idol" had been growing in popularity and ALEXIS was a fan with the dream of someday appearing on the show, and decided to audition. First, when she was 16, in Florida, and the second time when she was 19 in her own hometown, Memphis. Both attempts ended in turndowns. These setbacks created a more determined ALEXIS in her pursuit of her career and one of her goals.... not just to appear on "Idol" but being chosen as its winner.When ALEXIS was 21, she happened to check the "Idol" website and that auditions would be held in 2 days in Louisville, Kentucky for the 2009 season. She called her aunt Laura, who is her biggest "Idol" buddy, And she agreed to take ALEXIS to Louisville, where they stayed with friends, and auditioned for the show, ALEXIS was invited back for the second round to audition for the "infamous" judges. She was a unanimous pick to go to Hollywood.
The entire family, including Baby Ryan, came this time. They watched as ALEXIS was rewarded with....... "The Golden Ticket To Hollywood"...... ALEXIS was ecstatic.
ALEXIS had never been to Los Angeles, but dreamed of going one day, but, going with a purpose, ALEXIS met people from all across the country who shared some of the same dreams she had. ALEXIS made the top 36 which put her on national television for her first time. The pint-sized singer with the big soulful voice brought her downhome Memphis roots to the "Idol" stage and was named to its "Top "13", ALEXIS eventually Finished in 11th place, and a unanimous opinion is that she should have finished much higher,
ALEXIS currently guest host on radio station Q107.5 mornings with Maney and Riley.
ALEXIS has been a collector of old records (anything Memphis, and 50s, 60s, 70s) for a few years and has built an impressive collection. ALEXIS has been collecting vintagecaricature watches with one of her favorites being Lucy from the Peanut comic strip.
ALEXIS likes all types of music, with a couple of her favorites being Justin Timberlake and Pink. She would like to someday record an album of standards.
Fresh off of the American Idols Live Tour, Michael Sarver joins four other past Idols for the “American Stars In Concert for the Holidays” tour. Michael finished 10th place on the 8th season of Fox’s hit TV show,” American Idol”, where he established himself as a talented singer with a big heart and a lot of potential. At the age of 28, Michael has gone from an oil rigger, known as one of the hardest jobs in the world, to a singer with loving and dedicated fans all over the world. Now, married with two children and the great starting foundation given by American Idol, Michael has all the tools, drive, and purpose that he needs to become a force in the music industry, specifically the country music genre. After his American Idol journey Michael is now recording his debut album and is eager to build a solo career in country music and earn the respect of his peers.
Gina Glocksen is best known as the 9th place finalist of the 6th season of the mega-hit television show American Idol. Although Gina was often referred to as the ‘rocker chick’, her musical influences and abilities range far beyond the realm of rock. Gina’s original music infuses the passion and attitude of a rock n roll rebel with precision and soul of the modern ‘diva’. Since her time on Idol, Gina has toured North America on the American Idols Live Tour and continues to perform around the country showcasing her orginal music.
While on the show, Gina’s genuine candor and charming wit made her a favorite of millions and it has helped her to continue her career in entertainment as a co-host on the FOX Reality show ‘American Idol Extra’. In addition to working in television Gina continues to write and record original music with the help of many great musicians including Samantha Maloney (former drummer of Hole and Motley Crue) and Geoff Repo (son of legendary rock producer Bob Ezrin) to name a few. Glocksen’s captivating personality and edgy style have helped the world to see that this girl is a talent that can not be ignored.
Singer/songwriter/actor, DAVID HERNANDEZ, gained national attention with his powerful voice and affable personality as an American Idol 2008 Rnalist.
He began singing at age six, starring in musicals and performing with various theatre companies throughout Arizona. When he reached the young age of fifteen, he began writing original music and recording his material.
A Phoenix native, Hernandez recently gave up his apartment in Arizona and moved to Hollywood where he is writing new songs, working in the recording studio producing his newest music, and pursuing his passion for acting. He has already landed a feathered lead in the movie Synthetic Truth.
In addition to American Idol, David has showcased his talents on The Ellen Show, The Today Show, MTV's TRL, EXTRA, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Teen Choice Awards, TV Guides' Sexiest Stars 2008, Idol Tonight, Idol Gives Back and FOX-TV.
A once-in-a-life-time invitation came to David this past January. He was asked to sing at the Inaugural Kick-Off Celebration ball for President Barack Obama. He was honored to share the stage with Jamie Foxx, John Legend and Maroon 5, along with hosts Jessica Alba and TV producer legend, Norman Lear.
During holiday season 2008, David traveled throughout the US, singing for over 250,000 people, as the star of a twenty-four city tour entitled Idols at Christmas. And over the July 4th weekend, David headlined three sold out shows in the showroom at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas.
Scottsdale's most exclusive restaurant and club, Barcelona, was David's performance home for nearly a year performing three nights a week with his band Generation. David's high energy stage presence and flawless vocal delivery keep the club packed every night.
David counts Stevie Wonder, Ne-yo, Donnie Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson and David Foster among his musical influences.
is currently the Pianist, Arranger and Associate Musical Director for the hit FOX-TV series AMERICAN IDOL. Through this amazing opportunity, Michael has appeared on OPRAH, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD and a record number of appearances on THE ELLEN SHOW. At the end of every IDOL season, Michael also accompanies the top 3 contestants to New York for appearances on REGIS & KELLY, CBS EARLY SHOW, and concerts on the plaza for THE TODAY SHOW. He has collaborated with music industry giants such as Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, Diane Warren, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Jennifer Lopez, and Tony Bennett all as a result of American Idol. He also served as a pianist/coach for the successful summer series AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (Seasons 1 & 2) and a few seasons back AMERICAN JUNIORS and has Associate Produced two hit singles (GOD BLESS THE U.S.A. and WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE) for AMERICAN IDOL as well as the hit compilation CD from AMERICAN JUNIORS.
Michael began his impressive musical career in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts at the tender age of three, when he escorted each member of his family, one by one, to see “MARY POPPINS” and then sat down at the piano and played the songs by ear. Since this auspicious beginning, he has become one of the most acclaimed musical directors on the concert, theater, and nightclub scene.
In addition to playing and conducting for many celebrities including Susan Anton, Lucie Arnaz, Kaye Ballard, Lynda Carter, Sam Harris, Jennifer Holliday, Lainie Kazan, Sally Kellerman, Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow, Maureen McGovern, Chita Rivera, and the late Wayland Flowers & Madame, Michael played for the hit shows “FORBIDDEN BROADWAY”, “RUTHLESS!”, and “WHEN PIGS FLY” in Los Angeles. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut accompanying the legendary MGM star Ann Miller.
Prior to AMERICAN IDOL, television appearances have included The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Leeza, The Maury Povich Show, The Wayne Brady Show, and Geraldo. He also appeared on the hit sitcom “THE NANNY” performing an original song. He also played a pianist (it’s a stretch) on the WB sitcom “WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU” and the UPN sitcom HALF & HALF.
Every winter, Michael musical directs one of the touring companies of the RADIO CITY CHRISTMA SPECTACULAR starring the world-famous Rockettes. And he is now a published author in the best-selling book “Chicken Soup For The American Idol Soul”
An accomplished songwriter, his songs have been featured on several daytime soaps and primetime shows. On recordings, he can be heard on Debbie Gravitte’s “Alan Menken Album” and “MGM Album”; Rita McKenzie’s “Ethel Merman’s Broadway”, “Ruthless! The Musical”, and produced and arranged several CD’s for cabaret artists. Michael is currently working on a solo piano album due out soon.
Please visit Michael's web site (www.michaelorland.com) periodically for news updates and upcoming events.