Ray enjoys world-wide fame thanks to his own unique voice and professional and charismatic aura. Besides his role in the group, he is still concentrating on a solo career and has performed to sell out theatres and audiences in venues around the world, having been associated with great names like Carole King, Whitney Houston, Lionel Ritchie, Paul McCartney and Diana Ross. Without doubt, he is one of the world’s greatest entertainers and enjoys a large following.
Back by popular demand performing on this year’s show Kelly Banlaki who moved to England from Budapest over 8 years ago, and since graduating from music school she now performs all over the North West. Her primary focus as a jazz singer and is currently being pursued with the help from her band: ëJosspotsí – who are currently working on releasing their first EP We are very proud once again to have Kelly perform in this years show, she is no doubt a star in the making.
One of the most up and coming artists Blackpool has produced, Ben has appeared on Britainís Got Talent,he has a love for country music which he has wowed audiences all over the UK as well as appearing at the top country festivals, but its not only country and western Ben performs, he sings songs from Elvis, Michael Buble, Billy Fury, to name just a few, and he is back by popular demand as he performs once again at a this years A Passion for life.
Making his debut at this year’s show is Vaughan Kennedy, he is blessed with the rare gift of being a naturally talented pianist and songwriter/composer as well as an accomplished lyricist and popular singer. Coming from a family background of the theatre and theatrical management under the expert guidance of Jan Kennedy and Billy Marsh (Billy Marsh Associates), the art of entertainment has always been the forte in Vaughan’s busy commercial and musical life.
Sue has had a highly successful solo career recording with Sir George Martin along with numerous TV appearances and she has worked with many world famous stars. Sue has performed in South Africa, Kenya, Tunisia, Tenerife, Germany, several cruise ships and also summer season shows on Blackpool’s North and South Piers. She has also performed at many prestigious venues throughout the UK.
Mark has a been part of Blackpool’s entertainment industry for over 35 years working all over the world as a professional radio presenter/club DJ. Most of his roots have been in our Paramount resort working over the years in such great clubs as Scamps, Man Fridays, Rio’s, Linekers, and the World Famous Palace Nightclub to name a few, but also internationally for Cunard Cruise Lines which included 2 years on-board the QE2. We are so pleased to have Mark back comparing this years show.
Back by Popular Demand He is the ‘MAN’. Lionel Vinyl gets the crowd going like no one else. Lionel will show you all the disco moves and is guaranteed to get everyone taking to the dance floor. He’s the king of the disco heaven. He’s performed at Shane Richies wedding, Kerry Katona’s wedding (Italy), Nicky Butt’s (ex Manchester United and Newcastle football player) wedding (Portugal). Lionel has also appeared in OK and Hello magazines and at many other celebrity events.
Kristy Charles is a seasoned international performer, having worked seasons in India and lived in mainland Spain and Tenerife as well as appearing as regular guest cabaret for the P&O, Princess, Fred Olsen and Seabourne Cruise Lines. Domestically she has consolidated eighteen highly successful summer seasons in Blackpool with work at many other local venues, appearances at Haven and Butlins holiday centres around the country.
Studio15 opened in August 2015 with a strong vision of creating something different, wanting to inspire and offer unique opportunities to young people.Studio15 have provided students for various charity performances, pantomimes, corporate events and dance competitions over the North West. Victoria and Jenna hope to continue to create opportunities for the young talent within their community and they are proud to be in association with A Passion for Life raising money for such a good cause.