My Diversity is My Strength – Toronto Wedding Funeral Singer

I would say that one of the things that makes me a very unique singer is my versatility. Whereas many singers tend to be defined by a certain genre, I refuse to be pigeonholed into one specific style of music. Fortunate for me, my vocal abilities fit a number of different styles of music and as a result, I have been asked to sing a number of different styles of music at various types of occasions.

Although I was classically trained, I found that I would be complemented on my voice when I would sing songs from other genres, including popular music. When I started taking vocal lessons, my vocal teacher introduced me to various types of songs that she felt would fully showcase my vocal abilities. The advantage of this is that it has created many more singing opportunities. Although I have stayed true to my classical roots and continue to sing as a cantor at weekly mass, I regularly perform songs from musicals, jazz artists and if the arrangement is right, even popular music.

This versatility has helped me in putting together an eclectic set list of songs whenever I have been asked to perform at any type of event. A common theme that I’ve been told by my clients  is that they didn’t expect my repertoire to be so diverse. A typical set list of mine for an event or wedding reception would look like this.

For Always – Josh Groban

Home – Michael Buble

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Because We Believe – Andrea Bocelli

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel

My Funny Valentine – Frank Sinatra

All I Ask of You – Andrew Lloyd Webber (From Phantom of The Opera)

O Sole Mio – Liuciano Pavarotti

You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles

Regresa A Mi – Il Divo

As a performer, I am also aware of the importance of being flexible and being able to accommodate any special requests that my clients may have. There have been many occasions where my clients have asked me to learn and perform a specific song, which I have always been more than happy to do. Not only does this help to expand my musical repertoire but it also makes my performance that much more memorable for the client as I am able to sing a song that has special meaning to them. In the end, it becomes a win-win situation for both parties.

As previously mentioned, my diverse musical repertoire has allowed me to sing at a number of notable events. I have been asked to perform the Canadian National Anthem at a Liberal Gala Fundraiser in 2014 for Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. I have also performed at Gala events for the Major of Toronto, John Tory and for the former Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Stephenson King. I have also repeatedly been asked by Major Frank Scarpitti from the City of Markham to sing at a number of City events including the 2019 Remembrance Day Ceremony, the McCowan Freeman Park Dedication Ceremony, The Major’s Senior Hall of Fame and The City of Markham’s Canada Day 150 celebration. No two events are alike and being able to pull music from different genres depending on the occasion has helped to increase the value of my stock.

One thing I do realize is that there are many great singers out there. However, to be able to cut through the noise and to be recognized requires a certain uniqueness from the individual. I definitely feel that my diversity of musical repertoire is one of my biggest assets and is helping me to get noticed. Feel free to check out my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/jonniestar) and to check out my videos and to see for yourself how diverse my set list really is. Thanks for taking the time to read by blog.

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