Voice and Soul

By
Berklee Office of Communications
May 6, 2010
Berklee student Dorian Allen performs Eric Benet's song "You're the Only One."
At the 2010 Singers Showcase, Ben E. King performs two of his greatest hits: "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me."
Three students receive awards: Mario Jose, Naomi Gillies, and William Wells.
Lizz Potter sings "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" by James Taylor.
Giancarlo De Trizio
Luis Figueroa-Roig performs A.J. Rafael's "I Just Want You."
Background vocalists Courtney Williams, Latoria Boyd, Hannah Juliano, Therlande Loussaint, and Katrina Bello.Sheldon Thwaites plays drums.
Orlando Dixon sings "I Can't Help but Wait."
Student Vanessa Garde Luque conducts her arrangement of "I Can't Help but Wait."
Student award-winner Mario Jose performs Seal's "Waiting for You."
Tenor saxophonist Anant Pradhan
Jonathan Ong tears it up on "Cryin'" by Aerosmith.
Torrence Nelson performs "Life Is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane. Flanking him on either side are guitarists Tom Frazer and Jonathan Ong.
Maureen McMullan sings "Too Close for Comfort."
The nine-piece horn and string section at Singers Showcase features Jakub Trasak (far left) on solo violin.
Naomi Gillies performs "Cryin'" by Aerosmith.
For the grand finale, all the singers join Ben E. King on "Stand by Me." Left to right: Lizz Potter, Mario Jose, Orlando Dixon, Ben E. King, Maureen McMullan, Dorian Allen, Naomi Gillies, and Luis Figueroa-Roig. (Not pictured: Torrence Nelson.)
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

At Berklee, the flowering cherry trees outside aren't the only springtime display. Singers Showcase, the college's premier concert for outstanding student vocalists, returned for its 26th year on April 15.

Produced by the Yo Team, it showcased eight of Berklee's most talented singers as well as myriad dancers, instrumentalists, and production crew members. A variety of musical styles were represented, ranging from pop and rock to r&b, hip-hop, and jazz.

An awards ceremony honored three outstanding students for their achievements in performing or arranging: Mario Jose, Naomi Gillies, and William Wells. All three participated in the concert, as well.

As if all that weren't enough, the night got an extra splash of soul when special guest Ben E. King joined the students onstage to perform two of his greatest hits: "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand by Me."

Click on the photo to the left to view a Singers Showcase slideshow.