The Carpenters Tribute
featuring Michelle Whited
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The Carpenters Tribute member bios

Michelle - lead vocal
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Michelle established her passion to sing. During high school, she led her first band through statewide productions and achieved awards for various vocal performances. She obtained a scholarship at a private university, having composed a ballad she also sang. Ongoing publicity brought her contracts with regional bands, selected jazz ensembles, and solo appearances throughout the west. She was solicited for the U.S. Air Force Orchestra as a lead vocalist. Michelle has performed for professional sport teams, including the prior SuperSonics, Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trailblazers, and LA Laker pre-game events. Many of these events were attended by notable celebrities. She has recorded in LA and Chicago, and currently, given her genre diversity, maintains an active schedule as a freelance singer in the region. Michelle was introduced to a Carpenters' recording, which in part influenced her to perform a specific song, "Bless the Beast & the Children," enhancing support for Child Protective Services and the Humane Society. Her rendition was received with a standing ovation.
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Don - keyboards
Throughout the years Don has played for vocal groups, gospel quartets, and parties. He has performed with the the Denny Russell Band, a country/rock group. He has played several instruments, but the piano has been his passion. Other musical interests include arranging and orchestration, which began from hearing the arrangements of Richard Carpenter. Don has been a fan of the Carpenter's music since he first heard them in the early 1970s. He is originally from Southern California and grew up in Downey, where the Carpenters lived for years.
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Jay - bass
Jay has eclectic tastes in music and is experienced playing different styles of rock, jazz, Latin, and country. His father was a music professor so there are also strong classical and art music influences. His bass lines emphasize a melodic as well as rhythmic quality that is such an important characteristic of Carpenters songs.
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Gary - drums
A percussionist since high school, Gary toured with show bands performing on drums and vibraphone throughout the southern U.S. before completing his BFA degree at Syracuse University. Gary is now employed as an art director while also enjoying his passion to perform live. Since joining the group, he has acquired a keen appreciation of The Carpenter's sensitive arrangements, particularly the drumming styles of studio great Hal Blaine as well as that of the accomplished Karen Carpenter.
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Jason - woodwinds
A native of Northern California, Jason has been on the Sacramento music scene since 2004. His talents as a gifted multi-nstrumentalist, composer, and educator, have enabled him to perform at countless clubs, festivals, and concert venues. Both a band leader and player throughout the West coast, Jason has been featured on many albums. He has toured the west with the Andrew Heringer Band, and shared stages with artists such as, Ingrid Jenson, Dave Pietro, Wycliffe Gordon, and Wayne Bergeron. He is often called upon as a guest artist and is routinely in collaboration with other artists who perform his originals. Jason appreciates the intricate arrangements and the many woodwind accents The Carpenters utilized throughout their recordings.
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Ryan - electric guitar
Ryan learned his first song, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Helplessly Hoping", from a friend when he was 14. Since then, he's been hooked on guitar and tries to learn any song that is interesting to him. Introduced to the group by bandmember Jason in 2012, Ryan has enjoyed becoming familiar with the Carpenters' music. He feels there are great guitar parts to learn and play, as well as pleasant melodies. Playing Carpenters music feels like a nice fit for him musically.
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