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Article from Sacramento News & Review

By Jonathan Mendick
This article was published on 02.07.13

Thurs., Feb. 14, Close to You
Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, 7 p.m., $15

You wouldn't expect a voice as unique as Karen Carpenter's to be imitable. But vocalist Michelle Whited of Carpenters tribute group, is a dead ringer for the late, great singer. This Valentine's Day, The Carpenters Tribute will bring copious Carpenters love songs to Harlow's. Whited's dead-on phrasing and soothing voice is complemented by a five-piece backing band consisting of local musicians who match the Carpenters' studio sound with all the laid-back yet soulful intensity it requires. Cozy up with your partner and enjoy love ballads such as We've Only Just Begun, Top of the World, and, of course, (They Long to Be) Close to You.

Article from the Chico Examiner

Close To You performing at Paradise Performing Arts Center, February 2013

It was 30 years ago this month that the world lost The Carpenters' lead singer, Karen Carpenter. When the The Carpenters Tribute took to the stage on Feb. 24 at Paradise Performing Arts Center, it was as if the band had been reunited, and Karen was singing the songs the fans know and love.

Michelle Whited, lead singer for The Carpenters Tribute, has a sultry, lustrous voice that is a near match of the late Karen. Her energy and presence added to the excitement of hearing The Carpenters’ music live. “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “Superstar” and “Only Yesterday” were just a few of the songs the band covered with passion during their performance. A cover of “We’ve Only Just Begun” was welcomed by the audience with applause at the beginning of the song.

Whited was not the only thing reminiscent for fans of the ‘70s pop group. The six-member band also consisted of Jason Galbraith on woodwinds, who would alternate between oboe, clarinet, saxophones and other instruments during the two-hour performance. There was even a time when Galbraith had a shaker in one hand and the clarinet in the other – playing both instruments without missing a beat.

The rest of the band included Don Stamey on the keyboard/piano; Jay Posey on bass; Ryan Martell on guitar; and Gary Symington on drums and vibes. Each performer was a perfect match in their respective position for paying tribute to The Carpenters.

The Carpenters were known for making beautiful music that a live tribute band might have trouble recreating. “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft,” a song that reportedly was recorded using over 160 musicians, sounded incredible through The Carpenters Tribute, who, obviously, didn’t use that many for their version of the song.

The Carpenters Tribute is a must for any fans of The Carpenters.

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