Music Department

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The Center is very fortunate to have talented musicians at our 10:30 AM Sunday Celebrations. Now you can see and read about each of them. Please contact David Lile, our Musical Director, for booking information.

Thom Carr
Thom is one of the most dedicated and accomplished pianists in the nation. He specializes in brilliantly orchestrated Standards, Classics and Broadway Showtunes with a sophisticated style at the piano.
In addition to Corporate Events, Cocktail Parties, Yachts and Wedding Music, Thom can also delight audiences with video clips being projected simultaneously to accompany his music.

Clay CartlandClay-Cartland
Clay is a South Florida who was most recently seen as Robbie Hart in Slow Burn’s musical “The Wedding Singer”. Clay has also been seen throughout the year at Gablestage, Actors’ Playhouse, Stage Door Theatre, Plaza Theatre, Parade Productions, and Island City Stage. Clay is a Silver Palm award winner as well as a Carbonell nominee. Clay also teaches improv comedy, performs Theatre for Young Audiences at Actors’ Playhouse and does voice over at Universal Labs..

Jus’ Cynthia
Jus’ Cynthia (Cynthia Strachan Saunders)
Singer/Songwriter/Author
In the music world she is known as Jus’ Cynthia. This soulful, vibrant, jazzy vocalist is certain to soothe the soul and bring a sense of well being to those who hears her. She connects with the audience with her warm and friendly personality, she invites them along with her bright smile and she keeps them there with her heart felt style of music.

Noreena Downey
Noreena Downey, a graduate of University of Miami, has a career in entertainment spanning over two decades. She is a vocalist/Entertainer/Dancer/Band Leader and licensed Talent Agent. Miss Downey has shared the Hard Rock Concert Hall stage with Dionne Warrick & Sheryl Lee Ralph and many others. She can be reached at dwnnor@bellsouth.net.

Terry HammondTerry Hammond
Over the years I have enjoyed an exciting career in the performing arts . . . a field in which I have worn many hats. Ultimately I consider my greatest contribution to be as a composer and lyricist. This is where I believe I have been most blessed. The primary focus of my artistic energy is now directed towards the ongoing creation and performance of my individual songs . . . and just as importantly, the production of my stage works for the musical theater and the opera house.I am documenting my work by means of recordings . . . and published music

Gisbert HeuerGisbert Heuer
Gisbert Heuer, a native German from Berlin received his education and training in performing arts and voice in Europe, (Germany and Netherlands).He’s experienced on stage as a vocalist and performer and backstage as a director and musical director in Europe and the United States.
He carries a degree in Musicology from the Free University of Berlin, during his college years he discovered his passion for the human voice as a musical instrument and started teaching technique.
In the year 2000 Mr. Gisbert launched his own business Mr. Gisbert’s Voice Studio.”where we transform you from a mere singer into a true vocalist”

Marly-JohnsonMarly Johnson
Marly, singer – songwriter and a winner of STAR SEARCH in Canada, has performed in major nightclubs (The Diplomat, The Fountainbleau, Hard Rock Cafe among others) and headlined on leading cruise ships (Celebrity, Norwegian, MSC in Europe, Hawaii and the Caribbean Islands). Her songs of romance in French and English are passionate and moving. Marly’s best selling album of inspired lyrics based on Latin music is entitled “Armee D’Amour” or in English – “The Army of Love.”

Shelley KeelorShelley-Keelor
Shelley Keelor is an international soloist having soloed in over a dozen countries including, Turkey and Italy. She also passionately enjoys the theatrical stage and is returning, in October, to the Arsht Center in Miami to perform in the 5th anniversary of the production, ROCK ODYSSEY. Shelley performs and is known for throughout Florida, her one woman show, A Broadway Love Story. She also is a vocal teacher at the renown School of Rock and an after school music teacher. Oh, and a proud mom to her 5 year old.

Kim LaBarberaKim-Barbera
Kim has performed since childhood and made her debut in New York City at the Limelight club opening for Katrina and the Waves. She made a very busy career for herself in Los Angeles and wrote and performed songs with her band mates. After leaving the world of music and spending some years in the field of Information Technology she found herself performing again at public events including World Aids Day and Jazz In The Park in Lauderhill. She is back to writing original songs and is currently focusing on songs about social issues and spiritual awareness.

David McBride
A dynamic vocalist, skilled pianist and dazzling entertainer originally from Portland, Maine, David McBride spent the early part of his career getting rave reviews for his performances in musicals, concerts, cabarets, and other venues. He then made the difficult decision to leave the footlights to pursue a business career, but his love for performing had never left him.
In 2008, David made a triumphant return to the stage, and he has been performing to rave reviews across the country ever since. David McBride is living proof that it’s never too late to dream.

David SalihDavid-Salih
David Salih is a singer, songwriter, pianist, producer, graphic designer, actor and leader of transformational courses. He has performed all over the nation singing and acting in various productions, including the National Tour of ‘Tintypes’ and ‘Some Enchanted Evening.’ He was a songwriter for the musical ‘Tusk’, which won the top ten award in the Broadway Musical Theatre Festival, where it was produced. He is also the founder of the Healing Arts Performance Project, which produces cirque-type shows and workshops.

Karen SchoenhalsDavid-Salih
Karen Schoenhals grew up in an environment full of music, belonging to an extended family of pianists, singers, instrumentalists, composers, and dancers. She began studying piano at the age of eight. She earned a master’s degree in classical guitar performance from Florida International University. In addition to performing live on WXEL radio, Schoenhals has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, including performances with the FAU Wind Symphony Orchestra, the FIU Women’s Choir, and as concerto soloist with the Cadillac Symphony Orchestra. Her website is: www.BodyOfMyGuitar.com.

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