New York City —Las Vegas diva Lani Misalucha debuts at the Town Hall in a concert titled “Lani Misalucha Live In Concert,” on November 22, 2015 at 4 PM. She shares the stage with multi-awarded tenor Jared Martin, whom she first met at an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall two years ago.
Lani Misalucha’s music genre comes in many different types and styles ranging from ballad to pop rock, and, even jazz. In March 2008, she became the first concert artist of Asian descent to headline a main showroom concert at Jubilee Theatre at the Bally’s Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, performing with Hawaii’s Society of Seven. She was voted Best Singer (Staff Pick) in the “27th Annual Best of Las Vegas” poll by the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman declared December 4 “Lani Misalucha Day” to give due recognition to her extraordinary talent, following San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown Jr. who had declared August 17 “Lani Misalucha Day.” In October 2011, Lani also started hosting “In Vegas with Lani,” a travel and lifestyle TV show.
“Lani’s talent completely blew me away! So I’m most looking forward to getting to sing a duet with her during this upcoming concert,” Jared said.
He has just completed a master’s degree in music education from the University of Arts in Philadelphia. At 23, Jared has been further sharpening his musical skills by joining different singing competitions and exploring the uncharted territories of R&B music.
He recently won the title “Grand Winner: Freehold Idol 2015,” the eight edition of the annual singing contest held in Freehold, New Jersey, which is near his hometown, Toms River.
A regular fixture in various community theater productions since he was a kid, Jared’s current followers are more accustomed to him singing Josh Groban, OPM ballads, and songs from popular musicals, especially “Music of the Night” from “The Phantom of the Opera.” “It’s one of my dreams to play the role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s classic musical, so being able to sing that song allows me to really appreciate his music and feel the power of the musical itself,” he says.
Part of the proceeds from the the show will benefit ABS-CBN’s Bantay Bata Foundation, which supports child abuse victims in the Philippines, and the Filipino-American Community Development Center of Ocean County Inc.(FCDC), a nonprofit that helps preserve Philippine culture and heritage. The Bantay Bata is one project which Jared feels close to his heart.
“When I took my first trip to the Philippines in 2013, I experienced firsthand the young children who were not even old enough to take care of themselves begging for food on the streets. That deeply affected me, because you don’t realize how blessed so many children in America are compared to what many children in the Philippines experience every day. Since Bantay Bata is a wonderful organization that donates to these needy children in the Philippines, I’m proud to continue working with them to help support these children,” says Jared.
To buy tickets ($48-$138) to “Lani Misalucha Live In Concert,” call 732-929-3909, 201-388-1927, 646-644-1412, 845-520-1908, 914-309-9564, or 347-738-3025; visit ticketmaster.com; visit the Town Hall box office at 123 W. 43rd St., New York, N.Y.
“Lani Misalucha Live In Concert” is sponsored by Western Union, TFC, Direct TV, and The Blakely New York Hotel (136 West 55th St., New York. N.Y., with tel. no. 212-245-1800).
(Photos and Text by Oliver Oliveros)