“Micah Barnes at The Sands Hotel”
“Billy Newton Davis Sings Sammy Davis Jr”
Directed by Thom Allison and Musical Direction by Diane Leah this show features Billy Newton Davis performing “Sammy & Me” about his real-life experience working with Sammy Davis Jr., and Micah Barnes taking you on the rollercoaster ride of his career in “Micah at The Sands Hotel”!
“This is not JUST a night in Vegas! This is a show packed with great humour, the music of Vegas, and entertainment history featuring two of Canada’s best loved entertainers, both former members of The Nylons! Billy Newton-Davis’ real-life experience working with Sammy Davis Jr. and Micah Barnes’ heartfelt journey through the music industry are both fascinating and captivating. You’ll also hear some really great tunes…Vegas style!”- Erica Angus, Executive Director, Theatre Collingwood
Born in Vienna and raised in Canada, Micah Barnes cut his teeth in the cabarets and jazz clubs of Toronto in his teen years, before joining The Nylons in 1989. Recording and touring as a member of the internationally celebrated A Capella group placed Micah firmly within the global music scene. Through managing a busy schedule of concerts and television appearances, Micah’s rich and soulful baritone was introduced to music fans around the world.
In his days since the Nylons, Micah has launched an active solo career, which included touring the USA with his international club hit “Welcome To My Head” – which placed #1 on the Billboard charts. His solo career also marked his long-awaited return to the jazz genre of his early years, resulting in a series of critically acclaimed recordings, including New York Stories (e-One Music). Micah has also shared the stage with a host of internationally renowned artists, including Molly Johnson & Jackie Richardson.
Micah’s latest release, 2020’s “Vegas Breeze” entered the jazz charts at #1. The music (including singles “When in Rome” and “End of a Love Affair”) transports listeners back to the days of the legendary Vegas showrooms, featuring songs first recorded by jazz luminaries Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Mel Torme, and Peggy Lee.
At his home base in Toronto, Micah is a busy Vocal, Performance and Career Strategy Coach whose International clients include GRAMMY nominated J.P. Saxe and Emmy Award-winning Tatiana Maslany. To learn more about Micah Barnes’ Singer’s Playground visit: https://singersplayground.com
He received his Bachelor Of Fine Arts Degree from Ohio University and upon graduation moved to New York to pursue his dreams on Broadway. He appeared in several Broadway shows including “Bubblin Brown Sugar”, “Eubie”, “Got Tu Go Disco”, and “Stop The World”, starring Sammy Davis Jr. His debut singing gig, in 1973, was as a backing vocalist to Gloria Gaynor, and in 1989 he released “Can’t Live with You, Can’t Live Without You,” a duet with Céline Dion.
A formidable presence in the Canadian music industry, Billy received Junos for best R&B/soul recording for his first two albums “Love Is a Contact Sport” (1986) and “Spellbound” (1989), and more recently a Juno for best dance recording of the year for his work with deadmau5 on “All U Ever Want.” Billy is featured on releases by The Boomtang Boys, Nino Anthony, and MelleeFresh. From 1991-93, he was a member of Canadian super singing group, The Nylons.
In Toronto, Billy has become a favourite performer for philanthropic and corporate events, and regularly appears in the city’s best live venues performing jazz, gospel and R&B. For decades, Billy has been lending his voice as an activist for HIV/AIDS awareness and the ongoing fight for equality.
Billy’s latest EP, released in 2020 is a jazzy, bluesy, gospelicious offering recorded live-off-the-floor and features some of his favourite classics from the great American songbook.
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