It was in a Las Vegas showroom that Earl Turner really came into his own as a master entertainer. And now, following the overwhelming disaster of Hurricane Katrina, it is to a Las Vegas showroom that he returns, ready to entertain - to dazzle - his audience.
From the time he was a child in Fayette, Missouri, Earl cannot recall a moment without music in his life. His mother was a gifted piano player and his father loved to sing gospel and country music. At the age of 13, Earl made his performing debut at the local American Legion. He played bass and his 8-year-old brother Darrell played drums. For three hours they played the same four songs and were rewarded with a payment of fifty cents. Earl Turner was hooked.
In 1989, Earl opened at the Dunes in Las Vegas. He had found his stage in a city which values entertainers more than any other. He played the Excalibur, the Luxor, Caesars Palace, the Desert Inn, and ultimately the RioBamba lounge at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. He was a smash. In 2001, the hotel took the almost-unprecedented step of successfully converting Earl's lounge show into a ticketed show.
From the start, audiences and critics loved his act; an act made up, he says, "of songs that people can relate to, songs of any genre. I really like music that's fun."
One critic wrote, "Earl Turner Live is an evening that you should not miss." Another noted, "More than anything else, Turner wins over the crowd by working hard".
His talent and hard work won Earl ever-increasing audiences. In a city known for outstanding entertainment, he received the Las Vegas Review Journal's "Male Vocalist of the Year" award.
After September 11, he moved into the Rio's main showroom. In 2002 he went on to grace the showroom stage at Harrah's in Laughlin, NV. Again, he was a smash! In May of 2004, Harrah's in New Orleans completed the $5 million renovation that turned its Mansion Ballroom into the Earl Turner Theatre.
Earl quickly became part of the fabric of the Crescent City. In short, Earl Turner embraced New Orleans and New Orleans returned the sentiment.
On August 29th, 2005, Earl planned to celebrate his birthday with a rousing show. It quickly became apparent that this wasn't going to happen, for that was the day Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.
Among the ruins left in the storm's wake was Harrah's; blown away and with it Earl Turner's new life there. With his family, he returned to Las Vegas.
Looking at the months since Katrina, Earl's philosophy is "I believe that everything happens for a reason and I am very optimistic about my future back here in Las Vegas. I really believe the sky's the limit."
BIO - Lani Misalucha
Born into a musical family, with parents who are operatic singers, Lani Misalucha grew up immersed in song. She never planned to be a professional singer, she wanted to be an Astronaut. But, she simply loves to sing, and boy, can she sing! With the voice of an angel cascading up and down the scales like a roller coaster, a full three octaves of heavenly music, she can sing a song like few others can. Growing up and listening to the radio, she expanded her musical horizons to various genres and styles, and has developed a dynamic versatility.
Lani can easily shift from ballad to pop rock and even jazz. She may even surprise you with a sudden burst of operatic aria in a sweet soprano voice. Recording multiplex tapes of the songs of great singers, she can, with alacrity, imitate the vocal stylings of, among others, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, and even Barbara Streisand.
Lani has been in and out of the music scene since the late 1980s as a vocalist in various bands, a soloist on the lounge and nightclub circuits, a singer of commercial jingles and multiplex tapes. It is amazing to note that although she stopped singing professionally for expansive periods at a time, opportunities have never ceased to come knocking at her door. It seems that music is her destiny.
In 1996, she recorded an album with the carriage single, "somebody Warm Like Me", which became an instant hit. Moving to Viva Records in 1999, she did the album "Tunay Na Mahal" with the carrier single of the same title and hit song, "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me". While playing the lead role in S.K. Productions mega-musical, "Rama at Sita", she received accolades for her singing and acting prowess.
She kick-started the year 2000 with a new album entitled, "All Heart" ---a collection of love songs--- led by its single "One More Time" by Dodjie Simon. The album includes songs written by some of today's most acclaimed contemporary composers line Vehnee Saturno, Jimmy Borja, and Trina Belamide.
The year 2001 was a very blessed year for Lani. She became a semi-regular host on the Philippines' Sunday noontime music/variety show, SOP, along with top artists, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Janno Gibbs, and Jaya. In September, she had her first major concert at the Araneta Coliseum called "Lani Misalucha, The Crossover Live Tour". It was a highly successful concert, the venue of which Lani filled to the rafters, earning her more praises from fans and critics alike.
The following year, Lani continued to wow audiences with her breathtaking performances in her US Concert Tour and series of concerts at Onstage in Greenbelt. Lani released her fourth studio album entitled, "Loving You" in June 2003 with the singles, "Tila" and "Malaya Ka Na". In November of that same year, she began hosting her own television show entitled, "Celerity Turns", with actor and comedian, Michael V. aka Junie Lee. Lani was also the preferred choice of foreign artists who have come to Manila to perform. She was the special guest star for music industry icons Kenny Loggins, Brian McKnight, Sergio Mendes and Stephen Bishop.
She continues to perform to SRO audiences wherever she goes, may it be hotels, schools, concerts halls and more. Lani sought and conquered the hearts of those in the United States too, performing in Reno, San Diego, Washington, Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. of San Francisco event made August 17th "Lani Misalucha Day" to give due recognition to her talent as an artist.
In 2004, Lani became the first Asian to headline in a Main Showroom on the Las Vegas Strip, performing with Hawaii's premiere show band, Society Of Seven, at the world famous Jubilee Theatre inside Bally's Hotel & Casino. The show received rave reviews and the highest acclaims from Vegas critics, putting Lani's name high on the list of Vegas' must see performers.
As Las Vegas' new Diva and Siren of the Strip, Lani has proven her status as a top international artist. A successful 15-month run at Bally's and a series of road tours to varied states has permanently etched Lani's names into the hearts of those who she has captured with her musical eloquence. She will enchant once again at the Shimmer Showroom inside the Las Vegas Hilton alongside Earl Turner in their new show entitled "VOICES", a true vocal explosion of energy.
It is not just the beauty and power of Lani's music that has flew and blew her across the globe, performing in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and the Middle East, performing for the King of Malaysia, the Sultan of Brunei, President Nathan of Singapore and Presidents Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines, but it will always be the beauty of Lani's persona that will transcend through every song, heartfelt and genuine in its delivery of all the best that it has to offer, all the best that is yet to come.
Come, see Lani in Las Vegas nightly at 7:00pm inside the Shimmer Showroom at the Las Vegas Hilton and be enchanted, she is sure to steal your heart.