Looking for romantic way to spend this Valentine season with your loved one? Celebrate your love early with an unforgettable evening with Orlando vocalist Carlene Mitchell. This award winning singer/ multi-character Tribute artist will be performing her “Tribute to Natalie Cole”, in Taveres, Florida on Friday February 8th.
Recently Mitchell had the chance to see her alter ego Natalie Cole in concert. Carlene was front row and center to see Cole at the Mahaffey Theater, St Peterburg, Florida. Before heading to the venue she made attempts to meet the star by contacting the venue and even meeting up with Coles security people.
“I met with security, and they did manage to hand deliver my promo package to her which I prepared for her, along with a letter that I wrote letting her know that I am a Natalie Impersonator, and that she was deeply in my prayers during the time of her kidney transplant.” ~ Carlene Mitchell
Mitchell says “I also wrote that I would like to meet her after the show.” Unfortunately the meeting between Ms Cole and Carlene was not to be said Mitchell. She adds that she was “able to get a word or two into her Musical Director” and “waited patiently for security to say it was okay to go in... unfortunately for me, they reached their cap of the number of people allowed in the room, and I was unable to meet her”. But the always effervescent Mitchell says “I am hopeful that I will one day.” She adds that “Seeing her live has given me new inspiration towards the way I perform as Natalie”. Mitchell is also know for her incredible "Dreamgirls Tribute", as well as her tributes music greats such Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, and the late Whitney Houston.
In her early career she trained as classical musician in New York City. She credits her musical inspiration to Jazz and R&B greats including Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Gladys Knight, and Whitney Houston. Since her years in New York she has gone on to perform with various Jazz bands and Swing Orchestras across the country. Her career has taken her to such renowned locations as “The Helmsley Palace”, “Sweetwater's”, “The Rainbow Room” (New York City), “Peter Scott's”, “The Jazz Company”at Pleasure Island, and “The Westin Grand Bohemian” in Orlando.
She has opened for several notable recording artists such as Ray, Goodman, and Brown; Cuba Gooding, Sr., “The Delphonics”, and on stage with Michael Bolton, and Jessica Simpson. In 1991, Carlene made her own recording debut with celebrated French Producer Adrien Dupuy on an album distributed in Paris and abroad.
Carlene says she “strongly believes in performing with, not just for,her audience”. -"Performing is a conversation with the audience. We all communicate; we all get involved" says Mitchell. You can see her 'unforgettable' performance live for yourself this Friday, February, 8th.
When: Friday, February 8th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: AL'S Top Shelf Restaurant (top floor of AL'S Landing)
Address : 111 W. Ruby Street in downtown Tavares, Florida
Contact information (352) 253-5237
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