| Live Music by Candy Kresmery, Vocalist |
Candy Kresmery is a long-time resident of this area who has brought her love of music to well-respected area venues such as the Anvil Club and Chicago Prime. Combining her love of jazz standards with more contemporary pop sounds, critics have described Candy’s vocal style as “honey-voiced,” “a combination of power with gentle grace,” a blend of warmth and softness with vocal intensity,” and “lush and lovely.”
Candy has sung all her life, but really got started performing while on vacation. She began singing at high-end Florida venues with jazz entertainers and found she loved performing a repertoire catering to an audience that appreciated the time-tested standards and styles of Big Band, Latin, Smooth Jazz, Blues, Swing and Broadway sung by such performers of the past as Keely Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne.
These same well-loved standards and other smooth jazz favorites are currently being enjoyed and appreciated by the next generation through a revitalization led by the more contemporary artists such as Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, and Celine Dion, as well as Michael Buble’, Michael Feinstein and Rod Stewart.
More contemporary pop music artists and groups such as Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Norah Jones, Eva Cassidy, Youngbloods, Pink, Gloria Estefan, Bread, Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, Sarah McLachlan, Roberta Flack and others can also be part of Candy’s many specialized thematic programs as requested by the venues.
Candy is a member of the area vocal group, Chicagoland Voices, as well asa contemporary Christian music performer who started out as a soloist and Worship Team member with Rick Warren’s Saddleback Valley Church in California. She has done several gospel concerts in area churches along with performing at area nursing homes and senior residences.
Candy is a retired special education teacher and school administrator, holding a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Northern Illinois University. But she is now doing what she loves – bringing her love of music to the Elgin area!
Two-time Senior Idol Winner Drury Lane 2014 & 2016; Opening Act for Melissa Etheridge Fall 2017; Nominee for Margaret Hillis Award for Leadership in the Arts 2016.