2008 GUESTS AND FRIENDS
In January a special guest, Fernando Correia Marques
, dropped in
to check out the talent and he left a special
invitation: the best contestant can open his
shows in Portugal.
Tony Camara was born in Toronto , Canada . Tony was introduced to music at a very early age. During Tony’s childhood, he accompanied his parents when they travelled to various cities across Portugal and North America to entertain many immigrant communities. In fact, one week after being born, his parents were back on tour using a Portuguese guitar case as a crib for Tony.Tony’s upbringing has profoundly influenced his fondness of music and the Portuguese culture.
he has recorded over 100 albums and is the only artist in Portugal
who has had 7 songs in the Top 20 charts at the same time.
John Santos had the pleasure of recording and touring with him.
He offers his whole-hearted support to the contest.
Tó Maria Vinhas
Desman, born in Toronto, Shawn is one of the
most successful Portuguese-Canadian
artists and already has two albuns enjoying strong success among the
younger crowds who appreciate his
modern and up beat tunes. Beyond his career as a singer and a
dizzying schedule of shows, he still finds tims to help and give his
assistance to young, up-and-coming new artists as co-producer and
Santos, born in Vancouver, B.C. Lisa started
singing professionally at 18. She plays
the flute, keyboards and percussion. Lisa
studied for 2 years at the Royal
Conservatory of Music and sings in 7
languages, Portuguese being one of the languages she is musically
fluent in. With her husband, John Santos, she makes up the other half
of Duo Santos and has already recorded 1 CD as a solo artist and 10
as a member of the Duo.
Mike Sergeant is a Scottish-born musician
who immigrated to Portugal. His
participation in the bands Gemini and
Quartet 1111 assured him his place in
Portugal’s musical history. He has
produced and composed for some of the biggest names in Portugal
including José Cid, José Malhoa, Ágata and many more. He also
produced 2 albums for Duo Santos.
Dinis Paiva is an actor, singer and television host. He appeared in Mystic
Pizza, the movie that “started it all” for
Julia Roberts. He has many recordings
to his name and has helped many artists
with his TV show in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was the driving
force for Lisa Santos to record her fado album.
Born and raised in Pico, Azores, and
settled in California since 1979, ChicoÁvila has achieved extraordinary success
as a recording artist, with 2 gold records
and over 20 projects to date. He has appeared on several television
programs on RTPi, SIC, FOX and CBC and was recognized as
Australia’s highest selling Portuguese Artist of 2006.
José Cid is one of the most prolific singer/
songwriters in Portugal. He has crossed
many musical genres, from folk to pop to
progressive rock to fado... all
successfully. He has devoted much of his time and talent to promoting
young artists in Portugal and was kind enough to waive his broadcast
rights, authorising the ASCJS to use any of his music for television.
Duo Santos has two songs written for them by José Cid.
In 2003 John Botelho reopened Laurinda’s Bar in
honour of his mother. The Restaurant was
transformed into an entertainment complex
that is home to the best Karaoke in town.
In 2006 John Santos brought the
Amateur Singing Competition to Laurinda’s,
creating a once per week musical program
that allows artists to showcase their talents.
In the course of these gatherings, Laurinda’s
has been host to several famous singers
from Portugal, most recently Fernando Correia
Marques who performed for the singers
and the crowd of spectators.
Onofre Duque, as the official photographer of this great
program created by the Duo Santos,
Onofre is honoured and delighted to
be a part of this great idea,
capturing every memorable
moment of this competition.
Silvestre Videos, José Henrique and Adroalda Silvestre,