Many people have called Randy the “Rich Little of Music” due to his vocal range of over 5 octaves and the eclectic variety he performs for his audiences. Randy is a singing vocal impressionist known for traversing genres and generations of top 40 hits! There’s usually someone in the audience at any given performance that believes Randy is lip syncing or changing his voice through electronics. However, neither auto tuners nor harmonizers are ever used by Randy. Shows are kept lively and engaging with simple hat and prop changes throughout his performances. With approximately 400 songs in his repertoire we can tailor his sets to fit the crowd and venue. Even if you’ve seen him a dozen times, you’re bound to hear something new!
Randy may begin a performance as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Chris Young, Freddie Fender, or any of the 3 generations of Hank Williams; and five minutes later become the voice of Louie Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Tom Petty, John Cougar Mellencamp, Bon Jovi, Mick Jagger, Roger Daltrey, John Fogerty, Jim Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Rick James, Lionel Richie, Buddy Holly, Héctor Lavoe, Enrique Iglesias, Harry Belefonte, Chubby Checker, Roy Orbison, Elvis, or the Big Bopper... and the list goes on!
Almost every show includes performances of Randy’s most requested covers including Jay & the Americans’ “Cara Mia”, the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody", Louie Armstrong's "Wonderful World" & Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”!
Although Randy loves to perform a variety of music at every show, theme shows can be requested. Available themes include Country, Oldies/Sock Hop, Disco/Funk/Motown, Crooners, 60s & 70s Variety, 80s Variety, Roy Orbison/Elvis Tribute, and a Diverse Spanish Variety. During the holidays a selection of Christmas songs season Randy’s performances as well.
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Randy has been featured as an opening act for Sonny Geraci & the Outsiders, Donnie Iris, Warrant, Fire House, La Flavour, internationally acclaimed pianist Marvin Goldstein and vocalist Vanessa Joy, national fiddle champion and former Patsy Cline band member Curtis Lee, and Ron Retzer of Wheeling Jamboree, in addition to world famous tribute artists Mr. Speed, Little Ozzy, and Cowboy. Currently, Randy’s schedule is filled with both private and public performances in Ohio and western Pennsylvania, with expansion into Florida. Public venues range from amphitheaters, theaters, festivals, fairs, flea markets and summer events, to restaurants and wineries.
"Ever since I was a little boy, I mimicked the voices of my favorite cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny. During my teens I couldn't resist paying close attention to how people spoke and I loved to impersonate even my own parents. Spending much of my time playing bass and singing both lead and harmonies in bands during the 80s was a valuable experience. As someone who paid close attention to pitch, tone, and key, I wanted to cover songs very close to the original versions. When I became a solo artist, I began to combine my childhood talents of mimicking voices with my love for many years of music I’d heard. Melodies that were soundtracks to our lives playing from 8 tracks, turntables, transistor radios, cassettes, music videos and CDs now ring out from my own mic. The gift of music given to me, I’m able to give to others. I love bringing back memories and helping make new ones by replicating musical voices from the past and present.”
Randy Velez rocked the NY and NJ circuit, supplying the bass lines for The Hellcats during the 80s. With their own spin on the hype of hair band metal and punk, influences of The New York Dolls, The Ramones, and The Cult bled into their originals which were backed by the drive of Bonham's heartbeat on drums. The Hellcats graced the stages of CBGB's, The Chance in Poughkeepsie, Billy O's, Murphy's Law, The Cat Club, L'Amours, The Class, The Kitten Club, The China Club, Zone DK, Connections, Escapades, The Sanctuary, the infamous Nutshell of the original Woodstock era and many more. This opened the opportunity to shoot a music video that was featured in MTV's Underground USA series featuring a Hellcat original, "The Girl's Got Too Much," and then Randy laid his bass to rest. Log onto the Hellcats Facebook page at facebook.com/HellcatsRock to check out Hellcat history and get the latest news on what Randy and 2 of the original Hellcats are sinking their claws into!
In 2008, after a 15 year hiatus, Randy had restrung his bass and accepted an invitation to join the boys of the very talented blues and rock trio Shady Drive from west side Cleveland, Ohio for a year. Shady Drive has shared the stage with well-known artists such as The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and The Buckinghams.
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