Aretha Franklin Tribute Band
Cerissa's musical influences blend a plethora of styles, gospel, jazz, R&b, rock, pop, blues and funk. Her diverse sound has been known to give her versatility and a touching edge. With great testimonials, one in particular live show, illuminated her singing in a comical way. A guest mentioned "it was so amazing, it was like losing his virginity".
Cerissa has performed in front of thousands of people and has opened for Billboard winner and 13x Grammy nominee Musiq Soulchild and has toured overseas with Grammy Winner Earl Thomas! While performing as the featured vocalist at Seaworld for their Christmas Miracles productions doing multiple shows for over 5,000 nightly shows, guest frequently wrote in on how much they were impacted.
Cerissa has teamed up with award winning producer and choreographer Bradley Rapier and musician to the stars Musical Director, Kevin Flournoy, for an unprecedented Aretha Franklin tribute, that has led to standing ovations and crowds screaming for more and immediate bookings privately and publicly.
Cerissa will be working with 2x Grammy winning producer Kamau Kenyatta on her upcoming album. Kamau has worked with Aretha Franklin, Gregory Porter, New Kids on the Block, Patti Austin, SWV and countless others!
Producer Bradley Rapier
As founder and visionary for the award winning group, The Groovaloos, Mr. Rapier has directly influenced dance in film and television for over a decade. His creative direction has led to guest appearances on Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Ellen Degeneres, Jimmy Fallon, Wayne Brady and grand championship performances on NBC’s Superstars of Dance (Superstars was described as one the greatest spectacles of dance performance ever seen on television). Mr. Rapier is co-creator, director of choreography, and a producer for GROOVALOO. With over two hundred performances to date, the Off Broadway and touring production was touted “Cirque du Soleil of the Street” and honored with a World Dance Award inspiring audiences of all walks of life to celebrate passion and purpose.
In theatre Mr. Rapier is an Ovation Award and two-time NAACP Award winner for Best Musical Choreography. His love of storytelling has resonated throughout his work with Tony Award winning directors including; Once on This Island for Tommy Kail (director of Hamilton), Motown the Musical (workshops & labs) for director Charles Randolph-Wright
Musical Director Kevin Flournoy
Kevin has produced, written, performed, and recorded with many artists including Chaka Khan, Kenny “Baby Face” Edmonds, Donny Osmond, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Teena Marie, Jeffrey Osborne, The Pointer Sisters, Jennifer Hudson, Howard Hewett, Hillary Duff, Jamie Foxx, The Jazz Crusaders, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, Harvey Mason, and Ronnie Laws to name a few. He has been involved in performing and providing music for several TV projects including American Idol and the Roseanne Barr talk show which aired on CBS.