The Essentials

The Essentials

BandWorldAdult Contemporary

• Principal role in CBS Movie “A Holiday Romance” Starring Andy Griffith, and Naomi Judd • National Anthem performances at the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Blue Jays and sold out shows around the world • Sold over 50,000 copies of their 3 CDs


Based in Toronto, Canada, The Essentials have been performing together for over 9 years. They have captivated audiences around the world with a repertoire that spans 50 years of classic rock and roll and continues to break new ground with modern hits and exciting, new original material.
In just a few years, The Essentials have moved from their humble beginnings in a parking lot of an ice cream shop in London, Ontario, to international acclaim as one of the "finest a cappella groups in the world". Their unique arrangements of songs from the 50's to modern day have won the respect of fans everywhere. Their busy touring schedule has taken them to hundreds of cities in North America and Europe including Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and New York. Their trip across the Atlantic saw them performing for thousands of enthusiastic listeners throughout Great Britain. As well, they have performed with some of the most respected names in the entertainment industry including Little Richard, The Platters and Burton Cummings.
Their first two independent CDs have helped to spread the word of their talent around the world and have entertained thousands of fans on every continent. In collaboration with legendary music producer, Jack Richardson, The Essentials’ first CD, "Oh What A Night!' " took no time at all to reach the top of the indie charts and created a huge demand for a follow up album. The result was a second CD "The Essentials ...And Then Some " which garnered the group a host of glowing reviews and several prestigious industry nominations. With two consecutive home runs, the group decided to try a little twist. They recorded a live show in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario on September 10, 1999 and the result was their third album "The 'Bare' Essentials".
In 2000, The Essentials were cast in the CBS movie “A Holiday Romance”, starring Andy Griffith, Naomi Judd, and Gerald McRaney. More recently, they were cast in a national ad campaign for Bell XpressVu, which featured them singing the Canadian National Anthem. This sparked several invitations from both the Toronto Raptors as well as the Toronto Blue Jays to sing both the U.S. and Canadian anthems at their home games.
Currently, The Essentials are based in Toronto and are working on their 4th CD. The new CD will contain an entertaining play list of classic remakes and fan favorites. A release date has not yet been confirmed but is expected for early 2005.
The Essentials are also in the process of putting together their first full album focused on original material. They are planning to take a new musical direction by incorporating light acoustic instruments into the production. A release date for this album has also not yet been confirmed, but late spring to early summer of 2005 is expected Until then, The Essentials will continue to perform and sell out shows across North America. With the support of those who know them already, and the enthusiasm of the those who will discover them this year, The Essentials will continue to enjoy what they do like no other group… sing!


“Oh What a Night” (1995) (Debut Album)

- Produced by Jack Richardson (Best known for his work with The Guess Who, Bob Seger and Alice Cooper)
- Features fan favorites: “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)”, “Sixteen Candles”, “Runaround Sue” and “Blue Moon”.
- “… high energy quintet, devoting their harmonious labors on this album to the art…” (Primarily A Cappella, San Francisco, CA)

“… And Then Some” (1995)

- Also produced by Jack Richardson
- Features fan favorites: “My Girl”, “Lean on Me”, “California Dreamin’” and “Twistin’ the Night Away”
- “… the harmonies are as tight as ever… “ (Primarily A Cappella, San Francisco, CA)

“Bare” (1999)

- Live album, recorded on November 10th, 1999 in Sault Ste Marie
- Features fan favorites: “Some Kind of Wonderful”, “Brown Eyed Girl”, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “River of Dreams”
- “… The Essentials “Bare” is undoubtedly the most exciting of their 3 discs…” (Kitchener Record, Kitchener, ON)

Set List

Blue Moon
Breakin’ Up Is Hard 2 Do
Come Go With Me
Don’t Stop
Duke Of Earl
Good Love
Happy Together
Heartache Tonight
River Of Dreams
Sixteen Candles
So Much In Love
Here For A Good Time
The Longest Time
My Girl
One Fine Day
Saved By An Angel
Some Kind Of Wonderful
Still Of The Night
Under The Boardwalk
Up On The Roof
Your SongChange In My Life
Coney Island Baby
Goodnight Sweetheart
Hard To Say Goodbye
Kiss Him Goodbye
Barbara Ann
Brown Eyed Girl
California Dreamin’
Lion Sleeps Tonight
Runaround Sue
Thank You
T.V. Medley
Lean On Me….. Many More