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Celebrity Solo Artist – Paul Williams

April 29, 2014

Remember Paul Williams?  Song Writer, Actor, Singer…

Paul Williams, prolific song writer, actor, singer turned recovery advocate and currently President and Chairman of the Board of American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has captured the hearts of one of Essence Entertainment‘s clients!

Essence Entertainment has booked this lovely, gracious man yet again for two more performances at our Client’s  private residence in October of this year and again in January 2015.

Paul Williams performs at Anthony Lienau's Birthday

Paul Williams performs for Anthony’s Birthday

Paul performs as a Celebrity Solo Artist for Private Events with his extremely talented Pianist, Chris Caswell.  Together they create an intimate, personalized experience filled with terrific music and amusing stories.

Robin Kelly with Chris Caswell

Robin Kelly with Chris Caswell

Paul has won an Oscar Award, two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and earned induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  His many songs, including “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “You and Me Against the World” to “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “Let Me Be the One” and “The Rainbow Connection,” have touched millions of people for generations.

Williams’ standards have been recorded by such diverse musical icons as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, The Carpenters, Luther Vandross, Willie Nelson, REM, Anne Murray, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Diana Krall, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah McLachlan, Jason Mraz, The Dixie Chicks, Gonzo and Kermit The Frog.

His career, life, and work in recovery have been chronicled in the acclaimed documentary, Paul Williams Still Alive, for which Paul wrote the critically acclaimed title track.  Sober twenty-three years, his humorous observations of life, love, and creativity, augmented by the education and knowledge he gained through his studies and certification from UCLA as a Certified Drug Rehabilitation Counselor, will be shared in an upcoming book: Gratitude and Trust: Recovery is Not Just for Addicts co-written with Tracey Jackson. Recovery being his number one passion he considers writing this book the greatest opportunity of his lifetime to carry the message to the masses that recovery works for all.

Essence Entertainment is thrilled to be working on these new events with Paul and is looking forward to two more terrific shows!

Robin Kelly will once again act as Stage Manager for these upcoming events.

Celebrity Solo Artist For Private Events

Paul Williams then…

Private event celebrity solo artist

…and now…

Celebrity solo artist Paul Williams with Robin 5-2012

Paul Williams with Robin Kelly

 

Paul Williams performs for Anthony Lienau’s Birthday

May 9, 2012

Wow!  What a treat!

Robin Kelly with Paul Williams

Robin Kelly with Paul Williams

Paul Williams, Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter, performed by special request with his accompanist, Chris Caswell, on Sunday, May 6th, for Anthony Lienau’s Birthday Party hosted by his lovely wife, Holly.  Held at the Lienau home in Rancho Santa Fe, Anthony was surrounded by 50 of his closest friends and family for this special evening.

Guests arrived at 5:30pm and enjoyed 90 minutes of cocktails & hors d’oeuvres on the back patio, enjoying music provided by Sean Tayco (Essence Entertainment DJ).  At 7:00pm, Sean encouraged guests to refresh their beverages as they were invited into the living room, which had been transformed into “Anthony’s Supper Club”.  Champagne was poured and anticipation grew as the guests awaited the entrance of Paul Williams.

Anthony's "Supper Club"

Anthony’s ‘Supper Club’

Lienau Event PosterFollowing a warm standing ovation upon his introduction (which I had the honor to present), Chris (who has been working with Paul since 1976) played the beautiful baby grand piano and Paul sang and shared fabulous stories of his life and career.  Paul made the show very personal, intimate, and customized, including a last-minute special request of Anthony’s, “Loneliness”, which I thought was one of the best numbers of the show!

Following the show, Paul very graciously stayed for a short meet & greet and photo op, the highlight of which was when he autographed a piece of  sheet music brought be one of the guests.

Paul Williams autographs sheet music for guest

The guests loved the show and both Paul and Chris said they enjoyed themselves very much!

Robin Kelly with Chris Caswell

Robin Kelly with Chris Caswell

I had the pleasure of being Event Manager and thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting to know Paul and Chris – SO nice…genuine…easy going…truly lovely people.

Bryan Wagstaff (Essence Entertainment DJ & A/V Tech) provided sound for the show, as well as perfect stage lighting which created an intimate ‘supper club’ ambiance.

The show was followed by a beautiful dinner buffet, and DJ Sean had the guests out on the dance floor enjoying the music in no time!!

Essence Entertainment is very pleased to provide, once again, elite, customized entertainment for this returning client (Holly has used Essence Entertainment numerous times for her philanthropic fund raisers).

Thanks again to Paul and Chris for being so accommodating and gracious – they went out of their way to make Anthony’s evening truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Paul Williams performs at Anthony Lienau's Birthday

Paul Williams performs for Anthony’s Birthday


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