The Frankie Valli Story – Jersey Boy feat: Stephen James + “Its All About Buddy” featuring Paul Birch
The amazing story & solo tribute to the voice of The Four Seasons by Stephen James
Introducing The Frankie Valli Story – A One-Man “Jersey Boys” style show, brilliantly sewn together chronologically by an American narrator, aided cleverly by video projection, which forms a back drop to the whole show.
The show spans three decades of music, telling the story of the struggle Frankie Valli faced before his sudden rise to fame in 1962 with The Four Seasons, the domination of the 60’s charts with three consecutive No.1 singles, the fling with the northern soul and Motown scene, right through to the 70’s worldwide million selling album “Who Loves You”.
The show features all of the hits of Frankie Valli both as a solo and as part of The Four Seasons, including: Sherry – Big Girls Dont Cry – Walk Like A Man – Dawn – Ragdoll – Working My Way Back To You – Lets Hang On – The Sun Aint Gonna Shine Anymore – Bye Bye Baby – Silence Is Golden – Beggin – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – My Eyes Adored You – Who Loves You (pretty baby) – December 63 (Oh What A Night) – Grease (Is The Word)…
The star, writer, producer, choreographer and only member of the show is the super talented Stephen James, who really is the nearest to Frankie Valli as you are ever likely to hear, re-creating Valli’s trademark falsetto and New Jersey accent with absolute perfection.
In the music business for nearly 15 years, prior to creating TFVS, Stephen has been involved with many successful songwriters and producers. In 2003 he was managed by Paul Kennedy at Biglife Records in London, who boast successes with The Verve, Badly Drawn Boy, De La Soul, Mark Morrison, Lisa Stansfield and Shola Ama, to name a few. During this time he worked with Rod Gammon (producer for Liberty X, Rick Astley), Rik Wilde (Kim Wilde’s brother and writer of Kids In America), Connor Reeves (singer/songwriter, had big album in late 90’s with Earthbound) and Nicole Formescu (one of the various songwriters for Blue and also the mother of Jimmy Ruffin’s granddaughter)), to name a few. He was also dubbed The Brummy Gary Barlow by Take Thats original manager Nigel Martin Smith, a title that he jokingly says he wasn’t too sure about at the time, but one that he has now come to accept as a massive compliment. He also has some TV work on his CV, for his performance on BBC1’s “Star For A Night” with Jane McDonald, the same show that made Joss Stone famous. Stephens’s talent speaks for itself, and he has definitely found his niche in The Frankie Valli Story. Stephen James IS the word!
Whether you’re a hard-core Frankie Valli fan, like to be thoroughly entertained, or just appreciate a superb vocalist when you hear one, The Frankie Valli Story is guaranteed to leave you dancing your way home and “Beggin” for more!…Oh What A Night!
“Its All About Buddy” featuring Paul Birch
Celebrating all of the hits of Buddy Holly & The Crickets such as Rave On, That’ll be the day, Peggy Sue, True Love Ways, Oh Boy, Everyday, Raining in my heart & many more from the rock & roll era.
From a very young age, Paul was influenced to play lead guitar by listening to Hank Marvin & Bert Weedon, eventually leading him to the late great Buddy Holly. The love affair with Buddy’s music & legacy started there & then.
Paul Birch has been part of many bands & acts over the years, supporting Joe Longthorne, amongst others, in the process.
“It’s all about Buddy!” is Paul’s re-creation & celebration of one of rock & rolls’ brightest stars, featuring the hits that defined an era, & shaped many others that followed.